I did shockingly well on my July TBR and finished all the books but 1! I am quite proud of myself, and it definitely motivated me to keep up with doing monthly TBRs. It is a great way to have a set checklist for myself, and I love looking back to see what all I have read or still need to get to.
August is going to be a busy month for me, with multiple weddings, birthday celebrations, and school starting. I also would like to squeeze in a few books that were on my summer reading list before my classes start up again!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
This is the book that is a repeat from July, just because I really want to get around to it. While I enjoyed the first two books in the Harry Potter series, I’ve heard that this book or Goblet of Fire are the ones that will turn you into super fans, so I want to read this before I completely forget what happened in the first two books. This is my first time ever reading Harry Potter (and I’ve never seen the movies), so this is my first time being exposed to the story!
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
To continue with the theme of wanting to complete series, I really would like to get to The Kingdom of Copper before the summer is over. I absolutely adored The City of Brass– it has probably been one of my favorite fantasy books this year! This second book is definitely a long one, but I loved the writing and the characters so much in book 1 I think I could potentially fly through this, despite its length.
Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease
To prep for this long awaited sequel, I re-read Enchantee a few months ago, just to make sure the story would be fresh in my mind before I head into book two! This is a duology that reimagines a fantastical version of the French Revolution. Book 1 was a lot of fun, even though it was a bit slow paced. Even so, this world is so much fun to be in that I am highly anticipating book 2 and hope to get to it in August!
1984 by George Orwell
I have owned a copy of 1984 for 3 years, and have said if I don’t read it by the end of 2021, it is going to be time to unhaul it. I have been trying to get through my classics collection, and I really want to prioritize this one because it is short, and all my classmates have raved about it. I have tried to read it in the past but couldn’t get through the first chapter, so hopefully this time I will either finish it or put it down for good.
An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
I really enjoy Tahereh Mafi’s writing, and loved her other contemporary, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. This book takes place in 2003, and follows Shadi, a Muslim girl who chooses to wear a hijab. Islamophobic crime rates are increasing, her brother is dead, her father is dying, and Shadi feels absolutely helpless. This sounds like it is going to be an emotional read, but also one that is very important and necessary.
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
These next few books are some fun summer reads I really want to finish before fall starts, so I don’t feel like I have to wait until next summer to read them. I honestly don’t know much about this book, but my friend read it recently and absolutely adored it. I know this takes place in Italy, I believe in the Italian countryside? She also said it is going to make me hungry for gelato, so I’m here for it!
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
I have never read a Tessa Bailey book before, but this is the first one that really caught my eye. This is a small town romance, following a city girl who is determined to spend the summer proving to her father and a handsome stranger that she is more than a spoiled city slicker. I heard this has the grumpy/sunshine trope, which is one of my favorites! The reviews are also stellar, so I am excited to see if this lives up to the hype.
The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert
I honestly have no idea what this book is about, and put a hold on it for my library because I like the cover, and the title sounded cute. But I know this is a romance with a supernatural twist, and one that I believe involves ghosts. This just sounds like a fun time, and looks like a great summer read.
Let me know which books you are hoping to read in August in the comments below!