August Wrap-Up || September TBR (2016)


It’s that time of the year again when I ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over how fast the past month has gone by. I can’t believe it, time is flying, et cetera, et cetera — I know I’ve said this literally every time but I’ve always meant it too…

With-David-Levithan-&-Rainbow-RowellBut anyway! Last week I had the wonderful opportunity of going to the Melbourne Writers Festival with some other book bloggers. I take back what I said about not being into authors, you guys — I was totally starstruck and in giggles when in the queue to get my books signed by Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan. 🙈

In other news, August marks the twelfth month I’ve been blogging so it’s now been a year! There’s a giveaway here if you haven’t entered yet. For now, though… let’s check out what I got up to on the blog this month. 💕

Book Reviews

Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Around the Blogsophere

Most Anticipated Reads

A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

YAS FOR THIS SEQUEL! After the glorious thing that was An Ember in the Ashes, I can’t wait to finally continue with Elias’s and Laia’s story.

Yellow – Megan Jacobson

Yellow Megan JacobsonIf fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth.

Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn’t haunt her. Things aren’t so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.

I’ll be buddy-reading this with the lovely Sara @ Freadom Library this month and I’M SUPER EXCITED! That cover is utterly gorgeous, and this is a #LoveOzYA book.

Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns Kendare BlakeEvery generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

This sounds like The Hunger Games but between siblings, and I can only hope it’ll be even darker and more brutal because that’s right up my alley! 😈

How did August go for you? Let me know in the comments or leave me a link to your wrap-up!

50 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up || September TBR (2016)

    • Thanks! Haha, I would if I have more things to say but I really don’t. BUT meeting them was really awesome – I was especially impressed with RR just because she’s so bubbly and such a great speaker. I attended one of her sessions with Lev Grossman (author of The Magician) and she is SO charming. I could listen to her speak forever! DL was very, very sweet too and signed my books with longer messages, but he was looking really tired and he was a bit more quiet than RR. 🙂

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  1. I’m still so happy you got to meet Rainbow Rowell, and it seems like you had such a fabulous time, I’m so happy for you! ❤ And congratulations again on the blogoversary! ❤
    I have been seeing Yellow around, but haven't added it to my TBR just yet. I think I'll wait for your review to see if it's worth a read! 🙂
    Happy September, Reg! ❤


  2. I’m always so excited for your wrap-up posts. I love the links to posts on other blogs–there are always things I’ve missed and they’re always interesting reads.


  3. Oh, I somehow missed hearing about Yellow. That’s strange…
    I have a feeling Three Dark Crowns is not a book for me – I tend to avoid plots with siblings having to kill each other. I heard great things about Crown’s Game which has similar plot (if I’m not mistaken) but somehow siblings’ fight turnes me off.
    I read Blake’s Anna Dressed In Blood, I love that book to bits, but still…
    As for A Torch Against the Night I still have to read book 1 in the series and then I’ll decide, but I have a feeling this one I’ll like.


    • It’s a LoveOzYA book and might not be widely published elsewhere! I have high hopes though. 🙂

      Eep, I WISH it’s not like The Crown’s Game! I actually didn’t like that book (I gave it two stars) – I was expecting brutality but it was all very meh and not so exciting, haha. I’ll let you be the judge of it yourself, though… do you think you’re going to pick it up?

      Hope you like An Ember in the Ashes! I actually prefer that to the sequel, unfortunately.

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  4. Every month I also say “I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW TIME IS FLYING” and I mean it too! XD I can’t believe it’s September already! Ah, it looks like you had an amazing time at the Writers Festival! 🙂 I really want to read A Torch Against the Night and Three Dark Crowns – they sound amazing! 🙂


  5. Great recap for this month Reg! It looks like you had a lot of fun at the Melbourne Writers Festival, I am so jealous you got to meet Rainbow Rowell, that must have been amazing!
    You got through some great books this month as well. I am so glad you enjoyed both The Winner’s Crime and Nevernight, also there are a few you reviewed that I need to get my hands on soon!
    I hope you really enjoy A Torch Against the Night, also I am really excited for Three Dark Crowns. I can’t believe it’s going to be released soon, it feels like I’ve been waiting for it for ages now! 😀
    Congrats again on your one year blogiversary as well! ❤


    • Thanks, Beth! It was so amazing – RR was just so sweet and it made me want to listen to her speak forever.

      I know! I feel like I’ve been waiting for Three Dark Crowns ever since I heard about it at the beginning of the year… I guess that’s kind of forever, in a way. Hopefully it lives up to the wait, because if not I think I’m going to be devastated. 😛

      Thank you! 💖

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      • God I can imagine, there are so many authors I want to meet but maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to meet RR!
        God same here. I tend to build up books a lot in my head and sometimes they just can’t live up to the hype I’ve created in my own mind. I really hope that isn’t the case with Three Dark Crowns!
        That’s all right. ❤️

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  6. I’ve never met an author before! Not even the local ones because I’ve never wanted before, but seeing everyone meeting their favorite authors seem so fun! 😛 I’m also reallllyyyy looking forward to A Torch Against the Night and Three Dark Crowns! Anyway, thanks for featuring one of my posts 😀


    • I’ve never really wanted to before and that’s why I was like “eh, I don’t really care” but now I totally buy into the hype! These guys weren’t my favourites and I was already super excited – I can’t imagine how happy I’d be if it was actually my favourite authors. 🙂

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  7. So cool that you met Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan! I really need to read some of Rainbow’s books. I’ve read some of the books David’s co-wrote and really enjoyed them 😊. I’ve never met an author and I like to think I would be chill but judging how I am when I meet band members I probably wouldn’t be 😅

    I’m so excited for Three Dark Crowns!! I really want to read Yellow too.

    And thank you so much for linking my post ♥♥♥


    • I knooow, I was fangirling over them! I actually like David Levithan less when he’s collaborating with others, for some strange reason – my favourite of his has always been The Lover’s Dictionary, haha.

      I would NOT be chill when I meet band members either. I mean, I’ve always thought I wasn’t one for authors but I WAS WRONG. DEAD WRONG. 😂

      No worries! That was a really useful post and I could learn lots from it.


  8. Hi Reg!! That’s so cool that you met two big authors! The only author I’ve met was Sarah Maas when she was in NZ and she was SO NICE. I was the last person after 2 hours+ of signing and she was so nice to me (and she said my name was cute AHH). I, on the other hand, was completely completely awkward and I just stammered a little starstruck and I was like… “I-I LOVED YOUR BOOKS”. *facepalm*

    You’ve had an amazing August!! So many books and posts, oh my gosh. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. :’)

    AND THANK YOU for sharing my post!! *bigbighugs* It means a lot, and it is an honour.

    I hope you have a splendid September, Reg. ❤


    • Ahhh I’ve heard that about Sarah Maas! I’m not a big fan of her books but I think I’d go to a signing just to check her out and see what she’s like in real life. ALSO DON’T WORRY, I’m totally starstruck and awkward too. I really couldn’t help myself!

      I rely waaay too much on drafted posts, CW. I think many of the posts I’ve done in August are posts I’ve drafted from way before, save for like.. four posts, so it’s just easy as at that point. 😂

      I loved that post! You’re always so articulate and I have loads to learn about that. 😘

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  9. Your wrap-ups are so organized and aesthetically scrumptious!! Also, I’m mildly freaking out because RAINBOW ROWELL!! Does she rock as much as her writing does??
    CAN WE TALK ABOUT A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT OMGGGGG. I. Still. Haven’t. Read. It. I hate myself. But I’m bombarded with assigned reading for school so there is NO time. Ugh.
    I love all the links you shared! You’re giving me so many more blogs to check out, I love it 🙂


    • Thanks, Becca! SHE DOES. In fact I think she rocks moooore than her writing does – I can listen to her speak forever, she’s just super friendly and bubbly and comes across as very, very thoughtful and intelligent.

      Oh noooo. I’ve finished it now and I’m sorry to say that I love the first book more, but I might be the odd one out. Hope you get the time soon. 😛

      Yay! Mission accomplished. 😊

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