I don’t want to sound exactly the same every single month, but WOW! how is it August already??? Time passes so quickly! Usually, August would mean NEWTs Magical Read-a-thon hosted by the one and only G @BookRoast, however, this year due to the multiple comments made by J.K. Rowling about the trans community, G decided to step away from Harry Potter theme. NEWTs will still happen this month, but very low-key, and there won’t be any usual hosting and activities as before.
Considering all of the above, I decided to skip NEWTs this year. Partially because of all the dram around HP author and partially because I just need a month to do some catching up. *thumbs up*
I feel very overwhelmed by the number of books I tried to read in July, so I need to take it easy for a bit, put less pressure on myself and finally finish books I started at the beginning of this year.
There won’t be a fixed TBR pile this time, but I have a couple of goals I still want to achieve. Let’s focus on them instead!
AUGUST MONTHLY GOALS:
|1 – Finish books I started earlier this year.|
|There are three books that I started reading, put down and haven’t picked them back up for a couple of months now: «Americanah» by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; «Girl, Woman, Other» by Bernardine EVaristo, and «The Toll» by Neal Shusterman.|
|2 – Finish ARCs for August & September.|
|I have two ARCs that will be coming out in September, which I still need to read – «The Bone Shard Daughter» by Andrea Stewart – a new epic fantasy, and «Just Like You» by Nick Hornby.|
|3 – Finish 2019 ARCs (maybe?)|
|This year I’ve been doing very well with my NetGalley ARCs, always reading and reviewing them on time. But I still have 4 ARCs from 2019 that I haven’t read yet… Oops! Every single month I tell myself that I will read them, I will prioritize them, aaand… nothing. Hopefully, August will be THE month to get them off my TBR once and for all!|
|4 – Read a couple of classics or non-fiction|
|Even though I graduated from school and university many years ago, August will always be the “preparation month” for the new school year. And more often than not, I would spend most of the month trying to catch up on my summer reading list. This time, I thought I’d try to read a couple of classics or non-fiction books to celebrate my memories of this time of the year.|
|5 – Read books from my “5-Stars Prediction” list.|
|At the beginning of this year, I made a post about my 5-star predictions, and so far only read 1 of them. Since this is the month I’ll be catching up on things, might as well throw this goal in here and see if I can read a couple more books from that list.|
|6 – Join the Literally Dead Book Club.|
|I’ll be reading «Home Before Dark» by Riley Sager together with the Literally Dead Book Club, hosted by Kayla from BooksandLala!|
That’s it for my August goals! Somehow I still ended with 6 goals and almost 15 books on my “tentative” TBR. I’ll see how it goes, but I’m definitely not going to stress if I don’t read even half of them. 😀
What book are you the most excited to read in August? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?