August 2020 Wrap Up | The month I read classics & nonfiction for the first time in ages!

Hello, my bookish friends! ๐Ÿ™‚ August was such a weird month. It passed very quickly, I didnโ€™t do even half of the things I wanted to accomplish, but at the same time, I stayed busy throughout the entire month! 

Looking back on the past 4 weeks, I honestly wouldnโ€™t be able to remember what I did and what I liked, if I didnโ€™t write those things down somewhere. Basically, what Iโ€™m trying to say is that it was a blur, and Iโ€™m happy that itโ€™s over and we can move on and start fresh in September!

THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY IN JULY
  1. Staying productive! (and doing tons of blog prep for the rest of the year)

The month started very well. I learned from July to not leave tons of things to do for the weekend and tried my best to stay on top of everything during the working week, which is not easy at all as, besides the normal 9 to 6 job, there was very little time for me to do anything else. But Iโ€™m glad that it all worked out at the end. 

The key, for me, was breaking tasks into smaller ones that wouldnโ€™t take long to accomplish and take each task one step at a time. First of all, that helped my brain to recognize those tasks as โ€œeasyโ€, which in turn reduced the hours I spent procrastinating on certain tasks. ๐Ÿ˜€ 

I had to cut the reading time this month to prepare as many posts for the next 3 months as possible. Iโ€™m still not quite sure that my exams will be this year, but if they will be, my blog is all set and I wonโ€™t need to worry about it during the intense study sessions. 

  1. Studying, studying & studying!

In August I made a couple of goals for myself that can all be summarized in โ€œgetting stuff doneโ€! I wanted to finish this summer strong by (1) finishing the books that Iโ€™ve started months and months ago, (2) catch up on ARCs, (3) and most importantly, organize all of my internship reports and studying so I know exactly what I need to read, where I can find the information and how long it will take me. 

Overall, it went pretty well. Even though I did a lot, there is still just as much to be done, but I feel calmer and more organized about all of it. 

  1. Receiving a physical ARC of ยซHadley & Graceยป by Suzanne Redfearn!

The author of one of my favorite books of this year (ยซIn an Instantยป), Suzanne Redfearn, reached me out this month and asked if I wanted to read her new book that is coming in January 2021! I cannot explain how excited and thankful I was! And to make things even better, she even sent me a physical copy of her ARC!!!!!!ย 

Her new book is called ยซHadley & Graceยป. You can see it on my photo at the top of the page. I know itโ€™s going to be just as good (maybe even better!) than ยซIn an Instantยป! 

  1. Watching โ€œA Quiet Placeโ€

I never even knew this movie existed, but I think I just found a new favorite! Itโ€™s so fascinating (and slightly scary at times)! I loved the concept and will be watching the second one as soon as it comes out.

MONTHLY READING STATS
Total Books: 8 read, 2 currently reading
Total Pages: 2611
ARCs: 4

Just like I planned, August was the month of catching up! I’m so happy that I finally finished ยซThe Tollยป after starting it in May or June. But the highlights of the month were definitely ยซChallenger Deepยป (also by Neal Shusterman!) and ยซThe Bone Shard Daughterยป by Andrea Stewart.

AUGUST TOP POSTS
AUGUST BOOK REVIEWS

2020 MONTHLY WRAP UPs:
January 2020 Wrap Up | The month I learned how to stay on top of things!
February 2020 Wrap Up | The month I was too busy to learn anything new!
March 2020 Wrap Up | The month I fought my way out of a reading slump!
April 2020 Wrap Up | The month I read too many books!
May 2020 Wrap Up | The month I didn’t read all the books on my TBR!
June 2020 Wrap Up | The month I learned how to enjoy little things!
July 2020 Wrap Up | The month I traveled through books!
August 2020 Wrap Up | The month I read classics & nonfiction for the first time in ages!


I hope July was a good month for you! Did you find any new favorite books? Let me know in the comments below!

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22 thoughts on “August 2020 Wrap Up | The month I read classics & nonfiction for the first time in ages!

  1. I’ve been hearing so much about The Bone Shard Daughter! I’m definitely curious to check it out ๐Ÿ˜€ Ah, you’re so organised, Alex, it’s so admirable haha ๐Ÿ˜
    Also, I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, your aesthetic is *chefs kiss*! I loooove it ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Ahaha, I try I try ๐Ÿ˜€ But there is definitely room for improvement. Besides, when the making of to-do lists is taking longer than the actual tasks, that’s when I know that I’m just procrastinating and avoiding studying ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š I love making diff graphics in photoshop, just wish there’d be more time to play with different ideas.

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    1. August was such a weird month. I’m kinda happy it’s over, although I wouldn’t mind for time to slow down a bit… ๐Ÿ˜€ The smaller tasks thing definitely helped me a lot, and when I still procrastinate on my tasks, I try to break them even further to see if that helps. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. It looks like you had a very productive month, I’m glad to see that it brought you joy. It’s really the little things these days that bring joy!
    I read 8 books too! It seems to be my magic number because I believe I’ve read 8/9 books each month this year.
    Here’s to a wonderful September! ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you, hun โค I just finished my 9th book of the month ๐Ÿ˜€ I read Sofi's wrap up and she also read 8! It seems to be a magic number indeed ๐Ÿ˜€

      I hope September will be just as good for both of us ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ‰

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      1. Yes! I just read hers too! That’s funny, we’re in the magic 8 books club! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
        I’ll probably finish the book I’m reading tonight, but I’ll add it to my September list as I just posted my August wrap up!

        Thanks, I hope so too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. August WAS a blur! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was excited Suzanne Redfearn reached out to me, too, on Instagram and sent me an eARC of Hadley & Grace. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I still need to read In an Instant, but I have your glowing review to thank for introducing me to her. ๐Ÿ™‚ We saw A Quiet Place in the theatre when it was out, and oh my. It was scary! I hope you have a great September! โค

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  4. Thatโ€™s so great that you were able to stay more productive. I really need to get better at that. I tend to always leave everything for last minute until I have so many things to do in one day and it drive me insane haha. Thatโ€™s also great that you were able to prepare a bunch of posts for the next few months! ๐Ÿ˜€ Nice job!

    Amazing reading eight books in August! And even more amazing that four were ARCs! I am so behind on ARCs right now and I feel insanely guilty about it, but this year just hasnโ€™t been the greatest for me as far as reading and everything goes.

    I am hoping to finally read The Toll ASAP! Iโ€™ve been putting it off for way too long now, haha. I have Challenger Deep and have been meaning to read it. Thatโ€™s awesome that it was a five star read for you. I am looking forward to finally reading it. I hope you have an amazing September! โค

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    1. I probably sound very organized but maaaaan… I still struggle with the same, i.e. leaving tasks for “tomorrow” ๐Ÿ˜€ We can both do it! Stay productive and find the motivation to do more and more! (if I tell myself this enough times, it might actually stick, right? ๐Ÿ˜€ )

      2020 has been very difficult in so many aspects. I’m happy that I was able to overcome my mental block when it comes to reading, but it’s so frustrating when your brain can’t seem to focus on the words on the page… I hope you’ll find the way out of it as well and read some incredible books this month! โค

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  5. It seems you had a great August!! And YAY for getting that physical ARC, that’s super exciting ๐Ÿ˜€ Also, I’m in awe you managed to keep up with working, studying AND blogging XD

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    1. Ahah, me too! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m feeling exhausted though. But now I’m so happy that I don’t need to worry about blog posts for the next couple of months. It’s so liberating to have a little bit of free time on the weekend and not have to worry about posts ๐Ÿ˜€ I really should do it more often. Lol

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