August wrap-up!

Hey bookworms – it’s finally September! So can we crack open that can of pumpkin purée or is it too soon? But seriously, how fast has summer gone? I feel like I blinked and it whipped by and it’s suddenly September and autumn is peeking round the corner. I’m pretty glad for it to be over soon though and make way for one of the best seasons of the year so I can get stuck into some cosy autumnal books as the nights gradually darken more quickly. August has been a month of working and revision for me for an exam coming up this month so I haven’t really read much but I did manage a total of three books in the end! I read a variety of genres with some contemporary, fantasy and thriller books to keep me on my toes and I thoroughly enjoyed them all.

What Magic is This?Image result for what magic is this holly bourne

Author: Holly Bourne
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Pages: 152
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Goodreads link
Full review here

A dyslexic-friendly novella about the friendship between three girls as they dabble in magic to try and solve some of their problems, this was quick and easy to race through with a lovely message in the end that friendship is magic. It had some Spinster Club vibes (a trilogy by the same author) but I really liked the new characters it introduced and their stories. Short but sweet.

SherwoodImage result for sherwood meagan spooner

Author: Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 470
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Goodreads link

A Robin Hood retelling coming from the author that gave us Hunted, in which Lady Marian becomes the legend. I loved this story and its characters, set in a similar way to Hunted as we see flashbacks between a blossoming friendship between Robin and Marian. It’s a heart-warming story as Marian must come to terms with her grief and new friendships are made.

The LoopImage result for the loop ben oliver

Author: Ben Oliver
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 363
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
Goodreads link

Due to be released in March 2020, this dystopian thriller did not disappoint and I was hooked from the beginning as we delved into a world of nightmares. It was definitely a page-turning read but I found some bits really quite creepy and I’m still not sure what to make of the ending.


Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments! I just realised that I haven’t read any backlist books this month and these are all 2019/future releases so I’ll have to make sure I include some 2018 or previously released books in September to contribute to the Beat the Backlist challenge! I’m still contemplating what to read next but after reading The Loop I’m rather in the mood for some more thriller reads.

What did you read in August?

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