August Wrap-Up

Hi everyone!

Happy September! Wow, I cannot believe we’re in the last 1/4 of 2022, time really flies by.

My August was good but the second half felt really slow. I also don’t feel like I read much – despite the fact I read 8 books, most of this was done in the first two weeks of August. In all honesty I feel pretty burnt out from reading – or I’m having the biggest reading slump I’ve had in a while.


★ Classics ★

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I reread this for the Annotation Bookclub, and I had forgotten just how good the novel is. I first read P&P back in 2014, and immediately fell in love with the story. It was great to revisit the story, see all the pining and foreshadowing, and also to annotate it with my thoughts.

Persuasion by Jane Austen
With everyone talking about the Persuasion (2022) movie, I thought it would be good to read the book and then see how the adaption compares. The book itself was wonderful. While a bit slow, I enjoyed reading about Anne and her life, and seeing all these themes of status, duty, feminism, and family. I’m a big fan of second-chance romances, so it was lovely to see that explored here and see Wentworth and Anne find their paths back to each other.

Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare
This is one of my friend’s favourite Shakespearean plays, and upon reading it I can certainly see why. It’s got both drama and romance, and was very fast-paced – a literal embodiment of the well, that escalated fast meme. Not my fave Shakespeare play, but lots of fun for sure.

★ Sci-fi / Fantasy ★

This Wicked Fate by Kalynn Bayron
I… was not the biggest fan of this follow up to This Poison Heart. I loved the first book in the duology, and thought the magic and mystery were so intriguing, but the second book in the duology fell flat. I think with most secrets of the magic now revealed, it lacked some of that mystery element that I had enjoyed so much in the first book. I think the story wrapped up well.

Brackenbeast by Kate Alice Marshall
It was fun to revisit the world! Thirteens was a fun start to the series, and I liked being reunited with our three characters Pip, Otto, and Elle again. However, I think I share similar feelings to this novel to that of This Wicked Fate – the book just lacked that mystery element that made it most exciting. We were able to view more of the magic and explore that and the characters capabilities, but there was less intrigue about the world now that we knew who the villains were. However, it was still an enjoyable quick read.

Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee
Superhero novels are always fun, and this was a lovely quick read. I adored Jess, she was a fun protagonist, albeit very naive, and I really enjoyed reading about her coming into her own, and her romance with Abby. While some of this story was predictable, it was still enjoyable to read and made for a great story.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui translated by David James Karashima
I rewatched the 2006 anime movie adaption recently, and it still hits – so I thought I should check out the original novel it was based on! While with different characters and much shorter, it had the same elements as the movie. The writing wasn’t fantastic per se, but this is a translated work, and it’s a great concept.

★ Historical Fiction ★

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton
This book. This book! I loved it so much. It was so wonderfully written and I loved the themes and characters. I’m always a fan of interview format books, and this one was great in bringing to life all the characters. The novel was able to explore themes of racism and misogynoir in the music industry, tackling heavy topics and all the while remaining exciting and full of drama.



I posted two reviews and a tag in the month of August – the trope tag especially was fun to do.


As I mentioned in the beginning, I feel like I’ve hit a wall when it comes to reading. It’s been much more difficult focusing on reading and it’s started to feel like a chore. I can’t tell if its the books I’m reading or I’m just burnt out from it.

Reading Siena’s post about book slumps was comforting and a reminder I shouldn’t pressure myself about something that is a hobby. Plus, during this time I’ve gotten back into crocheting and journalling, which has been lots of fun too! I think in the mean time I’ll focus on that. I’m also rereading a couple books and the familiarity of the worlds has made it easy to read again, and I’m still on track to hit my goodreads reading goal within the next few months.

2022 Reading Challenge
Saima has read 84 books toward their goal of 100 books.

Aside from reading, I’ve been busy crocheting, going on some hikes, and I went to the cinema again for the first time in months! I saw Nope and thought it was fantastic. I also watched the new Persuasion movie and it was, as everyone said, pretty awful. Just… so awkwardly written and just such a strange adaption.

In September I’m planning to catch up with some old friends, finish my current crochet projects (I’m trying to make a sweater-vest and a cardigan, but we’ll see how that goes), and finish my current rereads. I’m planning to take the month slow since October is looking pretty busy. Let me know what your September plans are!


Thanks for reading!
Hope you all have a lovely September!


22 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up

  1. Sorry to hear that you’ve been in a bit of a slump, I hope it gets better soon! ❤️ I’m planning on reading Brackenbeast this October, sorry that it didn’t quite work for you! I actually thought this was a Duology but apparently there’s a third book 😮

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  2. Thank you so much for the shoutout! Although you mentioned that you weren’t able to read many books, it still looks like you had an incredible month! Not Your Sidekick is actually one I have on my tbr. Hope your reading slump gets better 💕

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  3. I totally understand what you mean about not being able to focus on any book and feeling slumpish cos that was how I felt mostly in June/July! I hope you find a book or something to help pull you out of that feeling soon 🙂 P&P and Persuasion are my two favourite Austens so I’m glad to see that you loved them too. Have an amazing month in September!

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  4. Thank you so much for mentioning my post, and I’m so glad that you found it helpful. It’s really a relief to put less pressure on oneself, and I often need to remind myself to do it. I hope that you have a great September!

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  5. omg i feel so honored that i’m in ur post bestie 😭💗😖🤚 damn im so sorry that slump hit u WE’RE GONNA SLAP IT AWAY THIS SEPT YUPYUP u read a lot of great books this month tho so hoping it’s only uphill for u this september!!

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  6. I sympathize with you on the feeling of hitting a slump in reading and feeling like its a chore sometimes, especially when we also have to balance a blog too 😩 Looks like you read lots of great books though, I’m hoping you have a better reading month this time around Saima! ❤

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  7. Opal and Nev was amazing! I’m glad you loved it. I’m glad you’re taking time for you too. I just started to learn how to crochet and it’s become one of the best destressing hobbies, I wish I started sooner!

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  8. It’s totally okay to feel less need to read, there are so many other hobbies to do! It’s important to remind ourselves as readers that it’s just a hobby, and we should never feel pressured to force it. Sometimes it’s just best to rest and find other things to do. 🥺
    I’m so glad you enjoyed your P&P reread and the first time reading Persuasion. And now you know how awful the new movie is 😂
    Have a great September!

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    1. Yeah, it’s so easy to forget reading is just supposed to be a fun hobby, not a chore! I am enjoying taking it slow now for now. and haha the internet was really not wrong about how bad the movie was 😂😂.
      hope you’re having a lovely september as well!!

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  9. ahhh The Final Revival of Opal and Nev looks AMAZING, i’ll have to check it out!! thank you so so much for the mention and hope you have a great september!! ❤


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