August Wrap Up

General Comments

I tend to be a planner. I make lists of all the books I want to read, and I categorise them, then re-categorise them, then prioritise them, and by the end of all that, I haven’t read as much as I want.

In August I participated in #RetellingAThon, which was fantastic, because I read heaps. I felt really motivated, especially because it would contribute toward my goals for Retelling Reading Challenge. I’m goal oriented, and without a deadline I tend to procrastinate.

This increase in reading meant that I neglected my blog to a shocking degree. I think I only posted three things last month. I suppose I’ll spend September catching up.

Books Read


📚Retelling Reading Challenge 📚

*Retelling Reading Challenge Bingo card *

🏮Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 🏮

💕2019 Release 💕

*📚The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Egyptian mythology
  • Easy read
  • Plot twist was a bit obvious

*📚💕Gods of Jade and Shadows by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Mayan mythology
  • Worldbuilding was immersive, but sometimes felt a bit clinical
  • Pacing dragged in places

📚🏮A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of the Mahabharata
  • Everything was fantastic – the writing, characters, plot, worldbuilding

*📚Ophelia by Jackie French ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of Hamlet from Ophelia’s POV
  • Got sick of the cheese references
  • “Romance” was annoying
  • Loved the twist on the original

*📚Illyria by Elizabeth Hand ⭐️⭐️

  • Not a retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
  • Not much of a plot
  • Beautiful writing

📚I, Iago by Nicole Galland DNF 16%

  • Retelling of Othello from villains POV
  • Hated Iago and his narration
  • Got sick of the military descriptions

📚Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

  • Retelling of Romeo and Juliet from Benvolio’s POV
  • Fast paced, interesting read
  • Good writing
  • Traumatic scene in which a gay man is murdered

📚💕The Girl in Red by Christina Henry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood
  • Post apocalyptic dystopia
  • Love Red as a character
  • Gripping story

📚💕Robbergirl by S. T. Gibson ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

  • Retelling of The Snow Queen from the Robber Girl’s POV

📚Sea Witch by Sarah Henning DNF 55%

  • Prequel to The Little Mermaid
  • The Sea Witch’s backstory

📚Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye DNF 10%

  • A sort of retelling of Jane Eyre
  • Didn’t like the MC, or the narration

*📚Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling/prequel to Peter Pan
  • Tinkerbell as narrator

*📚The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons DNF 52%

  • Sequel to Alice in Wonderland
  • Interesting premise
  • Soft magic system trying to be a hard magic system and failing
  • Constant pining for male lead was tedious

📚Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

  • Prequel to Anne Of Green Gables
  • Character driven book
  • Wonderful writing

Mary Shelley by Catherine Reef ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

  • YA biography about author of Frankenstein

The Bronte Sisters by Catherine Reef ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • YA biography about authors of Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey, and Wuthering Heights

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • The story of my favourite red-headed orphan

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • A complicated murder mystery
  • Listened to the BBC dramatisation as well

Currently Reading

📚The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Murder At the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

📚💕Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

What I watched

Little Women (2017) (rewatch)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

I love this story, and I think this is a fantastic adaptation.

Otherhood ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was funny and I love the actresses.

Derry Girls (season 1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I laughed so hard I actually cried. In almost every episode.

Derry Girls (Season 2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

See above.

Instinct (season 1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I neither love nor hate this.

Australian Ninja Warrior (2019) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

There’s something really addictive about watching people climb things and fall in water.

Veronica Mars (2019) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

That ending killed me.

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Descendants 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Detective Pikachu ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was cute, but not something I’ll go out of my way to watch again.

Maleficent (rewatch)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love the twist on the original tale of sleeping beauty. This is probably the best role I’ve seen Angelina Jolie play.

And Then There Were None ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was completely addictive. Only parts 1 and 2 had aired on television, but mom and I couldn’t wait so we purchased the last part on iTunes.

The Librarians (Season 1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Currently Watching

Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart Ryeo (rewatch)

The Librarians (Season 2)

Carnival Row

Currently Playing

Yoshi’s Wooly World on Wii U

Blog Posts I Liked

Why Plagiarising Reviews is Bad (Because Apparently it Needs to be Said) by Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Ode to the Quiet Woman by Shri @ Sun and Chai

Ice Cream Combinations Inspired by Books by Alexis @ Cinnamon Summers

5 Reasons to Read Classics// ft. Recommendations by Olivia @ Purely Olivia

Loved This Ghibli Film? Read This Book! by CW @ The Quiet Pond

Author: Ana

My name is Ana. My pronouns are she/her. I am a 30 year old bisexual, disabled Australian. I love reading, and my goal is to promote diverse books on this blog. Besides reading I love writing, singing, dancing, and bullet journaling. I am also mom to 2 Birman cats.

One thought on “August Wrap Up”

  1. Oh my gosh, you read so much, that’s amazing!! Ahh, I love Maleficent, too. I haven’t seen it in forever but I need to rewatch it soon because I remember loving it SO much and thinking it was one of my favorite fairytale movies ever. Thank you so much for mentioning my post, I’m very glad you enjoyed it! I hope you’re having a wonderful end to your September. ❤

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