Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope this post finds you all safe and well. A warm, humid and stormy month has passed, where we have been on the school’s summer break, and now it is time to reflect back on what we’ve been reading in August.
~ Books ~
The Hairy Bikers’ One Pot Wonders by Si King & Dave Myers (2019) *** – First, I finished off devouring my new cookbook from my two favourite cooks (I own ALL of their Hairy Dieters cookbooks). Another great selection of recipes here, celebrating the simple joys of one pot cooking: my favourite type of cooking! Keep your eyes peeled for me trying recipes from this soon, in my Sunday Reflection posts 🥘
The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (2017) *** – At the same time, I was reading this dual-narrative, historical-fiction by a new-to-me author, that reimagines the events surrounding the famous ‘Cottingley Fairies’ photographs, through a long-lost manuscript. A light, sweet and simple tale, that swept me along with the mystery, romance and magic of it all, which was just what I needed. 🧚♀️
Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M.C. Beaton (1999) ** – Wanting to keep my reading light, I next reached for this: the eighth book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series. That sees our favourite, amateur-sleuth, Agatha investigating the local hairdresser, Mr John, a dishy but dodgy fellow, popular with the local ladies, who comes to a sticky end! A short, quick and super fun read, that I polished off in one lazy Saturday in the garden.
Katharina: Deliverance by Margaret Skea (2017) *** – Then I loved being swept back to a time of revolutionary, religious reform in 16th century German, in this first book in a historical-fiction series from another of my favourite authors. A fascinating tale told through the eyes of runaway nun, Katharina von Bora, and while it has a nice sedate pace to it, I was gripped from page one!
Holy Bible – I finished the gospels of John and Luke; both testaments of the life and teachings of Jesus, and the short Old Testament books of Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs and Lamentations.
~ Other Bookish Things ~
Altogether that is four books finished in August, which is the average monthly amount for me. My picks of the month are The Cottingley Secret and Katharina: Deliverance. Books I am continuing over into September are the swashbuckling classic, The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari and the dual-narrative, The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley.
As for challenges, I have read two more books towards my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge and three more books from my 10 Books of Summer list. The latter of which has now come to end, so I will soon be doing a wrap up post for it. In the coming month, I am looking forward to taking part in the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XV reading event.
Over the last month, I have also made great progress on catching up on my backlog of reviews. Here are the reviews I posted in August:
- The Professor by Charlotte Brontë *
- Wholeness: Changing How We Think About Healing by Christy Wimber **
- Calysta and the Beast by Joanna Alonzo (The Sacred Scarred #1) **
- The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field **
- How To Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig **
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Thomas Cromwell #1) **
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling **
Now I am only behind on the reviews of this month’s books, so keep your eyes peeled for my full thoughts them coming up over the next week or so. Take care and happy reading in September! 👋🙂📚
Now over to you: I’d love to hear what you read in August? What are your plans for September? If you’ve done your own reading round-up post for August, please leave a link in the comments so we can come check it out, too.