What I Read In August 2020

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:

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.

12 thoughts on “What I Read In August 2020

  1. I’m glad you were able to get through so many books and reviews in August. I would say that it is only in the last to or three weeks that I have started to feel excited by books again after a major slump, though my reading over the last couple of years has been more productive in the Autumn and Winter months even without any pandemics, so maybe that is just my general reading pattern now. Happy reading for September.

    1. Sorry to hear your have been in a major reading slump, Alyson, but glad your coming out of it now. I often read more in autumn and winter, too, as its colder outside, I am more likely to stay in and snuggle up in a blanket with a good book. 😊

  2. The book about the fairy photos sounds good to me. Look forward to your books of summer post. Happy reading in September!

  3. I posted my plans for September on my blog. My August was so slow in the reading department that I didn’t even bother making a post about it. Good work on your summer reading!

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