I think this is the best birthday yet! Despite aforementioned mom traveling, her not around for my birthday and my dad for that matter he’s gone back schooling… Anyways, I have been bonding with my two sets of grandparents (both of my parents, parents.) were there with me and my brother for two weeks. It was back to memory lane, for them I wasn’t even born yet. They told me stories about them around my age even younger and told me about my parents being babies too. It sure feels weird.

I talked to them then, and the way I talked to them now must be the longest time, I kind of adopted their way of speaking more than ever. We are from Rizal and throughout the difference municipalities here, there is that definitive accent over how it was articulated that you may notice. As a person who lives here, I didn’t have it as strong as my grandparents. And it has been lessened since I went to college in Manila. But jamming with them this long had taken its toll. I got stronger than ever. I even learned few profound tagalogs, that I didn’t know we had a word for. As to the celebration of my birthday, we went out for dinner and loads of stories from said grandparents.

And thanks to everyone who has sent their greetings and wishes to over Twitter and Instagram. Okay, enough of that you came here for a wrap-up and you’re getting it. Here are my reads for the month of August:

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1)

– there were no gay pirates, there is a m/m ship and it was bland.

– they didn’t even spend most of the time bouyed on water.

– strong focus on politics and the tactics of the plotline.

– it has two kick-butt female characters (Nay and Lu!)

– it was a two-star read.

 

Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae

Eight Goodbyes

– made me cry

– I swooned over the pairing

– there are travels all over the world

– watch out on Sept. for a full review.

 

 

 

Prep & Prejudice by Miren B. Flores

Prep and Prejudice – hate to lover trope

– swept me off my feet read

– a retelling of pride and prejudice with a great woven of Filipino trad in.

– basically, a five star read

 

 

 

Loveless. Childless. Clueless. by Miren B. Flores

Loveless. Childless. Clueless.

 

– page turner

– broke me and made me whole at the same time.

– self-improvement, self-love, appreciation of being just you.

– riveting read

 

 

How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner

How to Breathe Underwater

– another book that made me cry this month

– a celebration of new beginnings

– acceptance and forgiveness

– swoon worthy

– has strong sister bonding story

– at its length, it tackled such themes and handles sincerely.

 

Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad

Ghost of a Feeling

 

–  struggles with mental health

– moving characters and plot

– another five star read

 

 

 

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin 

To Be Honest

 

– positive body image

– all those blushing made me blush too

– journalism

– kick-ass supportive bestie

 

 

Everything Under the Sun – Jessica Redmerski

Everything Under The Sun

 

– unfortunately, this was completely not what I thought it would be I tried to so so much, but I marked it as a DNF.

– maybe I’ll be picking it up again and like it better?

 

 

 

Ignite the Stars – Maura Milan

Ignite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1)

 

– strong female lead

– women supporting each other friendship

– slow burn romance *blushes*

– spaceships, criminal outlaw, academy, secrets, yes!

 

 

Reign of Mist – Helen Scheuerer

Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles, #2)

 

– you have to check this out

– you really must

– if you love fantasy reads, you cannot miss out on this

– its the sequel but do check out Heart of Mist

– and I am part of the blog tour for this, stay tuned

 

I didn’t hit my 10 read book goal. I’ll still call it a success for at least having read 9. I am awfully excited for September! I am thinking of conquering 10, hopefully, right this time.

Around the Blog

  • Some titles caught my eye from this Meme done on Aurora Librialis
  • Feeling in a slump? maybe Lori’s Book Shelf could help you cure that with this list. And Unputdownable Books list here too.
  • Literary Leisha’s Top 5 Wednesday post on redemption arcs.
  • Behind the Pages with Tale Out Loud featuring Marie Miranda Cruz. It was so, delightful to read this interview.
  • Best Rated Book that Swift Coffee has rated is here. You may find your next read there!
  • Spreadsheet galore! Shealea’s shares hacks, tips, and her spreadsheet to us all making our blogging lives more organized.

Book Reviews around, I love reading your bookish thoughts may it be something I’ve read too or something I would yet to…

  • As a person who’s going to die at a sight of a spider I really am intrigued by This Book is Filled with Spiders from The Thumb Page Blog.
  • I have read this book too, but Serendipitous highlighted great points in this review of Vox by Christina Dalcher.
  • Reads and Reels’ Movie and Book Review of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
  • Hit or Miss’s review of Natasha Ngan’s Girls of Paper and Fire.
  • Another from The Book Hamster, Providence by Caroline Kepnes.
  • From Sara June Blog a review of Restore Me, I have yet to read this book too.
  • Lili’s blissful Pages review of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. And a review of the same time from
  • I enjoyed reading these reviews of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, here’s from Lili’s Blissful Pages and Books are the New Black Blog.
  • As per usual, Satou’s reviews are always a pleasure to read herewith Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
  • This lovely review from Princess and Pages’… The Quiet Ones by Glenn Diaz.
  • Here’s Tiffany discussing one of my favorite books, Cress by Marissa Meyer! And another one from the fluffiest contemporary read Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything.
  • Review from HighLit, Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury.
  • A friend gave me a copy of this book, Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas. And I am kind of excited how it will turn out for me but for Serendipitous’ you have to check out this four-star review.
  • I really love Marissa Meyer and yes, another on top of my to be read list is Renegades. But for now here is a review from Wonderfilled Reads.
  • Yet another lovely review of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight from Maxxebooktopia.
  • A review of the newly released City of Ghost from Reading Through Infinity. I have been hearing a lot of positive raves about it. And if this became locally available soon! I’m going to devour it like craaay.
  • From BW Reads, Caidyn reviewed The Wicked Deep.
  • I have read Heart of Mist and it was holy shizzle peeing my pants good! The sequel is about to be released this month too… And it is getting better and better. Here listed by Shealea reasons why you should pick up Reign of Mist.

Book Tags I Did

Blog Tour I Hosted 

Birthday Haul & Bookish Wishes Granted

  • Language of Thorns – a gift to self.
  • Heartless was granted by Jen of @jendollente
  • Eliza and Her Monsters from Miel of @mielsnickety
  • Off the Page from Queen of @bibliofriends (check out her shop, she creates adorable bookmarks!)
  • Tiffany sent me a coffee via Ko-fi, I used that to buy a book over Amazon. Thank you!
  • Catwoman was a gift by a friend.
  • As for Lyrebird, Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Retribution of Mara Dyer, and Puddin were scouted off from Book Sale and National Bookstore, by your yours truly and friends.
  • Also, bought some #RomanceClass titles from Amazon, either book was on sale or purchase for free!

Thank you so much bookish fairies!

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If you’re still granting wishes here’s my updated list!

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Or you may send me a coffee my way through Ko-fi, use my affiliate links from Amazon, Book Depository, IndieBound, and Wordery. I may earn a tiny commission from all successful purchases when links are used. Hope you’ll use them. Thanks!

September Goals:

  • I would very much like to try again joining a readathon it was a complete failure, I am sorry AJ!
  • Read 10 books, that’s it. Hahaha
  • More book review stops to read!

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How about you? How many books have you conquered this August? What title are you most excited for this September? Let me know.

Farewell Temp