Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books that I read in August because, surprisingly, I had a pretty good reading month! I went back to university this month, so I am pretty proud of myself for reading five books. I really enjoyed all of them, and I am super excited to talk about all of my thoughts, so let’s get into it!
The first book I read in August was The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.
This is a book that has been recommended to me countless times by members of the churches I have attended so I finally decided to read this, and apparently, I am of the unpopular opinion of those that didn’t really care for it. I see why so many Christians love this book. I think it makes a lot of really important points about temptations and human society in general. Without going into detail, I will tell you that there were certain things in this book that I personally didn’t agree with, and for that reason, I ended up giving this 3/5 stars.
The next book I read was Seducing the Dragon by Jessie Donovan.
If I’m being honest, I actually reread this book a good four times over the course of a month. I have read this before and I even reviewed it, but I couldn’t–for the life of me–remember what happened in the book. I remembered the bare bones of the plot and that was it, and I actually think I enjoyed it more and more each time that I read it! It was sexy and badass and dangerous and I really loved it. I love the Stonefire Dragons series, and this book was no exception. While it didn’t beat the first book, this was definitely still a really great and solid sequel/companion to Sacrificed by the Dragon, which I also reviewed, and I ended up giving this 5/5 stars obviously because I just loved it so much!
The next book I read was The Care and Feeding of Your Captive Earl by Kate McKinley.
I was pretty much imagining this to be pretty terrible judging it by the cover and title, but it actually was pretty decent! I did find this book to be incredibly predictable, but it was well written and tons of fun to read, so I did end up enjoying it overall! I do believe the ending was rushed quite a bit. However, I liked this book much more than I was expecting and ended up giving this 4/5 stars.
The next book I read was wild embers: poems of rebellion, fire, and beauty by Nikita Gill.
This is a poetry collection that I have been wanting to read for what seems like forever because Nikita Gill is one of my favorite contemporary poets, and while this collection was not what I was expecting, I did still really enjoy it! It is all about healing, self-love, and feminism, so I was absolutely in love with this collection. It does have a trigger warning for spousal and sexual abuse, so keep that in mind, but I absolutely loved it, and I cannot wait to read what else Nikita has in store. I did review this, and I also gave it 4.5/5 stars.
The last book I read was The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace.
This is another poetry collection, and I am fairly certain its my favorite one that I have ever read. This is a collection of poems that deal with a variety of different topics from physical and sexual abuse to eating disorders to transphobia, this collection covers it all. There is actually a page in the front of the collection with a trigger warning, so I’m just going to list everything here. There is a trigger warning for child abuse, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, trauma, death, murder, violence, fire, menstruation, transphobia and possibly even more. So definitely keep that in mind, but I think it is so important for everyone to read, no matter what gender or age or stage in life. It is so important because of all of these topics being talked about through a feminist lens. It really dives deep into the root of patriarchy and oppression on women, and it was so beautiful to read. I do go more in-depth in my review, but this is definitely going to be a poetry collection I am going to remember for years to come. I did end up giving this 5/5 stars because it was so phenomenal!
And there you have it! Those were all of the books I read in the month of August. What is your most anticipated release of the rest of the year? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!