August 2013: On My Shelves + Recap

Sarah Hearts
I still can't believe August has already come and gone! When did that happen? I traveled to Boston for work for a few days in August, so I made sure to stop by two local bookstores there and pick up a few "souvenirs." I didn't read quite as many books this month, but I was glad to slow down and take my time with the books I did read. I also met my Goodreads challenge to read 100 books! There is still plenty of time left in the year, so I'm excited to see how many books I end up reading.

Prior to blogging, I read adult reads and classics almost exclusively. The year I started blogging is when I was first got into young adult, and blogging has only fed those reading interests. However, I've been more drawn to adult reads lately and am loving the change of pace. I'm remembering just how much I love books for big kids and have found so many new ones to add to my shelves, as you'll see from my book purchases this month.

I also received the sweetest surprise from Magan at Rather Be Reading that had me jumping up and down, squealing, and clutching a certain book to my chest like I'd never let it go. I cannot thank her enough for thinking of me, and I know what's next on my nightstand!

On My Shelves

NetGalley: In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies and The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

Bought for Kindle: The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim, The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Bookstore Shopping: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adkins, The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway, The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig, Night Film by Marisha Pessl and The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Online Purchases: Middlemarch by George Eliot, Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe, The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Kantor and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Surprise from Magan at Rather Be Reading: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Books Read

96. Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
97. The Passing Bells - Phillip Rock
98. The Gallery of Vanished Husbands - Natasha Solomons
99. Circles of time - Phillip Rock
100. Born of Persuasion - Jessica Dotta
101. A Future Arrived - Phillip Rock
102. In Falling Snow - Mary-Rose MacColl

On My Blog

I reviewed: Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergren, Golden by Jessi Kirby, The Distance Between You & Me by Kasie West, Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer, The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara, The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni, The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons, The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock, Circles of Time by Phillip Rock, A Future Arrived by Phillip Rock


  1. Oh my GOD, that copy of Just One Year is so beautiful! *dies*

    Ooh, I also read seven books in August and I'll be reading Cinder this month.

    So many books in August and you're right, I liked it when I read Gone Girl earlier this year. It's a nice change of pace from reading YA. I should be picking up an adult novel soon.

    1. I KNOWWWWWWW. *faints*

      Yay for seven books in August, and I hope you enjoy Cinder! I preferred Scarlet, but Cinder was a great intro to the series.

      Glad you like changing pace with adult reads, too.

  2. I for one am loving your new turn towards AF! :D

    Side note: How did I miss this adorable wallpaper?

    1. I'm so happy you're enjoying all my adult reads lately!

      Aren't her wallpapers the cutest?!

  3. I refuse to believe that it's September. I still feel like I'm in June.

    I'll need to read Just One Day soon, or Judith might actually kill me.

  4. SO many things! (1) I cannot wait to hear what you think about Burial Rites. I discovered it through a Goodreads ad and have been dying to read it ever since! (2) We stopped by a flea market in NC this weekend that had a HUGE book booth and I found one of those Jane Austen Addict books. Obviously it made me think of you! ;) (3) The spines for the books you bought at the bookstore and online are so beautiful, especially The River of No Return and The Bone Season. Happy reading!


      2. Oh that makes me so happy! Glad you thought of me :)

      3. Totally agree! I thought the same thing when I was taking the monthly picture!

  5. Thanks for the mention. I hope you enjoy The Outcast!

    1. I hope so too! I've read some rave reviews :)


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