Coffee and… A Bookish August

I do not know how we have gotten to the end of another month, and yet here we are! Join me in a coffee?

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The Coffee:

This week’s coffee is from a new supplier: Pact coffee. We had something of a bean emergency recently and placed a last minute order with them. The beans arrived fast and make delicious coffee, so we will definitely use these again. First up was the El Retiro Pacamara from El Salvador with tasting notes of pineapple and cherry.

The Wrap Up:

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August has been a good month for reading, mainly thanks to Series Crackdown Readathon. I have thoroughly enjoyed being one of the hosts for this, and the push it gave me to read some of the series books sitting on my shelves.

August also saw S turning 9 (I am in denial), and Husband turn a year older. We ate a lot of cake. We had a week off at the start of the month, and as this post goes live, we will be off again. S is going on a short camping break for a couple of days, and I am (hopefully) going to see my Nana for the first time since lockdown as the home are allowing brief visits.

Steph chose my TBR for this month and, as you might expect, it was a brilliant TBR filled with books I have really enjoyed reading.

reading stats

Books Read: 11

Pages Read: 1384

Star Ratings:

Five Stars

  • Jack of Hearts by Lev A. C. Rosen: Jack is a great character who is living his best life and isn’t letting anyone dull his shine. There’s a creepy stalker and a bit of a mystery going on amongst Jack having all the sex and offfering all the advice in an online column. This book is clever. It made me cackle, it made me furious, and it filled me with joy. I loved this.
  • Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch: This second book in the DI Kelly Porter book was just as good as the first. I made the mistake of reading it late at night and scaring myself stiff. A brilliant book. I can’t wait to read the rest.
  • Dead End by Rachel Lynch: Another page turner in the DI Kelly Porter series. The crimes in these books are always brilliantly plotted and written, but it was the personal side of this story and the impact on Kelly that really made this for me. I am, of course, diving straight into the next book.
  • F.O.X.E.S by M.A. Bennett: I reviewed this in full for the blog tour, which you can see here. I loved it.
  • Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell: This is just a gorgeous story about found family, being brave and never giving up hope. I absolutely loved it.
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo: I’m not going to “review” this, but it is a must-read for anyone wanting to better understand the subject of race and inequality.
  • Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas: This was a reread for me and I loved it as much as the first time I read it.

Four Stars

  • Cogheart by Peter Bunzl: I loved this book. The characters were brilliant and the mystery had me on the edge of my seat. Definitely going to read the rest of this series.
  • Havenfall by Sara Holland: Another brilliant fantasy from Sara, with a great setting, great characters and a great plot. The twists shocked me to my core. I can’t wait for the sequel.
  • Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann: This book packs a real punch. It’s heartbreaking to read at times, with some truly horrendous moments. But it is also very hopeful. You should all read it.

challenge updates
Goodreads: 99/175 which puts me 14 books behind schedule. I’m not desperately bothered about that. 175 is a huge goal, and this has been a weird year for reading. Maybe I’ll catch up, maybe I won’t. We’ll see.

Conquering Mount Ted: I have 139 books on Mount Ted apparently. I think there are a few to arrive soon and some I have not yet added to Goodreads, so I am sure this number will change in the near future, but I am pleased that it’s slowly trickling down. I’m less optimistic than I was about getting this below 100 by the end of the year.

Steph’s Books: I read one book from Steph’s pile this month, but I also saw her in person and gained more books. So… yeah.

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September books I am excited for are:

  • Savage Her Reply by Dierdre Sullivan
  • Kidnap on the California Comet by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman.
  • Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

How was your August? Are you ready for September?

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