August Reading Wrap Up

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Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these reading wrap-ups. I haven’t been doing as much reading lately because I’ve been focusing on getting my manuscript finished, but I read some really good books in August that I wanted to share with you all.

August Reading Wrap Up

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Hardcover BOTM)
The Library of Legends by Janie Chang (Hardcover BOTM)
The Diviners by Libba Bray (Audiobook through Libby)

Favorite Reads This Month

This may be cheating, but I couldn’t pick a favorite this month. Also, it’s my blog, so I get to make the rules and I’m deciding they are all favorites.

  • Mexican Gothic is a beautifully haunting and atmospheric story that takes place in 1950s Mexico. I am a huge Silvia Moreno-Garcia fan, so this one was an auto-buy for me and it didn’t disappoint. Noemi is such a strong-headed and interesting character, and I love the way she interacted with the family at High Place. The story was both captivating and terrifying. There are so many unique concepts and I can’t wait to see what Hulu does with this story. Seriously, read this one, and if you haven’t yet, read her other novel Gods of Jade and Shadow. Both are amazing.
  • The Library of Legends is a wonderful historical fantasy that takes place in 1930s China and follows a group of university students who have to flee their school when war breaks out. Janie Chang does a beautiful job mixing in mysticism and folklore into a story about war and politics. I learned so much about a piece of history that I knew nothing about and was taken on an enchanting and heartbreaking adventure. It has romance and murder and mythology. I highly recommend reading this one, especially if you have an interest in Chinese folklore.
  • The Diviners is a book that I have owned for years but seemed to somehow slip my mind until a friend’s recommendation brought it back to my attention. Libba Bray is a beautiful writer and her Gemma Doyle series is one of the books that sparked my love for YA fantasy. Even though I own the hardcover version of The Diviners, I decided to borrow the audiobook through Libby so I could listen to it in the car and I LOVE January LaVoy’s narration of this story. It is a historical, paranormal fantasy, set in 1920s New York City. The story follows a group of characters, some with magical abilities, as the try to piece together clues about a mystery killing. Evie is wonderful and I am definitely team Sam. It’s got ghosts and murder and magic, and you should absolutely read it if you haven’t.

What did you read this month? What were some of your favorites? And have you read any of these? Let’s discuss!

Currently Reading: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Currently Watching: Master in the House and Love with Flaws
Currently Listening: The playlist I made for my WIP and Taylor Swifts Exile on repeat.

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