Bookish: September 2018 TBR & August Wrap Up

Back in my August 2018 TBR and July Wrap Up I stated that I did not do so great on the book front for July.

Well why break a habit of a summer? I also did not do so great on the book front for August. In fact, I did worse. 

*Sighs wistfully and looks dramatically off into the distance*

wonderful picture of wonder

Yep. The epic Paint skills are back.

No wonder I don’t get through my TBR if I’m doing this nonsense.

Anywhoo this was my August list and how I got on:-

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

I’m doing a buddy read of this with Marina from Books of Magic but because she was busy July and I was busy August it never happened so sadly this one didn’t get read. But do not fear! Marina and I are pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps and this is getting rolled into September.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo 

My review on this can be found here where I give it a glowing review and 4 cute little hearts. I very, very much enjoyed this and now have added a whole bunch of other Leigh Bardugo books to my list!

I have a book edit coming tomorrow as it is the 2nd September (and I try and get one done for the 2nd of each month) and I have based it on one of the stories in this collection. Which one? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned!

Longbourn by Jo Baker

So I had this to say about Longbourn back in August:

I’ve had it sat on my bookshelf since January 2017 and I’ll be darned if I let another month pass by without reading it.

Well people, I am darned. 

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

My review is here and it is also a glowing review with another 4 cute little hearts. I am a massive Alice Hoffman fan (but I am not always in love with what she writes) but I did really enjoy this one!

Much like for July, for August I aimed for four books and didn’t achieve four books. Oops.

Stats look like this:-

  • 2 books which were ‘not yet started’
  • 2 books with 4 star reviews

So I had a 50% success rate but those two books were both a 4 star read so all in all, not bad! Remember, quality over quantity right?? Right??

You will find neither quality nor quantity on this blog. Ahem.

I have valid reasons as to why August lacked on the reading front and that was because I was busy getting married! I’m not going to be too hard on myself for only reading two books because life is for living it and getting married is a pretty good excuse to slack off a book or two!

Before I start on my TBR for September let me introduce you to my new book haul. Oh yes.


Ignore the fact that I can’t (and will never) take artistic photos. Here is a picture of a stack of books. That is what you get.

Now my wonderful husband (back when we still weren’t married) promised me for my birthday (back in March) that we would go to the mega-Waterstones in London and he would buy me some books. It took months for us to actually get round to it but get round to it we did. This involved us walking into the mega-Waterstones, him turning to me and giving me a number and that was how many books I was allowed to pile up.

He isn’t a massive reader (like at all) but he loves that I love reading and so he just sits patiently on his phone with a basket by his feet while I hop, skip and jump around the stacks and scurry on back to drop them off before running back towards the shelves.

I’m going to be fairly optimistic and even though I have in no way been achieving my previous TBR’ I’m going to increase September’s to 6!



This is ON! Marina and I, buddy reading our way into the sunset.

We have totally got this more than we had it August.



I’m going to roll this one over because I hate leaving anything from a previous stack behind. I will do this. I will.


the winners curse

I took a huge gamble with picking up all three books in one go. Usually with trilogies I pick up the first book and that way, if I don’t like it, I haven’t wasted money on the remaining books. But I have good vibes for this one. I don’t know why. Vibes don’t always work out in my favour but I’m being optimistic.

I won’t include books two and three for September because I’m going to try and draw it out.



I’ve seen this knocking around for a while now so I’m excited to have picked this up. I know it’s another part one of a trilogy but unlike ‘The Winner Trilogy’ I have only picked up the first book.

There’s something that feels rather autumn/ winter about this so I want to crack on with it in September!


the bear

This is another book that I am incredibly excited to have picked up because again, it’s been on my TBR since the second I heard about its existence. All the bloggers that I follow who have read this have only said positive things. Does this mean that it’s over-hyped and my expectations are ridiculously high and could possibly be crushed?

Well, anything’s possible but I won’t know unless I try.

Yes, I’m going for the hat-trick. Another book one of a trilogy!



I struggled with which number six to pick as I am hungry to read them all but I went with my all time favourite writer Mr. Neil Gaiman and have gone for The Graveyard Book.

I would say I’m excited but I’ve said that a lot.

Oh who cares! I’m excited!

Gerry Goes Gandering

I like to let people know what I’ve been up to so here is my August!

Considering as how I didn’t get much reading done it doesn’t actually look like I did a lot else!

  • We went to an awesome wedding two weeks after our own which was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! The two people are just the nicest and loveliest people that I know so it was an absolute pleasure to be invited. I was still riding high from my own wedding so I did get a bit emotional and have a happy cry (I was also a bit tipsy so that didn’t help :P)
  • Speaking of wedding’s I had two of my own! My husband and I have been together eight years and got engaged last year. We realised that we would be together 8 years on the 8th of the 8th 2018 and so it seemed like a perfect date to get married. We had 8 people in attendance (didn’t realise that until the day), got married quietly in a registry office in the morning and then went to our favourite pub for lunch. We had a Chinese takeaway in the evening because the number 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture! That was the legal bit. We did it all again on Saturday but this time with all our friends and family and had a ‘wedding’ wedding!

I won’t scare you off with 300+ wedding photos that I threatened so there’s 3!

If anyone is curious we had three readings for the ceremony:-

  1. The Day the Saucers Came by Neil Gaiman (because I had to have Neil Gaiman in my wedding somehow)!
  2. An excerpt from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy about Arthur Dent and Fenchurch renting their flat
  3. A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton (we tweaked some of the wording to suit us)

Our table names were couples from books, so I snuck that in there too 😉


I’m hoping to write about what I aim to do in September other than reading but I might leave that for another blog post!

What books have you got planned for September? Any thoughts on any that I’ve mentioned?

Look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Reading

9 thoughts on “Bookish: September 2018 TBR & August Wrap Up

    1. Thank you! I’m happy that those 2 books were books that I really liked so that helps! I’m determined to make more of a dent in September’s!! I’m looking forward to DOSAB, going in with little to no knowledge of what its about so I have no expectations!

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