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Devour Your TBR - Avid August Wrap Up

Happy Sunday everyone! This year I'm taking part in Devour Your TBR which is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches and destiny.  Each month the Goodreads Group for the challenge dedicated to knocking out our ever growing TBRs comes up with a themed challenge.  Keep reading to see mini reviews of my Avid August:

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Breaking the Gloaming (Light in the Gloaming #2) by J.B. Simmons - Breaking the Gloaming is a solid follow up to Light in the Gloaming which I won via Goodreads ages ago.  I'm glad I was able to refresh my memory after so long between books.  It ramps up the sense of action and adventure and tones down the philosophical tone of the first book as many storylines are coming to a head.  By the way, I enjoyed the mix of quotations at the head of each chapter from Yeats, Gandhi, Nietzsche, and Napoleon.

I read this from August 7 - 8, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.

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The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett is quite a bit different than any of the other Discworld books I've read of the years.  Honestly, though, I'm glad I didn't start off with it because it's a lot to take in.  I've heard that you should just totally skip the first three books in the series, but I'm going to say you should tackle them a bit later after you already have a sense for the world and some of the characters.  That said, it was fun to see characters that I've already met in their first outing.

I read this on August 3, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.

 I like Cherie Priest's style, but unfortunately Dreadnought didn't quite hold my attention as much as Boneshaker.  I will definitely have to read more of her work in the future.  I'm looking forward to more of The Clockwork Century and others from her in the future!

I read this from August 17 - 19, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.

You can read my review of  Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 by Bisco Hatori here as a part of my August Read Harder Challenge Update.

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Cat Winters is one of my favorite historical fiction writers who adds a dash of fantasy to her stories.  The Steep and Thorny Way  is no exception.  I particularly love that her stories feel so real.  It's clear that she does a lot of research to bring her characters and their world to life.  I always enjoy reading her historical notes and looking at the photos she incorporates into the story.  I'd say that Hanalee is her best character so far.  She's brave and won't give up until she learns the truth.  Plus, she's quite open-minded and always willing to listen to all sides and learn all she can before she makes decisions.  This powerful story deals with tough topics and Winters handles them well and thoughtfully.  Overall, I highly recommend The Steep & Thorny Way to those interested in this author's style, historical fiction, paranormal, and even Shakespeare's Hamlet.  Next up, I'll need to pick up Odd & True and then her contribution to Slasher Girls & Monster Boys before I'll be all caught up on her work.

I read this from August 15 - 17, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.

You can see my ARC mini reviews of The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot (released August 13, 2019), Crown of Coral and Pearl (Crown of Coral and Pearl #1) by Mara Rutherford (to be released August 27, 2019), The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham (released August 20, 2019), The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman (released August 13, 2019), and The Warehouse by Rob Hart (released August 13, 2019) that I read for this monthly challenge here.

Have you read any of these novels?  Are you taking part in this reading challenge?  This month I'm not taking part in Devour Your TBR Sequel September, but I am doing the LOHF Anniversary Readathon.  You can check out my TBR for that here.  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. Yay, you enjoyed The Steep & Thorny Way! I think it's one of my favorites by her as well. You're always so good with all the reading challenges, Lauren. Wishing you a happy September!

    1. Thanks, Alicia! Cat Winters is just so talented! :)


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