Taylor Swift was right. August really slipped away into a moment of time. I blinked and suddenly MY MONTH OF SUFFERING IS HERE. Yes I’m finally going to have online classes this month. This time it’s true and there’s no turning back. I am inconsolable.
However, I’m not here to fill your eyes with my personal woes. I’m here to discuss what I read last month and talk to you about my first readathon experience (ahh can’t wait for next year’s wikathon). Let’s get started!
I’m prefacing this by saying that August was a bit of an iffy reading month for me. It may not be obvious but I actually had a reading slump in August (pls believe me 😭). I really struggled with reading so imagine my surprise when I was preparing for this wrap up post and found out that I still read a lot of books. I don’t even know what exactly happened. Maybe it’s sorcery. Maybe it’s dumb luck. Maybe I’m just a huge clown. Only heaven knows.
Let’s move forward!
I’m kicking off this August wrap up by sharing my Wikathon experience! In case you didn’t know, Wikathon was a month-long readathon dedicated to Filipino authors in celebration of Buwan ng Wika (month of languages) in the Philippines. In my TBR post, I chose six books for the readathon which correspond to certain prompts made by the readathon hosts.
I ended up reading six books by Filipino authors but only four of these books were on my official TBR 🙈 I guess I’m still calling this a success??? Fine. Maybe not a full success.
Even though things didn’t go as well as I planned (i hate being a mood reader sometimes), I’m still happy that I got to discover new Filipino authors and their works. Also, I find solace in the fact that I can still support Filipino authors outside of Wikathon. SUPPORT FILIPINO AUTHORS ALL YEAR ROUND!
With that said, here are the Filipino-authored books I read in August:
📚 The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso — I loved this epic fantasy so much that Queen Tali and Khine live inside my mind rent free. I admire how this book skillfully portrays the nuances of a queen’s life and the struggles she has to face as a ruler, wife, and mother. You cannot trust men in this book except Khine. He’s the only man with rights.
📚 The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso — This sequel to The Wolf of Oren-Yaro broke me and you have to watch out for my full review soon. All I can say for now is that Queen Tali deserves a break.
📚 What About Today by Dawn Lanuza — A quick, light read about two teens spending the day on an amusement park and getting to know each other. This is a cute boy-meets-girl story that made me smile a lot.
📚 The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco — This horror book inspired from a Japanese ghost story is Rin Chupeco’s debut and I enjoyed it A LOT (rin chupeco doesn’t miss 😭). The clever, atmospheric writing stood out to me. It’s also relatively short so if you’re looking for a book that you can read in one sitting (and a very well-written book at that), pick this up.
📚 Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan — I listened to the audiobook and was immediately blown away. This is a mystery book about two priests investigating a series of killings in the Philippines. I’m a huge mystery fan so of course I had to read this book even though it wasn’t on my official Wikathon TBR. I wasn’t disappointed. Aside from the gripping mystery, I appreciate how it offered social commentary on issues such as poverty and law enforcement incompetence in the Philippines. Highly recommend to fans of mystery and detective stories.
📚 Vampires of Portlandia by Jason Tanamor — This was…a huge disappointment. I’m not going to lie: reading this was a struggle. I almost did not finish it but I powered through it because I hoped it would get better. It did not. The overall story lacked depth and I wasn’t able to connect with any of the characters. I was excited about the aswang plotline but the aswangs here were too americanized. This book didn’t give justice to the Filipino mythical stories I grew up with.
Audiobooks definitely saved me. They’re the only things my brain can tolerate while I’m on a slump. BLESS AUDIOBOOKS. I consumed a total of five audiobooks in August (including Smaller and Smaller Circles) and I loved them all.
Here are the other audiobooks I listened to in August:
📚 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo — I am just….in love with this whole book. All the poems made and broke me. I sobbed so hard while I was sweeping the floor listening to this. IF YOU LOVE BEAUTIFUL WRITING AND NARRATION, LISTEN TO THIS. I cannot recommend it enough.
📚 The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune — This is officially one of my favorite reads of 2020. It’s THAT good. This fantasy standalone is the bookish equivalent of a very warm hug and I treasure it so much. If you’re looking for a book that serves A+ found family goodness, pick this up. I can also guarantee that this will give you lots of serotonin bursts.
📚 The Epic Crush of Genie Lo + The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee — This duology is so underhyped and I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. These books made me laugh out loud a lot of times which I haven’t really experienced in a long time. Inspired from Chinese folklore, this action-packed fantasy duology will keep you at the edge of your seat. Highly recommended.
OTHER BOOKS + COMICS + MANGA
📚 The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty — My friends bullied me into reading this book and I will thank them forever for that. I fell in love with the lush world, the characters, and the cave scene (mentally im there?? maybe). The last chapters stressed me out in a good way and the epilogue made me scream because I WAS NOT READY FOR THOSE PLOT TWISTS. I’m also not ready for Kingdom of Copper. I may or may not be procrastinating because I’m afraid to read that book 🙃
📚 Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar — The beauty in this book is unparalleled. The writing is so pretty and the beautiful mental images it conjured made me happy. It didn’t end up being a favorite but this is still a magical standalone I think many people would love.
📚 Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance — I was taken aback by the new art style but I still enjoyed reading this comic. I loved all the Toph content. She deserves the spotlight so much.
📚 Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South — A fun read as usual and I loved seeing the whole gaang fight together in part three. Also appreciate the King Kuei and Bosco content.
📚 Avatar: The Last Airbender: Team Avatar Tales — I was not a fan of some art styles and there was no zuko content at all 😭
📚 Bungou Stray Dogs Volumes 1-3 — When I was in my slump, I drowned myself in a boatload of anime (im proud of myself for watching 141 episodes of black clover before the start of classes). One of my new favorites is Bungou Stray Dogs. I breezed through the three seasons and the movie because it’s that good. I’m so attached to the characters, the action scenes hyped me up so much and every OP is gold. I was starving for more content so of course I picked up the manga. I only read three volumes so far and I can’t wait to get to the part where the anime left off.
✨ no book of the month for august because i read so many good books and my indecisive ass is acting up ✨
I spent so much time watching anime that I wasn’t able to find too much time for blogging in August 🙈
I did enjoy writing these three posts so if you want to check them out here you go:
Here are also some of the blog posts I enjoyed reading in August:
Shealea’s blog was resurrected and I’m happy to see her putting out great content again! She recently published a post featuring lots of amazing Filipino content creators you should support.
Caitlin recommended diverse books that she has read this year. I spotted some faves and I hope you can find something that you will love as well.
Noura shared her latest 5 star predictions! The Poppy War is one of them and I’m just over here like 👀👀👀
now here’s the reckoning….
Was I able to fulfill all my August goals? Of course not lmao 🙃
❌ Read all the books in my TBR for Wikathon
✔️ Read and review ARCs (i managed to read three yesss)
✔️ Publish at least three posts on the blog (barely managed this but i’ll take it)
❌ Format my full review for The Burning God (well i started formatting but i wasn’t able to finish it and then i got too lazy to open my laptop)
❌ Study a bit before uni starts (i absolutely did not study anything except the bungou stray dogs fandom page which doesn’t count i guess. shocked and upset)
✨ no september goals because i already know online classes will eat me alive and i won’t be able to do anything else but cram ✨