Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2014

Posted September 1, 2014 by Debby in Monthly Wrap-Ups / 6 Comments

August 2014: the month of whatever even

August is already over! And I’m still unemployed with no leads. *sigh* But this month was great for me in reading. I fell head over heels for audiobooks, which meant I got through a LOT of books. I actually got a great head start on my September review copies too. And overall, I was really productive on the blog – achieving a new first of posting something new every day of the month. I hope you guys appreciated that and don’t feel like I was overwhelming you 😉 I also participated in the #30daysofbookstagram on Instagram.

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August Reads

Books Read:

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher
Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (audio)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Frostbite by Richelle Mead (audio)
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (audio)
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (audio)
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Book of the Month:

Hook's Revenge

August Stats
Total books read: 17
Total pages read: 6,628
Average rating: 3.15
4 2014 debut authors read
5/17 (29%) standalones, 12/17 (71%) series
12/17 (70%) paper, 1/17 (6%) pixels, 4/17 (24%) audio
2014 Stats
Total books read: 83
Total pages read: 30,912
Average rating: 3.43
13 2014 debut authors read
40% standalones, 60% series
66% paper, 28% pixels, 6% audio

August Reviews

August Posts

On the Big Screen

I actually did watch some movies this month, finally. On the day of my cousin’s wedding, in between events, we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy and guys I cannot even begin to explain how much I loved that movie. It is freaking perfection. I loved every minute of it. I want to watch it again already. It totally lived up to the hype. This put me on a Marvel kick, so I also watched Iron Man for the first time – yes, I am in fact 6 years behind on LIFE (I just didn’t want to have to buy into the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, but GotG convinced me) – and it was awesome. The Incredible Hulk was less impressive – in fact pretty darn boring, but I multitasked my way through it.

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TV’s been pretty quiet since it was still summer. But we did have some exciting premieres: Outlander (Jamie is mighty fine) and Reckless (actually premiered in July, but still, sexy lawyers bantering). I’ve been enjoying Young & Hungry for my sitcom needs. Suits continued airing and was a bit rocky to me – didn’t like the relationship drama very much, but the end of this half of the season kind of pulled it back together. And errrr Doctor Who came back. I can get used to the new Doctor, probably, but I’m definitely still mourning Whoufflé. I dunno if I’ll ever be over that.

Through My Speakers



1. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
2. Break Free by Ariana Grande
3. Happy Little Pill by Troye Sivan
4. The Promise by Emma Blackery

In Real Life

  • I celebrated my 23rd birthday with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. They kindly invited me to stay at their house for a long weekend which was the perfect relaxation. They even baked me a cake, and my cousin took me to the Dolfinarium, where I shot the cutest photo ever (see below). On the day itself, I also got to skype with my best friend, who lives in London, and my dad, stepmother and stepbrothers. Basically, love all around. And I really needed that.
  • One of my cousins got married – so I got to go to my second wedding ever! The ceremony itself was so Dutch and kind of informal? There wasn’t a lot of pomp and circumstance, it was just at the city hall, where the government official held a bit of a speech and they signed the papers. Later in the evening was the party, which was at a beach club – super nice! But since I was with my uncle and cousins who both had to work the next morning, we didn’t stay very long.
  • We had another book club meeting, where all four of us got to rant angrily about The Catcher in the Rye. You will see my ragey review very soon. But still, book club is lovely ♥ and the sushi was delicious. Guys, we’ve almost done this for a year. A YEAR. Woah.
  • My sister came to the Netherlands for the wedding, so we also hang out together for a day and took a day trip up to Groningen. We’ve had a pretty shaky relationship in the past, but it was actually surprisingly all right. I didn’t feel as much judgment from her, and we managed to keep up a good conversation. Damn is Groningen boring though. At least there’s beer.
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That’s it for me. How was your month?

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6 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2014

    • o_o I can’t really see anything redeemable about The Catcher in the Rye. I’m infinitely puzzled. Only a couple of my friends on Goodreads disliked it and I just DO NOT understand. But oh well.

  1. No, I wasn’t overwhelmed with all your new posts at all, as long as you can keep up with it 🙂 Seems like you had a great reading month! I’ll be seeing Guardians of the galaxy soon (although I still haven’t seen The fault in our stars, haha) I guess I’m not really in the mood for something sad..I’m so curious about Outlander. I liked the first couple of books, but I have been waiting so I can binge-watch some episodes. I think you are happy to hear I’m finally watching Doctor Who :p It’s great you had such a good birthday and a nice day with your sister. The book club was fun, I can’t believe it’s almost a year!
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    • I think I am working my way toward a burn out, to be honest, both on reading and blogging, so I think I’m going to take it a bit easier. Just so many ARCs. Ugh. x_x

      WATCH GotG OMGGG. I loved it so so much. I get you on TFIOS. Only watch that if you’re prepared to cry.

  2. Job interviews are such a pain in the ass. I hope you’ll find something soon! I’ve been job searching on and off for the past 2 years and I hate it, currently I am not job searching as I am focussing on my blog tour organizing business for a while instead.
    And wow you got a lot books read this month, I didn’t do so well and only got 4 books read. Sounds like you had a great month, happy belated birthday!
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    • *sigh* I just registered at the unemployment office here and it was a major bummer. I just need to find something fast because every day that I’m unemployed feels like a failure. I’m going to start searching much more broadly, because the companies I’ve been applying to so far are not even bothering to send me any response. Majorly annoying.

      Thanks for the support 🙂

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