Books I Read in August 2020

Good morning everyone! Today is going to be another quick post from me because it’s going to be my August wrap up! I only read 3 books in August. So it’ll be really quick and easy to go over them.

That being said, let’s get right into this.

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To start, let’s go over some stats for this month. They aren’t great, just know that. But that’s okay. I’m hopefully getting out of this slump!

  • Total Pages Read: 759
  • Physical Pages vs Audiobook: 406 vs 353
  • Page Range: 150-353 (Average: 253)
  • Physical Books vs Audiobooks: 2 vs 1
  • Genres: 2 Romance, 1 Scifi
  • Formats: 2 eBook (2 ARCs), 1 Audiobook
  • Age Ranges: 2 Adult, 1 Young Adult

If you can think of any other stats you would like for me to include, let me know.

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There Are Things I Can’t Tell You by Edako Mofumofu

*I got this book from Netgalley and Tokyo Pop for my honest review*

There Are Things I Can’t Tell You is an adult manga about two men falling in love. Kasumi and Kyousuke have been best friends since they were younger. After high school, they stopped talking to each other and seeing each other, but are reunited later in life and old feelings are reignited.

While this manga was decent, I feel like it could have been a lot better if it would have been longer. I feel like a lot of the things that this manga tried to cover weren’t fleshed out enough because of the short length of it. I would have liked better to have been able to dive deeper into the emotions of these characters. I felt that a lot of the feelings were told rather than shown to me.

Side note, for me personally, it was too graphic. But that’s not something I used to influence my rating since that’s something very personal to me and I figured going into it that it would be fairly graphic.

If you’re looking for a quick romance between two friends who have been pining for each other most of their time together, I’d say give this a chance.

I ended up giving this 3 stars.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross is the first book in a “new” duology by Marie Lu. It follows a girl who taught herself a lot in the world of hacking as a way to make money. Now about to be kicked out of her apartment, she needs to come up with a lot of money, and fast. So she decides to hack into the most popular game during the beginnings of the tournament.

After getting caught, Emika is hired by the creator of the game to be a part of the tournament to try to find another hacker who is trying to sabotage the tournament. Now Emika must work in secret trying to figure out who the other hacker is while not blowing her cover that she’s working with the creator of the game.

I really loved this book! I can’t wait to continue on with the series and finish it off. While the ending of book 1 was fairly predictable for me, the journey to that point is what kept me going. I was hoping this thing wouldn’t happen, though not in a way that made me dislike when it did. If that makes sense. Either way, I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to finish it.

The Roommate Problem by Mariah Ankenman

The Roommate Problem is the third book in the Mile High Happiness series and though it can be read alone, I recommend reading this series from the beginning because Mariah Ankenman is a wonderful author. Also, since the two characters those books follow are the best friends of the main character of this book, they are a fairly big part of this story. To better understand these characters, I would recommend reading The Best Friend Problem and The Best Man Problem first, in that order.

This book follows Mo, the always happy and go-lucky one of the trio. She always looks for the best in a situation and is very much a people person. Enter August, Mo’s complete opposite. He would much rather have a night at home eating nothing more than chicken and veggies. Definitely different from Mo’s want to go out to a bar and eat pineapple on pizza.

August ends up moving in with Mo since Mo’s best friends moved out to live with their true loves, what Mo is looking for more than anything. Except these two don’t click, no matter what Mo tries. They are just too different. Until they decide to give into the attraction they both know they are feeling. One night. That’s it. Get it out of their systems. Except, what if one night isn’t enough?

I absolutely loved this book. The fact it took me forever to read it was because of my slump, not the book itself. Mariah Ankenman just knows how to write characters that I can’t help but to love. I loved the romance and I loved the story. There are definitely some things in the book that people might not enjoy, like the main portion of the book is one character keeping secrets from the other, but overall I really enjoyed it and I can’t fully blame them for their reasonings for keeping the secrets. But that’s a spoilery topic I won’t be sharing in here.


The following sections are updates I didn’t plan on adding, but I saw them in BookWyrmKnits’ August Wrap Up so I decided to include them too! Make sure you check out their post! They definitely read more than I did.

Series Started:

Warcross

Series Finished:

Mile High Happiness (I don’t think there will be anymore books in this series. It followed the three characters of the friend group so I think they are done)

Currently Reading (as of Sept 3rd):

After the Woods by Kim Savage
Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen
Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Reading Goal Updates:

Read 50 Books Currently on my TBR: Warcross
Linz the Bookworm 2020 Reading Challenge: Read a book about a video game or virtual reality
Read 100 Books: 3 books added (totaling to 85 books this year)

Readathon Updates:

Readathin: 1 book read; Read a book that is part of a series & Read a book that was published in 2017


Overall, while this month wasn’t my best and I know that I could have done better, I’m not upset. I am just putting it behind me and moving onto September. I’ve already finished a manga this month and I plan on working on more of After the Woods today after I finish this post.

If you’d like to chat more about either books or anything else, come join my Discord, Books and Love! There are channels for general, gaming, and I’m always looking to add more as the server grows!

Thank you all so much for joining me and make sure you comment and let me know what your favorite read of August was!

I’ll see you all very soon.

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21 Comments

    1. Thanks so much! I’m hoping so too! Currently, I would say it is. I’ve finished one book, halfway through one of the bigger books on my TBR, and fairly actively working on my physical and ebooks.

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  1. A stay you could include is the representation in the books if there is any. Sometimes it’s hard to know just based off of the synopsis. My favorite read of August was P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.

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    1. I thought about including that with this post, but I ended up not for some reason. But I definitely will try to in the future! Thank you for the recommendation. I still need to read PS I Like You! But it’s definitely on my TBR.

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      1. I’ve been working through Kasie West’s books with a friend of mine but the past couple months we haven’t really discussed reading another one. I’ll definitely have to bring it back up soon.

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    1. It’s a tough balance, but audiobooks have saved me 😂 Listening to books while playing Animal Crossing is definitely something I’ve done. I also haven’t been playing too much Animal Crossing lately. Just doing daily stuff since I have no idea what sort of island organization I want to do. I did start working on one portion of my island but I have to wait for my house to be moved again before I can really dive into it.

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      1. I usually listen to the tv while playing. xD I’ve tried audiobooks in the past and I like them. But the experience is different, like your head coming up with it’s own voices for the characters.

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      2. Yeah. It’s definitely different. I’m really bad with coming up with voices for each character, so for me it’s enjoyable to listen to someone else’s interpretation. But as was the case with the Six of Crows duology, I read the first book physically so listening to the second book just was off for me. It didn’t hit me right because I read the entire first book with certain thoughts on how the characters spoke and acted. That was different than the way the audiobook was so unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it very much.

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      3. That’s exactly what I meant about coming up with your own voices! I guess I should’ve said your brain unconsciously does it. lol. But yeah, I have the same problem with switching from one media to another within a series.

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      4. Usually I don’t have much of an issue. But it seems like if I read the book before I got into audiobooks, any sequels should be physically read. But if I’ve read it after I got into audiobooks, then it’s a smoother transition. I think I had one series that sticks out that I read before audiobooks that I could easily transition to the audio for. But Illuminae and Six of Crows stand out to me as books that I can’t listen to, no matter how good the audiobooks are (because they both have wonderful casts for the audiobooks and I know they are well done).

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