August 2023 Wrap-Up

Here is what I read/posted/bought in August.

As always, let me know if you have read any of these books and (if you did) what you thought of them.

Books I Read:

Books I got from NetGalley:

Books I got from Authors/Indie Publishers:

Giveaway Winners

Ignite the Magic by Donna Grant

Books Reviewed:

The Shadow Girls by Alice Blanchard—review here (3 stars)

Ride for Glory by Ann Hunter—review here (4 stars)

Gone Tonight by Sarak Pekkanen—review here (3 stars)

The Gullfather: Birdsy Seagull: Vol 1: A Seahawk Situation—review here (4 stars)

Stalking Around the Christmas Tree by Jacqueline Frost—review coming October 17th

Overdue or Die by Allison Brook—review coming October 10th

A Clue in the Crumbs by Lucy Burdette—review here (4 stars)

The Hundred Loves of Juliet by Evelyn Skye—review here (4 stars)

Dark Corners by Megan Goldin—review here (4 stars)

Assault: Girl With a Knife by James T. Hogg—review here (4 stars)

Mister Magic by Kiersten White—review here (4 stars)

California Golden by Melanie Benjamin—review here (4 stars)

A Killer in the Family by Gytha Lodge—review here (4 stars)

Spin a Black Yarn by Josh Malerman—review here (4 stars)

North of Nowhere by Allison Brennan—review here (4 stars)

The One That Got Away by Charlotte Rixon—review here (2.5 stars)

In the Wick of Time by Valona Jones—review coming October 17th

Marry Me by Midnight by Felicia Grossman—review here (4 stars)

Unexpecting by Jen Bailey—review here (3 stars)

One Night by Georgina Cross—review here (3 stars)

The Body in the Back Garden—review here (4 stars)

A Dragon’s Dyne by Brett Salter—review coming September 5th (4 stars)

Reading Challenges:


Scavenger Hunt TBR Book Challenge (find a book with the same amount of pages as the last book and read it)—Woman Scorned

Scavenger Hunt (a book translated from another language)—Anxious People

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2023 (a book with “Girl” in the title)—The Fireproof Girl

2023 TBR Toppler (a book over 500 pages)—The Yellowstone Conundrum

2023 Monthly Themes (books in the heat/summer)—What Happened at the Lake

2023 Reading Challenge (a book with a yellow cover or yellow title)—A Worse Secret

2023 ABC Challenge (G)—Girl with No Fingerprints

Romanceopoly 2023! (Adult or New Adult friends to lovers)—Anything for Love

2023 TBR Prompts (longest book on my TBR)—The Needle House


Buzzword Reading Challenge 2023 (body-related words: the body itself or body-related works like heart, skin, liver, flesh…etc)—Broken Heart Syndrome

2023 Sami Parker Reads Title Challenge (a book with a wild animal in the title. Common companion animals like dogs, cats, ferrets, fish, snakes, lizards, and horses do not count)—The Wolf Within

Cover Scavenger Hunt 2023 (a heart)—Lost Shadows

The StoryGraph Reads the World (South Africa)—The Warning Bell

The StoryGraph’s Genre Challenge (a nonfiction history book about an LGBTQIA+ issue or person)—Gender Queer

Beat the Backlist 2023 (fairy/folktale you haven’t heard before)—Splintered

Scavenger Hunt TBR Book Challenge (find another book with a title that has the same amount of letters as the last book and read it)—The Beginning

Scavenger Hunt (a book from my least favorite genre that I might like)—the sun and her flowers

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2023 (a celebrity memoir)—Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Books I bought:

Bite Me by Lisa Renee Jones

My Favorite Night by Claudia Burgoa

Tales from a Magical Teashop: Stories of the Tea Princess Chronicles by Casey Blair

Mercury’s Shadow by P.J. Garcin

Sensibly Wed by Kasey Stockton

Runaway Love by Melanie Harlow

Home Game by Lisa Suzanne

Spooning My Chuchunya by Marilyn Barr

Veronique’s Journey by Patti Flinn

The Bond by Robin Kirk

Constantine: A History by Donna Grant

Moon Kissed by Donna Grant

Where Lost Girls Go by B.R. Spangler

One Man by Lisa Renee Jones

Intrigued by Z.L. Arkadie

Shopaholic on a Honeymoon by Sophie Kinsella

Just for Show by Tawna Fenske

When You Return to Me by Dana Morton

The Prince’s Prisoner by Quinn Blackbird

Engelstatt by Samuel Church

Wormwood by D.H. Nevins

It’s in His Kiss by Bria Quinlan

Stay by Chelsea Camaron

Bunny Hearts Bear by V. Vaughn

That’s Why the Lady is a Tramp by Merry Farmer

The Fairy Tale Bride by Kelly McClymer

Duke Looks Like a Groomsman by Valerie Bowman

Il Padrone by Leigh Kenzie

Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers

Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt by Jodi Allen Brice

Herbs and Homicide by Carly Winter

Dancing with Danger by Kerrigan Byrne

Killing Time by K.J. Waters

The Doctor by Nikki Sloane

Top 5 Tuesday: Freebie

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shannah at Bionic Book Worm and now is being hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan reads.

It is pretty simple. There is a schedule of topics for every Tuesday. You select the one for that week and run with it.

The topics for September are:

5 September: Top 5 book spines

Firstly, let’s show off all of our favourite book spines… 😍

12 September: Top 5 end papers

Then some really pretty end papers… 🥹

19 September: Top 5 naked hardcovers

And finally, drop those dust jackets and show us the naked hardcovers of your bookshelf dreams… 😘

26 September: Top 5 dedications

Also, I really want to know what your fave book dedications are!!

As always, please let you know if you have read, are planning to read or want to read anything I post.

Since today’s topic is a freebie, I decided to do the last five downloaded books. I buy many free books, so my downloaded to Kindle TBR is slightly out of control.