August Wrap-Up

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Hey y’all! Wow, was August even a month? So much happened that it honestly felt like a year.

I somehow managed to post every single day of August which is… well, nothing short of a miracle. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever done that. I’ve just been stocked up with ideas for so long and now I’m finally using my outlet.

Today I’ll only be focusing on my overall reading and blogging in August since I’ll still be posting a weekly wrap-up tomorrow. I’ve also kept you pretty up to date on life stuff over the past few weeks. If you’d like to know some of my latest life updates and some great book bloggers to add to your feed, I’d suggest checking out last week’s Let’s Catch Up.

Reading Stats

One of the things I really love about The StoryGraph is their reading breakdown. I literally didn’t know I read so many fast-paced books until I saw my reading stats. Yet another reason The StoryGraph is better than Goodreads.

I read 10 books that totaled 3,238 pages in August. I enjoyed the majority of these books and it was just a really fun reading month.

The StoryGraph breaks reading stats into 5 really well illustrated categories: Moods, Pace, Page Number, Fiction/Nonfiction, and Star Ratings. These are the beautiful charts that represent my August reading.

Moods

Rae's Reads and Reviews August Wrap-Up ~ The StoryGraph moods reading breakdown

What can I say? I love an emotional roller coaster

Pace

Rae's Reads and Reviews August Wrap-Up ~ The StoryGraph pace breakdown
Turns out, I’m not a fan of slow paced books

Page Number

Rae's Reads and Reviews August Wrap-Up ~ The StoryGraph page count pie chart
The majority of my books were over 300 pages

Fiction/Nonfiction

Rae's Reads and Reviews August Wrap-Up ~ The StoryGraph fiction vs nonfiction
I just didn’t read any nonfiction in August

Star Rating

Rae's Reads and Reviews August Wrap-Up ~ The StoryGraph star rating breakdown
My average rating for August was 3.9

My Favorite Reads of August:

My 5 star reads for August were quite the mix. YA Contemporary, Children’s Comics, and Adult Romance. I guess I really am starting to branch out.

You Should See Me in a Crown has been getting a ton of attention lately and I can personally say that it’s so well-deserved. I’ve been trying to read more LGBTQ+ books and this one was just wonderful. There was Black joy, a sapphic romance, a loving family, and an excellent platonic friendship. If you really need another reason to pick it up, or you just want to swoon with me, check out my full review.

The Loud House is one of the shows I know I would’ve loved as a kid (and I currently love it now) so seeing it on Netgalley made my heart so happy. I got an eARC and absolutely loved it. The Many Faces of Lincoln Loud was a fun reading experience.

I don’t know what else to say here that I haven’t said in my review. Get a Life, Chloe Brown is spicy in all the best ways.

What’s Poppin’

Remember how I said I posted every single day in August? Well, here I’ll be talking about my most viewed posts and my personal favorites. There was a lot of experimenting going on and a chunk of it seemed to pay off.

Here’s to my top 5 viewed posts of August:

The Ungodly Hour Book Tag was so much fun to make. It was my first time ever creating a book tag and I definitely had to think about these prompts. If you haven’t checked it out, I’d love it if you did and tried it out for yourself. I absolutely love seeing people’s answers.

My most anticipated September releases have already begun snatching my check, and rightfully so. The books of the month post for September will definitely be a loaded one.

The fact that I was nominated by Lori @ The Reading Fairy for The Outstanding Book Blogger Award honestly warms my heart. You can check out my answers to her questions as I try to keep from crying.

My July Wrap-Up got a lot more attention than I was expecting. It was nice to see that so many people were curious about how the month treated me. I also got some wonderful comments from wonderful people.

Using my Psychology degree to dissect my reading tastes was one of those posts that I really took my time on and I’m happy that it got the attention it did. I’ve always been fascinated by the mind and how people work. It was fun bringing that fascination into this space of mine.

Now let’s move onto my own personal favorites. I won’t be repeating the Top 5 even though I love those posts, too.

My personal faves:

The Opposite of Always Dream Cast took me well over a month to create. It was just in my drafts for a while and I would keep coming back to it every time I could think of someone. I’m honestly so happy with how it turned out in the end.

Reliving my childhood through a Magic Treehouse reread was honestly so much fun. I listened to the audiobook of the first book in the series and it was just such a fun time. Good times and good vibes.

Assigning Gospel songs to my favorite books was one of my first dabbles into some experimentative posts. It was actually my first post of August. I had so much fun making it and I have a ton of other song to books posts in my drafts that I need to finish at some point so I can share them with you.

My book of the month for August will probably come as a surprise for those of you who have been following along on my blog for any amount of time. Definitely tried getting outside of my comfort zone with this one.

Stephen Colbert Reaction GIF by MOODMAN
Looks like Stephen Colbert is giving me my cue

That’s all for today! Since I’ll still be posting our catch up session tomorrow, I’ll just add all of the lovely bloggers and booktubers for you to check out over there.

How was your month of August?

What are you looking forward to in September?

Have you started any amazing new reads?

Let me know in the comments below, let’s chat!

7 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up

  1. Woah, even when I was more active on the blog, I don’t think i ever went an entire month with posting every single day! *big applause*!!!
    I also can’t wait to start the Brown-sisters-books, because I saw you and some of my friends enjoy it so much πŸ˜€ Hope you have a great September ahead of you!

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    • Thank you πŸ˜€ I’m honestly surprised I managed to do a full month. There were a couple days I almost didn’t post, but at that point I was way too far in

      I hope you end up loving the Brown sisters as much as I do! They’re so much fun πŸ™‚

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  2. Pingback: Let’s Catch Up (#17) | Rae's Reads and Reviews

    • I’m happy to hear that Janet πŸ˜€ I really try to use this platform to spread the news about things I support. StoryGraph is one of those things and I really like what they’re doing πŸ™‚

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