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August Wrap Up: 90s Music Radio Shows and Opening Doors to Other Worlds


Welcome to another reading wrap up! August was actually a great reading month – I feel like I read a lot (for me) and I enjoyed everything I read (for the most part)! So I am super excited to talk about books I read.


This was a wonderful surprise for me, just because I got this in an Owlcrate and had no idea what to expect from it. But it was such a wonderful read, with a really great setting, that reminded me a lot of Middle Grade Fantasy books I used to love. On top of that, it was tropey in the best way, and I really enjoyed it so much and had such a wonderful reading experience with it. I have a full review up, and you can find more of my thoughts on the book HERE.


I was so lucky to get to read Lucky Caller early. Emma Mills is one of my absolute favorite writers, and I am so glad I got to read this so early. I am holding off on the review until a bit closer to the January release date, but just know that this is as precious and as wonderful as all Emma Mills’ books and it features references to her previous books + a friend group that runs a 90s music radio show for a school project. There’s also a childhood sweetheart romance and great family dynamics and we stan Emma Mills forever.


Another wonderful surprise of the month! I got this alongside my Gideon the Ninth ARC and hadn’t known what to expect, but this novella was fantastic. The writing is absolutely stunning and transportive, the story is dark and gritty, and there are these romantic subtones to it that just elevate it to another level. If you want more of my thoughts, my review is now up on Goodreads (and hey, let’s be friends on there!)


Then I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I can safely say this book was gorgeous, in and out. By far, one of the best-written debuts I ever read. The writing is absolutely stunning, and the novel is a celebration of stories and fantastical worlds, but it also looks at the human experience in a really wonderful way. Highly recommended. Full review can be found HERE.


I love Loki and I really loved The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, but this did not really work for me fully. I think it definitely had its strong points – I enjoyed the first part and I think Loki’s character was done justice, but I think the book like all Mackenzi Lee’s novels had some pacing issues and I wanted a lot more from it than I got. Full review is available HERE.

red white royal blue

Then I had to reread Red, White and Royal Blue for self-care reasons and it was even better upon reread. Amazing characters and amazing character dynamics, and by far one of my favorite books of the year. You can find my full review HERE.


This is a graphic novel memoir, and it covers so many important topics, like sexual abuse and alcholism and it’s actually a memoir, so it’s very personal and poignant. However, the format did not really work to its advantage fully, but I would still recommend this, because I think it was really important. More thoughts available on my Goodreads.


I am so sad about this, but I had so many issues with this. From the world-building, to the writing, to the narrative structure and pacing, this book incredibly frustrated me, and not even the more basic version of the Nina x Matthias dynamic could save it for me. I wrote a long review about why I did not like it, and you can find it HERE.

I did DNF one book – Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. I could not get into it at all, and I was really struggling, so it was just time to dnf it. I might return to it someday, but I don’t really see myself doing that. No one is more saddened by this development than me.

Here’s how I did this month:


This is overall a really great stats break down and I am so satisfied with this. Hopefully, the rest of the year is also this great!

addI’d love to hear from you – how was your reading month? What was your favorite read in August? I’d love to know!



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13 thoughts on “August Wrap Up: 90s Music Radio Shows and Opening Doors to Other Worlds

  1. Looks like you had an okay reading month!
    Sad to see that you didn’t love Loki! But I’ve heard more disappointing reviews unfortunately 😦


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  2. Truly “tropey in the best way” is an absolute MOOD. Sometimes, tropes are the best and I actively look for them ♥ That made me so curious about A Sorcery of Thorns! And Red, White & Royal Blue is also one of my favourite novels of the year, it was the hope I needed and sometimes hold on to even to this day. I should reread it soon too. After reading your review of Serpent & Dove, and as a French person, I feel like the worldbuilding would bug me so much if I picked it up. I really wanted to read, it sounded brilliant but now I’m not so sure.
    I hope you have a wonderful month of September Marija!

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    1. YES, I think tropes can be wonderful when they are done in a refreshing way, or just done right! YES reading Red, White and Royal Blue made me so happy and left me feeling hopeful about life and society, which is getting really hard to be. Ah I wouldn’t recommend this one, but I’d be SO interested to hear what you as a French person think of it – it really annoyed the hell out of me 😅


      1. Like, french settings I like, it’s always interesting to see what an author does with the history I’ve learned in school! For examples, in The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi bases her story in France in a very specific time period while also adding some fantasy elements and adapting a few things which was GREAT. You’re told you’re in France but things might be slightly different than “actual” France. But the way you described the worldbuilding in Serpent & Dove makes me think the author tries to make us think it’s in a completely different setting? Maybe I shall read it to see haha

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      2. I am so glad to hear that about The Gilded Wolves, I have it on my TBR! And this wasn’t like that at all – it’s set in a land called Belterra (sigh) and they speak French occasionally and there’s like christianity and the church and that’s basically it 🤷🏻‍♀️ ahh I am so interested to hear what you think now 😂

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  3. Oh no, I’m so sad you DNFed Kingdom of Souls! It looks so good 😭 But I’m glad you enjoyed Sorcery of Thorns! I originally wasn’t going to add it to my TBR because I didn’t like An Enchantment of Ravens, but seeing all the love and hype for it definitely makes me want to read it now haha. And rereading RW&RB is truly self care 😎💕 I hope you have an amazing September, Marija!!

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    1. I think it’s just me – the book sounds brilliant, I just could not get into it, no matter how hard I tried, so I had to DNF 😭 I would have never thought twice about the book honestly, but I got it in an Owlcrate and thought why not and ended up really enjoying it. WE ALWAYS AGREE 💜 Hope you have a fantastic month too! 💜

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  4. I have heard so many amazing things about Red, White and Royal Blue from everyone online. I can’t wait to get my hands on that book and read it as well. 🙂 I haven’t read anything by Margaret Rogerson yet but I’m interested in both of her books. Their covers are gorgeous and the synopsis sound intriguing. I hope you have an amazing September! 😀

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