August Recap & Stacking the Shelves (50) || Queen of Shadows, UK, and Hello September!

august recap

So. I’m trying something new! Ever since I began cutting down on my Sunday Weekly Wrap Ups — because, let’s face it, my life isn’t that interesting* — I thought I would do monthly recaps to hopefully fill in the gaps. August, too, was the month of Converting My Friend Into the Supernatural Fandom*.

*In saying that, however, I can affirm that the cookie shown above was DELICIOUS.

*She’s now probably almost done with season two. I believe I was successful.


  • I passed my 200 books reading challenge  — which, fyi, is the MOST I’ve ever read in a year.
  • I DEVOURED The Young Elites by Marie Lu, and I think I can easily say it was my favourite read of August (along with A Darker Shade of Magic). So if you haven’t read them, I recommend you do so ASAP. And then come lament with me over the fact that we have to wait forever for A Gathering of ShadowsThe Accident Season, A Thousand Pieces of You, Rook,and Abhorsen were also some BRILLIANT reads.





  • Overall — twenty-five books read.


  • I’ll be heading off to the UK for four-ish weeks, so there won’t be many blog posts coming from me, aside from the ones that I’ve managed to schedule.
  • When it gets to the later half of September/October, expect LOTS of UK posts*.
  • I’m part of Samantha Shannon/Bloomsbury’s Australian blog tour for the paperback release of The Mime Order. If you haven’t read these books, THEN GET ON IT. I adore them to bits.


  • I’ll have less and less time to comment on your beautiful blogs, so I’ll do as much as I can beforehand.
  • Not only is it September, but it’s spring. Which means flowers (and pleeeenty of photography) and allergies… which is decidedly less fantastic if you ask me. But in all seriousness: WHERE HAS THE YEAR GONE!? I swear I was waking up yesterday, and it was June.

* Like seriously. Lots. You’ll be drowning in UK pictures.


My third round of Frayed edits were sent in during August (PANICPANICPANIC), and so, to keep myself distracted, I’ve begun working on a Upper YA Sci Fi novel which, so far, is SO fun to write. To describe the novel in a somewhat succinct way, think: White Collar meets Leverage meets Star Wars. So. Much. Fun.

In other words: planets, and thieves, and intergalactic wars, and heists.

I have a GAZILLION other ideas rattling around in my head too, which, hopefully, I’ll get a chance to write soon.


This is the meme where you can highlight books you’ve bought/borrowed/gifted/received for review. You can read more on the meme and how to get involved here!

I went on a mild book-buying spree this month. Don’t judge. It’s over 20 hours from here to London, and I need SOMETHING to do on the flight. Also something to forget that, you know, I’ll be on a giant metal coffin with WINGS.


  • The Silmarillion by J. R.R. Tolkien (Finally, finally have my own copy)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (CUE FANGIRLING)


  • The 100: Homecoming by Kass Morgan
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee


Ten Books With Gloriously Crafted Worldbuilding

5 Ways to Stay Motivated During Revisions

Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

Authors I’ll Literally Buy ANYTHING From

10 Reads You Should Read A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Can you believe it’s September already? What incredible books have you read this month — and do we have any in common from above? In related news, I am very jealous of all you Northern Hemisphere people going into autumn/fall soon! And for those who have been on lone flights: any tips?

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31 thoughts on “August Recap & Stacking the Shelves (50) || Queen of Shadows, UK, and Hello September!

  1. I really like the monthly recaps! I think it’s so neat to see what everyone has read in a month. 25 books is crazy! Good for you!

    I saw that you read Shadow Scale. I read that recently and really enjoyed it:)

  2. Bahahaha. You’ll be proud to know that of writing this, I’ve been awake for 22hours, of which I think 18 of those was supernatural watching and editing a book at the same time. Nearly halfway through 3rd season. Did I mention it’s nearly 10am?

  3. sounds great! Have a fun time in the UK (visit alllllll the museums for me :) I’m so glad you like Garth Nix (he’s one of my favourite favourite authors of ever so yes) Fun fact: I had a dream about red queen last night (and i haven’t even read it) psycho analyze THAT! Yeah, monsoon is ending here, so we have lots of greenery and it’s slightly cooler. Hmm, long plane ride trips: sleep, don’t watch movies the entire time, be aware of time zone differences, stay hydrated. Nothing in common this month, though I have read some of the above books. I really liked Go Set a Watchman and The Raven Boys

  4. Well, as a Northern Hemisphere person, I am jealous you’re going into spring! I am really excited to read The Young Elites. I wanted to read it when it came out but never got around to it…

    Great wrap up, and have fun in the UK!

  5. I loved The Young Elites! Definitely looking forward to The Rose Society. The only other one of the above books that I’ve read is The Scorch Trials, which, honestly, I hated, but several of these others are on my TBR.

    Have an awesome time in the UK!

  6. 25 books in a month? 200 books total? OMG you are a reading machine. You’ve read and acquired some amazing books. Happy reading!

  7. You shouldn’t be jealous! Embrace the spring – here we are mostly shivering (with some golden days dotted here and there) and would love to see some hot sun and beautiful flowers. :D
    Congrats on reading 200 books this year (that’s INSANE) and hope you have fun when you come to London (even though it’ll probably be really cold). :D

  8. Long comment alert!

    200 books… I’m at 141 and it’s only September, so this is also my best reading year, but 200… *Claps.*

    I LOVED A Darker Shade of Magic (as you know) but had very mixed feelings about The Young Elites… Totally going to read The Rose Society, though, because that epilogue in The Young Elites was AWESOME.

    Oh, look, you also read Prophecy by Ellen Oh and Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein — two books I hated, haha! (What did you think of them? I actually DNF-ed Becoming Jinn, sadly.)

    I totally need to read Seraphina and Shadow Scale… I’m behind on my dragon books…

    Whoa, I also totally flipped out when you said “it’s spring” and then I remembered you live in Australia and I live in the United States, ha!

    Enjoy your time in the UK! (And I hope you enjoy Under a Painted Sky and Queen of Shadows because those are two books I haven’t yet read and I’m dying to be assured that they’re fabulous. Which, for the most part, they are.)

    • Niiiiiice, 141 is really, really good.

      It WAS an epic ending, right? I did have a couple of tiny, tiny issues with The Young Elites, but for the most part, I did love it a lot. I definitely recommend reading Seraphina and Shadow Scale though — SUCH an interesting take on dragons. I found them both to be quite slow, but still enjoyable. Haha — you guys will be going into autumn/fall, right? SUPER jealous of that. ;) I read Under a Painted Sky the other day, and it was SO GOOD. Especially if you like historical fiction (and even if, like me, you don’t) and diverse characters.

  9. YAY FOR UK PICTURES! AND 200 BOOKS! I’ve nearly overtaken myself from last year, but I’m also planning a kinda reading break soon while I write (why can’t I do both?! Gah I have no idea. My brain refuses) but so far I’m reading a book day and IT FEELS GOOD. *ahem* I hope Under A Painted Sky is good! :D I’ve heard massively wonderful things about it.

  10. WOW! I am so impressed that you’ve already read 200 books Kara! WOW. Imagine how many you’ll have read by the end of the year!

    And I’m really curious to see what you think of Queen of Shadows – there have definitely been some mixed reviews for it, so I hope you end up loving it. And I really liked Under a Painted Sky and Red Queen so I hope you enjoy those two as much as I did!

    Thanks for sharing this and, as always, fabulous haul! I hope you have fun in the UK as well – what a fun trip!

    • Hopefully lots more! ;)

      So I am, haha… if not a touch nervous. I’m pretty suuuure I’ll loved it, but who knows. Under a Painted Sky was BRILLIANT. And, well, I actually have read Red Queen (and loved it) but I wanted to re-read it on the plane. >.> Thanks!

  11. O.M.G You’ve read 200 books this year?!?! How?! What is this black magic?! I’m just seriously amazed and very jealous hehe, but so proud and impressed as well. Congrats Kara! I hope you enjoy the UK!! I loved it when I was there, so I know you’ll have a blast xx

  12. 200 books?!? HOW?!? *hides in shame at the amount of books I’ve read so far this year* Congrats on that and sending in your third round of Frayed edits. Your sci-fi novel sounds awesome. I’m on the fourth draft of revisions for my YA sci-fi and let’s just say that the worldbuilding needs a ton of work. It’s still fun to write, though! Awesome book haul, too! I really want to read The Silmarillion. And have fun in the UK!

  13. 200 BOOKS! 200! Wow, you must be secretly eating them. Oh nom nom nom. Ahh, so exciting to be traveling! I can’t wait to see all your happy snaps, you know how I ADORE your photography. Frayed is getting closer and closer, it seems like only yesterday you were telling us all your glorious news. Wow, time really does fly. Have a fabulous time Kara and safe travels little poppet <3 <3 Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back <3

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