August has come and gone so quickly this month, it’s so hard to believe the summer holidays are almost over and term time starts again in September. This month has felt like a big one and has included things like getting exam results and just general life (which as it happens is exhausting, even if you don’t do that much!)
The books I delved into this month were:
- The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- A reread of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas in preparation of the release of Empire of Storms which is out next month (eeeek!)
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
5 seems to be my reading number at the moment because I read the same amount of books this month as I did last month. I loved every single book I read in August and am so happy to be on a good reading streak. For so long I wasn’t reading books that gripped me, but now I’ve definitely found the books I enjoy and am much more selective about which books I accept for review. The Handmaid’s Tale is a book I’ve been meaning to get to for ages and I’m so pleased I picked it up this month because it was incredible!! By far one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read and I definitely read it at the right time in my life. I’ll be posting a review for this at some point and I must say I’m glad I loved it because I own 3 copies!! In my defence, all the editions are gorgeous and totally irresistible…
I loved reading The Assassin’s Blade (the collection of short stories for the Throne of Glass series) because it really got me in the mood for rereading all the books ready for Empire of Storms (book 5) next month. I wrote a review for the Throne of Glass series so far incase you haven’t read the books yet or just want to read my thoughts – you can find the review here. I forgot how much I truly love this series and I’ve never read The Assassin’s Blade despite reading and loving the other books. I was shocked at how much info this book gives and I really wish I’d read it before the other books – it just tells you so much more! I haven’t got around to rereading any of the series apart from book 1 but I’m planning on getting to this in September (even if it does mean delaying reading Empire of Storms – I’d rather be able to remember everything and be able to properly enjoy the book than rush into it.)
Nevernight was truly incredible, but I don’t want to say anymore than that because my review will be going up on the blog this Sunday, so stay tuned for that! I also really enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes – I didn’t love it, but it was definitely a good read and I’m looking forward to starting the second book in September. My review for this will also be coming to the blog soon.
The books I added to my collection this month were:
- Another copy of The Handmaid’s Tale (the 2016 edition – its gorgeous!)
- This Savage Song
- A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
- The entire Lorien Legacies series (sent to me by the wonderful Penguin Random House)
- An ARC of Nevernight (a beautiful present fro the lovely HarperCollins)
- An Ember in the Ashes (also sent from HarperCollins)
- An ARC of A Torch Against the Night (from HarperCollins)
- The Girl With All The Gifts
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone
- The Last One (also from Penguin Random House)
- A hardback edition of Nevernight
All together I got 17 books this month!! This must be some kind of record for me! It’s safe to say I’ve got plenty of reading material to keep me going (for a little while at least).
Products I’ve been loving this month:
Not a product, but a whole shop, The Future Kept has quickly become my absolute FAVOURITE online shop. They not only sell the most beautiful products ever, but they’ve inspired me so much with their ethos of “buy less, buy better” which I’m hugely embracing in my own life, only buying things I love that are made to last, and where possible ethical and environmentally friendly. A new discovery of mine from them have been Fat and the Moon, a US brand who create stunning, all natural, organic beauty products. I’ve quickly become addicted to their Ruby Red Tinted Lip Balm, their Eye Coal and their Lip and Cheek Stain. I can’t stop putting together orders from The Future Kept and I’ve now always got at least a couple of items from Fat and the Moon in there along with lots of products from Uashmama who create washable paper purses and more! TFK is so beautiful and sell two of my favourite brands – Fat and the Moon and MOA.
Speaking of which, I’ve been thoroughly addicted to two of MOA’s products this month, one being their Green Balm. This stuff is magical, seriously, I use it for everything and it is the most healing thing ever! I use it for cuts, stings, burns, blemished, spots, sore skin, blisters and more! Their little 15ml pots are the perfect size for handbags and I carry it around everywhere! I’ve also been loving their Aphrodite oil – it’s the most soothing and calming thing before bed and I feel like a goddess every time I put it on. I wake up with the softest skin and it smells amazing too!
Scaramanga have long been a favourite of mine and I don’t go anywhere without something of there’s (whether that’s their mini pencil case, their tote bag or one of their mini bags with the straps off used as a clutch in a different bag) so when they sent me their mini boho rucksack there were many squeals!! It’s the one of the most beautiful bags I’ve ever seen (up there with my favourite Scaramanga tote bag!) and the ideal festival bag. It’s small, so isn’t heavy or bulky and fits all my essentials in (like my MOA and Fat and the Moon products!
Finally, Essence and Alchemy have made me fall head over heels for their products – I’ve been hunting for a candle company who use only natural ingredients and are really ethical and environmentally friendly. Made in the UK using sustainable British rapeseed oil and pure essential oils, their candles are heavenly! I’ve been burning their Unwind Candle most nights and it’s really been helping with my anxiety, not to mention it creates the most wonderful reading environment!! Their Unwind Atmosphere Mist has also become a must-have of mine, because I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s safe to say they’ve become a new favourite brand too, and I’m already planning to do an order soon (my life will no longer be the same without their candles in it!) You can buy direct from Essence and Aclhemy, or from my favourite The Future Kept.
Blog posts from this month:
Reviews: The Throne of Glass series so far
Let me know what you’ve been reading this month – have there been any stand outs amongst your August reads? Comment your recommendations!