To quote Taylor Swift, “August slipped away into a moment in time / ‘Cause it was never mine“. 🎵
August was quite a busy month for me: my family and I were in the process of moving houses, so we finished painting the house, packed, then moved into our new house mid-August. Since then, we’ve been settling down in the new house, and we’re breathing again. I also spent the last week of August with my boyfriend in the countryside, as we had to pet-sit his dog, and it was the best way to end the month: I needed time to rest and focus on working again, plus I finally went to the movies for the first time in six months!
Now we’re finally in September, and I’m so happy about that… Autumn is my favourite season, and it’s (almost) there on my side of the world! 🍂
I’m really happy with my reading in August: I mostly read books I adored, discovered two new favourite books (which is a lot for me, as they’re my third and fourth 5 star reads of the year!), took part in Tome Topple, read one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and started a new book series I’m loving! Here are the books that I read:
- Beach Read by Emily Henry – It was an enjoyable romance focused on two writers; I really liked their banter, and to read about their writing processes. That being said, I found the transitions between chapters/scenes a bit abrupt, and the last chapters to be a bit rushed, but I really enjoyed it! 3.5/5 stars
- Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – This book has it all: it’s inspired by Mayan mythology, is set in Mexico during the Jazz Age, and has a Death and the Maiden storyline. It felt like a beautiful fairy tale, I loved that it was a journey book, and the main characters and their relationship were so well-written. I loved it so much. 4/5 stars
- The Deep by Rivers Solomon – This novella is about descendants of African slave women tossed overboard who have become mermaids, and it was such a thought-provoking story. It explored themes of history, generational trauma, belonging, and the importance of memory for a society. I listened to it on audio, and I highly recommend it, plus it’s narrated by Daveed Diggs! 4/5 stars
- Les Travailleurs de la Mer by Victor Hugo – This classic is set on Guernsey island and follows a man trying to save a ship from wreckage. I liked it, but the three parts of the novel felt disjointed, and the character development too glossed over for me. Still, it had an interesting man vs. nature theme! 3/5 stars
- The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – This book was such an excellent sequel to The Poppy War, it was gripping, the stakes were high, and the world even more developed! All the characters in this series are all so gray and flawed, but I love them so much! Now, the ending was a lot and I need a million days to recover, but wow it was everything. 5/5 stars
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – This novel followed Ifemelu and Obinze, who fell in love as teenagers in Nigeria, before leaving for the West, then reunite there as adults. Americanah was so many things: it explored immigration, being a Black person in western countries, coming of age, coming back to your country after leaving it for years, and also love. It was a hard book to read for many reasons, but it was definitely a needed read! 4/5 stars
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – This was my first book by N.K. Jemisin, and I adored it! It’s better going into it without knowing too much, but I have to say that I loved that it blended both fantasy and dystopian elements, as it made for a very unique read, and the way the author wrote the characters was amazing! I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy. 4/5 stars
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (e-ARC) – Victoria Schwab is one of my favourite authors, so I was really excited to read this, especially as this was about a young woman who made a deal with the devil! This book was a magical experience, I loved Addie so much, and the novel tackled down themes that are very close to my heart. It’s definitely one of my favourite reads of the year! 5/5 stars
TV SHOWS // The Bold Type, and How to Get Away with Murder
Right before moving houses, I caught up on the six episodes I was behind on of The Bold Type, and it was exactly what I needed. I talk about this show quite often on here, as it’s one of my favourites, and it really was my comfort show during August: it always makes me hopeful and give me a confidence boost, I love it so much. ❤️
I also binge-watched season 5 of How to Get Away with Murder, and as usual, it kept me on the edge of my seat, and following the characters was fascinating. I only have the last season left to watch, and they’ll put it on Netflix France in October, so I can’t wait to binge-watch it then!
MOVIE // Tenet (2020)
I finally went to the movies for the first time in six months, and it made me so happy. My boyfriend and I watched Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s latest movie: while the movie was confusing at times and I didn’t get everything, it was a great movie experience, and the actors (namely John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki) were amazing. Also, everyone keeps making memes about the movie on Twitter (especially about how confusing it is) and there is a lot of fanart going around, which brighten my day every time. The Tenet experience is really something else.
MOVIE // The trailer for The Batman (?0?1)
Last, but certainly not least, The Batman‘s trailer deserves its own category, considering how many times I’ve watched it. I grew up watching DC animated TV shows on Sundays, and a lot of Batman movies; I loved Batman and Robin back then, as it had both Batgirl and Poison Ivy, and of course I watched Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. That being said, the DCEU movies have been hits or misses, so I try not to get too excited about them until they are released… and then I watched The Batman trailer. I showed it to my best friend, my three brothers, and my boyfriend, so well… I am obsessed. Honestly, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman? I was already excited for that. Robert Pattinson as Batman, with smudged eyeliner and saying “I am vengeance”? That’s a YES.
September is going to be quite a busy month, as everything is settling down: I have lots of work to do, my brothers are going back to school, and there are so many books, movies and TV shows I want to consume, which I’m really happy about. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself for this month, though, so I’m looking forward to take things as they go. ❤️
How was August for you? What was your favourite book of the month?