August TBR!

Hey, lovelies! So this month I am attempting to up my reading quota a bit from last month and squeeze in as much as I can before school starts!

  1. DSC_1000First, I’m hoping to finish Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
  2. I’m also currently reading The Raven Boys and want to get through at least the first two books!
  3. Since I didn’t make it through Julian Barnes’s The Sense of An Ending last month I am determined to get to it this month!
  4. I’m doing a read-along of Robin Hobb’s the Assassin’s Apprentice which I am so so excited about! Check out @hobbsquad on Instagram if you’d like to join in!
  5. And finally, I want to dive into the two book I got in my July sub boxes!

In The Bookish Box‘s July Magic and Witchcraft book, we received The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy and this book sounds seriously incredible!


Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

I highly recommend checking out The Bookish Box, first for its amazing books, goodies, and beautiful shirts, but also for its incredible community! Seriously the nicest people and tons of fun trivia nights, giveaways, and just general bookish banter! I’m a rep for this box (for just a few more weeks!) and you can use my code, TasteBooks, for a discount off of your first box! Next month’s theme is Dystopian, inspired by The Hunger Games and 1984!!

This month’s Owlcrate book also looks amazing and has gotten a ton of great press: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee!!!


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

This book sounds super fun and I can’t wait to get started! I am also a one month rep for Owlcrate, which I’m sure most of you know is just an incredible sub box, so if you’ve been thinking of trying it out, you can use my code, ATFB, for a discount as well! The theme for August is Something Wicked This Way Comes and will feature items inspired by Six of Crows, Harry Potter, Sleepy Hollow, and Edgar Allan Poe!


What are you most excited about reading this month??


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