So August wasn’t a great month. I had an infection in my eye which got really bad. All one side of my face was swollen and I was in a lot of pain. I also couldn’t see anything. So I had a week off work, didn’t read for a week, didn’t do much of anything actually. Because the medication I take effects the immune system, when I get ill, I get really ill, and it also takes a while for me to recover. So even though my eye was almost better after a week or so thanks to antibiotics, I’m still recovering energy-wise.
I’m really hoping September is going to be a better month because I’ve not been doing great health-wise lately.
Because I couldn’t see anything, I couldn’t read. So I ended up signing up for the Audible free trial and trying out audiobooks. I haven’t listened to an audiobook in years. I chose The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, both of which I’ve read before. The Northanger Abbey audiobook had a full cast and I quite enjoyed it as it’s one of my favourite Austen novels. I have to say that I much prefer reading a physical book, though I can see audiobooks having benefits.
When I was able to see again, I read Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee which was amazing. It’s a plot-driven YA fantasy with an intriguing magic system. It ended on a cliff-hanger so I’m really excited for the sequel!
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer was a really anticipated read for me as I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but unfortunately I didn’t like it as much as the first book which was a little disappointing.
Finally, I read Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo which just blew me away. It was absolutely brilliant and I loved it even more than Six of Crows.
This month I shared my book haul as a separate post because I ended up with so many thanks to winning a massive AtHomeYALC giveaway! You can see what books I got here.
Since I couldn’t see for part of the month and have been feeling pretty rubbish, I’m fairly happy with how much I’ve managed to write. I’ve written about 16,000 words for my King Arthur retelling and I’m nearly halfway through the book which is pretty exciting. My goal, so long as I don’t get ill again, is to finish it by the end of October. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to achieve that, but I’d certainly hope to have finished it by the end of November.
What have you been up to this month? What books have you enjoyed? Chat with me in the comments!
13 thoughts on “August 2020 Wrap Up”
I’m sorry that August wasn’t a good month for you! I’m planning to pick up Six of Crows soon, so I’m glad that you enjoyed Crooked Kingdom 😊 Hope you have a lovely September! 💛💛
The Six of Crows duology is brilliant, I hope you enjoy it!
Glad to hear your eye is doing better!
Still a good reading motnh though!
Yeah I still managed to get quite a bit of reading done once my eye was better!
I’m glad your eye is doing better! I really need to read some of Leigh Bardugo’s work.
I’ve loved Leigh Bardugo’s books, would definitely recommend!
It sucks about what happened to your eye! Eye infections are the worst, but I’m glad to know that it got better. And I’m so glad you finished up Six of Crows duology, it’s one of my all time favorites. The cast is so amazing and Inej could kick me and I would say thank you queen. And also your WIP sounds wonderful :D
Ahhh I loved the Six of Crows duology so much! I’m so glad I finally got round to reading them. Thank you I’m really enjoying writing it! :)
That sounds awful, I hope September is better! I don’t know how I’d cope not being able to read when ill.
It was really horrible! I just wasn’t able to do much of anything.
I’m so sorry about your eye infection! Here’s to September being great though. I still need to read Forest of Souls, I just told myself no more book buying cause I bought 10 in the last two weeks 😥
Forest of Souls is really good! Oh no, yeah I bought a few books yesterday even though I had planned not to buy too many… There are too many amazing books out!
Agreed lol I just can’t keep up 😂