Wrap up: August 2021

This month I didn’t read as much as I hoped because things got SOOOO BUSY. However I am still a bit ahead to finish my goodreads goal this year, which has actually never happened (so fingers crossed). I’m hoping with all the time I spend waiting for the bus to and from campus I’ll get lots of reading in this month. Now onto the wrap up!

1. Verity

I was really disappointed with this book, and my realization that CoHo’s works are just no longer for me. It was very dark/disturbing, so not what I would call an enjoyable read. I couldn’t even give it a rating!

Pacing: medium
Intended audience: Adult
Content warnings: graphic child abuse, attempted murder, murder, drowning, car accident, death of a loved one, cancer, adultery

2. Iron Widow

Now on the other hand, this book was everything I could have hoped for! There was an amazing (and poly!!) romance, awesome sci-fi robot machine fighter things controlled by Qi, and a very important commentary on the power and treatment of women in China. What more could you ask for??

Rating: 5/5
Pacing: medium-fast
Intended audience: older YA
Content warnings: physical abuse, discussions of sexual assault, murder, torture, misogyny

3. Reclaimed

Another important book that talks about women’s place in society, this time set on a futuristic space station/moon where humans have developed the power of erasing memories. Although I appreciated the message that women’s voices are frequently erased by men of power, I didn’t love the execution of this one as much.

Rating: 3.5/5
Pacing: slow-medium
Intendedaudience: Adult
Contentwarnings: sexual assault, assault, death of a loved one, cults, stalking, manipulation

4. Carmilla

I’ve never read Dracula, but was super curious when I heard there was a sapphic vampire book that inspired it. I loved the atmospheric writing that was surprising fast to get through for a classic. However, I wasn’t as thrilled with the fact that such an influential sapphic work was not actually written by a wlw, and got the impression of a “lesbians are evil and will seduce and steal the life of innocent young women” kinda message. But hey, I could be reading too much into this.

Rating: 3.5/5
Pacing: medium
Intended audience: adult
Content warnings: death of a loved one, murder

So there is my very small August wrap-up! What did you guys read this month? Are any of these on your list?

Happy reading!

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40 thoughts on “Wrap up: August 2021

  1. These are all books i don’t think I’ve ever heard of. I’ve never actually read anything by CH, never really thought I would be into it. The premises always sound a bit like dark fanfiction to me? (Not that that’s a bad thing but I’m always so confused about her books.)
    The cover of Iron Widow looks amazing.
    I wish you a great September, happy reading!


  2. Iron Widow looks fantastic – I’ll be looking that one up. Good for you for making so much progress on your Goodreads challenge! I think I’m not going to make mine this year but it’s fun to try either way. 🙂


  3. Lovely Wrap Up!! 💕 I have never read a CoHo book but I think I’m going to start with her romances haha 😅 I only heard amazing things about Iron Widow and I’m very excited for the poly romance!! 🥰

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  4. Iron Widow is definitely on my list – the whole space element of it sounds so cool! I had no idea that Carmilla partly inspired Dracula – I did read Dracula once but I think I struggled with some of the pace and archaicness of it to fully understand what was going on! 🙈

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  5. I’ve been reading but too busy to write up the reviews 😭 I’ve been busy writing my own book too but I haven’t even finished the first draft 😂😞

    Best books I’ve read recently though have been, The Last Witch trilogy by M.J Lawrie, This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood, Inherit The Stars and Split The Sun by Tessa Elwood, Zodiac Academy series, Prince of Never by Juno Heart, City of Thorns by C.N. Crawford, The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper and Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce. I’m also reading Vows of Gold and Laughter by Edith Pawlicki, Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond, Rise of the Gladiator by Cheree Alsop and Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa. They’re so good! Have you read any of these?


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