Peace out, August. I’m not sorry to see you go. I’m always happy to see September — and autumn — roll around, but even more so this year.
August was A MONTH. There was a lot happening and not all of it was good. Sadly, I lost another friend and colleague to cancer. Cancer fucking sucks. It’s been a real struggle and it still hits me at the most random times. I spent a lot of time working with a couple other colleagues to put together a team to walk in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides walk in October in our friend’s memory. That’s going to be an emotional day, but it feels good to do something. Anything.
I also decided to switch my website host in August. Holy cow that was some work. It really shouldn’t have been, but I decided it would be the perfect time to clean up my site and get rid of some old content and assets. For what it’s worth, I didn’t make it very far. 😂 It’s migrated now and I can cleanup as I feel like it, right? Haven’t done a darn thing since switching though, just for the record. I didn’t do a lot of blogging in August and this migration was part of the reason. The other was me struggling my way through my feelings.
One of the most exciting things about August was the launch of the Kissing Book Club — the virtual book club for romance readers. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and I’m thrilled my friend Teresa was up for going on this journey with me! Our first book is Lucy Parker’s Act Like It, to go along with our theme of “slow burn romance”. We’ve got a great group of over 100 readers in the Goodreads group and there’s been a lot of fun discussion already — and we haven’t even started talking about the book yet! You should join us.
The other bookish highlights of August were meeting Abby Jimenez, going to NYC and spending a good part of the day with Estelle @ Forever Romance, and the COPA Authors in NYC signing. The Abby event was great and she is the nicest, but I was totally distracted during that one. I literally got the call about my friend’s passing on the way to the bookstore. I thought about going home, but decided to stick it out and I’m glad I did. NYC is always awesome (if exhausting) and this time was no exception. It was super fun to hang out with Estelle, do an Instagram Live on Forever’s account and talk book for HOURS. COPA was an awesome event. If they do it again and you have an opportunity to go, DO IT.
If you want to know more about what’s going on in my world, follow me on Instagram. I have a bookish one (@kimberlyfayereads) and a non-bookish one (@kimberlyfaye_). On the bookish one, you’ll find… lots of books. (And story templates dealing with books!) On the non-bookish one, you’ll find the other side of my life… my cats, travels, etc.
By the Numbers
- Total number of books read — 13
- Young adult: 0
- New adult: 2
- Adult: 8
- Historical romance: 2
- PNR/UF: 1
- Format —
- Audiobooks: 5
- eBooks: 6
- Print books: 2
- Subscriptions/Memberships —
- Kindle Unlimited: 0
- Audible Romance Package: 0
- Hoopla: 2
- Read Me Romance: 3
- ARCs: 5
- New-to-me authors: 7
- Re-reads: 1
- DNF: 1
- On the blog —
- Reviews posted: 3
- Discussion posts: 1
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That’s a Wrap: July 2019
Reading Challenges Update
First up, the Goodreads Reading Challenge! I forgot to grab a screenshot yesterday, so this isn’t *quite* accurate, but it’s pretty close. I’m feeling good about my Goodreads Challenge this year.
My goal for the 2019 Tackle My TBR is four books each month and doubled it in August. Of course, I only reviewed one though. *sigh* The topic for August was Back to school and I picked Meghan Quinn’s The Locker Room for that one. Oh and by the way? I met my goal for the year this month. Huzzah!
This is my second year in a row doing an audiobook-focused challenge. My goal for the 2019 Audiobook Challenge is three books each month. Nailed it! I’ve almost met my goal for the year, in fact!
I actually made a little more of an effort with Romanceopoly in August! I didn’t knock out quite as many as I hoped I would, but I’m happy with the results.
I also did the Café Nook photo challenge space in August.
I’ve only really got one thing of note on the calendar for April and it happens next week. The Inn Boonsboro (owned by Nora Roberts!) started a new series called A Novel Adventure and Mariana Zapata is going to be there on April 11. Since Boonsboro is only about an hour from me and I love love love Mariana, I jumped at the chance to go. I’m looking really forward to this whole thing. It should be a great night! Other than that, I’m hoping the weather will finally turn to spring and I can get out and about a little more often. I’m tired of being cold.
Now, onto the books!
September Book(s) I Need in My Life Immediately!
Some of my most-anticipated book(s) of the month… or the one(s) I haven’t received an early copy of, anyhow. 🙂
September releases I need to read immediately!
These upcoming releases are at the top of my TBR! Soon, my pretties, soon.
Book(s) YOU need in YOUR life immediately!
Full disclosure: I’ve not yet finished Bringing Down the Duke, but I suspect it’s going to be a favorite.
That’s a wrap! I hope you have a great month ahead!
How’d your August go?
What are some of your favorites you read?
What are you looking forward to this month?
Leave your thoughts in the comments!
I’m linking my That’s a Wrap post to Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up, hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction.