Today I bring to you my August Tbr! I wasn’t sure about making one for this month, because in July I went a little overboard with my Tbr and I ended up with a ”reading slump”. And also, I was having trouble deciding what to read, and I wasn’t really feeling it (my Tbr pile is too intimidating). But, at the end, I decided to select the books that I really need to read during this month for reviews and I added some other books that I’m going to try to read, but I may end up changing them at the end? I’m trying not to pressure myself a lot, just going as a ‘’mood reader’’ for the month. I want to avoid another slump.
Also, I have been in a huge ”classic books” mood, so I’m adding some to my AUGUST TBR, but I’m not actually trying to finish them all, is more like I’ll be reading them along with my other reads and hopefully I get to finish some during this month. I don’t want to force myself into reading this books as I usually do with YA or others genres, I think with these reads I need to go slow and just enjoy them, even if it takes a lot of time. I mean, I did read most of these when I was in High School, but it is different when you are reading something for a school essay than just for enjoyment. Anyway, who knows? Maybe I do end up devouring these books!
Okey, this has already been too long, let’s get started then:
1. A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden (e-book)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia
A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.
A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.
Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.
This book was giving to my by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is book is going to be my first read of the month, it’s been a long time since I read a Dystopia and I’m a very Sci-fi mood so I’m very excited to start reading it!
2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (reread)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
This is a reread, but I’m not gonna lie, is the book I’m most excited to read. I just love this book so much and if you haven’t read it, please do!
I was supposed to read it last month, but since I didn’t ended up doing it, I’m making it my second read so I don’t have any excuse this time. So, I’m just going to pick up some tissues and prepare my heart to be broken again.
3. Each of us a Desert by Mark Oshiro (e-book)
Genre: Fantasy, YA, LGBT
Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enimagic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.
Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.
One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous mayor. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.
Fresh off of Anger Is a Gift’s smashing success, Oshiro branches out into a fantastical direction with their new YA novel, The Stars Around Us.
This one is an ARC I’m very excited to start reading! Is going to be part of a Blog Tour so be prepare for it!
Genre: Classics, Mystery
“A Study in Scarlet” is the first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In “A Study in Scarlet” Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities.
This month I’m going to be reading A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle for a book club, which I’m very excited because I’m a huge Sherlock BBC fan so it’s time that I actually read the original books.
5. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (reread)
Genre: Classics, Plays
Hamlet is the story of the Prince of Denmark who learns of the death of his father at the hands of his uncle, Claudius. Claudius murders Hamlet’s father, his own brother, to take the throne of Denmark and to marry Hamlet’s widowed mother. Hamlet is sunk into a state of great despair as a result of discovering the murder of his father and the infidelity of his mother. Hamlet is torn between his great sadness and his desire for the revenge of his father’s murder.
I love Shakespeare. I did read most of his plays in school. I actually was in a play about Richard III, so I kind of ”live” that book, but aside from Richard III and Romeo and Juliet, the rest of the other books are kind of fussy, so since I want to read If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio, which I know has a lot of Shakespeare reference, I decided to reread most of his important plays, starting with Hamlet. Also, I find these really cute editions, so it was another perfect excuse for me to buy books.
6. The Iliad by Homer (reread)
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.”
I love, love the Iliad. I studied it back in high school, so I’m really excited to read it this time without having to worry about a repost or test. Also, I think is appropriate to read it while my reread of The Song of Achilles, you know, since is a retelling of The Iliad.
7. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (reread)
Genre: Classics, Poetry
The Divine Comedy describes Dante’s descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice; and finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption.
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to a noble but impoverished family. His life was divided by political duties and poetry, the most of famous of which was inspired by his meeting with Bice Portinari, whom he called Beatrice,including La Vita Nuova and The Divine Comedy. He died in Ravenna in 1321.
This one I also read while in High School, but now I’m happy to actually read it for myself and not to study for an upcoming test. I’m not really reaching to finish The Divine Comedy this month, I mean is a big book, but hopefully I do get to start it in August.
Genres: Young Adults, Fantasy
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
At this point I just keep adding this book as a tradition. No, but seriously this is going to be the month when I FINALLY go back to read the Throne of Glass series. I don’t know why is been so hard for me to pick this book, I mean everyone EVERYONE keeps on saying how amazing these books are. I can’t go a day on bookstagram without seeing a picture about the Throne of Glass series. Crossing my fingers that I do get to read this one.
Now, let’s start reading!
Hope you enjoy it! What are some of your reads for this month? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!