Reading Wrap-up: August, 2018

Thanks to BookTubeAThon at the beginning of this month, I got six books done in a week, beating my five books of July in the first week. In total, I read ten books this month, which I’m really happy with! And eight out of those I did full book reviews for, which is even better. Most amazing of all, none of the books this month earned less than three stars. It’s rare for me to say I didn’t have a single book I really disliked reading for one entire month. Have you be counting how many times I used the word ‘month’ is this last paragraph, because I bet it was a lot.

So, let’s get into it!

Three stars

3 Stars

  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Rakkety Tam (Redwall #17) by Brian Jacques
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Four stars

4 Stars

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
  • Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms by Holly Ordway
    • I have always been a rather logical person when it comes to religion, which is why usually I cannot stand conversion stories. I grew up Roman Catholic, but to be honest, I was filled with blind belief. I believed things because that was how I was told they were. That is, until I went to college, and I saw the negative view which most people had of Christianity. I questioned my faith, and turned to reading philosophy, which actually ended up strengthening my faith more than simply going to Church every Sunday did. I tell this story because I saw myself as similar to Holly Ordway. She valued logic and reason, and learned that that is actually what religion is. While I was never a firm atheist like her, I considered at many points in my search for truth if religion was even true. I found this to be a brilliant book for someone like me. It is a biography of Ordway’s search for what is true and I was really impressed by it.
  • The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog #1) by John R. Erickson

Five stars

5 Stars

  • The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles #1) by Stuart Hill
  • Hogfather (Discworld #20) by Terry Pratchett
  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (Her Royal Spyness #12) by Rhys Bowen
    • my review to come!


And that’s it for my reading this month! Also, for reference, I completed my Goodreads goal for this year, having already read 106 books out of my 102 goal. That’s amazing!


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

19 thoughts on “Reading Wrap-up: August, 2018

  1. I love when readers accomplish their reading goals! Well done on the Goodreads challenge! I haven’t read much last month, but I’ll be doing so this month.

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  2. Diligent reader and writer,My hats off to you!

    Sometimes I like to read book review more than to read the original books(though I know that the original books are irreplaceable~). These book reviews tell me the gists of books, the strengths and weaknesses of them, helping me saving a lot of time that spended choosing books. Also, opinions of the different authors are quite interesting, realling helping me open my horizons and comprehend the original books. Last but not least, it’s great to get to know the authors who write book reviews ! I enjoy the book reviews by Virginia Woolf very much. The review about the difference between Charlotte Bronte and Emily Bronte is really impressive.

    As a atheist, I think everything has its reason to exist. In my opion, I think religion is valuable in Many aspects, whatever it’s true or not. There’re so many different religlious belifs in the world and they provide various ways for people to think about the world and deal with the problems and issues. Many great art works, literature and pholisophy have a lot to do with religion. It gives people console, encourages them to face the life which is really hard, teaches people great values such as kindness, honesty and love and makes life more colorful and meaningful. As far as I’m concerned, there’re still some problems with religion and different religions are also trying to develop to adapt to modern society.(Is religion a hot-button issue in Western country? I hope my view isn’t offensive.)

    I love your book reviews. Keep up the Great work! ٩( ‘ω’ )و

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        1. Thank you! I’m glad to hear that(。ò ∀ ó。) It’s 23:56 in China, good night~I think it’s morning where you live, right? Have a fantastic day!

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    1. Thank you! I often times will read reviews as well before reading the book. There are just so many books coming out each year, and I can only read so many, so I want to choose the best I can find.

      As for religion, I think it’s a hot-button issue in the West often, but I’m not offended. I personally am more concerned about whether a person is moral instead of whether they follow a certain religion. I love watching philosophy and psychology analysis of religion and it’s purposes in society, so I completely get your opinion. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I really enjoy reading your comments!

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