Reading Catch Ups

August Reading Catch-Up

I expected August to be a fairly standard month of book blogging but it’s had its unusual moments. For sure, I’ve learned a lot this month. About book blogging, about the authors that request reviews and about how to deal with the backlash of giving honest reviews.

I’m not going to go into detail or call anyone out, but this was my first month of getting abuse from an author because they didn’t like the review I gave. Reasoning was impossible and this author acted maliciously in retaliation while demanding I change my policy to not post books under three stars. After speaking to other book bloggers, I was told that many of them had decided to implement a three star or more review policy because they had received similar and worse abuse. It was a really sad realisation.

Low ratings are difficult to process and I know that, I’ve had them, too. But no number of low ratings warrants abuse, and I certainly won’t be bullied into changing my review policy on account of anyone who can’t handle low reviews. The rating system and the book policy will remain as it is.

That was the low point of this month, but the rest of it has been awesome with two books really standing out.

At the end of the year, I’m going to put together a list for the Top 10 Books of 2019 and these two books were so good they stand a really good chance of making the list. I got really absorbed, sometimes a bit rabid when reading these, so here are the two books that blew me away this August:



The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

I can’t express how much I loved this book. A novel prequel to the children’s TV series Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Rise of Kyoshi explores the beginnings of Kyoshi, one of the previous incarnations of the avatar.

If you haven’t seen the TV show, you don’t need to watch it to enjoy this book. It’s set in a fantasy world separated into four kingdoms in which certain people can control an element.

Kyoshi’s journey is amazing and with book two on the horizon, I’m sitting here fidgeting until I can get my next fix.

You can find the whole review for The Rise of Kyoshi here.




Rise of the White Witch by Jeremy Smith

I already had the pleasure of reading book one: A Rhyme of Dark Words and loved it so much that author Jeremy Smith offered me book two to read and I jumped at the chance.

Teenage witches discovering their powers is a favourite of everyone who reads urban fantasy and this series has a unique spin on the this story. A human world and a magical world living side-by-side, separated by a thin veil and long-dead witches ready to rise from the graves and wreak havoc on both.

As far as I’m aware, there’s a third book coming out soon and I’m really looking forward to carrying on the series.

You can find the whole review for Rise of the White Witch here.


September is looking to be a bit more fantasy-filled with at least two fantasy books on the list to review, but I’ve got a few non-requested books I’m absolutely dying to read and these are urban fantasy. Also, spoiler alert, vampire pirates. I’m just a little bit obsessed with the concept as I don’t know what it means yet and it sounds super interesting. With any luck, I’ll have a vampire-pirate book review in September.

Thanks for reading!

5 thoughts on “August Reading Catch-Up”

  1. I’m sorry that you had to deal with an author like that. When I review, my thoughts get posted on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon and the blog review gets shared to Twitter and Facebook. I have posted lower than 3 star ratings before and wont stop sharing my honest thoughts about the books I read. Well done for sticking to your guns. 🙂

    I hope you enjoy your fantasy reads this month.

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    1. I hope it hasn’t happened to you! I’m the same, it gets about on most platforms apart from Amazon – that $50 spend requirement is a bit much. Glad you feel that way too, it’s never nice to post them but honesty is the best way. Thank you!

      They look like great books, and hope your September has some good books in it for you 🙂


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