Literary Life: August in Review

It seems I spent most of August camped out in my room reading up a storm. Even though it is now Autumn (the best of all the seasons) it still feels like this:

Beachy Head, East Sussex, UK

Netgalley has been feeding my bookish needs, which probably partly explains why I’ve read so many books this month – not that I’ve stopped buying them!

Currently Reading:

The Compatibility Gene by Daniel M Davis




An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

Fifty Shades of Feminism

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself: A Memoir by Eileen Rockefeller

My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation by Molly Haskell

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Enon: A Novel by Paul Harding

Islamophilia by Douglas Murray

The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie

Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies by Hadley Freeman


Poetry Discovered:

Talent by Carol Ann Duffy
My Talk by Glyn Maxwell
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
You by Carol Ann Duffy


Bookish News/Events/Awesomeness for September:

Books are my Bag is happening on the 14th September. It’s all about supporting your local book shop, so get your book lists ready and get visiting – you’ll even get a nifty tote in return! Events are all over the UK (sadly none in my town, Brighton, but I’m going to visit bookshops anyway!)

Speaking of totes, on my next trip to London I am going to get myself an awesome Daunt canvas bag – just because.

I’m also rather desperate for their paperback mixed subscription – because who wouldn’t want books delivered to you all year!

And for any UK residents, here is a list of all September Literary festivals (not sure why there is a Spanish one listed.)


How was August for you?

8 thoughts on “Literary Life: August in Review

  1. That list went on and on, awesome number of books there, Alice! I’ve been to Daunt Books twice but am yet to buy anything there. I probably shouldn’t go again unless I’ve a book in mind.


    1. I’ve not bought anything either, in fact I’m not sure I’ve ever been in one; considering the amount of money I have it’s probably for the best.


  2. I want to read And the Mountains Echoed as well! I loved The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini. And I saw your review of Islamophobia and that’s another book I want to add to my to-read list! Sounds like you had a great August :). My August was pretty good too. I went to the Toronto Fan Expo Convention which is like our equivalent to San Diego Comic-Con and it was a lot of fun. I hope you have a great September :).


    1. Hosseini is probably one of my favourite authors, And The Mountains Echoed probably isn’t my favourite of his three books (A Thousand Splendid Souls ripped my soul) but it was excellent.

      Hope you are enjoying September reading! That Exps sounds so cool, I do love a geek and nerd gathering, it makes me happy.


      1. I haven’t read A Thousand Splendid Suns yet! I’ve heard really good things about that one though. September has kind of been slow in terms of reading, but it’s been a good month so far 🙂

        I had a really great time at Fan Expo :). I hope I can go again next year and hopefully one of my friends who couldn’t come with me this year can join me next year!


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