Recap: Faves of August (and Most Anticipated of September)

August was an amazing month for new books! I read forty books in the last month (well, eight of those were novellas), and found what was probably my favorite book of 2015. But September also looks to be a really amazing month for new releases! So here are my faves of August, and the books I can’t wait to read in September.

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(And for those of you blinking in shock over the number of books I read, keep in mind that I live literally in the middle of nowhere, and have a job that often involves several hours of downtime (followed by an hour or two of horrible stressful insanity).)

Click below to check out my list!

Top Reads of August:

winters-purely-professionalPurely Professional
Author: Elia Winters
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

When I saw this book on the RITA Award nominations list, I knew right away that I wanted to read it. The cover it stunning, of course, but the summary was what really caught my eye. And it ended up being a fantastic read about a young woman being introduced to the world of BDSM, with actual education on the topic!

Please note this book was chosen prior to the revelation of author’s identity and actions. Please read this statement from Riptide Publishing for more information.

Sutphin Boulevard
Author: Santino Hassell
Rating: Rating removed due to above reasons.

I don’t even know where to begin on this book. Santino Hassell co-authored one of my favorite series of all time, so I would have bought this book without knowing a thing about it just based on that. Thankfully, the book was exceptional, and the friends-to-lovers trope has never been so well written!

charles-a-fashionable-indulgenceA Fashionable Indulgence
Author: K.J. Charles
Rating: 5 out of 5

Mmmmh, Regency England with class struggles and pretty clothes and even prettier boys. K.J. Charles definitely knows how to write good historical m/m romance, but this was the first non-fantasy of hers that I’d read. It was enchanting, though, and I couldn’t put it down!

LonelyHearts400x600Lonely Hearts
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Rating: 5 out of 5

Hands down my favorite book of the year so far… and very likely my favorite book of the year, period. This is the third book in her Lonely Hearts universe, and is about two damaged, troubled young men who finally find love in each other. I think I’ve literally highlighted over thirty quotes in this book on my Kindle, because the writing is just so witty and brilliant!

Authors: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

My first ever sports novel… I know nothing about hockey, but this novel was more about the characters than about the hockey rink. (It’s called a rink, right?!) And I really love authors who are good enough to write asshole characters and still make them relatable and redeemable, because it’s honestly not an easy thing to do!

cousins-full-exposureFull Exposure
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This was a short novella about a famous musician and a regular guy who fall in love over a long weekend, but what really got me here were the emotions and the way Amy Jo Cousins wrote every scene as though it was a painting.

Cullinan-CarryTheOceanCarry the Ocean
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Rating: 5 out of 5

Okay, this book didn’t come out in August, but I only finally read it. It’s so unique! Two men who are by no means your typical m/m romance types… one is on the autism spectrum, and the other suffers from severe depression. They’re both skinny, geeky, and completely in love. A book about being true to who you are, instead of trying to fix who you are.

Yoon-EverythingEverythingEverything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Rating: 5 out of 5

I’ve seen a lot of people comparing this novel to The Fault in Our Stars, but I think this YA novel was actually a lot better in some ways. Sure, it doesn’t have John Green’s trademark rip-your-heart-out-and-stomp-on-it emotions, but it was fascinating, and the characters were really lovely as they grew and learned more about themselves and each other.

I also read a lot of other amazing books in August that I haven’t reviewed here (yet), like Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, and House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard. And yes, there were a few DNFs, and some books that I definitely didn’t enjoy, but overall August was a very good month for reading!

But now that it’s September, I can start looking forward to fall! Fall brings my favorite things… the leaves change colors (okay, not where I live), there’s pumpkin spice everything, and there are tons of amazing books coming out!

Most Anticipated Books of September:

Dangerous Spirits, by Jordan L. Hawk: this is the second book in Hawk’s exciting series about a medium and his rival-turned-lover, a scientist trying to use machines to explain the otherworldly. The first book had some excellent paranormal creepiness, and I love the historical setting. It’s due out September 15.

Tarnished Gold, by Ann Aptaker: another Book 2 in a series, and another historical romance. This one follows Cantor Gold, a smuggler in the 1950s who’s also on the law’s bad side because of her choice in lovers… that is, other women. In this novel, she has the police, the mob, and a mysterious killer all after her head, but she’s still trying to find the lover who was taken from her two years prior. (Can be read without reading Book One). Due out September 14.

Taking a Chance, by A.M. Arthur: Ahhh, I’m so excited for this book! It’s the third in Arthur’s Restoration series, and follows a character that was featured on the sidelines in previous books. Elliott definitely deserves his own story after the trouble he faces in the previous book (highly recommend you read Book Two at the very least before starting this one). Due out September 14.

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo: Okay, Leigh Bardugo can do no wrong, and her new book looks so gorgeous. It’s set in the same universe as her Grisha Trilogy, but features totally separate characters. It’s going to be AMAAAAAZING. Six outcasts, one heist, and one epic story! Due out September 29.

What are you looking forward to this month?

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One thought on “Recap: Faves of August (and Most Anticipated of September)

  1. I actually haven’t finished the Grisha’s trilogy (for shame, I know, but once I found out the Darkling was not going to feature much I basically lost interest haha) – but I am quietly excited for Six of Crows!


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