Monthly TBR: August

I’m excited to be back with another month of books I try to read, especially since this month my TBR is primarily centered around released eARCs that I haven’t gotten around to reviewing.

Netgalley is hosting its first #Reviewathon from July 22nd to August 31st; its goal is to encourage people to write the reviews they’ve been putting off and reading books that have gathered dust on their digital shelves.

Up to now, I’ve read twenty-two of the thirty books on my TBRs from January to April (most were repeated more than a month.) This month, I’m being almost as ambitious as I was back in January; I’m aiming for twelve books!

For this month’s Series Challenge, I’ll be reading another of V.E. Schwab’s works. Keep reading to find out which books made the list this month!



The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Tricia Levenseller has pitched this as a “slytherin romance” and I am 100% here for it! I’ve loved Levenseller’s previous novels because of how she portrays her female main characters and incorporates romance without it being the main plot. It is my most anticipated for 2020 and I can’t wait to dig into it!

Lovestruck by Kate Watson

Greek mythology has a special place in my heart because it helped me become a big reader. This modern-day twist on Cupid seems super cute and fluffy, which is something I really want from books right now.



No Place Like Here by Christina June

What goes better with summer break than a summer read set in a camp? Enough said.

How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates

Pandemic-based stories are some of my favorite (ex. Illuminae.) I wish there were more!

The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros 

With the massive list of fantasy I consumed in recent months, I felt the need for a few contemporaries to balance it out. This book has family relationships, mystery, a golden boy, and astrophysics so you can believe it has me sold. (While most people know I love dark books, it’s a little known fact that I have a soft spot for good guys and fluff. :3)

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

I won’t even deny it. I’m reading the book because the title and cover are gorgeous! (We’re all allowed to be shallow from time to time, okay.) While the premise seems simple, it deals with the universal themes of loss and family, so I’m interested in seeing how it’s explored in this contemporary.

Spin the Dawn (Blood of the Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Mulan is one of my favorite legends. Combine that with “magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars,” and I am HOOKED!

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

In addition to Disney movies, I grew up on fairytales so The Twelve Dancing Princesses continues to hold a special place in my heart. Yet a dark and gothic makeover may just be what this fairytale needs.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

While I’m not normally a fan of horror mysteries, Wilder Girls features a pandemic and f/f romance, which is enough for me to add it to my TBR.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Anastasia + magic = I need this!



Villians Series by V.E. Schwab

I’ve been a Twitter follower of V.E. Schwab long before I actually read any of her books– The Near Witch being my first. Since I’m in a bit of a dark academia mood after reading If We Were Villains, I knew this had to be my next series read. I CANNOT wait!


This month is heavy on the contemporary and fantasy, but has a dash of mystery. (There’s also a lot of retellings.) I’m excited to see where the month (and these books) will take me. Take your bets on how many books you think I’ll actually read. Which of these books do you want me to read + review?

Let me know in the comments if you’re also partaking in #Reviewathon or what’s on your August TBR? Which book are you most looking forward to reading?

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