On The Night Table [38]: August Reads

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The Angel’s Share by JR Ward | The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan | And I Darken by Kiersten White


It is that time again to pick the books I want to make sure I get to this month. I have a few books for review as well, but those are always a given thing. I’ve had The Sunlight Pilgrims on my currently reading shelf but I didn’t get too far ahead because I have the attention span of a Tazmanian devil. So yes, still reading The Sunlight Pilgrims.

The Angels’ Share is JR Ward’s installment to her new series, The Bourbon Kings. I want to read this right away because I just read the first book. Everything is still fresh in my mind so I want to take advantage of that.

I also started And I Darken last month but I didn’t make any headway. So far, everyone is correct with their impression of Lada: she is a fearsome thing to behold and I can’t wait to read more about this family who is the very definition of scary dysfunction.

By last year this month, I was able to reach my Goodreads goal of 150 books for the year. Things are definitely different this year, but I hope to at least read 20 books this month to get me closer to my goal.

Books I’m Looking Forward to in August

26114463 This book will be out on August 9th. I’ve already pre-ordered a copy so I’m pretty pumped. Here’s the summary from Goodreads:


In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


30336056 This book will be out on August 30th, but it’s an Aussie release, so who knows when it will be available in North America. I’m ordering it from Book Depo so I probably won’t see it until at least early September. I’m a little wary of the impending love triangle or whatever but it’s Cath Crowley! I’m a fan of her work. Here’s the Goodreads Summary:


This is a love story. It’s the story of a second-hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers, or those they love, or want to love, between the pages of books in the Letter Library.

Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie are best friends. Or they were. Before Rachel moved away to the sea. Now, she’s back, grieving for her brother Cal who drowned in the sea that he loved.

Rachel loves Henry. Henry loves Amy. Amy loves Amy but is happy for Henry to love her too.

This is a book about books. About the power of literature to cradle our past, present and future selves. It’s about how we leave ourselves behind when we die. How we leave our histories in the things we love – like books.


I hope you’ll enjoy what’s left of your summer, y’all. Let me know what you plan on reading this month and give me some good recommendations, will you?  Have a lovely week. 🙂