On The Night Table [38]: August Reads


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. 🙂

  • I still haven’t read the first book in The Bourbon Kings series… I hope you enjoy it Joy!

  • I NEEEEEED that Cath Crowley book so bad!!!

  • Yaaay 😀 Awesome post Joy. <3 Gah. I'm so curious about what you think of And I Darken 🙂 It was a four star for me. I loooved Lada. I had some issues, but mostly I liked the book a lot 🙂 And ahhh! Nevernight! I loved it THE MOST 😀 You better love it too, haha. Happy reading sweetie 🙂

  • I’m so excited for Words in Deep Blue, my review copy arrived today and I’m.such a fan of Cath Crowley. Nevernight! Wowsers. So brutal and sexy. Both Aussie books too! You’re better off just moving here Joy. I’ll prepare the spare room 😀

  • Ooh I’ve never heard of Cath Crowley, time for me to look her up! And I’m glad to see that you’re enjoying And I Darken :). Can’t wait to know your full thoughts on the book eventually! Also, I am ALWAYS jealous of your instagram feed/photo-taking creativity :P.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Yay, I’m so excited that you’re enjoying And I Darken so far! It’s such an interesting book and it only gets more and more complicated, in terms of the character relationships and EMOTIONS.

    I’m also really excited to pick up Neverknight this month, not to mention I adore Cath Crowley and I feel like I’ve been waiting for her new book ever since Graffiti Moon released, some three or four years ago. It’s probably going to destroy me. 😉 Wonderful post, Joy, and I hope your August is fantastic!

  • I am so glad you are enjoying And I Darken. That one is on my TBR for sure.

  • thebookishuniverse

    I have an arc of Nevernight and I’m about to begin it. I’m so excited because I heard great things. Can’t wait to hear what you think;) I started And I Darken but I put it down, I guess I wasn’t in the mood to read it. If you want sth good, I loved the Stolen Songbird, it was totally a surprise to me;)

    Eliza from The Bookish Universe

  • Seriously can’t wait to read AND I DARKEN 😀 I’m really looking forward to NEVERNIGHT as well…Jay Kristoff is brilliant! And wow, omg I love the cover for WORDS IN DEEP BLUE…I gotta check that one out. Happy reading!

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

  • I want to start that Ward series. So curious to your final thoughts on And I Darken!

  • I hope you enjoy The Angel’s Share! I want book three now! Not sure I like that synopsis even if it is Cath Crowley. I think I’ll wait for your reaction. 🙂

  • I for sure want to read Nevernight too. And I hope you finish And I Darken soon!

  • Karen

    I’m caught up on my August review reading so I’m going to try to clear out some older books and a few of this weeks impulse Kindle purchases.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Summer is over, I put on wool socks today

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oooh Words in Deep Blue sounds great! I hope it’s as good as you hope it will be. I’m really excited about Nevernight too. It sounds like a good one for me. haha


  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I like the sound of Words in Deep Blue. I will keep my eye out for your review. I am also intrigued by And I Darken. I hope you have a good week!

  • Nevernight sounds like it will be a promising book – I have my eye out for that one too. Happy reading in August!

  • I’m sorry you’re not that enthralled with (or is it by?) And I Darken. When I started it, I couldn’t put it down; I had to finish it. It wasn’t hard for me though maybe because I’m Romanian? But I thought it was fascinating!! And loved the LGBT theme!

  • I love the cover and synopsis of Nevernight but I’m going to wait to see more reviews of it since I haven’t read Kristoff’s books (with the exception of Illuminae). Words in Deep Blue sounds great too. I loved Crowley’s Graffiti Moon.

  • I’ve been highly considering The Sunlight Pilgrims. Would love to read your thoughts on it!! And Words in Deep Blue sounds interesting!! Gonna add that to my tbr!! Happy reading, Joy! 🙂

  • Melliane

    some interesting books there! happy reading!

  • I read a not so good review of Nevernight yesterday. But everyone has different tastes so I hope it ends up being good for you. This is the first I have heard of Words in Deep Blue. Sounds like something I would like. I look forward to your thoughts about both of these books. Have a good week back to work. Sorry your vacation is over.

  • I was excited about Nevernight but so many of my trusted blogger friends have given it low ratings, so I’m not sure anymore. Plus, it’s a gigantic book and I don’t know if I want to spend that much time with it.
    I so can’t for Words in Deep Blue. Hopefully, the triangle isn’t really a triangle!
    Happy reading!

  • Precious

    And I Darken and Nevernight! I finished And I Darken last weekend. Loved it! <3 I am such a sucker for atmospheric historical novels. And of course, I'm a longtime fan of Kristoff. Looking forward to his next book!