Sandy’s August 2022 Reading Roundup

Wow! Where did August go? It’s the meteorological first day of spring here in New Zealand, and it has been a beautiful spring day, but now – late afternoon – it’s clouded over and is cooling off. The daffodils and daphne are almost finished flowering, but the freesias look and smell beautiful; the hyacinths are about to flower, closely followed by the tulips. The kowhai trees are flowering – I planted two more over winter – and so the tui are back. I love listening to them; they are such clever mimics.

I started August with seventeen books to read for review, and managed not to add any during the month. That’s a first! I managed to complete twelve and am currently reading and almost finished three more. I will probably finish all three tonight. That’s an 88% completion rate. I read two more books purely for pleasure, but didn’t get to any of the titles on my backlist. So that was a total of seventeen books read during August.

One of the titles I am currently reading is a debut author – And Then There’s Margaret by Carolyn Clarke.

Two of the books I read in August were by new to me authors. They were: The Hidden Truth by Hilary Boyd ⭐⭐⭐.8

And one of my reads for pleasure, The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

The two books I didn’t get read during August were Solace and Other Stories by M. Syaipul Nasrullah

and Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which I intend to start tonight.

I only had one five star read in August – The New House by Tess Stimson. I loved this so much I had a huge book hangover afterwards which lasted until almost the end of the month.

I have somehow managed to collect twenty-five books for review in September πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ – I’m sure that request button operates on its own volition while I’m asleep!πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

So, I’m off to finish my three almost finished titles. Happy September reading!β€πŸ“š


Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbler. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

12 thoughts on “Sandy’s August 2022 Reading Roundup”

  1. You had an awesome month! Almost every book I read in August was an arc which doesn’t allow much time for free choice. So I’ve cut down a bit on my arcs temporarily. Happy spring reading!

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  2. Must be that time of year, my finger pushed too many review books as well! You have better weather, have be windy and overcast last two days. All flowers sound wonderful. Our kowhai will come in a bit later although there is a small bush type one that flowers through late winter. A book hangover from a 5 star is great, but makes other books less palatable I find.

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  3. It looks like you still read some good books in August, Sandy. Too bad you had a bit of a reading slump. I think 88% of the books you wanted to read, read, you did very well. I am clinging onto summer for as long as I can. It is still going to be in the 80s this week, so I am hoping to be in the pool everyday, except today as I am going to see another play. Have a wonderful September in every way, my friend. πŸ˜€πŸŒžπŸŒ·πŸŒΌ

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    1. After our few days of beautiful weather, winter is back with a vengeance, Carla. Our ski fields have had the heaviest dump of snow all season. Unfortunately too late for the North Island fields. They closed due to lack of snow last month. Enjoy the play!β€πŸ“š

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      1. I hope it was enjoyable, Carla. I haven’t been to live theatre in many years. My Dad used to be in the local operatic society, and the last thing I can remember seeing him perform in was The Mikado. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit his voice. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈβ€πŸ“š

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      2. I think that is one of the reasons I enjoy theatre, musical or otherwise. I am not talented at all, so I really appreciate those that are. I have never seen The Mikado, but someday I hope to see many that I have missed over the years. πŸ’–πŸŽ­πŸŽΆ

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