[Rewind] August 2017

15:13 Cilla P 4 Comments

Hello friends! I hope life has been treating you well this past month! August has been an eventful month for me, and for once it’s not all about my studies (madness, I know). What have I been up to? We’ll get to that, but first – books!

New to My Shelves

I’ve been keeping a close eye on my budget this month, so instead of buying new books, I’ve been visiting the library more! I borrowed an audiobook of Murphy’s Law on a whim (I seem to be constantly in a lady detective, historical fiction mood these days). It’s not mind-blowing, but I’m really enjoying it.

I also borrowed the English audiobook of The Rainbow Troops, translated from Indonesian, just because it was there. It was huge in Indonesia a couple of years ago, but I’m contrary so I never read it or watched the movie. I think I need to read it in the original language, because my mind keeps trying to figure out how the sentences would sound in Indonesian.

Another library find this month was Girl Waits with Gun, which I’ve just finished. (I did mention my historical fiction, lady detective kick, yeah?) I adored it and am thinking of picking up the sequel already!


Mirror in the Sky / ★★

Other Things on the Blog

↠ I signed up for #TheReadingQuest this month! I'm not doing too badly too, thanks to long hours of travelling I've done in the last week. Check out my tweets for updates on my quest if you'd like! I'm surprising myself by already finishing four out of my goal of the five books, though it can be put down to the fact that I spent 12-hours travelling on one day and had a 3-hour train ride on another day. It's been a while since I've been able to binge read, so this has been really fun!

↠ I discussed whether peeking at the ending is a bad reading habit. What do you think?

Challenges Progress

↠ Goodreads challenge: 28/30 books
↠ Discussion challenge: 6/24 discussion posts
↠ ReadDiverse2017 challenge: 9 books
↠ #RockMyTBR challenge: 1 book
↠ Backlist Books challenge: 8 books

Around the Blogosphere

↠ Becky discusses her priorities when it comes to blogging.
↠ Musings Over Nothing discusses the social aspect of reading.

In Life

↠ My best friend got married! I was maid of honour, which was also my first time being a part of a bridal party. It was hectic, but it was also so lovely. I told her I would try to not cry, but my eyes definitely started welling up when she walked down the aisle!

↠ One week after that wedding, I flew home to Indonesia for a holiday as well as to attend the wedding of one of my close friends from high school. The difference between the two weddings is actually shocking. For instance, while the first wedding required the bride and bridesmaid to start getting ready by 7.30am, this one involved waking up at 2.30am for make-up and hair! (I was rather glad I wasn't part of the bridal party for this one; I was exhausted just thinking about it.)  It was also a beautiful wedding, and I was glad to be able to spend time with friends that I haven't seen in a while.

↠ As I write this, I'm still on holiday. Apart from catching up with my old friends, I'm stuffing myself full with my mum's cooking and my favourite food from my hometown. (Do you know how many varieties of Indonesian food are not available in Melbourne? Too many.) I haven't seriously thought about my thesis or my placement in a week. It's sooo nice. There is a part of me that's anxious about whether I'd be behind when I get back, but I think I needed this break.

In Store for Next Month

I'm so behind on my reviews now that I'm actually doing well with #TheReading Quests! Look out for what I expect will be a gushy review of Sorcerer to the Crown. I'm also trying to decide on what to write to commemorate my second blogoversary, even if it's going to be about five months late by the time I finish with it! Any suggestions?

How was your August?
Tell me about something that made you happy in the last month!
What are you looking forward to in September?


  1. It sounds like you’ve been busy. Weddings can be so different, can’t they? Some are fun and some are just stressful. Happy September!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. They really can be! Hope you had a good September!

  2. 2:30?? That sounds intense! I was a bridesmaid this weekend too - it was lovely but a bit stressful in the build up, and my friend was a very chilled bride. Can imagine it'd be manic with a different type of person! Glad you enjoyed your weddings :)

    1. It really was intense! Ooh that sounds like a great experience as a bridesmaid. :D Hope you've been well, Catherine!


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