I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s September already and that in less than four months 2021 is over. How did that happen?! August was the month of my blogging break, and to be honest the month as a whole was quite uneventful. The weather has been strange with lots of days over 20°C and even a couple close to 30°C, which you can’t exactly call winter. It did mean more time to work in the garden as well as our countryside plot… I’ve also taught myself to plaster a wall (sort of) and I repainted the dog house as well as a few plant pots in preparation for a new look for the garden (I’m painting the walls yellow next month and decided to get rid of the blue altogether). I also revamped an old pizza board to fit with this new outdoor color scheme and I love how it came out! I will definitely be using it a LOT as a tea/snack board in the near future. And in case you are wondering: I’m still on track with the promise to myself to focus on my health again, and the healthier food and exercise has already made me feel a lot better (on top of shedding some pounds, which is always a bonus).

Next: the bookish numbers.

  • Number of books read in August: 22
  • Total number of books read in 2021: 173
  • Total number of pages read in August: 7.792
  • Total number of pages read in 2021: 61.538

I managed to read more than expected during August, and although I did have six books with a 3 star rating or below, I also got TWO new 5 star reads.


5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 

Dead Ground – by M.W. Craven // Project Hail Mary – by Andy Weir

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!

Dead Souls – by Angela Marsons // Indelible – by Karin Slaughter

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

The Soulmate Equation – by Christina Lauren // The Happy Ever After Playlist – by Abby Jimenez // Oddball – by Sarah Andersen // The ABC Murders – by Agatha Christie // The Good Samaritan – by John Marrs // Flower Crowns And Fearsome Things – by Amanda Lovelace // Red Winter – by Dan Smith // A Faint Cold Fear – by Karin Slaughter

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

The Hound Of The Baskervilles – by Arthur Conan Doyle // The Lost Man – by Jane Harper // Two Old Men And A Baby – by Hendrik Groen // The Holiday – by T.M. Logan // How The Penguins Saved Veronica – by Hazel Prior

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.

Second First Impressions – by Sally Thorne

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.

Arsenic And Adobo – by Mia P. Manansala

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’. 

Strangers On A Train – by Patricia Highsmith // The Trouble With Goats And Sheep – by Joanna Cannon // American Dirt – by Jeanine Cummins 

I ended up joining more challenges than planned this year, but thankfully I’m finishing most without too much effort… I might end up increasing my Goodreads goal to 200 some time this month though.


As for my other goals: I managed to reduce my ARC/backlist ratio by a whopping 4.8%, which I’m really happy about. It’s still not 40% or less, but at least I’m getting close. I’m also almost done with my TBR jar picks, and I’ve finally made some progress with the Karin Slaugher goal… I still need to read a LOT of books to complete both that one and the DI Kim Stone series though. xD


  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) DONE!! 3/3 (The Big Four // The Mystery Of The Blue Train // The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes)
  • Complete at least 6 series (rereads don’t count) DONE!! 6/6 (Harold Fry // Martini Club // It Happened In Charleston // Hidden Iceland // Bluebell Castle // A Dog’s Purpose)
  • Catch up with Karin Slaughter series (Will Trent/Grant County) 6/15
  • Catch up with DI Kim Stone Series 7/15
  • Reread at least 2 books DONE!! 2/2 (The Shadow Of The Wind // The One)
  • Get my owned TBR pile below 650 books and keep it that way. 728/650
  • Read at least one book over 600 pages DONE!! 1/1 (The Stand; 1327 pages)
  • Keep ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% 41.6%
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish DONE !! 2/2 (Los Plebeyos // Las Onomatobellas)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch DONE!! 1/1 (Harry Potter En De Steen Der Wijzen)
  • Read at least 15 international authors and/or translations (each author counts only once) DONE!! 15/15 (The Shadow Of The Wind (Spain) // Snowblind (Iceland) // Crazy Rich Asians (Singapore) // Smoke Screen (Norway) // Hotel Cartagena (Germany) // Los Plebeyos (Argentina) // These Violent Delights (China) // Inborn (Norway) // Facets Of Death (South Africa) // The Final Chapter (France) // Tears Of Amber (Mexico) // Harry Potter En De Steen Der Wijzen (UK; Dutch version) // The Maidens (Cyprus) // Float Plan (Germany) // Las Onomatobellas (Argentina))
  • Read at least 10 TBR jar picks 9/10 (Radio Silence // Shutter Island // Hidden Figures // Inborn // My Dark Vanessa // Take Me There // Every Single Secret // Red Winter // Arsenic And Adobo)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year DONE!! 5/5
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% 99%

Stay safe and happy reading!

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