I know it is technically still summer, but August always makes me feel like fall is just around the corner, and I am very excited. Especially because today will be ninety-three degrees (Fahrenheit) where I live, which means as you read this, I’m probably melting.

August is also the month I am attempting my most insane reading experiment yet. It is crazy ambitious, and I’m getting a little bit scared. But I’ll also be incredibly proud of myself if I can pull it off. You’ll find out what it is at the end of this month, but I hope you’ll understand if I keep this list kind of sort of pared down.

Obviously, I am not going to tell you everything on my reading list right now, but here are six of the books on my August TBR:

Twilight of Democracy by Anne Applebaum

I’m still attempting to keep up with the Buzzword Reading Challenge for this year (spoiler, I’m doing very badly and have had to bend the rules a couple of times already). But this fits August’s theme, which is “time of day” and is fairly short, so I’m going with it. The audiobook is only five hours, so I am hoping to get through it today – I have to go in to work, so I should have plenty of time on my commute and also with AirPods in to ignore my coworkers.

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

Another fairly short audiobook that is on my reading list this year for… reasons (read: it’s for another epic reading experiment that won’t be posted for a few months). But this sounds like a really interesting memoir, and I am looking forward to it. I also got this on audio, and it’s only five hours as well, so hopefully it’s a quick listen.

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Since there are ten books on my reading list for this month’s reading experiment, I decided to include one of them. This is the one that is most different from everything else on my list, so I don’t think anyone will be able to guess. But it is a book that’s been on my TBR for ages, and I’m excited to get to it (finally).

Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

I have an ARC of this book, which is the third in the A League of Extraordinary Women. These are just fun historical romance novels, and I think I’m really going to need a brain break this month, so this should be perfect.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I have been hearing great things about this book since it came out last year, and it is definitely on my list for 2021. It’s maybe a bit of a stretch to try and squeeze this into August, but I’m doing it anyway. If I remember correctly, The Mothers was one of my very first Book of the Month picks back in 2016, and I still haven’t read anything by Brit Bennett, so that probably needs to change.

The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker

I finally finished my reread of The Golem & the Jinni a couple days ago, so I can finally get around to reading The Hidden Palace. It’s not a sequel I thought I needed, but now that it’s here, I of course have to read it.


Since August has reminded me that the end of the year is coming up fast, I do want to focus on getting through some of my partially read books in August and September (mostly September). So tentatively being added for this month are One Last Stop, which I was enjoying, but put down because I felt like I wasn’t in the right mood for it at the time, and The Splendid and the Vile, which I was also enjoying but put down because it’s a big history book that was taking me a while to get through and I had other things that needed to be read.

I was going to say that’s it for August, but it’s not even close. But I’m still going to leave it here so I can go read three-thousand pages that are not on this list. I don’t need sleep, right?

What are your reading plans for August? Are you starting to get into fall/autumn, or are you still enjoying the summer reading vibes?

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