August 2020 reading wrap-up

With the arrival of September, it’s time to take a moment and look back at the books I read in August. Though I had grand plans of reading a ton of books this month, August was incredibly busy and I often found myself struggling to squeeze in enough reading time. I did read nearly every day, but even then it didn’t seem to be enough. Even so, I was able to get through some books, which is better than none and this is helping to reduce my giant TBR to a more manageable level as each month passes. The August 2020 reading wrap-up goes over the books I read in the month and my thoughts on them.

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August 2020 reading wrap-up

Backyard Homesteading by David Toht

I have quite an interest in homesteading, so I am trying to read all of the books on the subject that I own. While I liked Backyard Homesteading, I did feel it wasn’t as good as some others on the subject. This one doesn’t feel like it’s meant for those who are starting out, but those who are already homesteading but want to expand into new aspects of the lifestyle. One area where this book does shine is the crop section, as it gives a nice breakdown of the basics of what you need to know for each type and none of it is specific to one growing zone.

Shattered Dance by Caitlin Brennan

The final book in the White Magic trilogy, Shattered Dance brings the story to a decent end. I do like how the story in this book swings in several directions, making you wonder how everything will work out before it all comes to an end. My one complaint is that it does feel like there should be another book or perhaps a follow-up series as a few to tie up a few loose ends. However, overall this is a solid book and series.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp

If you are familiar with the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, then this storyline is pretty darn familiar. In fact, the one key battle is straight out of the expansion trailer. Because I had played that game for a number of years, there wasn’t a lot of surprises with this book. I knew what events would unfold, though some of the details were new. Even so, it was nice to revisit this bit of the Star Wars storyline and reacquaint myself with the characters. If you are a fan of Star Wars and haven’t yet explored these books, I would recommend it, the Legends series (previously known as Expanded Universe) is great.

Yona of The Dawn Vol. 25 by Mizuho Kusanagi

This volume was really good. So much has happened to bring the story to this point and just when you think the story may falter a bit and have a slow volume the author continues to provide a strong plot. I absolutely loved how much the characters have grown from the beginning and continue to do so in each volume. If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it.

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 8 by Tomohito Oda

I think it’s safe to say that this is my new favorite manga series. I love it all. The story, the characters, the humor, the romantic tension, but most importantly, the fact that the main character is socially awkward. It appeals so much to my socially awkward self. I just hate that I can’t go into too much detail so as to not spoil it for those who haven’t read the series yet. Highly recommend this series.

Battles of the Medieval World by Kelly DeVries

I have had this book on my shelf for a while because of my interest in medieval times and enjoy reading books on it. I also was reading this book as research for my own novel, as I plan to include a large battle in it. This book was quite interesting to read and did a great job of breaking down famous battles, showing the movements of the troops, and explaining the events that led up to the battle and what happened afterward

If you have ever seen the series Battles BC, this is fairly similar to it, just in paper form. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in medieval battles.

Sword Art Online Progressive Vol. 3 by Reki Kawahara

This volume covers Kirito and Asuna’s adventures through the fourth floor of Aincrad. The floor this time is not at all what Kirito expects it to be, so even his beta player knowledge lends little to help him and the rest of the players navigate this new territory. I really enjoyed this volume, especially with the challenge of a completely different floor than expected. The story was fun to read and I am glad that a few new characters were included for this volume. Kirito and Asuna’s characters have also grown quite a bit. I really look forward to continuing on with this series.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai by Hajime Kamoshida

Having watched the anime series last year, I was excited to see the manga of this series had been released. While it does have a strange name, the series itself is addictive and you start rooting for the characters. I didn’t notice any major difference between the manga and the anime, but it was nice to revisit this story again. I cannot wait to read the next one in this series.

August 2020 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 8
  • Books purchased: 3
  • Books purged: 9
  • Books DNF’d: 1

Though these are my opinions, please understand that they should not prevent you from reading any of these books. A book that I don’t like could be a book that you end up loving. Always give books a chance.

I hope you enjoyed my August 2020 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in August?


  1. Looks like you read some great books this past month! Thanks for sharing. I am always looking for a good book to read!

    1. Thank you. I hope this has inspired your TBR and you are able to read some of these.

  2. For some reason, I struggled to read a lot this August. My mind just wasn’t there, but I am hoping to recover this fall. I also didn’t love a lot of the new releases that I picked. I DNF one book, like you. Here’s to a better reading fall!

    1. It’s a shame those new releases didn’t work out for you, but that happens sometimes. I hope you are able to get back into the reading groove soon. Fall and winter are the perfect time to curl up with a good book.

  3. I’ve only ever read 1 star wars book before. I was probably around 12 or 13. So like 20 years ago. Haha. I love Star Wars though and would love to read more, I’m just not sure where to start. Any ideas? 🙂

    1. Well, the first decision to make it whether to read the new canon series or the old Legends (Expanded Universe) books. Once you’ve made that decision, the best thing to do is to read the books in chronological order. I would personally recommend the Legends books just because they are all published and I have found them more enjoyable than the canon books.

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