August 2021 reading wrap-up

The arrival of September has brought another month of reading to an end. As an avid reader, I always look forward to sinking into a good book – though not everything I read ends up falling into that category. Reading is my favorite hobby, a way to escape the world or learn something new. Over the years, my TBR grew to an enormous amount. But with dedicating, a bit of purging, and limiting new purchases I have put a significant dent in it. Every month, I read as much as I can and love to share my thoughts on those books. So, without further ado, here is my August 2021 reading wrap-up.

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August 2021 reading wrap-up

Voices of a Distant Star by Makoto Shinkai

Having seen the short film of this story, I was eager to check out the manga as well. Even though I knew the story already, seeing it in manga form was fantastic. As expected, the manga expands a lot on what we see in the movie and I really enjoyed getting to see more of the characters and world. Getting to experience the full story was great and I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoyed the anime.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read since I saw the movie for the first time in the theatre. I’ve been curious about the origin of the story and how it differed from what was on the big screen. I’m glad I finally got around to it but wow, what a completely different story. It’s easy to pick out the parts they used in the movie and it does for the most part catch the bulk of the books. Yet, there are so many facets of the book that really should have been included on-screen as well. Honestly, it’s hard to properly see the book separately from the movie as I have watched it so many times. If you haven’t read the book but have enjoyed the movie, then you need to read this one. But be prepared for a very different story – still enjoyable but different.

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 14 by Tomohito Oda

When a new volume of this series comes out, I need to read it immediately. This volume includes summer festivals, fun, and a sprinkling of strangeness as well. While I enjoyed this one a lot, there were some parts I found almost frustrating, such as the continued hint at a love triangle that I wish would simply go away. Overall, I enjoyed this one, but I want the story to get past that one fumbling block and back to what I initially enjoyed about this series, and hopefully, that will happen soon.

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 31 by Mizuho Kusanagi

After the way volume 30 ended, I was seriously nervous about reading this one. However, I didn’t need to worry – at least not completely. While there were a few ‘oh no, what will happen?’ moments along the way, there were also plenty of happy moments. The characters have grown so much over this series and I love that, seeing them make hard decisions that previously they might have chosen a different answer. I will be very interested to see how the next few volumes play out. If you haven’t picked up this series yet you need to.

Practical Skills by Gene Logsdon

Sometimes it’s nice to read a thick non-fiction book filled with plenty of information. This book satisfied that. The bulk of this book covers skills that are rarely used today but were essential not all that long ago. While this is not a book to completely learn those skills, it does give you a basic idea of how to start them. I really enjoyed reading this one and while I will likely never need to know how to make a slipper from sheepskin, or how to grow and make my own broom, I did find it very fascinating. If you want to learn about older skills that can still be used today then I highly recommend this one.

The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

As part of becoming a better writer, I do my best to regularly read writing craft books. Having read a few of these authors’ other books, I knew I would enjoy this one. As someone who often struggles to describe a certain trait or feeling during writing, this book is a great asset to have. It helps to break down the attributes, behaviors, thoughts, and other characteristics of people who are courageous, sophisticated, etc. I know I will be reaching for this one regularly to infuse more life into my writing projects.

Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling

After reading the previous book, The Bone Dolls Twin, I was a bit hesitant to dive into this one. But after a while, I decided to give it a try. The beginning of this book quickly drew me in, as it set a steady pace of action but then it petered out. I was honestly tempted a number of times during the middle to give up on it, but something kept me going, I guess I was hoping it would pick up again. Luckily, it did get better near the end. While I can’t say the end redeemed the lackluster middle, it did draw me back in enough to want to read the third book. This one does have a bit of a better plot pace than the first book but still often feels bogged down by seemingly unimportant events – though those will likely play into the final book. All in all, it was an okay read.

August 2021 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 7
  • Books purchased: 3
  • Books purged: 1
  • Books DNF’d: 1

I hope you enjoyed my August 2021 reading wrap-up. What did you read in August?


  1. I only managed to finish one book in August, but it was a massive long one. My 9 yr old on the other hand lost count and I reckon he’s on at least 20. Pop by my blog for my reading round up if you like.

    1. One book is still great, especially with it being a massive tome. That’s great to hear your kiddo has read a ton as well.

    1. Thank you. It’s always a good month when I don’t have to purge too many books, and yet doing so does help to clear room on the shelf for new purchases.

  2. I had a student ask about manga books and I thought of you. Any recommendations for elementary students? As always, thanks for the fun book post!

    1. Oh boy, I don’t know a lot about manga for younger kids, maybe something like Yu-Gi-Oh or similar styles would be good. There are also manga of popular series like Wings of Fire they could check out as well.

  3. August 2021 reading wrap-up is awesome. I like Jurassic Park the best.

    1. Thank you. It was certainly a good book.

  4. You always remind me to keep up with all of the books I download. August was packed with activities, but I still managed to read some of the hundreds I downloaded, probably 4 or 5… Huge backlog:))

    1. I’m glad these wrap-ups help you keep up with your reading as well. Reading 4-5 books during a busy month is amazing, good job!

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