August 2020 TBR ft. ARC August

I go in spurts of sharing my monthly to-be-read piles, mainly because I’m such a big mood reader and I tend to read more than what I list on my published TBRs – including this August TBR. I have a few books on hold from the library, so what I actually read will largely revolve around what books I’m able to get. I already have a few books out from the library that I need or want to finish – although my library is actually extending due dates past the usual 2 week deadline. With the fall publishing season right around the corner, I also have a few books that I need to read for review. I am really excited to be once again participating in ARC August, an annual readathon hosted by Octavia and Shelley of Read. Sleep. Repeat. This TBR will be split into my ‘regular’ TBR and my TBR for ARC August. 

Library & Owned Books TBR

The Heir Affair ( The Royal We #2) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – After rereading The Royal We last week, I couldn’t wait any longer to read the sequel and I decided to checkout a digital copy from the library. I’ve had a hold for a physical copy of The Heir Affair for over a month now, but I think my country library system is a little behind on receiving new releases. I’m currently reading this one & loving it so far – if my physical copy does come in soon enough, I’ll probably transition to the digital to physical copy… but let’s be honest, I’ll probably will be finished reading it by then!

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare – I hauled The Duchess Deal in last’s month library haul, so I won’t go into too much detail. I do plan on reading this one ASAP, although it’s not due until September. I took a little break from romance in the second half of July, but I know I’ll be ready to jump back in ASAP.

The Worst Man by Mia Sosa – The Worst Man was also part of my July library haul, but I know once I’m really back into the romance reading mood, this will be one of the first books I pick up!

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover – After really enjoying Verity last month, I’ve decided to give Colleen Hoover’s another go, starting with Regretting You. So many of my friends have loved this one and it seems like a really great blend of YA and adult romance. 

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – Such a Fun Age has been on my TBR since it first came out ,and I’ve noticed more and more people picking it up recently. I’ve been craving adult fiction lately, so it seemed like the perfect time to finally pick it up! 

I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman – I’ve been reading more non-fiction in 2020 than ever before. My mom actually picked I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This from the library, and it got my attention because Nadja Spiegelman is the daughter of Maus creator, Art Spiegelman. However, the novel focuses on Nadja’s relationship with her mother, New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly.

American Royals by Katharine McGee (reread) – I may wait to read American Royals until September, but I am definitely planning for a reread within the next 2 months before I read the sequel, Majesty. 

ARC August TBR

ARC August is an annual readathon dedicated to reading advance reader copies in nearly any form — digital or physical, upcoming releases & already published titles included. The timing of ARC August is often an extra motivator for book reviewers, since the fall is typically the biggest publishing season of the year. I have 4 books on my ARC August TBR that are all coming out in September. I may or may not pick up more, depending on if I receive any more review requests from publishers or if I deep dive into Netgalley. I’ve really only read 2 books from Netgalley, but since I am becoming a bigger fan of my Kindle, I may start reading more digital review copies.

Recommended for You by Laura Silverman (Release Date: September 1, 2020) – Recommended for You is my most anticipated read of the month! I feel so fortunate to be on the blog tour for Recommended For You– my review will be shared on the blog in early September – especially because this book might just my most anticipated YA contemporary of the fall. The book follows teen bookseller, Shoshanna, and her rivalry with fellow bookseller, Joshua, as they compete to sell the most books during the holiday season. I plan on treating myself and reading during my birthday next week! 

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (Release Date: September 1, 2020) – As soon as I saw that Punching the Air was co-written by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, I instantly wanted to read it. I’ve been meaning to read another book by Ibi Zoboi, and Yusef Salaam is a member of the “Exonerated Five.” The book follows, Amal, a Black, Muslim teen who is wrongfully sent to prison and depicts the reality of the school to prison pipeline. 

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson (Release Date: September 15, 2020) – Grown is another extremely relevant read I can’t wait to read this month. Tiffany D. Jackson’s upcoming releases follows a Black teen and aspiring singer, Enchanted, whose life is transformed when she is picked up by a legendary R&B singer and later finds herself involved in a murder mystery. 

Shine by Jessica Jung (Release Date: September 29, 2020) – I instantly wanted to read Jessica Jung’s Shine after I read its Gossip Girl meets Crazy Rich Asians premise. The book follows Korean American Rachel’s dream & reality of being a K-pop star. I think the only book I’ve read with a K-pop protagonist is Maurene Goo’s Somewhere Only We Know, so I’m looking forward to picking Shine up. 


What books are you planning to read in August? Are you participating in ARC August? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Share in the comments!

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