August TBR (And Retellingathon)

I have so much going on this next month but I’m still going to post a TBR just in case I happen to get around to any of the books below. I’m not going to guarantee that I’m going to read any of the books below but these are the books I’m most interested in at the moment. There are about a million books that I want to read this month so we’ll see what happens.


I’m really excited about both of these ARCs. Jenn Bennett has quickly become one of my favorite new authors and I put in a request for The Lady Rogue as soon as I had the opportunity!. The Starlet and The Spy deals with the Korean War and Marilyn Monroe’s visit to Korea which sounded like an interesting point in history that I don’t know a lot about so I’m really intrigued by this novel, it’s also only 192 pages which should make this a fairly quick read.

New Releases

I’ve mentioned this book about a million and one times so far but this is my most eagerly awaited read of the entire year. The minute this is in my hands I will be reading it. This is the second book in a sequel trilogy to the Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown.


I’m going to be participating in another readathon! Retelling-a-thon is a month long readathon hosted by Frayed Books. They have all of the links, hosts, and prompts listed on their blog if you are interested in joining in. I’m apart of Team Shakespeare which is Hosted by Hermit Librarian. Each week has a different theme including mythology, Shakespeare, fairy tales, and classics. You can read based on the prompts for your team or you can read based on each of the options. I had a hard time finding books to read based on the Shakespeare prompts because I’ve read a lot of the Shakespeare retellings that are out there but I was able to find some new ones I was excited about!

Miranda in Milan by Katherine Duckett – This is a Tempest retelling that I’ve been wanting to read for a while. This follows Miranda after she’s come back from the Milan. Having grown up on an island she’s unsure how to live in the real world, and struggles to make sense of everything happening around her.

The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer – And we have another Tempest retelling! I’m a big fan of the Tempest so I’m okay with having two updated versions of it on my TBR. The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a steampunk/ science fiction retelling which is an interesting premise for Shakespeare.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie – I’m not sure this is a direct retelling of Hamlet but it’s heavily inspired by Hamlet so I’m planning on attempting this book during the month of August. I have some reservations about this book because it’s written entirely in second person . . . which is an interesting choice . . . for a fantasy novel. I’m going to give it a chance.

Buddy Reads

I’m re-reading Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack The Ripper Series to prepare for the release of Capturing the Devil in September and I’m honestly really excited. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series which I read in March and April but I’ve been waiting for a good excuse to read them again. For some weird reason I turn to mystery books when I’m nervous or freaked out and since I’m about to start a new job I’ve got the audiobooks loaded up and ready to go.

Library Books

Here’s all the leftover books from my most recent library haul that I still need to read. I’m still excited about all of these books so I’m including them her to push myself to read them as soon as possible!

Like I said above, I will not get to all of these books this month because I have a ton of things to get done. I have orientation for my new job, inservice and a ton of classroom set up to do, not to mention the first day of school is this month so it’s going to be a little crazy. Speaking of would anyone be interested in a classroom tour, or in blog post about my experiences as a first year teacher? Let me know in the comments down below if that would interest you!

2 thoughts on “August TBR (And Retellingathon)

    1. Thanks!!! So far it’s going well! I’m a first year teacher starting inservice though so everything’s about to get a little crazy! Hopefully it will continue to go well through the insanity that is teacher prep!

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