Mama OWL Blog: #50Books2013 - August Round-Up

#50Books2013 - August Round-Up

Friday, 30 August 2013

It's August! Welcome to this month's #50Books2013 round-up... Have we all survived the Summer? The end is in sight, or it was in sight a few weeks ago if you're in Scotland and you've hopefully been enjoying some quiet reading time since the wee ones have been back at school.

Mine go back on September 3rd (big ones) and 4th (little ones) so I have just over a week left. I'm torn between loving having them home and not having to race around like a loon & stick to timetables, and looking forward to them going back to get back in to some semblance of a routine... I can't decide which side of my brain is winning at the moment, all I know is that it's a bit fried.

I'm currently reading book 19, which means... drumroll... I have actually managed to READ A BOOK. Three books, in fact. Are you proud? I am. Considering I am the link host I am shockingly bad at keeping up and you all are putting me to shame.

I've read - and enjoyed - the first three books of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, City of Ashes & City of Glass after a recommendation from the lovely @LadyKirsty1982 on Twitter. I'm currently reading the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels. If you're a fan of the paranormal genre then I highly recommend these books, too.
I am absolutely loving this series. The books have managed to make me laugh out loud as well as gasp in surprise, the main characters are likeable and it is easy to imagine the scenes as they are so perfectly set by the author, Cassandra Clare. I have high hopes for the movie which has just been released this month (I'm impressed with the casting, the actors look a lot like I have pictured them in my mind's eye especially Clary), and really hope that the screenplay as is close to the novel as it can get. It'll be a massive disappointment if they stray too far. I'm looking forward to watching it!

How are the rest of you getting on?

Soph has been Ignoring Life , One Book At A Time with her August reads, including The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson which she describes as "a good read", and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. To find out what she thought, check out her reviews which are always in-depth without giving anything away, honest and entertaining. Mumturnedmom is on book 23 of the challenge, having read The Magic Thief: Found by Sarah Prineas and Grounded by G. P. Ching this month.

Mrs JC has added two books to her 2013 reading challenge total, the most recent being The Buddha in the Attic which she has awarded five out of five stars. Bubbablue and Me is now on book 40/50 and has reviewed her recent reads, including the 'enjoyable' NYPD Red by James Paterson.
Mama, you talk? has shared her August challenge update which includes titles by John Boyne and Michael Morpurgo, read her review to see what she thought.

Ups & Downs, Smiles & Frowns shares with us her review on the poignant story of Thomas Buergenthal, the author of A Lucky Child: A Memoir of surviving Auschwitz as a young boy. Ojo's World rounds up her latest books while - thoughtfully - not giving away the juicy plotlines of her favourite genre of crime/thriller, and is currently reading Broken by Shy Keenan.

Join in with us on Twitter using hashtag #50Books2013 and tell us about your recent reads and share reviews. If you would like to join in with us, you can find out all the information here.

If you have a recent book review to share please link up below, you don't have to be an active part of #50Books2013 to share. As always, thank you for taking part in this challenge with me. You can email or tweet your reviews to me by 27th September to be included in the next round-up please.

See you next month! x


  1. Thanks for the mention. :-) I'm struggling with book number 18 at the moment. I am currently reading 'The Kingmakers Daughter' and although I am enjoying it, it's just so long! x

  2. Thank you! Almost finished 'broken' by Shy Keenan. Hoping to fit a couple more in this week :-) xx

  3. Thanks for mentioning me. Have several books on the go, including one for my work book club which I can't get into at all. Need to pick one and concentrate on it.


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