August 2020 TBR

July 30, 2020 in TBRs

Let’s talk TBRs, shall we? I don’t know about you but I have this love-hate relationship with my TBR list. On the one hand, I love planning out which books are going to be high priority each month. But on the other, I hate how restrictive it is. I mean, there are all these wonderful books demanding my attention. Who am I to say no to a book that sounds so good I want to devour it immediately?

For context, here’s my past TBRs and how many books I read off each one:

Autumn TBR – 4/6 books

Olympic Games TBR – 2/9 books

Reading Rush TBR – 1/7 books

You see? I’m really bad at sticking to a set list. So my August TBR list is more of a possibility pile than a strict TBR. It also includes the books I’ll be reading as part of the NEWTs readathon which is the follow-up to April’s OWLs readathon.

NEWTs Readathon

Due to a certain author’s relentless transphobia, this will be the last NEWTs readathon. It’s also not being hosted. And I toyed with the idea of skipping it entirely but I did enjoy taking part in the OWLs and I’d love to get my career as Hogwarts Professor. So I’m doing the readathon but essentially only doing the bare minimum. Here’s what I’ve chosen for the prompts:

Muggle Studies:
Read a Comic

I’ll be reading The Fiction by Curt Pires and David Rubin. I’ve been loving graphic novels lately and especially the stuff that comes out of BOOM Studios. This one has a Pagemaster slash Neverending Story vibe to it as it’s about kids who find books that can transport them into these fictional worlds. I loved both The Pagemaster and the Neverending Story as a kid so I’m very excited about this one!

Muggle Studies:
By an Author who is a Different Race than You

I’ve chosen to read Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. It’s an Own Voices YA contemporary all about Islamophobia. My understanding is that it’s about this Muslim teenager who has to deal with all of these microaggressions after a terrorist attack – even though she obviously had nothing to do with the event.

Muggle Studies:
A Contemporary

As soon as I saw the prompt I knew what I wanted to read: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London. Like Beach Read, this isn’t a book I’d normally choose to read but I’m actually really excited about it. It’s about a plus-size fashion blogger called Bea who gets invited to participate in her favourite matchmaking reality TV show. And basically she accepts on one condition: that she won’t actually fall in love. Again, it’s a romance so presumably she does fall in love with one of her suitors and yeah, very excited to read this.

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Defence Against the Dark Arts:

I have so many thrillers on my backlist that I probably should have picked one of those but… I didn’t. Instead I went for one of my most recent purchases, Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury. The synopsis doesn’t give that much away but it’s a YA horror centred around a girl whose mother was murdered and I believe it has something to do with a monster living in the Loch? I could be completely wrong though…

Defence Against the Dark Arts:
Book with Demons or Water Theme

Keeping in with the monsters in the water theme, I’ve chosen The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. It’s about witches who come back to life every year to lure boys into the water to their deaths. I’d wanted to save this until autumn for those super witchy Halloween-y vibes but I’m too excited to sit on this for any longer.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Humorous Book

For this, I’ve chosen Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman and Whitney Cogar. It’s a comic book series turned graphic novel about university, friendship and becoming an adult. Apparently it’s delightfully funny so that’s my humorous book pick sorted!

Red Cover

Back again with another graphic novel, this time the award winning graphic memoir, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. It’s about a girl who grows up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Learning more about history and culture, especially in areas that I know little about like Iran, is important to me and this book is praised on pretty much every introduction to graphic novels list out there so I already know this is going to be impactful.

History of Magic:
Historical Fiction

And my final graphic novel of the readathon, I’ve chosen Liebestrasse by Greg Lockard, Tim Fish, Hector Barros, Will Dennis and Lucas Gattoni. This is a male/male romance set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany.

Liebestrasse by Greg Lockard

More Books on my August TBR

And here’s a nice long list of everything else that I’m hoping to get around to reading this month! As always, there’s a chance that some of these won’t get read while other books that don’t feature on here will be read but it’s okay, I promise everything will get read… eventually.


  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo


  • The End of Her by Shari Lapena
  • Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The House Guest by Mark Edwards
  • The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine

Graphic Novels/Comics

  • Welcome to Wanderland by Jackie Ball
  • Goldie Vance, Vol 1 by Hope Larson
  • Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung


  • How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
  • Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L Trump

So that’s that: 20 books that I may, or may not, manage to read this August! It’s a fantastic selection and I honestly can’t wait to get stuck into reading all these great books.

What books are on your TBR list this month? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Ellie-M July 30, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    That’s an impressive list for August! It takes me a month to read a single book lol! Some great ideas in there though, thanks for sharing! x

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      We all read at our own pace and in our own unique ways so no judgement here! 🙂 There have been months, years even, when I haven’t even touched a book haha.

  • claire July 31, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Wow it looks like you have a very busy reading month ahead of you. Some great choices here as well. Enjoy them, look forward to seeing how you get on with them x

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      I don’t think I’ll manage to read even half of these this month haha. Thanks Claire! 🙂

  • lifestyleseason July 31, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Great post! This is such a cool idea! I hope you like the books!

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Lauren July 31, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Oooo The Wicked Deep is going to have to go on my list now. It sounds so good.

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Right? I’m so excited to read it!

  • JENISH JOYAL J July 31, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    It’s really useful post….
    All these books seem to be wonderful
    Thank you for sharing this post 😇

    JENISH |

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Jenish! 🙂

  • Riana Ang-Canning August 1, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Sounds like a great list! I love that despite your track record, you’re diving back in with a new TBR. One to Watch is on my radar too and so is How We Fight for Our Lives. I don’t read much thriller/mystery but would like to get into that genre more.

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      It’s a nice big TBR to give me more options when I start to go off-track haha. Ooh if you’re looking to get into the thriller/mystery genre, I highly recommend Shari Lapena’s books. 🙂

  • Shirsha August 1, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Looks like a great list! I just got One to Watch on my Kindle last night. Can’t wait to dive in!

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Shirsha, hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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