Sunday, September 1, 2019

Monthly Wrap-Up — August 2019

Hello bookworms! It's finally September!
I haven't done a monthly wrap-up since October 2018... oops?
I decided to start doing them again or at least attempt to because I haven't been super active on my blog this summer. It's been pretty hot here in Belgium so I didn't really have the motivation to blog a lot aside from a few reviews I've posted occasionally. But anyways... here is my wrap-up!

Imperium by Robert Harris — 5/5★ {Review}
Petra: The History of Jordan's Rose City by History Titans — 4/5 {Review}
Othello by William Shakespeare — 4/5

Roman Empire: The Ancient Superpower by History Titans — 3/5 {Review}
The Body Painter by Pepper Winters — 4/5 {Review}

Heroes by Stephen Fry — 4/5 
Akhenaten: The Pharaoh of the Sun-God by in60Learning — 4/5
And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer —3.5/5

The Aztecs: Rise and Fall of an Empire by Serge Gruzinski — 3/5
The Impressionists by Vanessa Whinney — 4/5
Come Close by Sappho — 5/5

Favorite book of the month:

When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history.

The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

This is the starting-point of Robert Harris's most accomplished novel to date. Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, it takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man - clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable - fought to reach the top.

Imperium was my first book of the month and it remained my favorite. I randomly picked it up because I wanted to read a book set in ancient Rome but ended up being so pleasantly surprised by it that I know I must read more books by Robert Harris in the future. It was a brilliant read!

What was your favorite book of August?


  1. I haven't done wrap ups or book hauls since 2018, so I'm trying to catch up as well!
    I just got Mythos, so I hope to read that soon! Still haven't read Othello :o I probably should do that some time :)

  2. I can see why Imperium was your favorite, it sounds really good!

  3. Well, I've been busy with rebranding my blog, so I haven't had the chance to read anything in August. However, I have a few upcoming reviews, plus other books I'm really keen on getting to. I'm also very busy looking for work, so I hope September proves to be a bit more fruitful.
    Have a great week!

  4. It must be nice to have some warm temperatures! I love it when I discover a new favourite author. I hope that you enjoy the next Robert Harris book that you read. :)

  5. You comments about Robert Harris have me so curious on the book -- his name isn't one I'd associated with Roman politics.

  6. Imperium sounds interesting, Othello is one of my personal faves ever, and I think I'll have to check The Body Painter! Thanks for the great list, Stephanie, I really missed this!!


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