August 2022 TBR List

I don’t normally make a To Be Read (TBR) list for myself because I’m a mood reader. I don’t like being boxed in to a set list. But since my NetGalley approvals with publish dates over the next month fit my mood, I thought I’d jump on the monthly TBR train. Here’s my slew of ARCs, personal copies, and library books I’m eager to read this month. The book covers link to the official synopses.

Descend by L.R. Friedman

This is my friend’s debut, self-published novel that will be available for purchase on August 23. She invited me to her ARC team and I happily obliged. I actually finished this Monday night, so it’s time to write up my review. It’s a fast-paced urban/portal fantasy.

Juniper and Thorn by Ava Reid

The cover 100% caught my attention. I wasn’t going to read it this soon, but Chris’s reaction to it piqued my interest to a level that made the decision for me. I checked this out from the library and can’t renew it, so I have to finish it by August 15. It’s a “gothic horror retelling of The Juniper Tree…where a young witch seeks to discover her identity and escape the domination of her abusive wizard father…”

A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Doesn’t this cover look sumptuous? At 512 pages this adult fantasy novel hits shelves on August 30. I received an ARC for this some time ago on NetGalley and it’s time to crack it open! The opening lines of the official book blurb describe it as “The Goblin Emperor meets “Magnificent Century” in Alexandra Rowland’s A Taste of Gold and Iron, where a queer central romance unfolds in a fantasy world reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire.”

The Children of Gods and Fighting Men by Shauna Lawless

I first heard about this from Nick at Out of This World SFF, who had a lot of positive things to say about it. So I can’t wait to dive in to this. It becomes available for purchase on e-book September 1 or hardback on November 1. It’s the “first in a gripping new historical fantasy series that intertwines Irish mythology with real-life history…”

How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

I don’t foray into the realm of general fiction (women’s fiction?) often, but I saw a lot of positive feedback about this book last year. So much so that I bought this for a family member, who loved it, and she sent it back to me to read. I’ll be seeing her in about a month, so I really need to read this so I can hand it back to her.

These Twisted Bonds by Lexi Ryan

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this sequel to the duology after loving THESE HOLLOW VOWS. (The cliffhanger at the end of the first book made me so mad!) This is another library hold and I’m third in line. So whether or not I start it this month (doubt I’ll finish it) depends on whether the book becomes available. I might even suspend my hold if it doesn’t become available before the end of the month since I have vacation coming up.

What does your August TBR look like? Have you read, or plan to read, any of these?

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I really like the sound of A Taste of Gold Iron. I wasn’t approved for an ARC so I’ve got to wait for it to be published 😃 The Penguins sounds fun too.

You’re going to love A Taste of Gold and Iron!

Hey Celeste,

I am also eagerly awaiting the arrival of These Twisted Bonds. The first book is still waiting here to be read, but I would love to consume the two books in a row.

The Children of Gods and Fighting Men just hopped on my wishlist.

I hope you have a great, adventurous reading month.


My TBR is..upsetting lol. Just in that there are so many books releasing in August that I have the ARC for, it’s overwhelming!

Good luck with your reading this month! I am also a mood reader so I don’t set TBRs… for some reason as soon as I set an intention, that’s the last book my brain wants to read lol. I hope you enjoy Juniper & Thorn more than I did – I loved Ava Reid’s debut but this one just… idk. I’ve been trying to write a review for 2 months now lol.

Ngl, I’m a little jelly about your ARC of A Taste of Gold and Iron! I’ve been looking forward to that one for ages now and I can’t wait to read it cos it sounds (and ugh, that cover looks) so good! Descend also has a stunning cover! I hope you enjoy these reads 😊

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