My Month in Books | August 2021

I’m making a monthly wrap-up post specifically for books and I hope it sticks. I honestly feel that most times, there’s nothing significant happening in my life except for the books I read and want to read.

August 2021 was a blur (yes, Taylor, it slipped away like a bottle of wine) but I’m glad I was able to finish 5 books this month:

  • How To Talk to Anyone at Work: 72 Little Tricks for Big Success Communicating on the Job by Leil Lowndes – 3.5/5☕
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk – 5/5☕
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaeldes – 3/5☕
  • First Person Singular: Stories by Haruki Murakami – 4/5☕
  • Priest (Priest, #1) by Sierra Simone – 3.5/5☕

This was generally a good reading month – though I’m not used to seeing a lot of 3s in my rating. I usually curate the books I read, researching beforehand just because I don’t have that much free time in my hands. I have a couple of random picks and friend recommendations on this list.

My favorite pick for this month would probably be The Body Keeps the Score (read my short review here) and I think it’s probably one of the most important single-subject non-fiction books I’ve ever read.

On another note, I have a couple of books I’m currently reading (actively, lol):

Hope I could stick to finishing these two and reading a lot more. I’m trying to burn through my physical TBRs right now so I might probably pick up something that’s already in my stash here at home in the next couple of days. And oh our September Book-of-the-Month for our Tara Basa Discord server is Dial A for Aunties (Aunties, #1) by Jesse Q. Sutanto so that’s definitely gonna be added to my list next month. I’m generally poor in trying to stick to my TBR but it would really make me happy if I could finish at least another Murakami next month.

How about you? What are your favorite reads this August? 🤓

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3 thoughts on “My Month in Books | August 2021

  1. I really want to read The Body Keeps the Score, I ended up with a couple of more recent books like it, though this one seems to be the mostly widely read and the one that Cranial Sacral therapists seem to have all read.

    I am reading The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook: Practical Mind-Body Tools to Heal Trauma, Foster Resilience and Awaken Your Potential because I am interested in the practical elements as well as polyvagal theory and Healing Developmental Trauma because I’m interested in pre-verbal trauma e.g. relinquishment trauma as a result of adoption.

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    1. Hope your could read this, because it’s really good. I appreciated the way it was written and how accessible it was without losing the heart of the topic, especially since I don’t really work in the line of psychology just a mental health enthusiast.


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