August Reads

August was a weird reading month for me. In the end I read 10 books, but a good portion of the books I wasn’t that into. And many of them I thought I was going to like heading into them, which was disappointing.

Oona Out of Order by Maragarita Montimore
I loved the premise of the book, a woman starts a different year of her life on New Year’s Day and until she wakes up she has no idea how old she is or what year it is, but I didn’t love the book as much as I thought I would. I didn’t like the main character of Oona throughout most of the book. With her knowing each year she would wake up at a different age, I found as it went on, she was still kind of woe is me about what was happening to her. The little twist towards the end I wish would have happened sooner because I think it could have made the story a lot stronger.

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson
After loving The Perfect Marriage, I’ve been looking for a great suspense book and this book was definitely not it. It is more of a family drama than a suspense and I found it way too long. Even though most of the chapters are only a few pages, with the story broken into three parts, after a while things start to become repetitive and I found myself losing interest. It did start to pick up in the end, but it felt like it was such a struggle to get there.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
I went into this book thinking I would love it and I found it to be just okay. It looks like this may be a series where each book will follow a character you are introduced to in The Boyfriend Project, so I may give book two a try, because I think it was just me not being a huge fan of the main character that held this book back for me. The things I did enjoy about the book was the friendships between the main character Samiah, Taylor and London. I also liked the way Rochon had Samiah working in the tech industry and didn’t shy away from how much more on an uphill battle it is for women in that industry. I feel like if the book didn’t focus on Samiah romance with her co-worker Daniel, it would’ve been a much stronger book for me.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This book broke me out of my August reading slump, I loved it and I can’t believe I waited this long to read it! For my full review, click here.

Christmas Charms by Teri Wilson*
I love Hallmark movies and I enjoyed Wilson’s last book, The Accidental Beauty Queen, so I couldn’t resist requesting this on NetGalley. Even though I read this when it was 90 degrees outside, it was the perfect book to escape the heat with for a little Christmas magic. I enjoyed going on the journey with the main character Ashley, as she discovers what each charm on the gifted charm bracelet a stranger left her on the train means in her life, and I liked the growth she experienced throughout the book. And this book has the most adorable character, a dog named Fruitcake. I’d love to see this book get turned into one of Hallmark’s Christmas movies.

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
This was one of my most anticipated summer reads and to me it was just okay. I’ll still pick up the books that Davis writes because I loved some of her earlier books, but I felt like I wanted more out of this book. I loved the setting of the New York Public Library and found the mystery in both timelines of the missing books intriguing. Laura’s storyline in 1913 I enjoyed reading about much more than when it switched to her granddaughter Sadie’s storyline in 1993. This is the one time I think the book would’ve benefited to not be split into dual timelines.

Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand
As a fan of Harry and Meghan, I couldn’t wait to read this account by two people who have been close to the Sussex’s from the start and I really enjoyed getting this behind the scenes look. For my full review, click here.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Having read and enjoyed three of Reid’s newer books, I’ve set out to read her three older books that I haven’t read yet and first up was After I Do. I wasn’t a big fan of this book, I actually found it to be kind of depressing. For my full review, click here.

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester*
Historical fiction is not a genre I really gravitate towards, I do read a few books each year in the genre, but it isn’t one of my favorites, but the description of The Paris Secret intrigued me and I’m so glad I read this book because I loved it. It is such an incredibly powerful story and if you like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, add this book to your to be read list! For my full review, click here.

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens*
This Time Next Year was such a cute enjoyable book. The main characters, Minnie and Quinn, had me smiling while reading this and a few tears were shed as well. Their meetings, friendship and struggles felt very authentic throughout the book. I liked the flashbacks to New Year’s Eve of past years where they were in the same place and for some had no interaction with each other to build the case of their eventual face to face meeting. Because I enjoyed the ending so much, I wish there was a little more to it, I was hoping for a little glimpse into the following New Year’s Eve.

* I received an ARC from either NetGalley and the publisher, who provide me with a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions on the book are my own.

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