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How is it already the end of August? I feel like this year is FLYING by!
As I sat down to write this post I was like, 'dang, I didn’t really read this month’. I headed over to Goodreads only to discover that not only did I read this month, but I finished 8 books! Every month I love sharing what I read and a few thoughts about each book. I tend to read a wide variety of genres, so if you’re looking for a new read you’ll be able to find something great!
Related: What I Read Last Month - July 2019
What I read in August 2019
1) Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. I technically read this the last day of July but I’d already shared my monthly wrapup so it’s in this one. This was our book club pick for the month of August and I LOVED this book. It’s been too long since I read a YA contemporary that I really enjoyed, but this one hit the spot. It had all the You’ve Got Mail vibes with secret note writing and becoming friends without knowing that’s who they were writing. There’s also a lot about death and life and it was just so so good. 5/5 stars!
2) Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate. I gave this one 3 stars. I read it at the beginning of the month and I don’t actually remember much about it. It’s about a couple who broke up years ago but are suddenly brought back together but there’s still a lot of unresolved tension. It was cute and fun, but not particularly noteworthy.
3) My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. WOW just WOW! My Lovely Wife is a psychological thriller and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was creepy and disturbing but the writing was so so good. It’s all about a couple who’s getting bored in their marriage so they murder people! WHAT!?! It wasn’t until a few hours after I finished it that I realized you never know the main characters name! What a ride.
4) Amish Covert Operation by Meghan Carver. Another 3 star read for me. I was given this book for free and while I liked the overall story, it lacked substance and the characters didn’t really have much depth. I wasn’t really rooting for anything and I left the book wanting more.
5) The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay. One of my favorites this month (and possibly of 2019). I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. It follows Madeline, who’s aunt just died and left her the bookshop she owned and loved. That sounds really simple, but the writing is incredible, the characters are great, and you’ll love the story. I need to buy myself an actual copy because it’s one I know I’ll read again.
6) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Another wow book for me. I read this one as part of the film and lit book club on Instagram. I was fascinated and horrified at what Jeannette and her siblings went through. She still has so much love and compassion for her parents even though there was so much neglect and abuse. This memoir is hard hitting, but it’s a fast read and the writing and tone really is beautiful. The movie was also good, but the book was still better.
7) Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus. This one was short, sweet, and a little cheesy. It was a quick romance about a guy and a girl who had dated briefly, but then she left town after a misunderstanding. 7 years later she’s back for her best friends wedding, pregnant and widowed. It was predictable but fun.
8) The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein. I finally finished listening to this audiobook. I really loved this one even though in the past I haven’t been much of a ‘woo’ person. But, there were some good thoughts and ideas and already changing my mindset has changed my life so much. Definitely recommend this one!
August was a great reading month for me! What did you read this month?