What I Read This Month – August 2019


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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!

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?


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  1. I would love to read Letter to the lost. This is kind of the books that I like to read.

    1. I definitely recommend! It was such a good read!

  2. Sounds like a lot of good reads! I’m going on vacation tomorrow and was just downloading books to my Kindle so this is perfect timing for some recommendations!

    1. Awesome! So many of these would be great vacation reads, I hope you enjoy them!

  3. Surprisingly, I haven’t heard of any of these books! I am certainly intrigued by My Lovely Wife though. I’ve recently fallen in love with psychological thrillers and want to read as many as possible ?

    1. My Lovely Wife was so good and disturbing but also amazing. I felt like I was watching Criminal Minds, I definitely recommend picking it up!

  4. I haven’t read any of these books but they sound really good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    1. You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy any that you read 🙂

  5. My Lovely Wife is one of my favorites of the year! I read The Arrangement, The Whisper Man, Lies She Told, In The Vines and The Last Widow!

    1. I really want to read Lies She Told!

  6. These sound really good! I am reading "Girl Wash Your Face" (Rachel Hollis). So far, it’s nothing I haven’t heard or read before but still a good motivational easy read. "The Universe Has Your Back" sounds like it’s right up my alley, so I’m putting that on my wish list! xo Nipa @fashionipa

    1. I did enjoy Girl Wash Your Face, but it’s not my favorite. I think you’d really enjoy The Universe Has Your Back, it’s such a good one!

  7. Oops, lost my comment and now I don’t remember all I read. Verity, The Things We Cannot Say, What to Save in a Fire, Normal People and a lot more.

    1. Loved Verity!! I haven’t read the others though 🙂

  8. My Lovely Wife is on my list to read this month! I’m currently reading Wild and it’s making me want to do a long hike some day!

    1. I hope you enjoy My Lovely Wife! It’s so good (and disturbing, but also good)

  9. I’ve been traveling so much and I absolutely love reading on planes so I need to download like all of these on my Kindle. The Universe Has Your Back sounds right up my ally. 🙂

    1. The Universe Has Your back is sooo sooo good! I definitely recommend it! And I love reading on planes too!

  10. I just read My Lovely Wife, too! I really enjoyed it. Can’t believe I waited so long to read it.

    1. I can’t believe I waited so long too! It was so good and disturbing and interesting!

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