August Wrap Up

Holy September Batman! Where, oh where, did my summer go?? #wah

I think I did pretty good this summer – I read a lot of books I was excited about, I’ve gotten way more into audiobooks, and I’ve been VERY good about not adding another 100 books to my NetGalley list! #progress

Trying really hard to keep up with all the ARCs I have is getting tough, so I’m really buckling down. I’ve been getting more and more review requests too – which definitely adds to the pile, but I cannot and refuse to say no to new, indie writers. They need book bloggers and reviewers more than anyone! I’ve even been reviewing some kids books!

I was asked this month to participate in 3 separate blog tours. I finished my first and really liked it! I’ve got one next week and another at the end of the month – so stay tuned! Also really exciting for me: is BookishFirst featured yours truly on their newsletter for my review of Tiffany Blues! I’ll be posting that here ASAP so you can read the full review.

 

AUGUST READS: Audiobooks: 2  |  eBooks: 3  |  Print Books: 5

I actually read a couple more than that but they are for the upcoming blog tours so they’ll post in September since I’ve not yet reviewed yet!

 

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Got this one from my library courtesy of the Libby App.

A little late to the party on this one, but better late than never huh!? Little Fires Everywhere had some serious hype following it and I’m not sure why it was hyped up SO insanely (hello 9 month wait at the library?!?!) but sometimes things just go out of control these days. That being said, I DID really, really like this book! I found it really smart, cleverly written and it held my attention throughout. The pace was a bit slow in the beginning – a lot of character development – so possibly necessary, but once I got past that I REALLY enjoyed the intricate details, the weaving of the characters and their stories, and was fascinated with the legal drama.

 

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How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

Ahhh… I soo wanted to love this one, but for me, I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it’s because I’m not Jamaican, or maybe I’m just not into short stories, but I just couldn’t relate to anything, I was a little bored and for me, it didn’t really hold my focus.

This is a collection of stories – it took me moths to get through these only because I read one at a time.

 

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Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose

This is the book I reviewed and had featured in the BookishFirst Newsletter!

Check it out (screenshot of the newsletter):

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Love Love Love this Book!!! Tiffany Blues is captivating, mysterious, romantic, and magical! I am SO glad I gave this book a chance. I know we aren’t supposed to but I ALWAYS judge books by their covers, not that this books cover isn’t beautiful (in fact the inside covers look like Tiffany stained glass- so pretty!) – it’s just that it’s designed like the covers of books that I do not typically read. I don’t read romance that often, I don’t read much historical fiction, and THIS BOOK might have changed that.

 

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Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

This is such a sweet book. It’s heartfelt, funny, endearing, sad, loving … all the feels. I loved every minute of his fast-paced story of a boy doing his best in life, trying to fit in, and just feel like he’s good enough.

 

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LIES by T.M. Logan (audiobook)

Holy Psychological Thriller Batman! Maximum Frustration Level Alert! This book had me on the edge of my seat, screaming out loud while drowning in blindsides! I felt my blood pressure rising with every page and the ending almost made my head explode. Thanks goodness it didn’t or I wouldn’t be able to rave to you about this one! Great narration as well!

 

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The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Another one a bit late to the party (but better late than never right!?) I feel a bit shafted after reading this because I always thought being a Flight Attendant was the most glamorous job ever and I always wished I was jetsetting around the world as a well-traveled airline employee…. but no. OMG. This book makes it seems awful. The things these poor people have to go through for a pittance of a salary – no thank you! (Granted – I wish there had been more actual “Flight Attendant-ing”) And if what happens to Cassie in this book ever happened to me, I’d forget about ever stepping back onto a plane, let alone getting involved with any passengers! I did enjoy the surface of the story, but I got bogged down and bored in a lot of unnecessary details and the ending just fell super flat.

 

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Bearskin by James A. McLaughin (audiobook)

A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense – you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this book is enough to pick it up – and I’ve not yet touched on the compelling suspense, the mystery, the violence. oh, and Hello Sexy Voice! Narrated by MacLeod Andrews – I think I may have found a new favorite crush ahem, narrator.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Did you ever read a book that just made you so sad you couldn’t shake it for a few days and ultimately had to wait to really process it. THAT is THIS book. I don’t mind sad books (I’m fresh off of Rust & Stardust and the themes of these of these are both similar) I don’t sit and wallow reading these types of books, I actually just reflect on how amazing it is that someone can put pen to paper (OK, OK computer key to screen?) and come up with something that affects me so deeply and resonate with me for so long. A good book, in my definition is one that you FEEL. That stays with you. That is THIS book.

 

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Drinking from the Trough by Mary Carlson DVM

My first Book Blog Tour! Check out my review here!

 

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AND… I saved the best for last. This just might be one of my top favorite books of ALL TIME. I’m not kidding. If I can only recommend one book this year – its THIS ONE.

Where the Crawdads Sing is SUCH a magical story! It’s an incredible tale of resilience, coming-of-age, loss and love in a vivid setting described so, so gorgeously, and of a girl who despite having everything stacked against her, turns out to become something extraordinary herself. And, there’s a murder mystery – I mean, what more could you want?!

I’m participating in the #ReadWhatYouOwn Challenge this September with some of my bookstagram friends – to clear some space on my shelves. Join us!

What did you read in August that you loved? I LOVE new book recommendations!

Or did you read any of these, too? Let’s talk about them!

xx

 

thanks to goodreads.com for the cover photos!

2 thoughts on “August Wrap Up

  1. I’m the same with arcs!! I look at the lists in Netgalley and I tell myself that I have so many I still need to read that I’m allowed to browse, and then, all of a sudden I have accidentally requested 10 arcs. I’m a walking catastrophe haha. And you definitely convinced me to add Sadie to my TBR! I wasn’t going to read it but now that I read your thoughts on it I’m intrigued. Great wrap-up!

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    1. Yes, I know the feeling – it’s so tempting with all those pretty book covers in your face!! And Sadie was incredible, a bit sad, but SO worth the read! I hope you enjoy it, too!

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