What I Read In… August

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Guys. GUYS. I read 10 books this month! TEN! That’s a record for me for sure! I think my highest was nine books up until now. I read books about New York history, fiction, YA, feminist tomes, mystery, chick lit and more. Woo! Great month. Here we go!

In August I read:

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Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham. I grabbed this book because I’ve heard of the Dakota all throughout growing up in New York – John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived there and it’s also mentioned in Babysitters Club books where Stacey’s best friend Lane lives! I did think the book would be more about the celebrities and famous people that live in the Dakota but it was more about the building itself and the history of the building, also touching on the residents and the unique sense of family and self that went on in the storied apartment complex. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I think I read this book in a few hours – I couldn’t put it down! Told from the perspective of several different students at Opportunity High School in Alabama, the book takes you through an hour as a normal school day turns into a nightmare when a student shooter begins his rampage. One of the narratives comes from the shooter’s sister and her point of view struck me the most as she was trying to figure out why her brother would do this while trying to protect herself and figure out a way to get him to stop. This book gave me chills. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

The Heirs by Susan Rieger. Shortly after patriarch Rupert Falkes dies, while his five sons and wife are still mourning, a woman comes out of the woodwork claiming that Rupert fathered two of her (now grown) children. The Heirs delves into how each of the family members reacts to this accusation of their deceased husband/father and takes time in flashbacks and backstory to explain how things came to be in the Falkes family. I love how much you learned about the characters throughout the book, and how their father’s death and this paternity accusation put a fork in the road that none of them expected. The book also allowed a glimpse into some of those that were not family but were affected by the Falkes’ in one way or another, giving an outside view that sometimes contradicted what you thought you knew about a character. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave. OMG the beginning of this book gave me anxiety in the BIGGEST way. I almost didn’t want to continue the story! But after the big wallop to Sunshine’s career happens, everything calmed down and I enjoyed it a bit more. I did find the relationship between Sunshine and her sister Rain a bit annoying, like make up your mind if you’re mad at her or not, and the big reveal made me want to punch something, but overall this was an entertaining read. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz. I love how this book is written. It’s all snippets from blogs, texts, online messaging, journals, etc. The premise is that two people meet over fan fiction blogs about their favorite show Up Below. I love how the story is laid out through social media, blogging, technology, etc but I was a bit lost when the author shared actual pieces of fan fic. There wasn’t a premise for the show laid out in the beginning, so to pick up a storyline that is about a fictional show was a bit confusing to me. I loved reading how the two characters relationship evolved, but I felt like other relationships development was severely lacking – like Gena and her family. Overall rating 3 out of 5.

A Weekend Getaway by Karen Lenfestey. This was a light read – not 100% chick lit but not a deep book by any means. Bethany seems to be in a holding pattern and is waiting for her life to kick in at work as well as her boyfriend to propose – she almost proposes to him because she’s tired of waiting. When she runs into an old flame at a college reunion the past stirs up and the secret baby she gave up for adoption comes to light. The story weaves back and forth between the should I and shouldn’t I’s and while the ending was predictable, it was an entertaining read. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Chemistry by Weike Wang. This is the first book I received from Book of the Month Club (join now by using my referral link!) This book felt very scattered because the only view you have is from the depths of the main character’s mind as she begins her downward spiral and fall out of academia. I enjoyed how the author weaved science throughout the story – it helped emphasize the fragmented nature of the narrator’s mind (she is unnamed.) Because of this, however, it did feel a bit disjointed and I really didn’t get the in depth story that GoodReads and the descriptions detailed, and felt at a loss for the characters and story. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen. This book was great and something I think every woman should read. Each chapter is labeled as “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Too…” etc, and chooses a famous woman to talk about and how they fell under this label. Kim Kardashian, the girls from Broad City, Hillary Clinton, etc. I found it fascinating and while some chapters held me better than others, it was still a really informative read and a deeper look into how women are unfairly labeled, especially those in the media. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Flowers in the Snow by Danielle Stewart. When her best friend passes away, Betty finds herself in a situation having to relive her past with her family, in order to explain who her friend was and why she was so important to her. Having grown up in the South in the 1960s, Betty is hesitant to talk about the past considering her father was an important member of the town’s KKK chapter. As Betty takes us back in time, she weaves a tale of friendship, standing up for what you believe in and what love and family really are. I was immediately sucked in by this book and finished it in an hour. This is the 1st book in a series of four and I’ll definitely be looking to read the other three! Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I won this book in a giveaway hosted by Kayla! It took me awhile to get into this book. I loved Girl on the Train, but I listened to it on Audible so even though I was familiar with Hawkins’ method of storytelling, I hadn’t actually READ her before. I’d say around page 120 it picked up for me, but at times I still had trouble remembering each of the characters and what their position in the story was. After it picked up I was sucked in and then OMG the twist! I have to say I kind of saw it coming, but it was great validation at the end for me then. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

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  1. Whoa, huge reading month for you! I recently read two of these, too (Into the Water & This is Where It Ends) & really liked both.
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  2. wow you have been busy! i really need to start reading more when my daughter naps! putting too fat, too slutty, too loud.. .on my reading list! it sounds so interesting. xo jillian

  3. I haven’t read any of these but some of them sound good!
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  4. I started reading Into The Water a while ago, and didn’t continue since things were crazy. I need to pick it back up for sure!

  5. Thanks so much – always looking forward to the book reviews at the end of the month! Will definitely add a few to my to-read list!
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