How has August already come and gone?? Since this was the last full month of summer, I wanted to get in a few more beach reads before I started turning to the scarier and witchier reads for fall! I hope everyone had an amazing summer! If you want to sneak in a few more summer reads, there are some great options on this list! Here are all the books I read this August and my thoughts about them.

To All the Books I Read This Month: August

August 25, 2019

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How has August already come and gone?? Since this was the last full month of summer, I wanted to get in a few more beach reads before I started turning to the scarier and witchier reads for fall! I hope everyone had an amazing summer! If you want to sneak in a few more summer reads, there are some great options on this list! Here are all the books I read this August and my thoughts about them.

To All the Books I Read This Month: August

August 25, 2019

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How has August already come and gone?? Since this was the last full month of summer, I wanted to get in a few more beach reads before I started turning to the scarier and witchier reads for fall! I hope everyone had an amazing summer! If you want to sneak in a few more summer reads, there are some great options on this list! Here are all the books I read this August and my thoughts about them.

How has August already come and gone?? Since this was the last full month of summer, I wanted to get in a few more beach reads before I started turning to the scarier and witchier reads for fall!

I hope everyone had an amazing summer! If you want to sneak in a few more summer reads, there are some great options on this list!

Here are all the books I read this August and my thoughts about them.

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1. Finding Mrs. Ford

AUTHOR: Deborah Goodrich Royce

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: In Finding Mrs. Ford, Susan Ford is in for a tumultuous summer in 1979 when she meets and befriends a coworker named Annie. Susan’s prim and proper nature is the exact opposite of Annie’s impulsive and reckless one, yet they quickly build a friendship, albeit a lopsided and unhealthy one.

Just a few days into their summer job at a clothing boutique, Annie convinces Susan to leave the dullness of the shop and instead start work as a cocktail waitress at a seedy discotheque run by a group of brothers who are somewhat notorious in their Detroit neighborhood. The novelty of the disco and the appeal of the taboo pulls Susan into a world she never imagined she’d be a part of.

Thirty-five years later, Susan’s life is mellow, privileged, and discreet. That is, until the FBI knocks on the door of her extravagant New England home. Her world is completely upturned as she’s dragged back into the whirlwind of the summer of ’79 and forced her to reveal secrets she’d worked so hard to keep covered, especially to herself.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This book was part mystery and part drama, which made for a highly addictive read. I loved the drama of the main characters’ friendship but I also couldn’t stop wondering about the unrevealed secrets and imminent twists!

This was the perfect mix of character and plot, something that’s often hard to find in thrillers. This book was so compulsive that I read it in two sittings!


2. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

AUTHOR: John Carreyrou

GENRE: Nonfiction | True Crime

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: Bad Blood is the true story of a Silicon Valley startup called Theranos. It was founded and run by a Stanford-dropout named Elizabeth Holmes. When Theranos first appeared on the scene, its groundbreaking medical device, a personal and painless blood testing machine, allowed the company to raise $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at $4.7 billion.

Holmes and her revolutionary medical device were frequently compared to Steve Jobs and the iPhone. She quickly became Silicon Valley royalty, sitting on many esteemed boards like the Harvard Medical Board, giving interviews to major publications and shows, and being transported in a plateless car with bulletproof glass.

But when John Carreyrou, an investigative journalist for The Wall Street Journal, received a tip from a former Theranos employee, he quickly saw there’s a lot that Theranos was covering up. As he dove deeper into the real story behind the unicorn startup, he uncovered shocking lies surrounding the company and their fraudulent medical device. Despite the threats from Holmes’ lawyers, Carreyrou continued to dig until he revealed what was really going on, ultimately revealing Holmes and her company as complete frauds,

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: If you love corporate scandals and the messed up minds behind them, think Enron or Fyre Festival, you’ll love Bad Blood. This book goes into all the horrifying details of how one person was willing to risk everything, including the safety of thousands of people, to gain fame and success.


3. The Queen of Hearts

AUTHOR: Kimmery Martin

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Medical Fiction

RATING: ⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: No

SUMMARY: The Queen of Hearts is the story of Zadie and Emma, two medical doctors who met in medical school and have been best friends ever since. With their demanding careers and chaotic lives full of PTA meetings, carpool pickup, and oft-travelling spouses, they serve as each other’s rocks.

But when a new doctor appears in Emma’s practice, Dr. Xenokostas, she and Zadie both are transported back to the beginning of their careers. Zadie, having developed an inappropriate relationship with Dr. X at the beginning of her medical internship, and Emma, having been a part of a devastating secret she’s worked impossibly hard to keep quiet, are both reminded of the chaos, confusion, and career-threatening events of all those years before.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This book was all over the place. At the beginning, the focus was on Zadie and Dr. X’s relationship at the beginning of the main characters’ medical careers. About halfway through the book, the story line of Dr. X was completely neglected while the story verged off on a present-day event. All in all, this book was confusing and boring. I do not recommend it.


4. Three Women

AUTHOR: Lisa Taddeo

GENRE: Nonfiction | Human Sexuality

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️????

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: Three Women is the nonfiction account of three different American women’s sex lives—Maggie, Lina, and Sloane.

Maggie’s story follows her from her high school days to the present, the six years between tied together by the same harrowing event—an illicit affair with her married teacher when she was seventeen. Maggie has spent her entire life feeling lost and broken, until she gets a taste of hope brought on by the attention of Aaron, more commonly known as Mr. Knoedel, her teacher. Desperate for his love, Maggie agrees to keep their relationship a secret, only communicating with him through secret meetings and clandestine encounters. But when Aaron abruptly takes his love away, cutting her off from her own personal salvation, she can’t recover. Six years after their affair, Maggie decides to press statutory rape charges. She takes him to court, her “troubled” word against his Teacher of the Year one.

Lina’s story also begins in high school where she meets a fellow classmate who seems to be everything she’s dreamed a boyfriend could be. But when Lina is raped by three boys in one night, the horrible rumors that follow cause her dream boy to run away. Years later, seemingly through fate, she runs into him on Facebook. By now Lina is a middle-aged mother of two and married to a man who shrinks away at her touch, leaving her life sexless and joyless. Through desperation, she reignites the candle she’s always held for her past boyfriend, striking up a thrilling and illicit extramarital affair.

Lastly, we have Sloane, a woman who seems to have it all. She’s thin, beautiful, rich, and co-owns a thriving restaurant with her husband who adores her. Even though everything in Sloane’s world seems pristine and wholesome, what happens in her marital bed is anything but. Her husband, Richard, loves to see Sloane make love to other men, deriving pleasure from choosing his wife’s partners and then watching as they make love in front of him.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This book has been very hyped up and I was SO pleased that it lived up to the hype! The stories of each woman in the book were hard to read at times and greatly disturbing at parts, but it was compelling. I was completely engrossed in this read, finding myself unable to stop thinking about the spotlighted women and the very intimate details of their lives.


5. I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections

AUTHOR: Nora Ephron

GENRE: Nonfiction | Personal Narrative Essays

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: I Remember Nothing is a collection of personal narrative essays by the writer of numerous books and screenplays, including I Feel Bad About My Neck, You’ve Got Mail, and When Harry Met Sally.

In this collection, Ephron recounts the hard lessons she learned during her time as a writer, a wife, a friend, and a daughter. She also shares her humorous musings on everyday happenings, such as the headache that is email and a great list of things she was never able to fully answer, like how do you ever know what’s really going on in a marriage, including your own? This is a quick read that’s as honest as it is funny.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This was a quick and refreshing read. I read it in just one sitting, which was exactly what I needed after finishing a heavy read (Three Women). I had no idea before I read this that Nora Ephron had also written multiple hit screenplays in addition to her books. I’m excited to check out more of her books and to rewatch some of her hit films.


6. Summer of ’69

AUTHOR: Elin Hilderbrand

GENRE: Historical Fiction

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: In Summer of ’69, the Levin family is planning on heading to Nantucket for the summer, just like they do every year.

But this year, big things are happening for every member. The oldest daughter, Blair, is pregnant with twins and in the middle of a fast-sinking marriage, closing herself off in Boston as she stews in resentment and anger. Kirby, the middle daughter, flees to Martha’s Vineyard, something that loyal-Nantucketers would never do, in an attempt to gain a semblance of independence. And Jessie, the youngest daughter, while physically there, is mentally and emotionally in another place all together as she dives into many firsts, including periods and crushes.

But the biggest change has to do with Tiger, the family’s only son—he’s serving overseas as an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War. Kate, the children’s mother, is so distraught by her son’s unfortunate fate that she’s started turning to alcohol to numb her pain, causing her to completely neglect Jessie and her other girls.

While the summer of ’69 is a hard season for each member, it’s also one full of new experiences, challenged beliefs, and a lot of laughter.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: I enjoyed this book, but I did not think it lived up to all the hype. This was my first Elin Hilderbrand novel and, unfortunately, I do not think I’ll be reading any of hers in the future. However, if you want an easy-to-read family saga, this is a fine choice.


7. It Ends with Us

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️????

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: In It Ends With Us, Lily is swept away one night when she meets a gorgeous man, Ryle, on the roof of an apartment building in Boston. However, when she learns of his “no dating” rule, he leaves her life as quickly as he came into it when she tells him she’ll never be a one night stand.

But fate seems to push them together when he shows up at her new flower shop several months after their initial meeting. Despite his hard and fast protestations to relationships, Lily quickly wins him over and they become a picture-perfect couple.

Except things aren’t as good as they seem. Ryle has a temper. And he doesn’t always know how to control it. And to add to it, an unresolved piece of Lily’s past has resurfaced—specifically, Atlas, the first person she ever truly loved.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This was my very first Colleen Hoover romance (I’ve read Verity, but none of her romance books) and I loved it! The characters were very well developed, the story line was intriguing, and the writing was good. I am now on the CoHo train and can’t wait to dive into more of her romance books!


8. The Van Apfel Girls are Gone

AUTHOR: Felicity McLean

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is the story of one summer when three beloved neighborhood girls go missing without a trace. Alternating between present day (twenty years after the girls’ disappearance) and the fateful summer that led up to the tragedy, this is part coming-of-age story and part psychological thriller.

Ticca and her sister Laura, two of the Van Apfel girls’ best friends, were devastated when they disappeared. Decades later, they still think about what could have happened to them. In fact, Ticca often runs down strangers that she thinks might be one of them. But more than just the devastation of their disappearance, Ticca is heartbroken by the disappearance of one sister specifically—Cordelia.

Cordi was beautiful, mysterious, and completely unruly, regularly defying the strict rules placed on her by her overly-devout pastor father. She also seemed to have a strange grip on everyone, including older men like one of the primary school teachers and, disturbingly, her father.

Fueled by her need to know everything and her unhealthy obsession with Cordi, Ticca is relentless in her quest to find out what really happened, unable to accept that the truth may never be hers.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: I really enjoyed this book, except for the ambiguous ending! Sometimes I’m a fan of ambiguous endings (like the novella The Grownup by Gillian Flynn) but it was frustrating in this book. I would have given it a better rating if the ending would have been more conclusive. But overall, I really enjoyed this creepy book.


9. How to Walk Away

AUTHOR: Katherine Center

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: How to Walk Away is the story of Margaret and how she lost everything she’d worked so hard to get. With a great job, a chic condo, and an impending marriage proposal, she seems to have it all. But against her better judgement, Margaret boards a plan one night, ending in a freak accident causing her to be pulled from the burning remains of the plane.

She has to spend the next several months in the hospital, her own mother unable to look at her charred face, her fiancé hardly spending any time by her side, and her legs not working anymore—like at all.

As she faces the reality that she most likely will never walk again, she experiences the typical phases of grief—denial, anger, and finally acceptance. But with that acceptance comes a newfound energy to get herself out of her hospital bed and back to the life she once knew. Except her fiancé, the person responsible for her accident in the first place, delivers a devastating blow that he’s been cheating on her, pulling her back into that dark place she’s gotten so used to lately.

Margaret finds support in her sister and a new mysterious stranger who’s wandered into her life—Ian, her physical therapist. Through many tests of patience and endurance, all three of them learn how to lean on each other in order to not only heal, but grow stronger.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: I really loved the author’s latest book Things You Save in a Fire and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. Thankfully, this one was just as great! If you want a bonafide “Chick Lit” read, this is a great choice!


10. The Flatshare

AUTHOR: Beth O’Leary

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️????

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: In The Flatshare, Tiffy is desperate for a new place—she has to get away from her emotionally-wrenching ex-boyfriend before she’s pulled back into his web for the millionth time. But Tiffy is broke. After realizing how dire her housing options are, she signs on to be part of a very interesting agreement: she will rent a bed in the evenings while her flatmate, Leon, gets the bed during the day.

Her friends thinks she’s crazy, but she believes it to be a perfect situation. Her new flatmate works as a nightshift nurse, away all night and sleeping during the day while she’s at work. Their paths will never cross.

The situation works out perfectly. Even though they end up going months without meeting in person, they begin to leave each other notes, learning about the other’s habits, fears, and personality through quick letters and personal items.

The connection between Tiffy and Leon becomes undeniable, but they’re scared to finally meet in person in case that chemistry only exists on the pages of post-its.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This book was enjoyable, but it didn’t blow it out of the park like I thought it would. The story was cute, but it felt long and at times boring. However, I still recommend this book—it had a unique premise and the romance between the characters was ooey and awwy.


RATING SYSTEM:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️—Add this to your must-read list immediately. This is an important and moving book. I highly recommend.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️—This book was entertaining, well-written, and worthwhile. I definitely recommend.

⭐️⭐️⭐️—This book was decent and a good read. I recommend, but do not consider it a must-read.

⭐️⭐️—This book had one or two positive qualities, but overall I do not recommend.

⭐️—This book fell flat in several ways. I do not recommend.

????—A half star for those that fell in between rating levels.


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