August Wrap Up

August 31, 2018

August Wrap Up

August Wrap Up

Zero books were rated 5 star reads this month, but The Map of Salt and Stars came close and I consider it my best read of the month.

These Wrap Up posts are published with some trepidation because I’m concerned you might think that I’m recommending all these books. Please carefully notice my Star Ratings. Generally, I can confidently recommend 4 or 5 star reads, and I usually consider 3 star reads OK.

I’ve listed my August reads in order by my Star Ranking and my level of enjoyment. Titles are Amazon affiliate links and review links (blog or Goodreads) are also provided.

As always it’s OK to disagree! You might see a favorite that I’ve awarded 2 Stars or I might have rated a book high that you disliked…..Reading is a personal experience and each book makes a unique connection with the reader. Take my star ratings as simply one opinion.

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhader
4.5 Stars
(best read of the month)
Full Review Here

The Boat People by Sharon Bala
4 Stars
Full Review Here

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
4 Stars
Full Review Here

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
3.5 Stars
Full Review Here

Lucy’s Little Village Book Club by Emma Davies
3 Stars
Brief Goodreads Review Here

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
3 Stars
(not reviewed)

What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
2.5 Stars
Goodreads Review Here

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
2.5 Stars
Brief Goodreads Review Here


Happy Reading Bookworms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

summer reading

My Summer TBR

I’ll be updating my Summer TBR list as I complete each read, so check this link often!
(So far I’ve read a good portion of the list (crossing off one more next week), some I’ve been more thrilled with than others, and I’ve only abandoned one)

Looking Ahead:

Next Friday, I hope to bring you a review of Anne Tyler’s Clock Dance.

clock dance

Amazon Information Here

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 Let’s Discuss

What were your best reads of the month?

Are you looking ahead to fall reading? I have compiled a fall TBR list that I’m eager to share with you in September!

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Unless explicitly stated that they are free, all books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library.

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  1. Hi Carol!! You are such a prolific reader!! I don’t know how you do it! Noting down some books to look for at the library — already have read the Kelly Corrigan books– liked her very much for being so relatable and funny and warm. Wish she had a strong faith to carry her through because I do care about all she’s gone through… Thanks for another of your intriguing lists! xox

      • Yep, I get that Carol. I list pretty much everything I read on my blog book list. And there’s several books this year I wouldn’t urge people to read. But it’s nice to know about them!! thanks for all the book news!! xox

      • I never set out to read a 2 or 3 star book! I always think I’ve read reviews carefully and filtered my reads but reading is personal and one can never predict one’s reaction!

      • Interesting. Yep, I almost never pick a random book off the library shelf– depend on other people’s recommendations. But I think you’re right about personal reactions. Sometimes a friend loves a book and I don’t like it as much. Anyway, thankful for your insightful reviews!! xo

      • When someone doesn’t love a book I’ve loved it kinda hurts my heart a little! But I certainly understand! It makes for interesting discussion! Are you finished with A Place For Us?

      • I’m half way through A Place For Us– but took a break to read the Shannan Martin book– so I could post it on my Instagram/facebook. Now I’m back at it. So far liking it a lot– good family dynamics story… We’re driving 8 hours home from SF tomorrow– so car reading time!! xox

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