August Reading Wrap Up

August 31, 2019

August Reading Wrap Up

August Reading Wrap Up

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 August was a productive reading month with fourteen total reads, and I am happy to report one five-star read and several four-star reads. Unfortunately, I also read four that were not my cup of tea. Find all my August reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me (this month brought me four of these!). One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

Most of my time this month was devoted to reading and I’m behind on writing reviews, so all of these have star ratings but not all have reviews.

My favorite read of the month is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.

 The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson

5+ Stars. Thought-provoking and unforgettable historical fiction. I love memorable characters! My full review here.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

4 Stars. Page-turning historical fiction with a generous serving of mystery, intrigue, suspense, and romance. My full review here.

A Better Man by Louise Penny

4 Stars. For fans of the Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series. My full review here.

The Vanished Bride (ARC) by Bella Ellis

4 Stars. An imagined story of the Bronte Sisters before they became famous authors (mystery, historical fiction). Not yet reviewed.

The Curious Charms of Authur Pepper
by Phaedra Patrick

4 Stars. Charming, poignant, character-driven, heartfelt, and quiet. Harold Fry meets Ove. Beautiful ending. Not yet reviewed.

Meet Me in Monaco
by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

4 Stars. Romantic historical fiction. Goodreads review.

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

4 Stars. Contemporary YA fiction (diverse read). Not yet reviewed.

Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

4 Stars. A mystery including cultural diversity. My full review here.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

4 Stars. A fable of Father Time. For fans of Mitch Albom. Not yet reviewed.

Beyond Peace by Richard Nixon

4 Stars. A Presidential memoir for fans of world politics and U.S. history. Not yet reviewed.

 The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living
by Louise Miller

2.5 Stars. Light women’s fiction. (I enjoyed The Late Bloomers’ Club a bit more). Not yet reviewed.

The Rules For Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

2.5 Stars. Light women’s fiction. Underwhelmed (lots of others have loved it). Not yet reviewed.

Summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand

2.5 Stars. Light women’s fiction. Goodreads review here.

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted
by Robert Hillman

2.5 Stars. A very sad character-driven story (TW for child abuse). Not yet reviewed.

Let’s Discuss!

What did you read in August? Did you have a favorite?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?

I realize I have several books that are not yet reviewed. If you have specific questions, I can address those in the comments.

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“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

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  1. So many great books, Carol! I absolutely LOVED The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and googled all about the book women and the condition she had. So fascinating!!! I also enjoyed The Huntress and Arthur Pepper (both 4 star reads for me too!)

    My September reads are linked in my name if interested!

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