August Wrap-Up!

After a completely chaotic summer, I finally had a really strong reading month in August! Here are the titles I read this month:

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende: I LOVE magical realism and Hispanic literature, so this was a big win for me, coming in at 5 stars! This was also my August book club book and we had some really spectacular discussion about it!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: This was a very sweet, easy read that I picked up at a time where life and work and everything in between was really getting me down, so I adored the moments I could escape into Tiffy and Leon’s world for a bit of lightness. This clocked in at 4 stars for me.

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny: Another enjoyable read, this is the third installment in the Armand Gamache series. I tend to consider these not-quite-cozy mysteries, as they definitely have some cozier elements, but still maintain a bit more intrigue and nuance than is typical of the cozy mystery genre. This was another 4-star piece!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: WOW. This is probably my favorite book that I’ve read all year. A definite, gripping, 5-star read, I was not only completely gobsmacked at the big reveal at the end, but every chapter held some irresistible cliffhanger or detail that had me completely hooked from start to finish. Frequent visitors here know that I tend to be skeptical about suspense/thriller novels, so hopefully that attests to what a true masterpiece this book is!

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: The writing was poignant and the looming question of, “If you had it all to do over again….?” hanging in the balance were only two of many great elements to this book. This came in at 4 stars for me.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: Hmm. I had high hopes for this, as it tackles several important societal issues and has been so highly lauded, but it just fell flat for me. I really, really wanted to like this, but I thought that Queenie herself was combative and a bit of an escapist, and that a lot of her actions directly contradicted the way she would describe herself to others. I recognize this as a portrayal of the effects that serious trauma and anxiety can have on every aspect of a person’s life, but I had a hard time feeling empathy– or sometimes even sympathy, honestly– for the majority of these characters, and thus had a hard time investing in and appreciating the author’s overall aims and goals. I know this is an unpopular opinion– which is ultimately why I chose not to post a full review on this book– but, as always, this is all subjective, and just because something didn’t meet my hopes or expectations, that is not a statement about the quality of the piece itself, which is something I always strive to recognize. For me, however, this was a 2.5-3 star read.

Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell: This was a very interesting book! There are lots of cliffhangers and plot twists woven throughout that kept me hooked until the last chapter, wherein all the secrets are divulged, and…… I was a bit underwhelmed with what awaited me. That said, I enjoyed reading it and I am in awe at the suspense Sorell is able to cultivate throughout the book, so this comes out to a 3.5 for me.

And that is that! What did everyone else read this month? Have you all read any of these books here? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading! 🙂


4 responses to “August Wrap-Up!”

  1. I just borrowed Queenie from the library and haven’t started it yet. I’ve been reading What My Mother and I Don’t Talk about and if you haven’t read that one yet, check it out!


  2. Wow it seems like you had a busy month of reading. I wasn’t even able to finish one last month. Here’s to this month though!


    1. It definitely helped that I took a road trip that was ten hours each way and I got lots of good audiobook time in!


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