It was another busy month of reading!!! Honestly, it was a bit of a mixed bag this month. At the beginning of the month I felt like I was in a real rut. But two there were a few books this month that I really really loved. A Million Junes. Ghosted, and Therapy Mammals all really wowed me and you ABSOLUTELY MUST READ Matchmaking for Beginners – I don’t remember the last time I loved a book so much! Listen To Your Heart (which we ripped apart on the podcast – sorry but it was so bad) was terrible, and everything else was in between!
Just in case you are new here – if you’re looking for a book, don’t forget that you can always check out my Book Club Page. I have listed literally every.single.book I’ve read in the past few years…. and you can filter + search by genre (memoir, light read, historical fiction, thriller, etc!) to find exactly what you’re looking for And of course, you can also take a peek at July’s reading list. In case you can’t wait til next month, I always add whatever it is that I’m currently reading to my Amazon Shop as I go… I know it’s nice having everything in one place.
AND! Please comment and tell me what you are reading… your suggestions are my FAVORITE… I shop the comments section of these post – you always have such good recommendations for me, which I really appreciate!
August 2018 Reading List:
* Mine, by J.L. Butler, was a creepy thriller. At times it felt reminiscent of Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train. Fran is a successful divorce attorney living in London when she meets Martin Joy, her latest divorce client. The two strike up an affair, and then Martin’s wife disappears. Did she flea a la Gone Girl? Did Martin kill her? Things get more complicated when we learn that he’d still slept with his wife whilst seeing Fran. We also learn that Fran followed them home from a romantic evening the night his wife disappeared. And that she blacked out drunk after being upset at seeing them together. So what really happened!? It’s a wild ride with a good twist at the end.
- Overall Score: B
* A Million Junes, by Emily Henry is a cute YA read and just so good. We talked about it on the podcast (episode 16!) and Becca and I both never wanted it to end. It’s kind of like a magical Romeo & Juliet. It’s the story of June (short for Jack Junior) and Saul, who come from neighboring families that hate each other. On top of that there’s also a curse- whenever they get near one another it seems that something terrible happens. June runs straight into Saul at a carnival and the attraction is immediate. They resist at first but ultimately fall in love, over the course of some magical adventures (they discover that they can watch old family memories). This book is beautifully written. It’s YA but it’s a good, good book. I can’t say enough good things. Read it!!!
- Overall Score: A-
* The Intermission, by Elyssa Friedland, looked like a lighter read which is why I packed it for a few days on Cape Cod. It wasn’t exactly light, but it was very good! It’s the story of a couple that’s been married for five years. They’re both hiding secrets from each other, and they’ve slipped into a bit of complacency where things look good on the outside, but neither of them are actually happy. They decide to take a six month intermission; at the end of which, they will decide whether they want to be married.
Honestly this is not a typical book for me (I don’t typically love books about marriage/babies/etc as I can’t really relate?) but I LOVED this. I thought the writing was excellent, the character development was great (they are both so selfish at times but also still very likeable), and the ending was satisfying. I would highly recommend it. It’s a little heavier than your typical beach read but just as addictive.
- Overall Score: B+
* Listen To Your Heart, by Kasie West. Oh boy – we picked this for the podcast and it really wasn’t very good. Okay it was awful. Usually if something is bad I will just stop reading it but we had to keep going for the sake of the pod! The premise is very cute, it’s about two girls taking a podcasting class (helllooo, we were planning on loving this!) and answering advice questions. There is a love triangle, etc etc. The ending IS really cute. I liked that part. But the first 70% of the book is just SO SLOW. So much insignificant high school drama. I was bored to tears. But hey, at least it made for interesting podcasting banter (check out episode 18 of Bad on Paper) for the full scoop.
- Overall Score: C-
* Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. This book is really cute. Especially if you are in the mood for a light read and a good love story. AND, there is a big juicy twist, too. Sarah meets Eddie and they fall in love almost instantly. They spend seven days together, friend each other on Facebook, and make plans to continue their romance. But then, after parting ways, Eddie just disappears. Stops responding to her emails and texts, de-friends her… vanishes. Her friends tell her to forget about him but she can’t. And as it turns out Sarah and Eddie are both hiding pretty big secrets. It’s dramatic and the twist was (for me) pretty explosive… I really loved this one!
- Overall Score: A-
* Therapy Mammals, by Jon Methven. I am going to be really honest, for the first 15-20% of this book I was kind of like, WTF am I reading! But as I got into it I just fell completely in love with it. It’s really well written, but it’s a departure from the books I typically read as it’s a dark satire. Tom Pistilini’s life is falling apart. He may have killed his nanny but he can’t remember because of the blackouts he’s been having. His wife is sleeping with his motivational speaker neighbor and they’ve entered a “cooperative marriage” of sorts. And he just found out that he’s an unwitting investor in a tourism company that capitalizes on mass shootings.
Meanwhile, his neighbors are out to get him, he stole a prosthetic leg, his son is cross-dressing as an old lady and there may be compromising photos of his daughter going around. How is all that for a crazy plotline!? It’s a lot. But somehow it works. And it’s hilarious. It’s irreverent and satirical but also pretty heartwarming in the end. I found it highly entertaining and really loved it.
- Overall Score: A-
* Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. I really enjoyed this thriller! I had high expectations as it is one of Reese Witherspoon’s picks and I always love her picks. Mark and Erin are a successful London power couple (he’s an investment banker; she’s a filmmaker) and madly in love. They head to Bora Bora on their honeymoon and while out scuba diving they discover… something in the water. I won’t tell you what it is, but what they find causes everything to eventually unravel. You watch them make poor decision after poor decision…. (I had so much secondhand anxiety!)
- Overall Score: B+
* Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson. Oh my god you guys – GO READ THIS BOOK. It’s one of the most heartwarming books I’ve ever read. Becca recommended it to me and it is the cutest, sweetest book I’ve read in ages. I will admit that I really related to the main character (if you’ve ever been on the receiving side of a terrible breakup, you will appreciate this book) which could be why I liked it so much but all of the characters are so deeply likable and relatable and you just fall in love with all of them.
Marnie MacGraw just wants an ordinary life. She’s engaged to Noah (who is a bit of a privileged asshole) and meets his “crazy” great aunt Blix at their engagement party. The two of them feel a connection immediately. Blix passes away and leaves Marnie her Brooklyn brownstone (despite only having met her twice, and just as Marnie’s marriage is imploding after two weeks) and all sorts of magical stuff ensues. LOVE THIS BOOK.
- Overall Score: A