Reading Wrap Up 08+09: What I read in August + September

How is it almost November already?! Summer and early Fall felt like it passed in the blink of an eye. August was a great reading month though. I intentionally set some reading goals, one of which was to read for at least one hour a day, because I found my screen time was starting to creep back up. So I'm happy that I prioritized that and had lots of great reads! I also had some fun end of summer plans including traveling to Portland, ME to celebrate my cousin's bachelorette and then heading to the beach in Delaware for LDW to soak the last drops of summer up.


EMMA AND LUKE ARE TOTALLY TOGETHER by Rachel Arnett. I read this one over the course of one weekend and it was exactly the light and easy-breezy fun story to spend a lazy weekend with.

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read this one for book club at work. Ultimately, I'm glad I read this so that I could know what it was all about. But it was not my favorite. I found it way too long and had zero interest in the main character. I did partially listen to this on audio and I'm wondering if this skewed my opinion (I am generally not an audio fan).

LAURA & EMMA by Kate Greathead. This was a good palate cleanser after City of Girls. I love a good story set in NYC and this one didn't disappoint. I also really appreciated the portrayal of the mother/daughter relationships in this one.

EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes. Hands down my favorite read of August! Everything about this book was perfect and you should believe all the hype and pick it up.

SWIMMING HOME by Deborah Levy.I've been trying to balance my 'light' reads with some more 'literary' authors that I've been meaning to read and this was my first foray into Deborah Levy. I really loved this slim novel - it was suspenseful, tense, and sad and made the perfect companion for those hot August days.

THE FLATSHARE by Beth O'Leary. I'd been on the library hold list for this one since MAY! And it finally came in. Overall, I enjoyed this one but it did leave me feeling a little disappointed. I struggled with the writing style in Leon's part but I do think this one would make a very excellent movie!

THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo. I finally finished this one from July! Overall, I struggled with the lack of representation in the main characters. They were all straight, white women and I wish there had been some more diverse exploration. I also felt like most of their desire was dictated by the men they were with and all of them were in pretty unhealthy relationships. But despite that, it's an interesting story and I think it's still an enlightening read and the women who shared are very brave for sharing so much of their inner lives.

THE NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead. This one was so emotional and powerful. I'm so glad I picked it up but I definitely had to take breaks from it at times since there was so much to unpack and digest. I'll surely be reading more by Colson Whitehead.


THE OTHER'S GOLD by Elizabeth Ames. Do you love sagas about female friendship? Then this one is for you. We follow four friends who meet freshman year of college and watch as they navigate adulthood and motherhood and we learn about each of their life-changing experiences.

LOVE AT FIRST LIKE by Hannah Orenstein. Read this over the course of 24 hours when experiencing some harsh Sunday Blues and it was just the distraction I needed.

FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. Immediately added this one to the 'Favorites of 2019' stack! A sarcastic, funny, sad, dark look at marriage and middle age, I was completely hooked by this one and found myself relating to the characters so much.

TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren. I discovered Christina Lauren earlier this year and have loved each new book I've read by them. While this one wasn't at the top of my list of books by them, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and think it's a great fall romance to read. It's out on 10/22.

TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum. This one has been described as the YA version of You've Got Mail and I couldn't agree more. It was a pretty quick and enjoyable read but I did find myself wishing for a *little* something more.

THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE by Amy E. Reichert. Food + Fiction? One of my favorite genres. I read this after my Mom read it, raved about it, and even made the coconut cake from the book. I liked this one and I'm eager to check out more by this author.

IMPROVEMENT by Joan Silber. One of my goals for 2019 is to explore more authors that I have been wanting to check out. I'm trying to read one each month and Joan Silber was the pick this month. This book was so well written and essentially was the butterfly effect put into literary form. While I did enjoy it, it did feel a bit like short stories and we oftentimes strayed so far from the main character that I would forget how we got there. But it was a unique story and really spoke to the power of human connection.

WILD GAME by Adrienne Brodeur. This was my Book of the Month pick and I'm so glad that I picked it up sooner than later! After I read this, I made my mom pick up her copy just so we could talk about it. What a wild memoir, I can't wait to see it made for the screen.

What were your favorite reads of the month?

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