Welcome to my August Wrap-up! I managed to read 20 books this last month, however most of them were pretty average, only a few of them were really fantastic. Here are the books I read this month:
1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson
A cute contemporary following a seemingly perfect family and a wedding where almost everything goes wrong. I also loved the comic strips and I wish there had been more. 4/5 Stars.
2. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
I did not like the main character at first, but I grew to like her as the novel progressed and she started to grow as a character. 3/5 Stars.
3. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka
A cute contemporary that revolves around a performance of Romeo and Juliet. I am looking forward to seeing what this duo publishes next. 3/5 Stars.
4. Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury
As always, an enjoyable time rereading this book. I loved watching all the characters grow . It is a good, light read, perfect to take on vacation. 3/5 Stars.
5. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
I really liked this take on an adventure Belle could’ve gone on during her stay at the Beast’s castle. It was interesting and I flew through it. However, I did find that I had to not think to much about the movie and certain things that happen before and after that make this not quite fit in. But it was still a great read! 3.75/5 Stars.
6. Katy by Jacqueline Wilson
This was an okay book, there were aspects that I liked and others that I didn’t, mainly that it took 200 pages to get to the main plot of the story. 3/5 Stars.
7. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
An interesting collection of stories based on Asian folklore and myths. I enjoyed most of the stories and I am sad that it is over. 3.5/5 Stars.
8. Summer Promise by Robin Jones Gunn
Another reread. I really enjoyed getting to know Christy and Todd in this very first book that they appear in and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series! 3.5/5 Stars.
9. Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade
It took me a while to get into it. I am also glad I watched the first few episodes of Felicity so that I understood most of the references and parallels that occurred in this novel! 3/5 Stars.
10. A Whisper and A Wish by Robin Jones Gunn
I enjoyed watching Christy navigate the new changes in her life. Also there is a character with the same name as me that is introduced, so that is always a bonus! 3.75/ 5 Stars.
11. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
It was okay. It was pitched to me as having You’ve Got Mail vibes but that was only at the very end, plus the synopsis basically spoils the ending so the shock factor is non-existent when the big “twist” is discovered. 3/5 Stars.
12. Summer by Karen Kingsbury
I really enjoyed rereading Summer and it definitely brought tears to my eyes at the end, such a beautiful and heartbreaking story. 4/5 Stars.
13. Yours Forever by Robin Jones Gunn
Another good reread that reminds me of some of the feelings I had in high school in regards to friends. It was interesting to read this again since I have been out of high school for almost six years. 3.75/5 Stars.
14. Someday by Karen Kingsbury
This was a rollercoaster ride of a book watching some beloved characters to go through some very hard things. I loved the theme of someday because I feel like it is something that a lot of us look forward to! 3.75/5 Stars.
15. Surprise Endings by Robin Jones Gunn
A good installment in this series which teaches an important lesson: be willing to step aside so that others can do what the Lord wants them to do. 3.75/5 Stars.
16. Sunset by Karen Kingsbury
A good conclusion to this particular series that brought some tears to my eyes. However, I know this is not the last time I’ll see the Baxters! 4/5 Stars.
17. The Ten, Make That Nine Habits of Very Organized People, Make That Ten by Steve Martin
I liked reading these tweets, even though I expected a lot more humor. But reading some of these made me think of my brother because these are things he would probably tweet. 3/5 Stars.
18. The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
I flew through this! It was really good. A shocking expose about the dark side of corporate greed and the ignorance of radium. 5/5 Stars.
19. Island Dreamer by Robin Jones Gunn
Interesting to read this after graduating college and seeing how I still relate to Christy in some ways. 3.75/5 Stars.
20. Take One by Karen Kingsbury
I liked this installment in the series, but it was a slow start for me. 3/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.