August was a busy month and I really enjoyed most of the books I read. Below are my brief reviews of the books and some recommendations:
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han is the final book of the series, The Summer I turned Pretty. Belly is in college now and is dating Jeremiah who has been her friend since childhood. They have to decide what is next for them and they visit their summer house in Cousins where the other two books also take place. I was glad to finish the series, but did not love it. I prefer her other series about Lara Jean called To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before which is very popular due to the Netflix movie.
There There by Tommy Orange is a very well written first novel about Native Americans. Each chapter was written from a different character’s (twelve total) perspective and towards the end the stories overlap at a powwow. I felt like I read it in smaller chunks, but it picked up towards the end. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.
I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel is a must read for all booklovers. This short book would make a great gift for all bookworms in your family. These essays put to words the feelings I have as a book lover. I have been a fan of Anne’s for a few years now and love her podcast, What Should I Read Next? It helped jumpstart my reading life a few years ago by introducing me to the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. I would also recommend Anne’s other book, Reading People.
I received this book from Baker books and you can preorder it before it releases September 4th.
A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano was a book I received from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review. This book was not for me. The characters were not likable and the storyline was not mysterious. Tressa’s father has passed away and she is to inherit a fortune that her father had hidden. She is on a quest to find the hidden fortune and is bombarded with fortune seekers. She must decide who she can trust as she searches for the fortune.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert was enjoyable on audio. I have now read three of her books and I really enjoy these fictional books that focus on food. In this book, a chef receives a bad review and tries to save her restaurant. She meets a man that is new to the area and she shows him around the Milwaukee food scene. I really enjoyed her other book, The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go.
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren was an enjoyable lighter book about a couple reconnecting after eleven years. The story is told in the present and in their past as teenagers. The parts of their past reminded me of reading a YA novel like What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum. The main character is a female doctor and if you enjoy medical settings, I would recommend The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin.
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover was better and different than what I expected. This book was romantic, but had a depth to it regarding the couple going through infertility and all of the stress it puts on the marriage. This book made me cry and was a very touching story.
Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner is a new book that I was able to participate in the launch team for. I listened to it on audio and was encouraged by her honesty and suggestions to get rid of mom guilt and embrace who you are as a mom. I was a working mom for the first nine years of my parenting journey. I have been a stay at home now for the past year. I understand feeling stretched too thin and thought this book was insightful for all moms, not just those working outside the home. Our society puts so much pressure on moms to do it all and Jessica encourages moms that we are doing well for our families and how to thrive as a working mom.You can preorder the book on Amazon and it will be released September 18th.
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain is a historical fiction book about Ernest Hemingway’s third wife. Martha and Ernest meet during war times and travel as war correspondents. They live in Cuba during this time. It was an interesting and enjoyable book. I would recommend reading Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton to enjoy more historical fiction about Cuba.
The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall is a historical fiction book set in the south. I enjoyed this story about a young girl and her difficult family. She endures hardships and learns from her past to shape her future. If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh was better than I expected. This book had a good mystery to it and the story was interesting. The two main characters have a whirlwind romance in one week and then he won’t return her calls or contact her. She thinks something must have happened to him. It turns out the truth has a long history that they must come to terms with or say good bye. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity and What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was a wonderful historical fiction book. The whole book is written as letters which made me curious to see the Netflix movie which I enjoyed. The book takes place after World War II. It is a must for book lovers as the characters have a love and appreciation for books that they formed this society to discuss books. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden was a book I received from Bethany House Publishers. All reviews are my own. This historical fiction book was set in the early 1900’s. A woman biochemist is working to get chlorine placed into city water. She had lost her parents to cholera and made her mission to have safe drinking water for everyone. While trying to get it into practice, she meets the Commissioner of Water and a romance develops. I found this book interesting to learn about the history of cholera and how clean drinking water was founded. I would highly recommend this book for fans of Christian historical fiction. A Dangerous Legacy is the first book in this series which I have not read yet.
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