August Reading Wrap Up | Books I Read This Month

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★★:

★★★: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

★★★★: 

★★★★★: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (4.5/5); Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han; The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Audiobooks: 

ARCs: 

DNF’d: The Chrysalis by Brendan Deenen

Pages Read in July:  1,282 pages (not including the DNF’d books)


P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.16
My Rating: ★★★★★ 4.5
Page Count: 337 pages
Genre(s): YA contemporary
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2
Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 26, 2015

Plot: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Click here for my full review.


Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.2
My Rating: ★★★★★
Page Count: 336 pages
Genre(s): YA Contemporary
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3
Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 2, 2017

Plot: Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Click here for my full review.


The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.79
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count:
 336 pages
Genre(s): Mystery/”thriller”/paranormal
Publisher: Berkley
Published: March 20, 2018

Plot: A suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare…

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

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The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen (ARC) (DNF)

Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.07
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count: 304 pages
Genre(s): Horror, thriller
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: September 4, 2018

Plot: Welcome to the dark side of suburbia.

Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving “the city” is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs.

For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny’s unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He’s not ready for this kind of responsibility.

Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks–enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.

The Deckers’ dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom’s obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all.

No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive.

Click here for my full review.


The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.89 
My Rating: ★★★★★ 4.5
Page Count: 273 pages (BOTM edition)
Genre(s): Contemporary, magical realism
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Published: September 11, 2018

Plot: We’ve been waiting for an hour. That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends within her utterly captivating novel, The Dinner List, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day,and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, The Dinner List is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.

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This is so depressing compared to the amount of books I read over summer break. I hope to read six books in September, but we will see how that goes!

Allison

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