August Reading Wrap Up | Books I Read This Month

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

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★★★★★: 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

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DNF’d: The Chrysalis by Brendan Deenen

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

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Review | The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen (DNF)

I am cheating with this review a bit by having it on Thriller Thursday. There is a mystery in the book, however, it is not what I would call “thrilling.” I hate that I DNF’d this one, but it did not capture my attention. I appreciate Tor Books and Netgalley for sending me an advance copy of this book for my honest review.

**Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I do post the entire plot synopsis before my review. However, I will always recommend for Thriller Thursday reviews that you skip the plot synopsis. Thrillers are better when you go in knowing little to nothing about the plot. Happy reading!

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Tag Tuesday | The Ultimate Book Tag

Due to my demanding schedule these days, I am reading far less than I did during the summer. Therefore, I have less reviews to write, but I would like to stick to my current posting schedule. Every Tuesday will now be Tag Tuesday! Thriller Thursday will continue with book discussion/lists or reviews on Sunday posts as well. There are so many wonderful book tags out there. If you find a tag you would like me to do, please reply in the comments!

Let’s get started!

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Review | The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

I finally signed up for Book of the Month (BOTM) in August. I was actually very disappointed in the selection compared to July, but I am doing a three month comparison of BOTM and Page 1 book subscriptions, so I wanted a book from both for my comparison. Several lovely bookstagram ladies recommended The Dinner List, and I rolled with it because of Audrey Hepburn.

BOTM is a subscription service where you pay $14.99/month and get to choose your book at the beginning of the month. Additional books are only $9.99 and sometimes, apparently, you have the option of choosing a book that is not released yet, as was the case with The Dinner List.

Page 1 is a subscription service that chooses a book for you based on your interests. You can choose from several types of subscriptions (classics, fiction, mystery, etc). You have to sign up for the subscription in 3-, 6-, or 12- month subscriptions, but I promise you will LOVE it! If Page 1 sends you a book that you have already read or own, they will send you another book at no cost AND you get to keep the book they sent you so you can pass it on to someone or donate it! And that is my favorite part of Page 1.

I have a referral link for BOTM here and a code at Page 1 (enter RAW10 at checkout to save some $$). If you have questions about either service, please drop me a comment down below!

And now let’s get to the review!

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Book List | Down the TBR Hole #1

I stumbled across this post at Just Read Them and loved the idea because I have been wanting to clean up my Goodreads account for awhile! The original post was created by Lost In A Story.

So basically the idea is to clean up your Goodreads TBR because we are all guilty of adding books to Goodreads and before you know it, there are 200 books on your list and you don’t even remember what a third of them are about!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads want-to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I think I will be doing this monthly and will try to read at least one of the books that I kept on my TBR shelf that month. So hopefully by December, my Goodreads account will be a little more organized and have a more manageable TBR! So let’s get started!

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Tag Tuesday | Try a Chapter Tag

August has been a hard reading month. I’ve been back at work for three weeks, so I’m finally in the swing of things but I am in a reading slump. I’ve read four of the five books on my TBR for the month. I am supposed to read A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell, but I’m not sure that is what I am in the mood to read. So I thought it would be fun to finally do the “Try a Chapter Tag” that I’ve seen in the bookish community!

So just in case you aren’t familiar with the tag, you are supposed to gather up some books, usually 3-5 in the vidoes and posts I’ve seen, and read the first chapter of each book. Then you choose your next book based on the first chapter that you read.

So let’s get started!

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Review | The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Hello, readers! After two weeks of back to school stress, I finally finished The Broken Girls. And I have to say, it did not live up to the hype for me. I do wish I had waited to read it during fall/Halloween, but I still don’t think that would have made me love the book.

**Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I do post the entire plot synopsis before my review. However, I will always recommend for Thriller Thursday reviews that you skip the plot synopsis. Thrillers are better when you go in knowing little to nothing about the plot. Happy reading!

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Review | Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Spoilers!)

Hello, readers! As soon as I finished P.S. I Still Love You, I picked up Always and Forever, Lara Jean. The end of P.S. wrapped everything up nicely, but I am SO glad Jenny Han decided to make this a trilogy so we could get this last book. It is definitely in my top 10 reads for this year.

**Obviously spoiler alerts ahead if you have not read the first books in the series.

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Review | P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Spoilers!)

Hello, readers! At the end of July, I finally decided to dive back in to the world of Lara Jean Song Covey. I can’t express how much I love these books! I talk about them every chance I get. I immediately started the last book and finished it in a couple of days. I almost did a joint review post for them, but I did not love P.S. I Still Love You as much, so I wanted to review them separately.

**Obviously spoiler alerts ahead if you have not read the first book in the series.

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