Bookish Things: August Wrap-Up

In case you don’t follow me on instagram and haven’t been watching my stories, I’ve been getting back into reading lately. I’m not sure what sparked it, exactly, but usually when I find a hobby or interest, I get super into it (to an obsessive degree?) for some time. However, I’ve always been a bookworm from when I was little and first starting to read, so I think this one will be here to stay.

There’s something about reading in the summer that makes it more enjoyable. During college, I’d read SO many books during semester breaks when I didn’t have any required reading for my classes. I finally got back into reading to that extent this summer. I read 5 books in July, and 6 books this August – including two of my favorite books of the entire year.

I borrow a lot of books from the library and read e-books, so I can’t do a super instagrammer picture of the pile of books I read this month. But I can still do a quick wrap-up of August!

  1. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  2. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  3. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
  4. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
  5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  6. The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Favorite(s):

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! This book drew me in. I loved the story and setting of Old Hollywood, and Evelyn was so fleshed out as a character. I was second guessing whether she was fictional or not throughout the book. I sped through this and read it within a 24-hour period. Reid is definitely on my “automatic purchase” list of authors. I’ve already added a book to my Book of the Month box because she recommended it!

The Air You Breathe
The Air You Breathe. This was my first Book of the Month, and I think I made a great choice. I guess I had been on a bit of a historical fiction bender, but this book was just fucking magical. I got transported to Brazil, it literally made me want to buy a plane ticket to Rio immediately. I listened to a samba playlist on Spotify when I read this book, and I found the lyrics for the samba songs so enchanting. The story itself was epic, and I couldn’t wait to see where it took me.

Least Favorite(s):

Our Kind of Cruelty
– Our Kind of Cruelty. My full review of this book can be found in another post, but the more time away from this book there is, the less I like it. It started out so slow to me, I almost gave up on it but pushed through. I just didn’t connect with it and I almost wish I hadn’t read it. The cover is very misleading as to what’s inside the book.

Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere. This book wasn’t BAD, per se, but I think it’s extremely overhyped. So I think that colored my view of it. It also started out very slow, like more of a character-driven story rather than plot-driven. But then the end was so sped up and felt very disjointed from how the book started. There were a lot of plot points and storylines I didn’t think served much of a purpose. I just don’t get it.
xoxo, Maddie

 

 

 

 


 

As for September, I’m definitely a mood reader with a library card, so my “TBR” (to be read) list depends on what holds come in from the library as well as, well, what I’m in the mood for!

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Maddie

My name is Maddie, and I'm here to get personal, talk travel, and share photos and stories. I'm a registered nurse, dog mom, and girlfriend to a surgical resident. I also enjoy drinking craft beer and eating like a foodie.

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