August Reading Wrap Up

August 2018 Reading Wrap UpAugust was a fantastic reading month! I was looking forward to all of the books I’d planned to pick up this month and wound up enjoying all of them. After getting ahead on my TBR back in July, it was great to actually read everything I wanted to this month and still have time to pick up other books just for fun. And three books I read this month got a full five out of five from me!

Ready to see what I read and reviewed?


Books I reviewed:

The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani

I had mixed feelings on The Perfect Nanny; I loved certain aspects and really disliked others.
dotted line separatorTell No One, by Harlan CobenAs expected, Tell No One delivered an exciting mystery/thriller.

dotted line separatorNot Her Daughter, by Rea FreyNot Her Daughter is one to check out if you like suspenseful women’s fiction and can suspend disbelief.
dotted line separatorThe Eden Conspiracy, by C.A. GrayThe Eden Conspiracy was my favorite book in The Liberty Box trilogy, with plenty of action, excitement, and intrigue.
dotted line separatorThe Phoenix Project, by C.A. GrayThe Phoenix Project wrapped up The Liberty Box trilogy well, tying up loose ends and bringing everything to a satisfactory conclusiondotted line separatorThe 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart TurtonThe 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle isn’t an easy read but it is a clever and original mystery that is absolutely entertaining.
dotted line separatorA Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'EngleA Wrinkle in Time was a layered story that worked on multiple levels (and the book did it far better than the movie).dotted line separatorThe Sky Drifter, by Paris SingerThe Sky Drifter was a fun and intriguing young adult science fiction story about a student on a spacecraft academy.dotted line separatorLeave No Trace, by Mindy MejiaLeave No Trace was a story of love and loss that hit all the right notes for me.dotted line separatorSelect Few, by Marit WeisenbergI wanted to like Select Few more than I did.


Books I read but haven’t reviewed:

The Power, by Naomi Alderman

The Power was a powerful and thought provoking piece of speculative fiction.
dotted line separatorThe Road Back to You, by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne StabileThe Road Back to You was a great introduction to the Enneagram personality typing system.dotted line separatorReady Player One, by Ernest ClineI reread Ready Player One after seeing the movie and enjoyed it just as much as the first time!dotted line separatorThe Marsh King's Daughter, by Karen DionneThe Marsh King’s Daughter was a wild and entertaining ride through a whole new world to me.
dotted line separatorInternal Time, by Till RoennebergInternal Time offered interesting insight into sleeping patterns and biological clocks.

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Like This? Try That! TV Edition

In my latest edition of Like this? Try that! I wanted to focus on books to try based on television shows. After perusing my list, I realized I had a ton of picks to offer for fans of Criminal Minds and decided to focus on that. If you like Criminal Minds, check out my selection of books you might like HERE.


On the stack for next month:

For September, I’m taking a break from reading review copies and focusing on reading books I already own that I’ve been dying to get to. First up is Harry Potter! I’ve listened to the series on audiobook many times but have not read them in print yet. And I’ve been itching to do so since purchasing a box set over a year ago, so this is the perfect time. After that, I’ll be picking reads entirely based on my current mood until the end of the month.

You will be hearing from me, though! I have a backlog of audiobook reviews I’ve scheduled out for the month, and I’ll be lurking around the blogosphere and my usual social media haunts.

Do you ever take time off reading review copies to focus on books you own? What are you reading or planning on reading next?

6 thoughts on “August Reading Wrap Up

  1. I haven’t accepted reviewer copies in quite a while, but I have a system of reading I developed for this year that had made me very happy. I read the oldest and newest books I item, a book for my Reading Fat Women quest, and one random book.

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    1. Sounds like you found a system that really works for you! I usually try to read one book I really want to pick up for every review copy, which I’ve found to be a good balance for me. But then I requested a bunch of books on Netgalley over time and all the approvals came at once, after I’d just accepted a handful of independent review copies, and that put me off balance. I’m taking this month to reset and then being more selective moving forward so that doesn’t happen again.


  2. All 7 HP books in one month? Just so you know, I’ll probably not be commenting on them. I won’t be ignoring you, but I have some real vitriol for HP that tends to come out at the drop of hat, so I don’t want to subject you to that more than this one warning comment 😀

    That being said, I hope “you” enjoy your time reading them…

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