August 2016 Books Recap

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Not gonna lie, there was a HUGE lull in my reading habits between my ages of like 18-22ish. It wasn’t that I hated reading, it was just that I didn’t really give it the time of day. When I was in high school, I read a lot. I had a “reading list” for school, which kept me going and I loved tracking all the books I was reading.

Now, I have an app for that. Goodreads is where it’s at, people. If you’re a reader and like to track what you’re reading, check it out! When I have “incentive”, so to speak, I want to do something more. I have a goal to read 100 books this year, and I’m currently at 38 (but let’s keep in mind that I just started reading “for real” again in May of this year! So that’s about 35 books since May!)

But, I’ve decided to start a monthly book recap. This is where I’ll do a mini-review of every book I read that month. Some months it may be extensive because I can read a lot of books in 30 days. Other months, it might be a smaller list. Just depends on how much time I actually spend reading. So without further ado, here’s my August Books Recap!

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  1. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell (age range 16 and up)
    I’ve only ever read 2 books by Rainbow Rowell.  This one, and Fangirl. Both were incredible. This book drew me in from the first page, and I didn’t put it down til I finished it. (in a day and a half). It focuses on two best friends, Beth & Jennifer, that work in an office. They send emails back and forth daily as a way to “talk” to each other throughout the day. Lincoln is hired to read employees emails to make sure nothing “bad” is getting through the server at their place of employment. 
    Lincoln falls for Beth, based solely on her emails to Jennifer. My heart. Gotta love a love story. 
  2. Catching Jordan – Miranda Kenneally (ages 16 and up)
    This was the first ever book I read by Miranda Kenneally and it was very good. Different, but good. About a tomboy who plays for the high school football team (and is the captain of said team). There’s a love triangle which makes things all sorts-of interesting. I seriously didn’t know which guy she would end up with until the end of the book – and I like it that way! 
  3. It’s Kind of a Funny Story – New Vizinni (ages 13 and up)
    This is the story of a young man who suffers from depression. After a suicide attempt, he is checks himself into a mental hospital. There he meets some very interesting people who help him on his journey. This particular story was like one I’d never read before. It was interesting, and gave me insight into mental illness that I didn’t have before. Very interesting.
  4. For Keeps – Natasha Friend (ages 15 and up) 
    When looking back at my Goodreads, I saw this book listed. I added it here, but when I got down here to do a short review, I could not, for the life of me, remember what it was about. That says something about a book, doesn’t it? While I remember LIKING this book, it didn’t stand out as something that I really enjoyed. This story is about a girl who’s never met her father. When her paternal grandparents come back into town, she’s realizing that her chances of seeing her dad are getting more and more likely. She does…and that’s all I remember. Read it if you’d like. 😉 
  5. Catch a Falling Star – Kim Culbertson (ages 15 and up)
    Oh my goodness. This story, guys. I’m a sucker for fake-girlfriend stories, not gonna lie. Adam Jakes, Hollywood star, asks Carter Moon to pretend to be his girlfriend while he’s filming in the small town she lives in. She agrees, only because her family could use the hefty paycheck that comes along with it. This one was a really good read. It had real depth. 
  6. My Life in Black & White – Natasha Friend (ages 16 & up)
    Lexi was beautiful. Until she was in a car accident and she went through the windshield, leaving her with scars all over her face. Now she doesn’t even want people to look at her. She’s had a falling out with her best friend, and things are just looking bleak in every way. To be honest, I read this book in just a day. It was a quick and pretty easy read, however, it wasn’t my favorite. I felt like Lexi left a little to be desired. Yes, she’s been through a lot, and she has every right to pity herself. But I feel like in some ways, she’s not even living her life. She lets what other people think be the driving force behind her actions (and she covers her face up with a hoodie every day). In other words, I’m glad I read this, but it wasn’t my favorite, by far.
  7. Broken Hearts, Fences & Other Things to Mend – Katie Finn (ages 13 and up)
    This is the first book in the Broken Hearts series by Katie Finn (otherwise known as Morgan Matson). I genuinely liked this book, although it took me almost a week to read it, which is rareAs soon as I was getting toward the end of the book, I ordered the 2nd one off Amazon. This story is about Gemma. At the very beginning, her boyfriend of 2 years breaks up with her, and she’s forced to spend the summer in the Haptoms with her father. Five years earlier, she’d burned a LOT of bridges with her best friend Hallie, while in the Hamptons. So going back isn’t so exciting. This book is full of twists, turns, and unexpected plotlines.
  8. Revenge, Ice Cream, & Other Things Best Served Cold – Katie Finn (ages 13 and up)
    The sequel to Broken Hearts, this book continues the story of Gemma. The sequel was full of MORE twists and turns, and I never knew what was going to happen until the very end! 
  9. Hearts, Fingers, & Other Things to Cross – Katie Finn (ages 13 and up)
    This was NOT a book of love triangles. This book had a love SQUARE. I’m not kidding. There were 3 potential love interests for Gemma. THREE. I’m not kidding. THREE. I seriously had NO idea what was going to happen at the end of this book, but I was genuinely happy – and surprised. It was a great way to end a series of revenge! 
  10. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (ages 16 and up)
    Well, omigosh. This is the first book I’ve read in a LONG time that made me cry like a little baby. So good. I’m not going to say anything about it because I’m not about to give any spoilers. (FYI! Do not look at the Wikipedia page, it gives SPOILERS! Ask me how I know this!) I bawled like a baby pretty much from halfway through this book until the very end. Do not read if you hate crying. 
  11. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling (ages 9 and up)
    I have read halfway through the Harry Potter series before, however I never made it all the way through. When my friend started reading them, I told her I’d be her reading buddy, and now we’re reading them together. These are books that I thought I’d never like. It was fantasy, after all, and fantasy is SO not my thing. But JK Rowling knows how to write a good story, and I can appreciate that. This book is so good! 
  12. Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy (ages 16 and up) 
    Last month, I read Side Effects May Vary by this same author. It was by far NOT my favorite book. I didn’t like the main character, but I loved her guy best friend, so I kept reading. When I discovered Dumplin’, the book intrigued me. It was about a chubby girl (fat), and THAT I can relate with. So I quickly snatched this one up and started reading. It’s, again, not my favorite book, but this one drew me in more. I could understand most of the insecurity issues that the main character, Willowdean has, because I have them, too. 
  13. Harry Potter & the Chambers of Secrets – JK Rowling (ages 9 and up)
    2nd book in the Harry Potter series. Again, I’m unsure of why I like these books. When I was a kid my mom would not let me read these books because she thought they were “bad”. Magic and all that stuff. It’s funny how things change. When my sister was a teenager, Mom let her read them and I said, “Hey! That’s not fair!” And then, of course, I had to read them too! And reading these books a second time make me realize that I really do like them! (Thanks to my friend for wanting to be my reading buddy while we go through these books together!)

**ages suggestions are based on content, language, etc. These are my own, and obviously as a parent/reader, you should always check into this before reading for yourself.

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