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What I Read in August?

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August has been long but it is has been a very busy month and I have read a lot of books. Throughout August, I have read a total of 14 books, which is incredible for me.

So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post! I have some thoughts that I wanted to share on the books I read throughout August. Here is a bunch of mini reviews for the books I read in August!

You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.

11 SUMMERS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver. Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

2 SUMMERS AGO: It all goes wrong.

THIS SUMMER: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

I listened to the audiobook of this one after seeing it recommended all over Twitter and TikTok. It sounded like a book that was right up my street and it certainly was. It captivated me right away and its romance is so sweet and one I fell in love with. I will certainly be reading another book by Emily Henry and would highly recommend this one.

★★★★


Afterlove by Tanya Byrne

Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death.

Car headlights.

The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars.

But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she?

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for such a long time now. So much so, that the minute this book arrived at my house I started reading it. I could not put it down I loved it so much. There is a passage towards the end of this book which made me cry uncontrollably for quite a while, no book has hit me quite like this one in a long time. I would highly recommend you give this beautiful book a read.

★★★


The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Fifteen-year-old Spencer Harris is a proud nerd, an awesome big brother and a Messi-in-training. He’s also transgender. After transitioning at his old school leads to a year of bullying, Spencer gets a fresh start at Oakley, the most liberal private school in Ohio.

At Oakley, Spencer seems to have it all: more accepting classmates, a decent shot at a starting position on the boy’s soccer team, great new friends, and maybe even something more than friendship with one of his teammates. The problem is, no one at Oakley knows Spencer is trans – he’s passing.

So when a discriminatory law forces Spencer’s coach to bench him after he discovers the ‘F’ on Spencer’s birth certificate, Spencer has to make a choice: cheer his team on from the sidelines or publicly fight for his right to play, even if it means coming out to everyone – including the guy he’s falling for.

I picked this book up on a whim on a trip into town at the start of the month and thought it would sit on my shelf for quite a while. The mood for me to read it hit a lot sooner though and I got draw into the story quickly. This book has so much representation and covers a lot of difficult topics in such an excellent way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone even if you are not a fan of football/soccer.

★★


Snapshot Books!

Here is a little snapshot of 8 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed them all and definitely recommend them!


Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

After seeing so many incredible things about the book and being in the perfect mood to read it I flew through this book in a matter of days. It is beautiful, heart-breaking and heart-warming. This is the first book I’ve read by Kacen Callendar but it certainly will not be the last their writing is extraordinary. I would highly recommend this one.

★★


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love.

I cannot quite put into words how much I adore this book. Taylor Jenkins Reid has very quickly become a favourite author of mine because her books are so extraordinary. I’ve never known an author to make me believe characters are real as much as Taylor Jenkins Reid has. If you told me Evelyn Hugo was a real celebrity I would believe you immediately. If you have not read this book I cannot recommend it enough but be prepared with tissues!

★★


Statistics

Books read this month: 14

Pages read this month: 4,965

Books read this year: 78

Pages read this year: 27,196

There you have it, that is everything I read in August! What have you read in August and what are you looking forward to reading in September? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading

2 thoughts on “What I Read in August?

  1. I also read You and Me on Vacation and I agree it was totally captivating! I still need to get to Felix Ever After & I found it encouraging that you liked it! I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in July and absolutely loved it. I’ve only read two of Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s books but I agree hat she’s quickly becoming a favourite of mine too!

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