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What I Read in August!

I have no idea how, but I have read a total of 14 books this month. I’ve just been loving what I am reading and I’m really motivated to read. So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post which is a bunch of mini reviews for the books I read in August! Here they are!

Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic by Lauren Ho

Management consultant Lucie Yi is done waiting for Mr. Right. After a harrowing breakup foiled her plans for children—and drove her to a meltdown in a Tribeca baby store—she’s ready to take matters into her own hands. She signs up for an elective co-parenting website to find a suitable partner with whom to procreate—as platonic as family planning can be.

Collin Read checks all of Lucie’s boxes; he shares a similar cultural background, he’s honest, and most important, he’s ready to become a father. When they match, it doesn’t take long for Lucie to take a leap of faith for her future. So what if her conservative family might not approve? When Lucie becomes pregnant, the pair return to Singapore and, sure enough, her parents refuse to look on the bright side. Even more complicated, Lucie’s ex-fiancé reappears, sparking unresolved feelings and compounding work pressures and the baffling ways her body is changing.

This book was so much fun to read! It is a lovely romance books that branches slightly into the women’s fiction genre. I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot whilst reading this book. It is the first Lauren Ho book that I’ve read but it certainly won’t be the last! I’ve writtena full review of this book which you can find here.

★★★★


All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Lahore, Pakistan. Then.
Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Cloud’s Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start.

Juniper, California. Now.
Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.

Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever.

This book is absolutely incredible! I had never read a Sabaa Tahir book before this one but I am looking to pick others up by her because the writing in this is stunning. It is such a raw and heart-breaking story that really makes you think. I’ve written a full review for this one which you can find here.

★★★★


The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.

When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.

For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.

Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.

Ashley Poston never fails to write an amazing book. In my opinion, this is her best yet. It is such a unique, fun and at times heart-breaking romance story that captures you right from the start. It deserves all the hype that it is getting at the minute and I would highly recommend you pick it up if you haven’t already.

★★★★


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 all of these ones, some more than others but I still enjoyed them.

  • Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min – ★★★
  • The Eternal Return of Clara Hart by Louise Finch – ★★★★
  • Bear Town by Fredrik Backman – ★★★★
  • Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan – ★★★★
  • Family of Liars by E. Lockhart – ★★★★
  • Every Summer After by Carley Fortune – ★★★
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney – ★★★★
  • This is Not the End by Molly Morris – ★★★★

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—”Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!”—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

I’d been seeing a lot about this one online and it sounded like it was a book I would love. I was correct, I adored it! I read this in a matter of sittings because I was so caught up in the story, the humour throughout the book and the mystery that is at the centre of this book. It felt like comfort in a book for me and I had to pick the sequel right after.

★★★★★


Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto

SPOILERS FOR DIAL A FOR AUNTIES IN THIS SYNOPSIS

It’s supposed to be the perfect day…
After getting away with literal murder, Meddy can’t wait to settle down and marry the love of her life, Nathan. She’s found the dress, got the dream venue at Christ Church College, Oxford, plus having a destination wedding comes with the added bonus of not having to invite her very large extended family.

…But is it even a wedding if nobody gets killed?

Although when her meddling aunties get involved, Meddy knows her wedding is going to be anything but quiet. Even though there’s no dead body hidden in the freezer this time, for better or worse, it’s certainly going to be a day she’s never going to forget…

I was so excited to see what antics Meddy and her aunties got up to next that I picked it up almost immediately after the first book. Although I did not enjoy this one as much as the first book, it was still such a fun and enjoyable read. It had the antics from the first book and a whole bunch more. I would highly recommend you pick this series up if you haven’t already, I loved it!

★★★★


My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey

It was supposed to be a relaxing vacation in sweet, sunny Cape Cod—just me and my beloved brother—but discovering a corpse in our rental house really throws a wrench into our tanning schedule. Now a rude, crude bounty hunter has arrived on the back of his motorcycle to catch the killer and refuses to believe I can be helpful, despite countless hours of true crime podcast listening. Not to mention a fulfilling teaching career of wrangling second graders.

A brash bounty hunter and an energetic elementary schoolteacher: the murder-solving team no one asked for, but thanks to these pesky attempts on my life, we’re stuck together, come hell or high tide.

I had very high hopes going into this book because of how much hype it was getting online. I cannot lie, it did not live up to that hype. I was expecting a split between romance and solving a murder. It was more of a heavy romance with little bits of solving a murder. I did enjoy it but not as much as I expected.

★★★


Statistics

Books read this month: 14

Pages read this month: 5,041

Books read this year: 92

Pages read this year: 32,285

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

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