It’s my favorite post of the month!
My AUGUST BOOK REVIEW!
Woohoo! We get so excited about books around here!!!
This month, I did something a little different! I shared with you last month what I would be reading in August, so that today, in the comment section, we can discuss these books in more detail (like a book club). So, if you haven’t read these books and are planning on it, DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS! Typically, I don’t post spoilers in the comment section, but today I am. Now, my reviews are going to be normal (my thoughts without spoiling anything about the plot), but in the comment section, I’ll talk to you about more in-depth spoiler alert stuff. This was fun, so maybe, I’ll do it again from time to time.
On top of these four books…
…I also read two other books in August, so I’m sharing my reviews on all six below.
Ready, set, here we go…
This right here was my favorite book of the month 🙂 . I loved When Life Gives You Lululemons!!
Now, I want to point out two things right off the bat: one, this book is RATED R, so buyer bewared. The second thing is that this is the third book in the Devil Wears Prada series, but in my opinion, you really don’t need to read the other two to love this one. I think this book can totally function as a stand alone novel.
This is a fictional tale of three friends all going through transitional (or very unfortunate) times in their lives. One has moved to the ‘burbs from NYC and has become a stay at home mom for the first time (she was an attorney), one is now the “old” gal in her career and getting beat out for clients by a younger woman…so, she’s having to make some career adjustments and overall life acknowledgements and one, well her hubby has filed for divorce and taken away the kid because she got a DWI (or did she?!). These friends come together in a hysterical way to sort out all of their problems…while sitting amongst the other suburbanite women wearing head to toe Lululemon (and they probably didn’t even work out!). I flew through this book! I thought it was funny, charming, lovable and endearing. I hope she writes another one soon!
The second book I read this month was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This book was slow going for me until about the halfway mark and then, I couldn’t put it down. This Eleanor character starts off very Bridget Jones-ish (my favorite character!), but with some other more serious life events thrown into the mix. A lot of readers told me this one was like A Man Called Ove, but honestly, I liked this one a lot better. You pull for Eleanor. She’s endearing and charming without trying to be…she’s the underdog and you just want her to succeed. I also really liked the Raymond character a lot in this book too. He was very likable and the perfect accompaniment to Eleanor. I hear this is going to be a movie, and I bet when we watch it that it will tug at our heartstrings. It’s not a light chick-lit, it’s just a good read.
Friends, why did you make me read We Own the Sky???? Me oh my oh! Hahahaha! Oh my word. Okay, I had so many people recommend this one to me that obviously no one made me read it, but due to the number of recommendations, I felt like I needed to. And it’s brilliantly written. And the characters are so thought out and there is no void in any of them. BUT IT WAS SO SAD. Oh. So sad. This book is a complete work of fiction, but let me tell you right now, YOU WILL CRY. This book is about a couple who have a young son dying of brain cancer. Guys, it ripped my heart out. I was looking for one redeeming thing at the end of this book, but if I’m being honest, when I finished the last page, I was just more sad. It’s brilliant…and sad. And I know stories like this happen every single day…so that makes it even more sad. I don’t know what else to say…I was sobbing through this one.
The fourth book that I suggested we read together was Less…and it was ‘eh, less than I had expected. This novel isn’t bad…it just was hard for me to get into because the author writes very sing-songy (you know, in that lyrical way that some writers do), and for me, that’s harder to get in to. Plus, it has really long chapters and I prefer shorter chapters (because I typically don’t sit down and read a lot at one time), so the long chapters just seemed kind of long. Now, it’s a Pulitzer Prize winning book, so what do I know? I thought it was cute enough, the premise was fun (he’s traveling the world over in an attempt not to come to terms that his love is in love with someone else), but it didn’t just give me all the happy feels other books do sometimes. The ending was odd for me too (I had to go back and re-read it a second time) because the narrator changes kind of abruptly, so I got confused on who was saying what. It’s fine…just coming off of the book above, I needed amazing to pull me out of the darkness 😉 .
I was super, super, super excited to read B.A. Paris’ new book, Bring Me Back. (You know Paris! She’s the author of great books like The Breakdown and Behind Closed Doors.) Girls, I found myself laughing one night in bed because as I was reading this super intense thriller, I was holding my Kindle away from my face…kind of like I was afraid the words were going to jump out and get me. Hahahaha! I was lying in bed reading, but my Kindle was stretched way out in front. What in the world?! Like her other books, this novel is filled with mystery and suspense. It’s about a girlfriend that goes missing one night and then fast forward twelve years and her former boyfriend thinks she might be back. I was sucked in immediately. By the end of the first page, I was HOOKED! I texted FOUR friends and told them to read it as I was reading it. I was OBSESSED with this book to the point that I woke up extra early on a Sunday morning to finish it and you know what? IT WAS SO STUPID. There. I said it. I don’t think I’ve ever called a book stupid before, but that’s how mad I was at the end. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. This book was amazing to me until the last two pages and then I thought it was a complete waste of time and absolutely ridiculous. (If you can’t tell, I’m bitter. Hahahaha!). What made me so mad was HOW GOOD THIS BOOK WAS UNTIL THE VERY, VERY END. It’s like the author phoned in the last two pages. Urg. I’m going to be upset about this one for a while 😉 .
My last book of the month is Lysa TerKeurst’s Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl. I started reading this book in July as part of my daily quiet time and just finished it this month. I’ve read several of her books and completed many of her Bible studies and this one (that she wrote years ago) was just as good as the others. If you’re looking for a book about your Christian faith and how to become “more than a good Bible study girl”, but really live a life that God has called you to live (which will be different for everyone), then you should read this one. It’s encouraging, inspiring yet very direct at the same time. I want to live out my faith in the unique way God has called and created me, and this book definitely spoke to that.
Whew! That wraps up my August Book Review! Can you believe our summer reading is over? It’s time for all of the cozy fall reads now…which leads me to this…
…woohoo! I came up with our FALL READING LIST! These are books I’ve read in the past that I think would make excellent reads between now and Christmas. In November, I’ll share with you a Christmas Reading List too, but for now, get your Pumpkin Spice Latte, light a cider scented candle and enjoy one of these books. They’re all easy to read, happy and light chick-lit books with a little “fall” thrown into many of them. I hope you read them all!
Okay, friends, what should I be reading in September? Comment below and tell me what should be next!!
DON’T FORGET THOUGH, TODAY, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THE COMMENT SECTION ABOUT OUR FIRST FOUR BOOKS!! If you read any of the first four, let me know your thoughts in the comment section!
To see the complete list of books I read in 2016 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2017 (all 62 of them), click here.