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August Book Roundup

As we tread further into September its time to reflect on all of the reading I've done over the past month. Compared to July, which was not a big reading month for me, August was a month in which reading exploded for me. According to my reading goal tracker on Goodreads, I have read a total of 35 out of my goal of 50 books, which puts my ahead in my reading goal. I have honestly read more than that as I don't track every book I read on good reads, and I have read more than one steamy little kindle number, but that is beside the point.

Anyway, August was a big reading month. Let's get into it.

5 Star Books

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall, and The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory. You can find my full and original reviews here and here. So these two books are in two opposite directions with Hood Feminism being non-fiction and The Wedding Party being romance novels. But that's always a good thing. I enjoyed the realism of Hood Feminism and the ways that it made me think of my own feminism both privately, and in my career as a social worker. There is a need for diversity within feminist circles and within the movement. I can go on and on about that sort of thing for days, so I will stop there. Honestly, the last book that I read in August, The Wedding Party was just adorable and is leading me to a series of romance novels which is always fun to be able to expand my ever-growing reading list and grow my ever-growing to-be-read pile.

4 Star Books

Midnight Sun by Stephine Meyer is my one 4 star read for the month of August. You can find my original review on Midnight Sun, here. Ugh while Edward annoyed the hell out of me with his emo-ness throughout the novel, I loved the darkness and the realism of Midnight Sun compared to Twilight. And honestly, this was a cute nostalgic read that brought me so much joy. That's the facts about that.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

3 Star and 3 Star Ish books

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Bridal Bootcamp by Meg Cabot, and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver which was my one 3.5 star read. You can find my original reviews of these novels here, here, and here. Anyway, Bridal Bootcamp was a short and quick read, and I ended up rating it a 3 because I had nothing else to rate it as. It was okay, just okay. Mexican Gothic was a little bit of a tougher read for me as I always struggle with the horror and thriller genre because of the type of reader that I am. However, the plot twists and turns with those mushrooms is not only unexpected but downright sickening in an exciting way that I personally didn't expect from a novel. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, which was my only 3.5 star read for the month, left me a roller coaster of feelings from bored, excited, and concerned. The only book out of this group that I think is the most viable is The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. Bridal Bootcamp was a start to a series, and when I attempted another book in the series I couldn't get through it, so we will not be seen any more of those books anytime soon.

In the end, August was a great reading month for me and I was able to complete a total of 7 books officially and at least another two unofficially. As always, stay tuned for more book reviews, and the eventual September book round up!

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