Wrap Up: August 2016

August was full of great reads!

August was insane! We traveled to Rio to watch my brother compete in the Olympics, we came home and bought a house. Now we’re in the process of boxing up our house in Denver and getting ready for the big move to Nevada. I really thought I would have read more this past month, but I can see why I didn’t… I did manage to read 3 books and 2 comics. What I did read was fantastic! I highly recommend them all and here you’ll get a glimpse into each read, but for full reviews you can click below! This past weekend we boxed up my entire office and it makes me sad to see the empty bookshelf, but I did pull a few out. Stay tuned for my September TBR!

Buy your copies of my August reads on Amazon:

Perfectly Good Crime | FULL REVIEW

It Ends With Us | FULL REVIEW

Southern Solstice | FULL REVIEW

Rat Queens Vol 2

Lumberjanes Vol 4

Book Review: Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler

“God, you’re amazing, Larken. And now you’re my amazing.”

Definitely read! | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Southern Solstice

Overview: Larken is heartbroken when her fiancé, David, calls off the wedding and walks out of her life leaving her shaken and confused. She moves back to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and finds herself accepting a position at a doctors office where she not only finds the job rewarding and enjoyable, but it opens her eyes to a world she never knew existed.

What I loved: Immediately hooked me, the writing and descriptions, the CHARACTERS!!, an extremely well done love triangle, and that ending!

What I didn’t: A little slow in parts, wished for more of Larken’s sister and the dynamics of her in the family.

If you like Nicolas Sparks then: what are you waiting for?! Order your copy and be charmed away by this gem! Jewels on your crown 😉

For my full review of Southern Solstice, click play!

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: So Close by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

“I’d be so unbelievably lucky,” he whispered. “If you forgave me.”

Perfect read to end Summer or start Fall with | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of So Close

Amanda grew up in a trailer park where she was left to not only care for herself, but her younger siblings. With the weight of the family on her shoulders and the urge to get out, she joins Tom’s Presidential campaign. Along the way she meets Pax and Lindsay. Lindsay becomes a friend and mother figure while Pax becomes a love interest. On the campaign trail though, secrets get revealed and everything begins to crumble.

What I loved: 
The writing, all of the unexpected plot twists, and the hopeful ending!

What I didn’t: 
Amanda’s mom (ugh) and the transitions from past to present were sometimes unclear.

If you liked First Comes Love, The Assistants, The Devil Wears Prada: I think you’ll enjoy this!

For my full review of So Close, click play!

I received a copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.

Book Haul: July 2016

The book I am most thrilled about receiving this month is…

I’m about to be buried in books here! This is the second book haul I’ve shared this month. In cased you missed the first one and are interested in seeing what I picked up for my birthday, you can click here! It was like Christmas in July 😉 So many amazing books came my way, but which one am I most excited for?! It would probably have to be Swear on This Life! I can’t get enough of Renee’s writing! Have you read any of her books?

Order your copies of the August reads from Amazon:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

The Regulars by Georgia Clark

Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

The Lucidity Project by Abbey Campbell Cook

A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve

Clear to Lift by Anne A. Wilson

When In Rome by Shay Peretz



Book Review: Perfect Imperfections by Puja Mohan

Watching her find new dreams, chase them, and grow into who she wanted to be was inspiring.

Neutral | 3/5 stars | Buy your copy of Perfect Imperfections

Kim’s father passes away forcing her to grow up quickly and put her dreams aside to help support the family, but eventually her resentment surfaces and things completely fall apart. Given a few new challenges, Kim is able to open up and live again.

What I loved: 
I was invested in seeing Kim through the whole process of entrepreneurship, family relationships and values.

What I didn’t: Struggled with some grammatical errors, jumpy in a few places, and the ending did feel a bit rushed.

For my full review of Perfect Imperfections, click play!

I received a copy from the author, Puja, in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes

She now had the “perfect” life, however it quickly made her realize just how much she was wrong.

Great Summer Read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of The One That Got Away

Overview: Abbey is a mom of two who’s doing her best to balance motherhood, being the perfect wife, and work, but she’s overworked and stressed. So when she finds out her husbands business is in trouble, she’s left with more than she can handle and forced to return that gorgeous red Marc Jacobs bag she bought for herself. While attempting to make the return she ends up falling and finds herself in an alternate universe. She now has the “perfect” life, however she quickly realizes it’s not at all what it seems.

What I loved: 
How easily I connected with the main character. It was humorous, fun, and light making it perfect for Summer. Definitely had some Freaky Friday vibes! The ending was perfection.

What I didn’t: A little slow in places.

If you liked The Devil Wears Prada or Freaky Friday then: this one is for you because its a perfect mash up of the two!

For my full review of The One That Got Away, click play!

I received a copy from Hachette Books and Trisha through an Instagram giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

A beautiful and unconventional love story that will tear your heart into pieces.

Must Read | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Me Before You

Louisa Clark was perfectly content working at the neighborhood cafe, but after suddenly being let go, she finds herself in desperate need of a new job. She accepts a position as a caregiver to a quadriplegic named Will. He’s extremely unpleasant to Louisa at first, but over time their relationship changes. This is a beautiful and unconventional love story that will tear your heart into pieces.

What I loved: 
Louisa’s character (totally want to be her friend), I laughed and cried (then cried some more). It challenged my beliefs and created a full discussion between my husband and I. SO much more than just a love story…

What I didn’t: Will’s decision (but honestly, I couldn’t imagine having it end any other way.)

If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, Before We Were Strangers, or Confess then: read this NOW!

For my full review of Me Before You, click play!