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What I Read: July & August

Hello hello! For those of you that don’t read/aren’t looking for new books to get into you may want to just breeze on past this post. You may be more interested in my house projects or fantasy football experience thus far. But, for those of you bookworms, I’ve got a TON of great (and some not so great) books for you to check out:

Faithful Place

3.5 out of 5

Out of all of Tana French’s book this has been my least favorite so far but I still enjoyed it for the most part. Frank Mackey was 19 when he decided he was ready to leave his home and head to London with the girl he loved. They had planned to meet at The Faithful Place at midnight to set out on their new future. Except, Rosie didn’t show. Now, 20 years later, her suitcase is found from the night she was supposed to leave with Frank.

No one knows what happened to her, yet. But Frank is thrust back to his childhood home and learns quickly his family isn’t all who he thought they were.

Confess

5 out of 5

Colleen Hoover is likely one of my most favorite author’s ever. All of her books so far that I’ve read have been fantastic. This book is about a girl named Auburn who’s life is literally in shambles. She is desperately trying to restore and repair her life and goes out looking for a job where she meets Owen. Owen owns his own art studio where he allows for people to write confessions on a piece of paper and he paints what there confession looks like.

Auburn quickly realizes that in order to restore her own life and gain back that which she so longingly misses she will have to let go of Owen and cut him out of her life.

The Dry

3.5 out of 5

This was a so-so okay book. Not too boring but also didn’t move fast enough for me (if you can’t tell I love a good quick paced book that keeps me on the edge the entire time). This book centers around federal agent Aaron Folk. Aaron is summoned back to his hometown after being gone for decades after his childhood best friend, Luke, ends up dead. It just so happens that 20 years ago, Aaron was accused of murder but Luke was Aaron’s alibi.

During the worst drought of the century, Aaron and the town detective set out to figure out what happened to Luke. What they find out shocks the entire town.

What She Saw

1 out of 5

Literally one of the worst books I’ve ever read. I ended up just skimming the end of the book because I just couldn’t deal with this author/plot any longer. This book was setup to be so good. It’s about this lady, Lana, who takes a trip to Paris against her husband’s wishes for an art show. She is staying in a very posh hotel that has an entire elevator only dedicated to those with the correct “key card.” Her curiosity gets the best of her and she decides to slip into the elevator when she sees her chance. When she gets off the elevator she finds a horrifying scene of a man and woman before her.

Seriously do not even waste your time on this one it was so weird/bizarre/left WAY too many things up to question/not worth your time.

Not A Sound

5 out of 5

This was my first Heather Gudenkauf novel and it did not disappoint. This book is all about a nurse named Amelia who after a tragic accident loses her hearing. She doesn’t just loose her hearing though. She loses her job, husband, step daughter, and life she once knew. Two years after the accident she is working to restore her life with her hearing dog, Stitch. That is, until one day she comes across the body of a fellow nurse she once knew and worked with.

Amelia is determined to find out what happened to her friend and fellow nurse despite the danger she seems to put herself in. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was SO good people.

Maybe Someday

4.5 out of 5

While this has been my least favorite Colleen Hoover book so far, it was still great and I still ended up bawling like a baby at the end. This book is about a college girl named Sydney who’s life seems to be going pretty well so far. She has her long term boyfriend, a great roommate, a job she enjoys, and overall a great life. Until she finds out that her boyfriend and her roommate are sleeping together.

Sydney finds herself homeless, hurt, and confused all during the most important day for anyone, really, her birthday. Little did she know that a sweet neighbor, Ridge, would take her in when she needed help the most. Ridge and Sydney soon find that their attraction for each other begins to take over. This one was a typical “couldn’t put it down have to know what’s going to happen stay up late even though you gotta work tomorrow morning” sort of book. Worth the read for sure.

Into the Water

5 out of 5

This book is told in a few different people’s perspective’s but it is so good. So so good. The main story line is about a single mother who turns up dead at the bottom of a river that runs through town. This woman has always loved the river, the stories of people who have died in the river and so on so it surprises her daughter and sister when she turns up dead in it.

We go back through history while two local cops work to find out what really happened. This is one of those books where you think you know who did it and then you are totally taken aback. You literally find out at the veryyyyyy end who actually did it and it shocked me. Literally I finished and was like WAIT WHAT?! It’s a good one folks, definitely pick this one up if you haven’t already.

 

Overall this month here’s what you should read:

Confess

Not a Sound

Into the Water

If you have time read:

The Dry

Faithful Place

Don’t read and definitely skip out on:

What She Saw

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  • Holly Osborn

    I love books that keep me on the edge of my seat! Can’t wait to read “Not a Sound”!

    • It is sooooo good!! I definitely recommend it!