August 2018 Reads & Reviews

Happy Monday and August 2018 reads and reviews day! Grab a hot cup of something and load up Goodreads to start your book list for the month.

August 2018 Reads & Reviews
 

My Top Picks …

the foxe & the hound by r.s. greyThe Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey (Kindle Unlimited)
frenemies-to-lovers rom-com

Give me romantic chick-lit that involves a vet and dogs and I’M THERE. 😉 It took me a minute to realize that this book is set in the same town and has character appearances from Anything You Can Do, which is my favorite R.S. Grey book. So, once that caught up with me I loved it that much more. Cute, funny and swoon-worthy – everything you’d expect from Grey’s writing.
 
when life gives you lululemons by lauren weisbergerWhen Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
third installment of Devil Wears Prada series; follows Emily and two of her suburban mom-friends

Not being a big fan of the first two books, I went into this with low expectations. Well, I devoured this book! It was so fun. Suburban insanity, over-the-top intrigue and scandal, married life realities … it’s all there and presented in a pretty relatable (but hilarious) way. You have to pay attention to the chapter names for a good laugh. Emily always was my favorite character from this series, but Miriam stole the show for this one.

still me by jojo moyesStill Me by Jojo Moyes
third installment of Me Before You Series; Louisa is on a new adventure in New York

Oh, my heart. It was happy times to finally be reunited with Louisa, and this might be my favorite of the three books. I admire Louisa’s tenacity and willingness to go out on a limb for others even if it might jeopardize her character. She’s still trying to live and honor Will’s legacy – he’s even somewhat guiding her – but it was refreshing to see that by the end of the book she was finally landing on her own two feet. And, ambulance Sam is still as adorable as ever. I’m assuming that this is the last of this series, which makes me sad because I just love all the characters so much.

Enjoyable Enough …

forever, interrupted by taylor jenkins reidForever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
woman figures out how to continue life after a whirlwind romance ends in tragedy

This was the only TJR book I hadn’t yet read, and it’s my least favorite of the bunch. Makes sense since this was her first novel, so her writing is a little whatever – like she’s trying to figure it out. Fair enough! Still what I expected from her, though – a story of love and loss and how to pick up the pieces.
 
the french girl by lexie elliottThe French Girl by Lexie Elliot
group of friends are murder suspects of a girl they met on holiday several years prior

The premise of this one was intriguing, but it was way too long and repetitive. Kate needed to stop being a self-indulgent brat and open her eyes to what was right in front of her, and  the whole thing with the dead girl’s ghost was a bit far-fetched for my mind. I didn’t have the whole thing figured out, so I appreciate the mild suspense and somewhat-surprising ending.

not so nice guy by r.s. greyNot So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey (ARC received from author, Kindle Unlimited)
best friends-to-lovers rom-com

This is exactly what we’ve come to expect and love from R.S. Grey. The dialogue between Sam and Ian is fast-paced, witty and laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end. Add in some major swoon-worthy moments, and this book is what summer reading dreams are made of. I admit that this isn’t my favorite of hers that I’ve read to-date – there needed to be a little more back-and-forth between Sam and Ian in the friendship phase instead of jumping right in, in my opinion; however, there’s no denying that this book will make you smile and simply feel good. You’ll be rooting for Sam and Ian the whole way through!

Just Okay …

the music shop by rachel joyceThe Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
down-on-his-luck record store owner falls in love with mysterious woman

Randomly picked this one up at the library because I liked the cover and sleeve description. This was a slow read. Like, painstakingly slow. I thought I was going to have to give up on it a few times. However, I enjoyed getting to know the personalities of all the characters and how their relationships bonded the whole neighborhood together. The ending gave me a lot of feels – it’s a sweet one.

the wedding date by jasmine guilloryThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
strangers meet in an elevator and agree to a weekend of pretend-dating

I think I’m in the minority group that didn’t love this book. Sorry! Did I miss the turning point when Alexa and Drew fell madly in love? Seems to me that they pretended to date for a weekend, decided to continue casually seeing each other, fight, not speak, make up, and then start the cycle over again. Only redeeming quality for me was the epilogue.

a nantucket wedding by nancy thayerA Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer
soon-to-be blended family works to figure each other and themselves out

This is a solid beach read at best. Definitely no Elin Hilderbrand, but I’ve never read any other Thayer books so maybe she has better ones. There wasn’t a whole lot of character development or explanation of the family dynamic – apparently Jane and Felicity didn’t get along growing up, but now they’re as close as can be thanks to their soon-to-be step-daddy’s million dollar Nantucket house. WHAT?! Spoiled, entitled brats. All of them, including the mother.

Currently reading: Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser and My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

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  1. shootingstarsmag wrote:

    I’ve only read Me Before You so I still need to check out the other two. 🙂

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. I had no idea that there was a second installment of The Devil Wears Prada! I need to go and find that one before I read When Life Gives You Lululemons.

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  3. i’m glad you liked the foxe and the hound! it was one of my favourites of hers. i keep hearing that Still Me was the favourite from a lot of people, which blows my mind a little. i am ‘currently reading’ it, aka i started it and then put it down a few weeks ago, i’ll get stuck into it soon though. i am curious to see if i like it as much as everyone seems to. forever, interrupted is my least favourite TJR too. i was a wee bit disappointed by not so nice guy, not gonna lie. doesn’t mean i’m not counting down the days till her next one lol. i am super bummed you didn’t love the wedding date, but oh well. thems the breaks 🙂

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    • I’m one of those people that thinks Still Me is the best in the series! I just loved it. Boo to The Wedding Date, haha. So weird when we disagree on books! I was let down some by NSNG, but doesn’t mean I don’t love R.S. Grey anymore. It was still cute enough.

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  4. Forever Interrupted wasn’t my favorite of hers, either, but it was still great. All of her books are.

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  5. Biana Perez wrote:

    So many great reads! I liked the Foxe & Hound as well – I’m pretty sure you’re the one that got me into RS Grey books! xo, Biana- BlovedBoston

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    • Yay! I just love that all her books are on KU. Makes it easy to pick one up when I’m in between others!

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  6. Kay R. wrote:

    Im hoping to get to not so nice guy this week. I knew it wouldn’t disappoint!

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  7. I’m waiting on The French Girl from the library. I hope I don’t find it slow! If it’s slow it will have to go.

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  8. LilDesiqua wrote:

    I have yet to read a TJR book, but I certainly won’t be starting with this one! Curious to hear your thoughts on Not That I Could Tell; that one is on my TBR too.

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    • Definitely jump on the TJR train! Love her books. Not That I Could Tell did nothing for me, lol. Not my favorite.

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  9. Caroline wrote:

    I will have to add Still Me to my wish list. Do you recommed reading the other books in the series though to understand the characters and the entire story? I read the Devil Wears Prada right after I graduated from college haha. It is an OK book. I will have to check out When Life Gives You Lululemons again. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • I do think you should read Me Before You and After You before Still Me … at the very least the first one so you’re familiar with the characters.

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  10. The French Girl sounds interesting! Also, do you think I need to read the other Devil Wears Prada books to read the newest one? Or jump right in?

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    • I would say at least read Devil Wears Prada so you’re familiar with the characters! I remember so little about the second one so you’re probably safe there, lol.

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  11. The Adored Life wrote:

    I admire how much you read! I’m able to keep up with podcasts but I MISS making time for this!
    The Adored Life

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  12. Debra Stachelski wrote:

    Lots of great book suggestions here, I really need to put the crocheting down and make some time to read!

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  13. Gentry wrote:

    If you need a new book recommendation I loved “All Your Perfects” by Colleen Hoover! I read it in one sitting!

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  14. Heather wrote:

    Forever Interrupted was my least favourite of her books too, but I still liked it. I’m sure we have already talked about this but Anything You can Do is my favourite R.S. Grey too! 😉 And yes to Ambulance Sam – he was so sweet in this book and I love him.

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  15. Love this fun list. You always remind me to get back to reading.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  16. I wanted to love Not So Nice Guy.. but I felt so confused by Ian mid way through! ugh. It was hilarious though, I agree about that! 🙂 I also wanted to like the wedding date more. I am excited to read more of RS Grey’s books. Anything You Can Do seems to be a popular one as a favorite! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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    • Couldn’t agree more! Still love her books, though. Anything You Can Do and The Foxe & the Hound are my favorites!

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  17. Mia- MakeMeUpMia wrote:

    Might have to grab Still Me 🙂 I just finished The Seven Husbands of Everlyn Hugo and gosh I just loved it!

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    • Yes! Absolutely loved that book. TJR can do no wrong it seems like. Hope you love Still Me!

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  18. Sounds like a lot of great books! I really need to make some more time to read and check some of these titles out. Great post!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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