Hope everybody had a great long weekend! I was able to sneak in the last of my summer reading, so I’m feeling pretty good with where I’m at with books for the year. Even though my Goodreads goal disagrees. 😉 I got to more books last month than I have in a long while, so I’m excited to share today what I read in August!
What I read in August 2020
THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett
My rating & review: 4 stars. Such a great work of fiction! It took me a minute to get into it since there’s several different stories, characters and timelines to get straight. But, more than halfway through I couldn’t bring myself to put the book down. The writing and characters were so good. It was an interesting take/view on current issues such as race, privilege, etc. A definite must-read!
THE TROUBLE WITH QUARTERBACKS by R.S. Grey
*ARC received from the author.
My rating & review: 4 stars. Okay, this was the laugh-out-loud comedy and romance I needed in my life right now! I couldn’t put it down. R.S. Grey hardly ever disappoints with her brand of humor, and it’s on display front and center in this novel. Candace, Kat and Yasmine are such a fun group of friends – their friendship and ridiculous banter with one another was so realistic and relatable that I wish they were real people! And, Logan … gosh, what else is there to say other than SWOON?! Hold onto your panties because things definitely get steamy.
SEX AND VANITY by Kevin Kwan
My rating & review: 3 stars. Snooze. I was so bored. Yes, it’s fun being swept up in a fiction tale centered around a world of opulence that most of us can’t even comprehend, but I don’t need page after page of exhausting detail about said world. Where was the drama? Character development? A solid plot? There were small glimpses of each, but I kept waiting for that something that would make me unable to put the book down.
ATOMIC LOVE by Jennie Fields
My rating & review: 3.5 stars. This started out with so much promise, but I admit that I found myself pretty bored about midway through. That said, Rosalind is a complex female character that we don’t get enough of. I found her conflicting traits of strength and fragility endearing, frustrating and interesting to read. The “love triangle” was subpar at best – there was promise there, but I wish it would’ve been better developed and took on more of a prominent role in the story.
MEET CUTE by Helena Hunting
My rating & review: 4 stars. This was cute! It passed the time just fine. Kailyn’s and Dax’s chemistry was obvious, even though some of the quirks in their relationship bothered me from the sheer ridiculousness of it – really, would you still continue to be an in-your-face fan girl if you started dating the man of your teenage dreams? It was overboard, but it did make me laugh.
PARTY OF TWO by Jasmine Guillory
My rating & review: 4 stars. A pure delight! Olivia and Max had a ton of real, relatable traits as individuals and as a couple. I was rooting for them the whole way through! There were a couple character inconsistencies that seemed off, and I much more enjoyed Max’s and Olivia’s relationship earlier in the story before they went public. The book probably could’ve been a chapter or two shorter – the constant inner turmoil/dialogue was getting repetitive, and I didn’t need to read about another dessert. I also was hoping for more from the epilogue, but it did suit the characters and nicely wrapped up their story.
Currently reading: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë