What I Read in August 2019

August was a good reading month in terms of variety. I read a thriller, a romance, a non-fiction book, a couple general women’s fiction books, and a historical fiction. I usually try to switch up the genres and categories so I don’t get bored and all the books don’t start to sound the same.

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him - What I Read in August

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

This was an interesting thriller about neighbors. Right from the start, you know who the killer is. The story is about how to turn the killer in and maybe prevent him from killing anyone else. But the only person who knows the truth is not reliable (in other people’s points of view) and no one believes her. Then there’s a twist at the end. I did not predict the twist, so it was interesting!

Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

What I Read in August - Matchmaking for Beginners

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

It was a good, lighthearted story but I didn’t love the main character. I guess she’s supposed to be realistic and relatable but maybe I just didn’t relate. If this is on your to-read-list then definitely still read it because plenty of people loved this book!

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

I was a little nervous about reading this book because of the mixed feelings I’ve read from other people. But I enjoyed it. I think knowing the background about the book helped (that it’s nonfiction that reads like fiction, it’s about these three women’s desires, and the author’s note at the beginning). I wish there were more conclusions in the end, but I guess these women’s lives aren’t over yet, so there can’t be any real conclusions/endings.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What I Read in August - What Alice Forgot

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

I LOVED this book! My favorite from Liane Moriarty that I’ve read. Not only did I like the story itself but also how it made you think about your own life. Highly recommend! I think this would be a good book for a book club, too.

I think this book is better received by people who have at least gone through their 20’s already. I know I’m not all the way there yet, but I could relate to it even from my perspective. The book also made me think about the next ten years. Basically, the age of the reader will help the reader relate to the story unless the reader is too young.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

During the first half of the book (and it’s a pretty long book), I considered putting this book down. It wasn’t as interesting as other WWII books focused on women that I’ve read before, like The Alice Network and The Nightingale. I think that’s because it was switching from three different characters, rather than focusing on one, so each story didn’t develop as well as it could have.

I liked the second half better. I also noticed that in the second half, instead of chapters going from girl #1, #2, #3, sometimes one girl would get several chapters in a row. I think this allowed those stories to have better continuity. 

The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker

The Shortest Way Home - Miriam Parker - What I Read in August

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

What wine lover wouldn’t want to work at a winery in California? I liked this light read for a break between other books, even though all the Instagram posts in the book made me cringe but were probably realistic.