August Wrap-Up

Happy September! I know we’re over a week into the month, but I can’t believe summer is really ending. August definitely ended up being a crazy month.

On the 31st, I got ENGAGED! So that was definitely the highlight of the month for me.

I read some, but not a lot, and watched movies/TV shows that I’ve already rounded up in my weekly posts, so here’s a quick look at the books and blogs I loved this month.

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (4 stars)

shoe dog by phil knightI liked this memoir about the founder of Nike and his beliefs, but he annoyed me after a while. He was definitely a hands-off manager, but I felt like he let some of the most dedicated people flounder while he ignored their requests for support and help.

Definitely an interesting memoir though, especially considering all the news surrounding them lately.



The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (3.5 stars)

I liked this one, though not as much as a lot of other people did. The half of the book that took place in the 80s and focused on the main friend group and relationships was amazing, but the alternating chapters set in 2015 in Paris could have been completely left out, or covered in an epilogue in my opinion. They dragged and slowed down the book for me overall.

Still definitely worth reading, especially if you like character-driven books!



A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (4 stars)

After putting this one down a million times, I tried the audiobook and ended up loving this one! Frederik Backman writes some of the best characters I’ve ever read. If you didn’t like the physical book, I would definitely recommend the audio for this one.




Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (5 stars)

where the crawdads sing by delia owensDefinitely the best book of the month by a mile. Where the Crawdads Sing is beautifully written and completely lived up to all the great things I’d heard about it. It’s the September pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club, and the perfect reason for everyone to read it!




A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne (2 stars)

Oh man. I was SO excited for this book, to say the least. The first chapter or so was great, and it went … extremely down hill from there. This book was full of terrible characters and plots that made no sense at all. I was convinced it would get better but was ready to give up less than halfway through. AHH man. Is this the same John Boyne who wrote The Heart’s Invisible Furies? I can’t believe it.



Best Book of the Month: Where the Crawdads Sing

BOTM Pick: The Line That Held Us by David Joy

Other Posts I Loved:

10 Contemporary Books I’d Love to See on School Curriculums @ Sarah’s Bookshelves

9 Thrillers Like Sharp Objects @ Bustle

7 Memoirs to Get Cozy With This Fall @ She Reads

What did you read this August?

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  1. Congratulations! How exciting.

    Thank you for clarifying my feelings about The Great Believers! I have yet to review it because I didn’t love it but couldn’t quite figure out why. It’s that the current Fiona is so different then the 80s Fiona nad it just didn’t add up, so I too, would like the second half gone.

    My August reading was roller coaster so I’m happy that so far Sept has started out strong. I’ve had a 5 star book (The Pasha of Cuisine) which I haven’t had in a while.