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August Reads

Admittedly, I have been slacking in the reading department. And then I found out I was pregnant and about the only thing I’ve really had energy to do during my free time is read books. I guess that’s one advantage to feeling constantly exhausted. Thankfully we’re creeping into the second trimester which has brought more energy to do things that I enjoy (like updating this blog) and things I don’t really enjoy but need to do anyway (like cleaning and organizing my house).

I’ve read three books recently, on top of my weekly What To Expect When You’re Expecting readings. We’ve slowly started to purge and declutter our home in preparation for baby plus ALL THE BABY THINGS so I drastically reduced the amount of books on my shelves. I was really honest with myself and got rid of books that I knew I wouldn’t read or that I didn’t enjoy reading. It was tough to get rid of so many books but I feel so much lighter, literally and figuratively. I’ve vowed to utilize the local library more (finally paid them the $12 I’ve owed for overdue books since 2010) and start reading more eBooks. We’ll see how this new literary push goes.

The three books I’ve recently read have been really good and really different. I branched out and read a thriller, which isn’t my usual cup of tea.

After You by Jojo Moyes – ★★★★★

SPOILER! Don’t read this if you don’t want me to spoil Me Before You or After You. Sorry, there’s really no way around it.

I was hesitant to read this sequel to Me Before You because I enjoyed the first so much. But I’m glad that I finally read through it. After You picks up after Will’s death and follows Lou as she grieves and tries to find herself again. She learns a secret about Will’s past and confides in Sam, a newfound friend. I think this book did great justice to Me Before You and while I didn’t cry my eyes out, I enjoyed it just the same.

Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – ★★★★★

I’ve admitted before that I’m the worst Harry Potter fan in the world because I haven’t actually read through the entire series. What makes this omission worse is that I have all of the books in both hardback and eBook version. But I’ve vowed to finish the series before March because I very well can’t bring a child into this world and teach them about the magical world of Harry Potter without having fully experienced the magic myself.

To be honest, I don’t know why I’ve waited so long. Every single book in this series is good; I know this without even having read all of them. Goblet is the beginning of a very dark era and I know that the books will only become harder to read. But I’m ready to feel the emotions and experience the triumphs. I think.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins – ★★★★☆

There’s been a lot of talk about this book since it was released in 2015. With the movie coming out in October, I thought I would see what the hype is all about. And I get it. I can also see why this book is compared to Gone Girl because the nature of the books are similar even if the topics are different. But The Girl On The Train had me glued until the very end. I had to know what happened! Also, Rachel made me want to quit drinking forever. If you like suspense type books, you should really enjoy this book.

What have you been reading lately? Follow me on Goodreads to keep up with my reading progress.

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2 thoughts on “August Reads”

  1. I haven’t read any of the Jojo Moyes books and I’m kind of hesitant to? I have no idea why haha. I loved Girl on the Train and I can’t wait for the movie. If you’re looking to get more eBooks check out the recent post I wrote about how to get them for cheap or free. I rarely pay full price for an eBook and usually no more than $6 – unless its something I REALLY want.

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