Book of the Month: A Novel Idea – August 2018

Hey y’all —

I cannot believe August is already over. With that said… another month, another book review. This month, I was able to read 3 books. Keep reading to hear (er, read) which book and my thoughts about said book!

Here is a list of my previous Books of the Month posts:

January

March

April

July

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The first book I read during the month of August was Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. I have read good things about the author, Kinsella, so I decided to grab one of hers to read. This one was a little out of my comfort zone/usual genre — as I typically gravitate towards thrillers, mysteries and suspenseful novels. But, as the saying goes, you miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don’t take. With that being said, I decided to try Wedding Night out.

Wedding Night summary (courtesy of Goodreads.com): Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.

Prior to reading it, I read reviews (like I always do). I’ve learned that other peoples’ reviews can sway my decision to read or not to read. I should probably work on that because we all have different things we are looking for in a book. While most of the reviews that I read were not all that positive (2 out of 5 stars), I decided to read this one. And, I’m glad I did! I thought this was a quick, cute read. Maybe it’s because I’ve never read another Kinsella book so I had no expectations? Maybe it’s because I actually enjoyed the book?


The second book I read was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I started this one in anticipation for going back to school. Towards the end of last semester, I started throwing crap (classwork, books, clothes, etc.) everywhere and not giving it a proper location. When I came home for the summer, I continued doing this. As a result, I’ve lived in a constant state of clutter for about 5 months. This is very unlike me, and, truthfully, has caused me a lot of stress.

This book was available on my library’s OverDrive, so I snagged it to see what it was about, hoping that I’d be able to implement the findings in my daily life. After reading, do I think it was helpful for me? No. Do I think I’ll benefit or implement the teachings into my life? Probably not. Could it potentially help somebody else? Absolutely.

I’m not saying I loved it. I’m also not saying it was horrible. Interesting (and potentially unrealistic) is the word I’ll give it.


Finally, I read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This book is YA fiction, which I didn’t initially realize. I’m not typically a fan of YA romance novels, so, had I initially known, I probably wouldn’t have read it. BUT… I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Everything, Everything summary (from GoodReads.com): My disease is as rare as it is famous. I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. But then one day, I look out my window, and I see Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

You can’t really write an in-depth review without giving away the whole story. But, what I will say is that Everything Everything was more than I expected. It was a quick read that has a few twists that will leave you grasping for more. I loved the development of the characters and truly felt for each of them (Maddy, her mom, etc.). Great read!

What books did you read this month? I’d love to hear!

 

 

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