August has been a wild month. At this point we are just taking everything one day at a time. We participated in ARC August this month and will have wrap up posts coming soon. But, you can see what our goals were here.
To quote our girl Taylor Swift, “August slipped a way into a moment in time”
We consume so many books in a month, that we don’t always get the chance to talk about all of our favorites. So, we’ve decide to set aside a monthly post specifically for talking about our favorite reads that would have otherwise flown under the radar.
So, Things You Save in a Fire happens to be the only non-ARC I finished this month, but I’d still totally be writing about it, if it hadn’t been. It was actually a reread, via audiobook, and I quite enjoyed all the Bostonian accents! (Especially since I’d forgotten that 90% of the characters have them, since my first read.) Basically, the story follows Cassie as she starts over at a tough, old school Boston firehouse, where she can look after her ailing mother. I really enjoyed revisiting Cassie’s story and seeing her striving to one-up the guys at every turn. Quite entertaining. I also liked that the romance wasn’t the main plot of the story, but took more of a backseat to the events of Cassie’s life. I actually wrote a full review for this book last year, which you can find here, if you’re interested.
So I guess I officially am in a book slump thanks to the mediocre books I read this month. I mean there is nothing wrong with a three star book, but dang after awhile I want something that is better, you know? My favorite read this month (aka the only book I rated higher than 3.5 stars that wasn’t a reread) was One to Watch, but I wrote a full review of that one here. Another book that impacted me, was Untamed by Glennon Doyle. I do not rate memoirs anymore so there is no star rating. But, I was seriously impacted by this book. I was crying by like page five and the audiobook was amazing. There are quite a few negative reviews for this one, and honestly I get it. But, as always with books that are a bit memoir and a bit essay collection, the balance can be off and people get upset by the lack of inclusion or the over inclusion of certain topics. I personally felt very validated by much of what Glennon talked about and appreciated everything she discussed related to empathy and overcoming her additions. I have not read any of her prior books so maybe that increased my enjoyment? Either way, I followed her on Instagram and her and her wife are the cutest! I did not realize until halfway through that the Abby she is married to is ABBY WAMBACH. Even I who know nothing about soccer, know who she is. So that was fun. Anyways, if you do read this book, I highly recommend the audio.
Thanks for reading! What was your favorite read of the month?
xoxo, Bree & Tree