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What I Learn: August + September 2021

We received two months of studying to recap at present! I’ve been a bit gradual on the studying entrance today so figured I’d mix August and September reads. I hold joking that I’m resulting from take a studying trip the place all I do is sit on a seashore and skim (a gal can dream, proper?)

As you’ll see beneath, I’ve been on a complete Colleen Hoover kick (though I believe my favourite of hers remains to be It Ends With Us which I learn in July). Her books are simply SO good and stuffed with advanced, flawed, but in addition very likable, characters.

Be happy to share any guide suggestions within the feedback or current reads you’ve beloved!

Additionally: Don’t neglect to hitch me for my first guide membership on Zoom! We’re studying and discussing The Concept of You by Robinne Lee. All the main points are right here!


What I Learn in August and September:


Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

I noticed so so many individuals posting about this guide and the way a lot they beloved it. Some individuals even went as far as to say it was one of the best factor they’ve learn since The Concept of You, which is a excessive honor in my guide. I knew I needed to learn it as properly.

This steamy romance follows long-lost highschool sweethearts reconnecting of their 30’s. Each are beloved writers, one in every of critically acclaimed literary fiction, the opposite of a cult-following romance collection. Woven in is their troubled previous collectively in addition to sophisticated mother-daughter dynamics.

The guide is laug-outloud humorous at occasions (the primary web page alone offered me) and devastatingly unhappy at others. Whereas total I actually actually preferred it, I didn’t find it irresistible as a lot as some others did. Even so, a worthwhile, very well-written, learn.

CW: Self-harm and drug abuse

My Score: 4.5/5


The Final Summer time (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares

I initially learn this guide a couple of summers in the past having grown up loving Ann Brashares’ Sister of the Touring Pants collection. I imply, what woman that hit adolescence within the ’00s did love these books!?

chunk of this guide takes place on Fireplace Island. Having now been there twice I used to be curious to reread this guide. I used to be additionally simply within the temper for a beachy learn.

Sisters Riley and Alice have spent each summer season on Fireplace Island with their summer season next-door neighbor and finest pal Paul. Now of their 20’s, the dynamic between the three is shifting. Alice and Paul are scared to confess their emotions for each other, and the place that leaves Riley as their third wheel.

There are elements of this guide I really love. The place it finally ends up going is my form of tearjerker. However I forgot how lengthy it takes to get there. Due to this, the guide feels actually gradual at occasions, such as you’re ready for one thing to occur.

guide in the event you’re craving one thing beachy or are within the temper for a tearjerker. General although it’s okay.

My Score: 3.5/5


Coronary heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

I learn this guide in a span of 24 hours. That just about by no means occurs for me. However as soon as I began this guide, very similar to others by Colleen Hoover, I couldn’t put it down.

CW: Drug abuse

An surprising demise leaves Beyah with nowhere to go besides to stick with her father she barely is aware of and his new household in Texas. There she’s welcomed with open arms by her new stepmother and step-sister, each of whom Beyah needs nothing to do with.

Her plan to fly below the radar doesn’t go as deliberate when she begins growing emotions for her new next-door neighbor, Samson. The 2 couldn’t have much less in widespread, however they begin to notice they’ve a begin connection.

This guide completely sucked me in, therefore ending it in 24 hours. I did discover the massive twist and disclose to be predictable. Even so, I beloved this guide.

My Score: 5/5


All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

After ending one Colleen Hoover guide, I couldn’t wait to get my arms on one other. I’ll say that is my least favourite of those I’ve learn by her. Whereas the others I’ve LOVED this one is simply okay to me.

CW: Being pregnant loss.

Quinn and Graham meet below the worst circumstances: Her fiances is dishonest on her along with his girlfriend. Distress loves firm and the 2 find yourself reconnecting months later. Flash ahead to a couple years, their marriage is hanging on by a string as they battle to have youngsters.

A lot of this guide facilities round infertility and the ache this causes. Whereas I completely empathize with this battle despite the fact that I personally don’t need youngsters, I struggled with the actions these characters took at occasions. It’s not dangerous, however wasn’t for me.

My Score: 3.5/5


Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

I used to be craving an excellent “back-to-school” guide for September and woah does this YA guide hit the spot. I’ve heard it completely described as Gossip Lady meets Get Out.

Niveus Academy pupil Devon Richards is shocked when he’s elected senior prefect at this elite highschool. He’s all the time tried to fly below the radar, though that’s not completely doable as one in every of two black college students as this personal college. The opposite, Chiamaka, is much less shocked to be named prefect seeing as she’s being combating her technique to the highest since day one on the college, even when that meant dropping a couple of pals alongside the best way.

Shortly after the announcement is made, the entire college receives a textual content message from somebody that goes by Aces. They reveal a giant secret… and threaten to proceed to disclose extra.

I don’t need to give away an excessive amount of as a result of this guide is filled with mind-blowing twists and turns. However wow, is it an excellent, adrenaline-filled, and ridiculous trip. Extremely advocate this guide in the event you’re in search of a not-too-scary thriller that can hold you guessing.

My Score: 4.5/5

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