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August 2019 Reads – My Book Choices

I have fallen back in love with the library. Books? For free? Yes please. Our library is also fine free, which is great because I forget a lot of things. So I went in and checked out three books and requested two that were back ordered. Naturally, because I’m walking Murphy’s Law, the two on hold came in immediately. So, here I stood, with five entire books to finish in less than a month.

Luckily, I managed to finish them ALL the day before they were due. I literally felt like I ran an Olympic marathon, I had achieved the impossible. So, now I can write five book recommendations for you to read this upcoming crisp, 90 degree, humid, fall. Because I honestly don’t believe we’ll have cool weather ever again.

My five August books and teacup

My Five Book Reviews

1. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan; 2. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz; 3. The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx; 4. Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris; 5. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  1. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. This sounds like a self help book, but it is totally not. Marina Keegan had just graduated Yale when she was killed in a car accident. She was a writer at Yale and had aspirations of continuing writing post graduation. Her parents and mentor published a selection of her fiction and non-fiction works after her passing. Her short stories are gripping and heartfelt and her non-fiction articles are honest and real. This is a must read for everyone once in their life. If anything read her last published piece about graduation; The Opposite of Loneliness.
  2. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz. This is definitely my least favorite on my list. I’m not even sure I would recommend it, but it was a really quick and easy read. It follows a main character who is trying to escape from a tragedy in her past, making her adopt different identities until it all becomes too much. There are a couple good twists in here, the big twist is a little predictable, but the small ones are worth it.
  3. The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx. This is a MUST read for everyone ever. With the opioid epidemic at all time high, it is a privilege to be able to read the mind of one of the biggest heroin addicts ever (he died TWICE). It takes you through a year in life told by Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue from his journal. It is a first hand account of how the mind of an addict works and truly shows if he can get clean, anyone can get clean. This is one of the most important books I have ever read.
  4. Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris. I thought I was going to hate this book. The premise seemed too obvious, they seem too perfect and something must be wrong, blah blah blah obviously the husband is the worst. I could not put this book down. It is so much more than it seems, it’s so dark and keeps you on the edge of seat the entire time. This was probably my favorite of the three mysteries.
  5. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. If you read my last book post, you know I’m a slut for Ruth Ware. She writes in a way that rivals Gillian Flynn. So many twists and turns, you think you know whats going on, and then the next chapter you have no idea. This book was more twisty than expected, and even though it’s not my favorite of hers, its well worth the read!

There you have it!

close up of the five books

I know it’s not at all possible for everyone to read this much. Honestly, I should have been doing other things too, but I had to prove to the librarians that I wasn’t no bitch and I could handle everything I checked out. However, I think reading is really important, even if you just do ten minutes a day! Give your body a chance to relax, and let your mind wander away from your everyday problems.

So grab the glass of wine/tea/coffee and give your body and mind the break it deserves. And its entertaining!


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