Australia, Adult Books, & A Lot of Mysteries: What I Read in August 2017

August was an important reading month for me because I hit my reading goal of at least 58 books in 2017, meaning that I had read 200 books within three years. In August,over half of the books that I picked up were adult books, two took place in Australia (which was extremely cool because I rarely read books that take place there!), and a lot of the books that I read involved some sort of mystery (or mysteries in a few cases). I read 11 books in total, which I’m pretty happy about, considering that I’m back at school for the fall semester and I know that I won’t be reading as much as a did this summer (*major sigh). As always, if I have reviewed the book, I’m just going to include my star rating and a link to my review.


Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (ARC) | 4/5 Stars

Genuine Fraud left me thinking throughout and after this mystery thriller told in reverse-chronological order from E. Lockhart. I’ll have a review coming closer to release date.

 One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid |4.25/5 Starsonetrueloves

Review: Here

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (ARC) | 5/5 Stars

I had been highlight anticipating Little Fires Everywhere since I read Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You in 2016, and Little Fires Everywhere exceeded my expectations. It was definitely one of my favorite books of 2017, and I’ll have a review to coming closer to release date.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Review: Here

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock | 5/5 Stars

Review: Here

The Thing with Feathers (ARC) by McCall Hoyle | 3.5/5 Stars

I was highly anticipating The Thing With Feathers, as our main character, Emilie, has epilepsy and must adjust from being homeschooled to attending public school. I have a review coming for The Things with Feathers next week!

FullSizeRenderWords in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | 4.75/ 5 Stars

Review: Here

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | 4/5 Stars

You could always use a Sophie Kinsella book in your life. Her books are light and funny, and My Not So Perfect Life is no exception. While a tad unrealistic at times, Katie felt really down to earth, and I loved how much glamping played into this book. I’m happy to say that the romance in this book doesn’t overtake the story, however, the story does drag at the end just to have a solution to Alex and Katie’s relationship.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty | 4/5 Stars

I’ve been so excited to finally start watching the Big Little Lies HBO mini-series, but being the reader that I am, I knew I had to read the book before starting the show. I’ll be uploading a post soon about my Big Little Lies excitement, but just know this book took me by surprise and I’m still obsessed. I’ve also started watching the TV show, which is another growing obsession.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari | 4/5 Stars

I’m super proud of myself for adding Modern Romance because I finally listened to my first audiobook! I’m going to have post all about it soon.

Passing by Nella Larsen | 3.5/5 Stars

I flew through Passing for my English class this week, and I really enjoyed this classic focused on race. I’m a bit disappointed that I had to rush through this one (super thankful though that my edition was only eighty-two pages long) in order to do my first class assignment, but I’m excited about discussing this book more in class.

Even though I didn’t count it as read, I did DNF Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco this month. I began reading Stalking Jack the Ripper at the end of the July and by the end of the first in week in August, I decided that the book was just not for me. I really wanted to like this one because so many blogs that I follow love it! In short, I had no interest in our main protagonist, I often lost track of characters, and while the book has an exciting mystery premise, I found the plot extremely slow moving. If you’re interested, I go more into my Stalking Jack the Ripper feels here.

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