Reading Update – August 2020

Trust me, you did not miss much by me not doing a July one of these, because I hardly read anything in July. But August was definitely better in terms of reading for me.

In fact, like I mentioned in my last post, I finished my 2020 reading challenge! With 4 months to spare!! It’s a proud moment for me. It means that I can hopefully surpass that goal by many books, and I might decided to go for 25 books instead of 20 next year if I manage to read that many this year, which I hope I will. I mean, 5 books in 4 months? Easy.

Anyways, like I said, I didn’t finish any books in July, only read a few pages of a book, but in August I managed to finish 3 books and read a few chapters of book number 4 which I hope to finish in September. Speaking of books I want to read in the upcoming months, I am already planning my autumn/winter TBR for the last 3 months of the year, and I am freaking excited about all the cold weather books I have in my collection. I have some creepy ones, a Christmas one, some nostalgic books. Yes, very excited about my upcoming TBR, but that’s for another post.

For now, let’s see what I read in August.

An Almost Perfect Holiday – Lucy Diamond

Down in Cornwall, the sun is shining and Lorna’s three holiday cottages are fully booked. Em’s in the first one, with her blended family – fingers crossed they’re still together by the end of the fortnight. Maggie’s next door with her bolshy teenage daughter hoping that some sea air and sunshine will reunite them.
And then Olivia arrives in need of sanctuary, only to be confronted with memories from the past – and secrets that have been buried for too long.

Everyone longs for a sunny escape – but will this summer holiday be too hot to handle?

After not really reading for a whole month I picked up this book one hot summer morning, and it was all I needed to get back into reading. This book was truly the PERFECT summer read for me. A little bit romantic, a little bit dramatic, mostly very sweet and heartwarming and just a lovely easy read. I liked the characters, how it follows just a few different women on their summer in Cornwall, with all the struggles they are going through. I liked the writing style a lot as well, it was easy to follow, easy to lose yourself into on a sunny afternoon. The story was sweet and felt kind of realistic for a summer read like this and I found myself not wanting to put it down. And so I finished it in one weekend, which felt really good. I definitely want to check out more of Lucy Diamond’s books for other summers, because this is the type of book I crave every year. Good thing she has many books like it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Boyfriend Project – Farrah Rochon

Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah – along with his two other “girlfriends” London and Taylor – have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next sic months investing in themselves. No men and no dating.

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe a little too good to be true?

I was so excited to reading this book, but I honestly didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. It was a pretty fun read, but the writing style wasn’t entirely for me, the story wasn’t entirely my thing and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I’d hoped. I definitely struggled getting into the book and wasn’t looking forward to reading it like I do with some other books. I am glad I finished it in the end, it was entertaining enough, but I’m just not blown away by it. Maybe my expectations for the book were just a little too high, and maybe I would’ve liked it more if I hadn’t been so overly excited to read it, who knows. Will I check out the next book that might come in the series? I don’t know yet.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Something To Tell You – Lucy Diamond

When Frankie stumbles upon an unopened letter from her late mother, she’s delighted to have one last message from her… until she reads the contents and discovers the truth about her birth. Brimming with questions, she travels to York to seek further answers from the Mortimer family, but her appearance sends shockwaves through them all.
Meanwhile, Robyn Mortimer has problems of her own. Her husband John has become distant, and a chance remark from a friend leads Robyn to wonder exactly what he’s not been saying. Dare she find out more?
As for Bunny, she fell head over heels in love with Dave Mortimer when she first arrived to the city, but now it seems her past is catching up with her.

As secrets tumble out and loyalties are tested, the Mortimers have to face up to some difficult decisions. With love, betrayal and dramatic revelations in the mix, this is one summer they’ll never forget.

Did I say I wanted to read more Lucy Diamond books? Well, as you could’ve seen in my last book haul, I did. I picked up another one, and i have to say, I think I found my new summer author. This was just like her other book: an easy, sweet read that I couldn’t put down. Likable characters, a story that felt pretty realistic as far as sweet summer reads go. At times it was a little sad or frustrating, and I definitely had moments that I wanted to smack a character in the face for being dumb and mean, but that just means I actually feel for the characters in the book and connected with them. The book mostly just made me smile and warmed my heart, and I stayed up until 3 am so I could finish it in a weekend. I will 100% be picking up more books by Lucy Diamond for next summer. A good book to reach my reading goal with.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Starr Carter’s world is shattered when she is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

And lastly, the book I started reading but haven’t finished quite yet. My thoughts so far.. I don’t really know. It is a good book, but I do struggle with reading it. Partly because I am a little bit out of practice with YA books, and partly because I don’t often read very real, raw books, and I feel like this is definitely one of those. I feel like, so far, it seems like it is a well written book for teenagers, like, you really feel like you are in the mind of a teenager with the writing style and everything, which I like because it is written for teenagers. But is a little harder for me for some reason, because I am not really used to it anymore. I am determined to read this though, and will hopefully finish it in September.

And now we have come to the end of my little reading update. I am happy, I did well this month, and it just pleases me immensely that I finished my reading goal for the year. I hope I will do as well with my little September reading challenge, we shall see..

Thanks for stopping by ❤