That’s a Wrap | August 2019

This is a series of posts I will write at the end of each month to give you a quick sum up of all the books I read. August pulled me out of my reading slump. I re-read the Harry Potter series at the beginning of the year and was just having a really hard time getting back into anything else.

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The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs – Patricia B. McConnell


Y’all are probably laughing about this one but we got our German Shepherd mix, Remy, at the end of June and our trainer recommended this book. Honestly, every dog owner should be forced to read it.

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn


I read Sharp Objects last year and shortly after bought Dark Places but it took me this long to read it. I love Gillian Flynn but this was a little slow to start. Great twist and kept me hooked once I got into it.

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert


I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone who asks. The only reason it got 4 stars is because I just wanted more out of the ending

The Alice Network – Kate Quinn


This was a joy to read from start to finish. A story of true heroism. I wanted to befriend every woman in this book. If you haven’t read it already, do it now.

The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas


Can someone help me understand why it took me so long to read this one? It was absolutely INCREDIBLE. It made me laugh, cry, and want to dance. What a well written piece of art. To be able to talk about such hard topics in a positive light, especially with what’s going on in our world right now, is truly inspiring.

Final Girls – Riley Sager


This book blew my mind. So many twists and turns. I thought I had it all figured out and then, BAM, no you don’t. If you like psychological thrillers, I highly recommend this one.

Book Review | City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert


“When women are gathered together with no men around, they don’t have to be anything in particular; they can just be.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls

City of Girls is written as a letter from the main character, Vivian, to Angela, the daughter of a man we quickly find out has some kind of relationship with Vivian. Most of the story is based in New York City where Vivian lives with her Aunt at the Lily Playhouse. There’s drama, sex, laughs, and cries.

I have to start by saying, I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator did a phenomenal job of expressing the characters. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book. The parts at the Lily had me completely hooked. I loved that Vivian and many of her friends were early adopters of women in empowerment and had control over their bodies. This is unlike most of the novels I’ve read about the 1940s with the characters being prim and proper women or heroes. Elizabeth Gilbert did such a wonderful job of describing the Lily that I felt like I was in the playhouse with the characters. The reason I gave the book four stars is that the end felt extremely rushed to me. It felt completely displaced from the first part of the novel that went well in-depth into Vivan’s life. Besides that, it was a great read!