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.


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Book Review | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

★★★★★

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

What took me so long to read The Hate U Give? Now that I’ve read it, I have no idea! Starr lives with her mother, father, and two brothers in Garden Heights. A neighborhood full of violence, gangs, and now, police brutality. Starr has witnessed this violence first hand her whole life and is ready to speak up against it.

First, I have to commend the person who narrated the audiobook, Bahni Turpin was fantastic. I loved the voice of this book. It’s written from Starr’s perspective and it has its typical teenage girl moments. I love all of the pop culture and music references that are thrown in. I often found myself humming the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If you’ve read the book, you know why.

The relationship between Starr and her father Maverick may be one of my all-time favorites. You can just feel the love they have for one another. And when Starr does something Maverick knows she shouldn’t be doing but wants to commend her for it, you can just feel it in the narrative. In reality, all the relationships in this book are ones you can relate to on a personal level. Consider the relationship between Hailey, Maya, and Starr. Hailey is that friend we’ve all had who somehow manages to get you to do whatever she wants. Hailey and Maya conquering this as teenagers is something we all had to go through.

This book made me laugh and definitely made me cry. There wasn’t one moment I wasn’t completely hooked into. Thomas did a great job of taking really tough topics and making them digestible for both young readers and adults. This one is a must-read for anyone. I still can’t believe it took me this long to read it. It was brilliant.

You can find The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas on Amazon.

“People say misery loves company, but I think it’s like that with anger too.”

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Product links are affiliate links with Amazon. I always choose the lowest priced item for you. If you purchase through my link I receive a small commission so I can buy more books and get you more content!

All opinions are my own.