Books, Podcast, Reviews

August Books Recap

August was so bleak when it came to reading, you guys!

I was pretty much on travel the entire month and sitting down to read became almost non-existent. How I managed to even finish three books is a bit of a mystery as it is disappointing. But busy summers often lead to less reading for me. Ironic, because summers are “meant” for reading!

I actually end up reading the most in Autumn, so I’m excited to get back into a better rhythm next month and season.

Read my mini-reviews below to see if you agree, disagree, and would be interested in reading one or all!

Below is the straightforward rating system I use:

✰✰✰✰✰Loved it & had a profound impact on me!
✰✰✰✰Loved it!
✰✰✰Liked it!
✰✰Disliked it!
Hated it!

Fire Keeper’s Daughter
by Angeline Boulley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I steered clear of YA novels and other than Harry Potter, there’s no other way YA I’ve enjoyed as an adult Except for the ones I already love from my childhood and teens days. Add to that that this is a nearly 500 page book, I was a little apprehensive when this was selected as our book club pick of the month.

I am happy to report that I didn’t even have to try to enjoy it. As soon as I read the first page I was instantly hooked. The book is wonderfully written, the story is complex, other than the fact that the protagonist and every other person is in high school, nothing else screams “teen”. 

I don’t wanna say too much more. This week’s podcast episode on Read Your Hearts Out discusses my thoughts on this book. I’d love for you to check it out!


Black Coffee

by Agatha Christie, Novelized by Charles Osborne

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I was surprised when I finish the book and I didn’t love it, because it’s the first Agatha Christie book I didn’t love. Then I find out that this is actually a novelization of her play by the same title. And perhaps that had to do with why I didn’t particularly enjoy it as much as I enjoy her other works. I imagine this would’ve been quite delightful as a play. And part of the problem is I usually don’t know who the murderer is but in this case I had an inkling early on and it turned out to be correct. In mysteries, I prefer to be wrong, not right. 

but alas I didn’t hate it, I was still entertaining.


Peril at End House

by Agatha Christine

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is my second time reading House on Peril End — I’m reading all the Hercule Poirot novels in order, and with that comes quite a few re-reads. I forgot how much I loved this one! It’s just brilliant. I miss Agatha Christie. How I wish she were still alive and writing these wonderfully atmospheric murder mysteries.

But alas, her books will have to do. Even though I had previously read the book, I forgot who the murderer was until I got to the end and I’m telling you — the book is a delightful ride been the second time around!


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Total Book Count: 50

ANNOUNCEMENT: Did you know I started a short form bookish podcast? A five-minute podcast where I share with you either my favorite book or least favorite book of the week. A new episode is out every Saturday and is the perfect way to kick off your weekend!

I would love for you to listen, subscribe, and share! If you could rate/review, that would mean the world to me!

Please share your favorite summer reads in the comments below!

Remember to always Read Your Hearts Out!

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