What I Read In August | Dream Big & Buy The Shoes

September 12, 2016

What I Read In August

I'm so glad I got back into reading more again and I love how my list grows each month based on recommendations I find around the internet and on Goodreads.

Today I'm sharing what I read in August, and there's a good mix of a few various books that had been on my reading list for quite some time.

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love 3/5

If you are a Real Housewives of New York fan then you are familiar with Carole Radziwill, but you may not have known she wrote a book. I had this on my list for years since she mentioned it on the show and finally picked it up when the library was out of a few other things I wanted to read. I was a bit bummed with it though. Carole IS excellent at putting her feelings down, but I wasn't captivated enough. I read it consistently almost every day, but it took me weeks to finish because I wasn't fully enthralled in it. I think the part I didn't like the most was how she jumps around in the book due to the sections she puts everything into. It's a story about love and loss and it definitely was very interesting to hear the details about her husband Anthony, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and his death especially because of how strong he was. The book did get a lot of excellent reviews, so if you've been wanting to read it I would go ahead and pick it up.

The Good Girl 4/5
Holy cow. I had been hearing everyone talk about this for months and I finally picked it up from the library. I was SO looking forward to reading it based on everyone's recommendations and comments about it. The story is about a girl named Mia who comes from a very affluent family and one day enters a bar to meet her boyfriend but leaves with a stranger. A one night stand turns into a story about captivity when Colin keeps her in a secluded cabin. Detective Gabe Hoffman is put on the case of the missing daughter and stops at nothing to find her and find out why it's all happened. I don't want to say I was bored with the story, but it didn't have me dying to read more and keep me up all night like other stories have. What I did love was the final few pages of the book...I seriously got chills when it came to the ending. I re-read it three times because it was so good. The ending is enough reason to read the book, and the story is definitely a good one if you like mysteries. 

The Vegas Diaries 2/5
Another one I was SO excited to read, I think I had it on hold for at least a month at the library and rushed down there the minute it was available. I watched Girls Next Door (come on you know I love reality TV) and read her first book Down The Rabbit Hole. I didn't love her first book, actually it annoyed me how much she talked about others, blamed other women for her experiences and talked down about the people she lived with for so long. I LOVE Vegas so I really wanted to see what Holly had to say in this book. Bummer, but again I was disappointed. There were some fun mentions of secret door entrances at big restaurants which I didn't realize was a thing, but it makes sense...and talks about other sights I enjoy from Sin City. Holly really seems to enjoy complaining about everything that didn't go her way and talking ill about those around her. I understand that it's her story and she's free to speak her mind, it's just not what I like to read or would expect for someone who made a great success from being in the public eye. I would rather hear what you battled with and how you overcame any struggles you had rather than complain about the people you surrounded yourself with. This was my least favorite read last month, hence the rating.

Britt Marie Was Here unrated
Well I haven't fully rated this yet, because I have stopped reading it. I tried to start it a few times, and then when I finally did I had to stop. It wasn't making me want to pick up and read it and with how busy and overwhelmed I have been lately I thought it was best to stop it at this point and pick it up again later when I have more time to commit to getting lost in a book. I first picked it up based on the cover at the library, and I'm glad I did so I'm looking forward to reading it fully in the future.

I was a bit all over the board last month with my reads, and definitely didn't read as many books as I wanted to but I'm excited to pick up some more in the next few months and get back in the groove.

Any good recommendations for me to read next?


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