What I Read Last Month (Hint: A Lot)

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I read a ton of books last month. I don’t really know how it happened. I would like to give a huge shout out to Whitney at Journey Mercies for talking about The Modern Mrs. Darcy on her blog last month, so now I am armed with a huge new list of suggestions.

If you missed it, we had a Goodreads Linkup a few weeks ago, where I also got some great new Goodreads friends and suggestions! Read the comments here for suggestions and follow me here!

Don’t forget to come back September 18 to link up your Goodreads account and tell us the best book that you read this summer!

What I Read:

The Night Circus

night circus

My Rating: *****

One word: Magical. Now go read it.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story

hypnotists love story

My Rating: ***

I was able to read this book is fewer than 24 hours. It was a quick read, which kind of read like an extended movie. There was a twist, and it was even a little bit thought provoking. It’s not my favorite book ever, but it was good entertainment.

Where’d You Go Bernadette?

where'd you do bernadette

My Rating: *****

This book was the perfect summer read. It was witty, smart, and hysterical. It was light reading, but it made some very good points. I highly recommend it!

What Alice Forgot


My Rating: ****

This novel was a quick read, which was super fun. I think that it was fun exercise in reminding us what would happen if we could live our lives with the ideals that we once had. If you have some free time and want fun, I would recommend it.

The Cuckcoo’s Calling


My Rating: ****

I liked this! It was a bit hard to follow at parts because there were a lot of characters, who were fake celebrities. The relationships between the characters were important for the story, but sometimes I couldn’t remember how people were connected. However, my migraine in the middle of the month may have significantly contributed to my confusion. I still liked the story and can’t wait to read the second in the series.

The Silver Linings Playbook


My Rating: *****

Loved this book! Wow. Even better than the awesome movie. You can read my full review here!

The Chaperone


My Rating: ***

I don’t even know where to start with what was wrong with this book. Without giving anything away, the main character learns that she is too preachy and closed minded, which gives the novel exactly that tone. The author does exactly what she rails against. The novel leaves you feeling like that if you don’t agree with the viewpoints of the the author/main character, you too, are an awful person who needs to change their ways. Also, it was a horrible audiobook, despite the fact that the wonderful Elizabeth McGovern was narrating. She has such a beautiful voice, so it was weird to cast her as a midwesterner who goes to New York. The novel starts off wonderfully and is well written, which are its redeeming qualities.

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

veronica mars thousand dollar tan lineMy Rating: *****

If you didn’t watch the entire series, plus the movie, you’ll probably be very lost and not enjoy it at all. However, if you’re a fan, it’s a great consolation prize, now that the series has ended.

All Fall Down


My Rating: ***

When this novel came out this summer, it kept showing up in all of my suggested reading lists–thanks Amazon. It got a lot of press, but I have to wonder if those people actually read the book. It was depressing as hell, which addiction is, but the ending left me with nothing. I got nothing. I wanted to know more, but it was like the author ran out of pages, so she had to wrap it up.

Jude the Obscure

jude the obscure

My Rating: ****

Ok, I know I am a little bit weird. I am a huge Thomas Hardy fan. His novels are sad and some of the characters drive me crazy, but they are so rich with social, political, and religious commentary. The most interesting part is reading them over a hundred years after they were published because I have the benefit of a hundred years of history through which to view the novels, which were scandalous and banished at his time. Sue drove me up the wall in this novel, but Hardy really did a brilliant job with this one.

Split Second (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #1)

split secondMy Rating: *****

I absolutely loved this novel. All of my friends have been recommending Baldacci’s novels to me for years because of my work background, and they know I love a good procedural crime novel. This was even better, though! I couldn’t put it down. It had the feel of a Criminal Minds episode… like when the show used to be good.

Me Before You

me before you

My Rating: *****

I read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down, either. It is so thought provoking and wonderful. Seriously. What are you waiting for? Read it.

My Cousin Rachel

my cousin rachel

My Rating: ****

I absolutely loved Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, so when I was deciding what to read next, I thought that I would try another one of her novels. This one did not disappoint at all! It’s been awhile since I’ve read a great Gothic novel, so this one fit the bill.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

the perks of being a wallflower

My Rating: *****

I’ll admit that I didn’t read this in high school when everyone else was just because I didn’t want to be like everyone else. In hindsight, I’m glad I waited until I was 26 to read it. I feel like I had my high school experience during college because I moved in the middle of high school. Additionally, I lived a pretty sheltered life until the end of college, so I’m not sure that any of this novel would have made sense to me. In college, I had a drive. I had a focus. I knew where I was going in life, and how I was going to get there. Now that I’m 26, sick, and really reevaluating things, this book actually made more sense to me than it would have 10 years ago.

Hour Game (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #2)

hour game

My Rating: ****

After I finished Split Second, I immediately wanted to read the next novel in the series, but I made myself wait a few books in between, which was a good idea. This one was still better than the current Criminal Minds episodes, but I figured out the killers halfway through the novel, even though I didn’t know their motives. Still, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read!


Ok, that was a lot. This post took days to put together. The whole time, I just kept thinking “I could be reading…,” so for September, maybe I’ll work on the post as I read the books.

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