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

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My Rating: *****

One word: Magical. Now go read it.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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My Rating: *****

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

The Chaperone

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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!

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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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28 Comments

  • socalledhomemaker | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    WOW! I am super impressed by the length of this post because it means you read a TON! You go girl!


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      Hahaha I guess I read to distract myself. Some were kind of short.


  • Lacey Jones | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    That’s a LOT of reading!!! You’re awesome!


  • Jenna Brussee | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    Wow, you did read a lot! I LOVED the Silver Linings Playbook movie, and I’ve been meaning to read the book. Thanks for the reminder.


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      You should definitely read the book. It is a lot different from the movie and the characters have more layers.


  • Ashlen Mathew | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    Next time I’m looking for a good book I’m going to have to use this post for reference! That said I’ve already borrowed a new book from my mom after I saw it recommended during your goodreads linkup. I’m not even going to try and keep up with your pace!


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      Hahaha I read too much. My husband is always asking how many books I’ve read each week, which only makes me want to out-do myself.


  • Amy Simcox | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    Wow, girl – you did read a lot! I’m a little envious, I have to admit 🙂 I am also a Thomas Hardy fan, I read Jude in college and just loved it. I’m adding the Night Circus to the top of my reading list!


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      I never had to read any Hardy for school. I read Tess of the D’Urbervilles over break once because a teacher mentioned it in passing–mentioned that it had been banned! So, of course I had to read it and figure out why it had been banned.


  • Nina B | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    I need to read silver linings playbook


  • Southern Komfort Blog | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    Dang girl, you read a lot! I’m going to have to check out a few of these books and download them. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!


  • Rebecca Chapman | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    Remind me not to challenge you to a reading contest. Goodness! I’m still reading Middlesex but when I’m done I am going to be reading Perks Of Being A Wallflower or Me Before You.


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      Both Perks and Me Before You were good. Me Before You was excellent. I couldn’t put it down. I need to read another by that author!


  • Martha Kate Stratton | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    I absolutely loved Perks of Being a Wallflower and Me Before You. Those are the only two I’ve read out of these, so I’m excited to read some of the others! Thanks for the suggestions!


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      Some of the books, like What Alice Forgot, are quick reads. The Maxwell & King Series books were longer, but really intriguing, so I read them pretty quickly.


  • Amy | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    You go girl! Wow, what a list! I want to read a few of these you have mentioned especially Me Before You. Thanks for this post and your recommendations.


  • Stacia | September 5, 2014 | Reply

    Almost all of these are on my to read list! (The rest are getting on there RIGHT NOW!) I have read The Thousand Dollar Tan Line and loved it. It was a lot of fun. I actually listened to the audiobook, which was super fun because it was read by Kristen Bell.


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      WHAT?!? I should have checked the audiobook!!! The only reason I didn’t get the audiobook was that I didn’t want to hear someone else’s voice! I thought it was written so well that I could hear the characters’ voices in my head anyway. But, I’ll be on the lookout for who the reader is when it comes out next month!


  • amy | September 6, 2014 | Reply

    YES!! I love these posts!! Thank you for sharing…I’ve saved a lot of these into my Amazon wishlist. 🙂 Also, I’m super jealous of all you read!


  • Jenn | September 7, 2014 | Reply

    I’m bummed about your review of The Chaperone because I just bought it (okay, it was $3 so really, whatever) and know we seem to have really similar taste in books. Hmmm… But so glad you loved Perks and Me Before You! 😀


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      I keep running into books that start off great, but then just have endings that come out of left field. It’s like, “where did that even come from?” I don’t know. The Chaperone just felt like that. But I Perks and Me Before You were awesome reads!


  • Alicia | Jaybird Blog | September 7, 2014 | Reply

    WOW you did read a lot! I couldn’t put ‘Me Before You’ down either. Also, I was a big fan of Veronica Mars, though I didn’t find the series until after it had already concluded, but I still haven’t watched the movie! I might need to stream it as a reward once I wrap up a busy week.


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      Oh, definitely watch the movie! I didn’t watch the show until it came out on Amazon Prime for streaming, either. I finished it just in time for the movie. I would have preferred the show to go on, of course, but the movie and the book were great! I can’t wait for the next book!


  • Rebecca Petersen | September 9, 2014 | Reply

    I agree with you about All Fall Down. It seems like the book ended too soon. I wish their had been more detail about her recovery process and what happened afterwards.

    I LOVED Me Before You. I couldn’t put it down either! I highly recommend one of her other books “The Girl You Left Behind”. I couldn’t stop thinking about that book after I finished it.


    • Sarah | September 11, 2014 | Reply

      Ohhhh I was just trying to decide what to read next. I might have to read The Girl You Left Behind!


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