What I Read August

Despite having spent most of July and the first week of August on Everybody Rise, I’m proud to say that I’m still one book ahead of schedule on my goal to read 40 books in 2016. After I got through that first book, my reading picked up a lot this month.

Everybody Rise ★★★★☆

I had mixed feelings about this book, but ultimately I did enjoy it. Despite hating the main character, Evelyn, for the large majority of the story, I still wanted things for work out for her. And wanting that for her made me want to keep reading. It did get off to a slow start, and it took me almost a month to finish reading it.

The Siren ★★★☆☆

I LOVED The Selection series by Kiera Cass. And this book hasn’t gotten great reviews. But instead of listening to those and skipping this one, I wanted to read it for myself anyway. I should have listened. It’s a mythological novel about a group of sirens living among the morals. And while it’s an okay read, it isn’t anything special or worth talking about.

The Girls ★★★★☆

I really enjoyed reading this. I’ve seen mixed reviews, but I loved seeing a cult based on the perspective of a 14-year-old girl who’s in and out of the group. It kept me hooked from the beginning as Evie Boyd transitions between her present-day life and her past.

I’m starting Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children now. What did you read this month?

  • The Girls is definitely on my list. I’ve been meaning to pick it up for MONTHS.
    Right now, I’m reading Bossypants by Tina Fey, but I recently read The Girl in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – FANTASTIC!
    I enjoyed the Peculiar Children trilogy, but had some mixed feelings about certain things, so I can’t wait to see your review!

    • If you have any interest in Charles Manson-like cults, you’re going to love The Girls! I’m on the wait list at my library right now for The Girl in Cabin 10 so I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much! I’ll keep you on updated on my thoughts of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

      • Yes. I’ve heard the Girls is very comparable to Manson’s cult. I hope you get The Girl in Cabin 10 soon. I literally read it in just a day. (SO GOOD!)

  • I was taking forever to read a book this past month too, but I ultimately decide that I just needed to take a break and move on. I’m glad that you ended up enjoying Everybody Rise though, and I still need to read The Selection series. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

    • You definitely need to read The Selection series! But I would say don’t bother with The Siren.

  • I haven’t read any of these, but The Girls looks so interesting. I just added it to my to-read list. I love books like that. I’m a little bit behind on my reading goal but I also abandoned a book about 150 pages in earlier this month. I just couldn’t do it. It was the first time I ever did that because I usually feel obligated to finish, but I decided to stop wasting my time on books I don’t like! Thanks for the recommendation and for linking up!

    • I’m the same way. I almost never abandon a book I’ve started because I feel like if I took the time to start it, I may as well get through it. I hope you love The Girls!

  • The Girls had me hooked as well! It’s crazy how brainwashed people can get in those cults but it kept me turning the pages haha

    • It’s so crazy! I loved that it was told from the perspective of someone who wasn’t fully committed to the cult so that the reader could really see that.

  • It’s always a good sign when you still really enjoy a book when you dislike the main character! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Miss Peregrine!

    • It was a weird relationship. She did really stupid things that made me hate her, but I still wanted things to turn around for her. I’m about a quarter of the way through Miss Peregrine and liking it a lot so far!

  • I enjoyed The Girls as well! A bit out there but a very quick read!
    I haven’t head of Everybody Rise – but it sounds good, will add it to my list.
    Right now I am reading The Woman in Cabin 10…I just started it so I can’t report back on it yet.
    xo Nan // Simply Elegant Blog

    • It was hard for me to get into at first, but I would definitely recommend Everybody Rise. I’d love to hear what you think! I really loved In a Dark, Dark Wood so I can’t wait to read The Woman in Cabin 10. Unfortunately, I’ll have a while to wait before I get it from my library.

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