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August 2019 Reads

August turned out to be a really great reading month! I had a while where I was reading book after book that didn’t really thrill me. I really enjoyed everything I read this month.

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Find Her by Lisa Gartner ★★★★☆

Flora Dane is a survivor. She was kidnapped on spring break and lived with her captor for 472 days before the FBI found her. Five years later, she’s still trying to adjust to normal life. When Flora disappears again, Detective D.D. Warren is determined to find her.

This was my first Lisa Gartner book, and it definitely won’t be my last. It went back and forth between present-day Flora, past-tense Flora, and present-day Detective D.D. Warren. The different viewpoints made this a quick read. I didn’t want to put it down because I needed to know if D.D. would find Flora in time.

Would I recommend? YES! Especially if you love thrillers and detective novels.


Joyland by Stephen King ★★★★★

College student Devin Jones spends the summer of 1973 working at Joyland, a small amusement park in North Carolina. Devin and his friends learn of a murder that took place on one of the Joyland rides several years before, and Devin starts trying to solve the case.

2013 adult Devin Jones narrates this story. It gave a little more depth to the story than it would have it was narrated by 21-year-old Devin. There was a lot more perspective Devin wouldn’t have had at the time the story was taking place. I loved this a lot more than I thought I was going to. It is broken into very short chapters, making it a very quick read. Parts of the book were a little spooky, but it was relatively slow-paced until the action-packed ending.

Would I recommend? Yes, this is a great spooky novel without being too scary.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang ★★★★☆

When Khai Diep’s mom surprises him by flying in Esme Tran from Vietnam to live him and potentially marry him by the end of the summer, he’s not pleased to have the company. Khai is autistic and believes that he’s incapable of love. As he gets to know Esme, he learns that he may have been wrong.

This is a really cute love story about an unlikely couple. Esme and Khai both learn a lot about themselves, and it’s fun as the reader to witness the character changes. The book flips between Khai and Esme’s points of view, which really allows the reader to see the full transformation of both characters. There were a couple of parts that were a little slower than I would have liked, but overall it’s a quick read. Perfect if you’re in the mood for something light.

Would I recommend? Yes, this is a really sweet love story that I really enjoyed

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