August 2017 Book Report | Pt. II

Hey, friends and happy Friday! I hope everyone’s short week was a good one. I love having an extra day off, but it always makes the week feel a little crazy. I’m going to have to make up for it this weekend with lots of reading! I finished out the month with eight books read in August. Here are reviews of the last three! I included affiliate links in case you want to try them out for yourself. Enjoy!

Final Girls by Riley Sager*
★★★★☆ | Mystery/Thriller

“Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another.”

MY THOUGHTS: There was so much hype around this book! I kept seeing it all over my Instagram and Goodreads and knew that I needed to get my hands on it and see if it was worth the hype. Then I got an email from the publisher offering me an egalley copy. Then a friend of mine gave me her hard copy to read. So it was meant to be! If I would have had time to read this in one sitting, I would have. That’s how quickly and steadily the pace moves, which I liked. I kept trying to guess what the secrets and twists and turns would be, but I couldn’t. I was on my toes the whole time. This is great for fans of mysteries and thrillers in general!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
★★★★★ | YA Fantasy

“Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley–a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry–and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable. “

MY THOUGHTS: This is about the thirtieth time that I’ve read this book, which obviously shows that I love it. The only difference this time was that I was reading my illustrated version this time. It’s so gorgeous. I can’t wait to read it to my future children!

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
★★★☆☆ | Food + Travel Memoir (audiobook)

“Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood.  But he soon discovered it’s a different world en France. From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men’s footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David’s story of how he came to fall in love with and even understand this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.”

MY THOUGHTS: This is a solid example of both a food and travel memoir. Lebovitz blends the two sub-genres together nicely and provides great insight about both the city of Paris itself and its quirks as well as his interest in food. This was a fairly short book, which I tend to like in the audiobooks I choose. Speaking of audiobooks… I didn’t like the narrator of this one – he sounded like an infomercial voiceover. I think I would have liked this better had I read the hard copy.

Eight books for August! I watched a loooot of TV this last month, so I totally could have gotten more finished, but sometimes just sitting on the couch is alright too. 😉

What did you read in August? Anything I need to add to my list?

About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).