August 2019

August 2019 was a BUSY MONTH. It’s the second to last month of my maternity leave (insert any and all crying gifs here), but the first month of my husbands paternity leave. On our list of “goals for leave” was for me to finish a book every 2 days. That didn’t quite happen… but I had an even 8 (for the 8th month of the year) with some great ones! They are listed below in the order I read them.

Note: I hate reading synopsis that give too much away. I promise no spoilers, and nothing you wouldn’t find out past, say, page 50. Theres also links to buy all these books at the bottom of the page!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Every once in a while theres a book that is SO hyped, and lives up to ALL OF IT. Evelyn Hugo is the ultimate movie super star, legendary for having seven husbands. Towards the end of her life, she asks a seemingly random, young journalist to write her life story. For the first time, she decides to tell the story of each husband. But why now? And why this journalist?

Red Clocks

Leni Zumas

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A story about 4 women in a future US where abortion is illegal, a fetus is a person by law, and only 2 parents can adopt a kid. An extremely interesting concept with a really unique writing style.


Steve Cavanagh

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The cover says it all – the real murderer is in the jury box.

The plot of this book had me intrigued – the murderer is in the courtroom, but he’s not the defendant. He’s a juror. A twist on the typical courtroom drama and thriller. This book is part of a series, but works just as well as a standalone.

Lock Every Door

Riley Sager

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Riley Sager lives up to his reputation as “King of Misdirection” (a title I appointed him) in his newest thriller. Jules is newly single and broke, living on her friends couch with no job, when she finds the opportunity of a lifetime. One of the most famous residential buildings in Manhattan is looking for apartment sitters. $1,000/week to live in a luxurious duplex right on Central Park. Sounds too good to be true, right? Spoiler alert: it is. 

Side note – if you haven’t read his second book, The Last Time I Lied, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

The People We Hate At The Wedding

Grant Ginder

Rating: 2 out of 5.

A family drama about an upcoming wedding. The wedding itself is only at the absolute very end, but leading up to the wedding is often the more dramatic part! Alice is recovering from a traumatic life experience, Paul is dating Mark (who sucks), and their half sister Eloise is getting married. Told from multiple points of view, this story is D.R.A.M.A.

What Alice Forgot

Liane Moriarty

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Alice is 39 years old in 2008 when she hits her head and wakes up thinking its 1998. She thinks she’s happily married, early in her first pregnancy, and extremely close with her family. As she learns the truth about her current life, she’s forced to reconcile the life she always thought she’d have with what really happened.

The Ventriloquists

E.R. Ramzipoor

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Historical fiction at its finest! Brussels 1943, a team of rebels is forced to create a fake propaganda newspaper promoting the Nazis. In another act of rebellion, they decide to create an additional fake propaganda newspaper against the Nazis, promoting their own agenda. An interesting twist on the typical WWII novel!

Mother Knows Best

Kira Peikoff

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A woman loses her child to a biological disease, and goes to great lengths to prevent it happening to her future children. With illegal scientific procedures, a doctor & his assistant help blend 2 people’s eggs to prevent the disease from occurring again. Twists, turns, and terror follow. Such an interesting science twist on a classic thriller!

Any of these books sound interesting to you? Check them out on the links below!