What I Read: August + September

After a month FULL of traveling in July, that allowed me to read hardly any books, August brought on a quiet normalcy that I was so grateful for! I dove back into my love for reading with a really sweet, breezy trilogy, and continued on to some fabulous books that totally sucked me in! [As always, I hope this encourages you to dive into a good book, and if you have any recommendations of your own, please leave them in the comments!! I’m always looking for new ideas!]

Winter Street Trilogy by Elin Hilderbrand


This trilogy is clearly about winter and Christmas, but who doesn’t need a little bit of Christmas magic in the heat of summer? My cousin recommended these books to me when she found out I had never read any books by Elin Hilderbrand! And now I can understand why she loves them! The books in this trilogy are fairly light, fluffy and predictable, but they’re great when you need something to tune into instead of Netflix. 

The trilogy wraps up really well in Winter Storms, and the all three books totally make you want to live in Nantucket. If you need a break from unexpected heat waves like we’re getting in Ohio these days, pick up this trilogy! [Or save it for December to help you get into a fun Christmas spirit!]

Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle


Melanie Shankle is the type of writer who, throughout her entire book, you feel like you’re sitting across from her at a coffee shop, just chatting about life. I felt that way when I read her previous books, The Antelope in the Living Room, Sparkly Green Earrings, and Nobody is Cuter Than You. When I discovered her first 3 books, I had slight writer envy, since if I was going to write about anything in my life, it would be: marriage, motherhood and friendship, which is exactly what her books are about. And now this one once again seems to be something right out of my own heart: living life in the small moments. 

To be completely honest, I don’t think I liked this one as much as I enjoyed her other 3 books, but it was still a good read, and a good reminder to focus on the small things in life, as opposed to waiting for a huge important even to drop out of the sky and “make” your life. 

When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker


My sister-in-law chose this book for the virtual book club that she, my cousin and I are in, and it was a great pick! When I first read the back cover, I immediately thought it was going to be like P.S. I Love You in reverse: the wife is the one who dies and is mysteriously sending letters to the husband she left behind. But it’s so much more than that!

In those letters, Natalie begins to reveal secrets she had never told her husband, Luke, during their life together. There are fabulous twists and turns, [which I LOVE in books!] and it definitely keeps you on your toes.

If you have aspirations to begin your own book club, which I totally recommend, [cause who doesn’t love “live texting” through a book!] this is a great one to begin with!

Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn Dingman


This was our second book club selection, and another fabulous choice! Carolyn Dingman’s writing feels a little bit like a mixture of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner.

Within the first couple chapters, I found myself wanting to be best friends with Olivia and her niece, Logan, who spontaneously decide to travel down to a small town in Georgia, where Olivia’s mother wishes to have her ashes scattered.With the help of a townie named, Elliot, who also runs the town paper, Olivia begins to uncover secrets about her mother, and her mother’s life in Georgia that she never told Olivia or her sister Georgia, and one clue leads to another clue that leads to huge secrets! This is another one that has lots of twists and turns, and keeps you wanting to stay up all hours of the night to find out what’s coming next!

I love love loved this book, and hope Carolyn Dingman writes many more novels! 

Like I said above, if you’ve read any good books lately, please please please share in the comments below! Or if you’ve read any of the books I shared, I’d love to hear what you thought! 


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