August 2021 Recap

Once again, I find myself asking how it is the end of the month already?? Summer truly flew by this year and I’m in denial that fall is right around the corner.

While August might have flew by, it was also an incredible reading month for me. I didn’t even realize how much I read until I sat down to write this. This month I read 11 books, bringing my total for the year up to 77 books! I’m feeling really good about surpassing my goal of reading a 100 books this month based on how the last few months of reading have gone.


August 2021 Reads

Looking back at my August TBR, I read 8 out of the 10 books on the list. The two I missed were The Day of the Duchess (which I skimmed for scenes of Caleb and Sesily in prep for Bombshell) and It Happened One Summer which I still really want to get to!

Here’s what I actually read:

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Review: Exposed by Kristen Callihan

Exposed by Kristen Callihan
Exposed
Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Series or Standalone: VIP #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Why is writing reviews for books you love so hard? I’m struggling to find the words to express just why I love Exposed by Kristen Callihan so bear with me if this is a little rambly!

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the VIP series (well except for book one, which I’ve tried to read three times and can never finish), and this one might knock Managed from the top spot. There is something so incredibly raw and vulnerable to the emotions portrayed in this book that really resonated.

Exposed is book four in Callihan’s VIP series. You can read it as a standalone, but I think you get more out of it if you’ve read the other books in the series as you’ll have more backstory and context on the antagonist nature of Brenna and Rye’s relationship.

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August 2021 TBR List

Anyone else feel overwhelmed by all the books you want to read and not enough time to read them? That’s how I’ve been feeling yesterday. There are SO MANY books I want to read right now, but have no idea where to start and not enough time to read them all.

Making a TBR list can help, but as a mood reader it can also cause stress if I deviate too much. I try not to put too much press on myself to stick to the TBR to alleviate that.

Given that there are so many books I want to read at the moment, here’s what I’ve thrown on my TBR for the month of August:

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Review: Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan

Make It Sweet cover by Kristen Callihan

Make It Sweet
By Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Montlake
Release Date: February 23, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone (though it can be a companion to Dear Enemy)
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


Kristen Callihan baked up a treat with Make It Sweet! Make It Sweet was the perfect feel-good romance novel with complex characters, a great romantic build up and not too much drama.

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