Wrap Up | August 2022

So it’s the second day of September and that means after talking about our new books it’s time for us to talk about the books we read in August. Did we have a good reading month? Discover any new authors or favorite books? Keep on reading our August wrap up to find out!


I can’t believe August is already over! August felt like a really slow month, but I ended up reading 16 books (6 audiobooks, 5 e-arcs, 4 e-books, and 1 paperback). I’m in the middle of a few as well, so September will start out pretty well.

Heart Bones – Colleen Hoover

I think I found my new favorite Colleen Hoover book. I started reading this a few days ago and read it in basically one sitting. Beyah and Samson have both dealt with their own trauma and when they meet they connect. This story was such an emotional roller coaster. I just wanted to see them happy!

The Love of My Other Life – C.J. Connolly

Can you imagine waking up after an accident and your life not being your own anymore? You don’t have the same job, house, or even partner. It was interesting to see the character start living this new life and really thinking about what she wants and makes her happy.

Yerba Buena – Nina LaCour

Yerba Buena was an emotional story about two women who were meant to get to each other. I loved that besides the present we also built up to how they got where they were. Neither of the characters had the easiest lives and it was interesting to see how each things moved them in certain directions and eventually to each other.

The Never King & The Dark One – Nikki St. Crowe

So I’m not the biggest Peter Pan fan, but I was curious about this dark retelling. The Never King and The Dark One both have full cast audiobook and I loved the narrators. There were twists and turns and it was definitely spicier than I was expecting. The third book releases on September 1st and I’m interested in seeing what happens to our characters next.

Wrong Place Wrong Time – Gillian McAllister

Wrong Place Wrong Time caught my attention after I read the main character will go back a day after seeing her son murder a man in front her house. The book started off really strong and had me wanting to know how it continued. Unfortunately, as we continued it became a bit far-fetched at times and going in directions I didn’t always understand.

With Fire in Their Blood – Kat Delacorte

“A simmering supernatural romance set in the crumbling Italian city of Castello” is how this book is described. I loved the atmosphere and the writing, but being able to guess the twists and not connecting with the characters is what made that this one disappointed me a bit. All in all, an interesting read, but just not as amazing as I was hoping.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches – Sangu Mandanna

A heartwarming book with witches is all I really needed to know before picking up The Very Secret Society of Wishes. I have to say this book gave me a lot of The House in the Cerulean Sea vibes. I just wanted to hug the book when I was done. My only wish is that we would’ve gotten more time with the main character teaching the three girls about magic.

Villainous – Art Sapphire

Villainous was definitely a surprising read. I’ve been reading more dark romance lately, but I think this is the darkest I’ve read so far. Some things that happened between the characters isn’t my cup of tea, but I got so invested in their stories. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in this series.

The Bodyguard – Katherine Center

I’ve never read a bodyguard romance. Especially the female lead being the bodyguard. This was so much fun and made me laugh. Katherine Center is a new to me author and I definitely want to read more written by her.

Just Another Love Song – Kerry Winfrey

Just Another Love Song is a fun second chance romance. I loved the small town vibes and the writing was easy to read. The only thing I would’ve liked was to have gotten more about Hank. Even if it were only a few extra chapters from his POV.

You Have a Match – Emma Lord

You Have a Match is a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages and I finally listened to the audiobook. It’s got to be so shocking to find out you have a sibling you didn’t know about and have no clue why your parents hid this from you. This was a great contemporary read and I’m glad I finally picked it up.

Does It Hurt? – H.D. Carlton

Does It Hurt? was a book that I’ve heard so much about and people were loving it. So I decided I needed to give it a go. Unfortunately, this one disappointed me a bit. I think it was just a bit too hyped. I loved the thriller aspects of this story, but didn’t feel connected to the characters like I thought I would.

Broken Bonds, Savage Bonds, & Blood Bonds – J. Bree

The Bonds That Tie series is one I was seeing everywhere on bookstagram. After reading the first book I was mad at myself for not starting sooner. The characters, the romance, and the plot twists are all amazing. I’ll be reading the fourth and fifth book soon to read the sixth and final book that releases this year.


This past month wasn’t as good as July, but it was still pretty good. I finished some amazing books and some big ones! In the end I finished 5 books, 2 eARC’s, a backlist book, an audiobook and a reread. Let’s take a look.

The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson

Candyce and I are trying to read all the Mistborn novels before the newest is released. I flew through this second instalment of the first era. It is such an excited story and interesting world. I can’t wait to finish the third book!

High Times in the Low Parliament – Kelly Robson

This was an eARC I was pretty excited about. Unfortunately it didn’t completely live up to my expectations. It’s not bad but just not as entertaining as I was expecting. I would read something else by this author but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book.

All of Our Demise – Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

One of my highest anticipated releases of the year! I got an eARC and was so excited about it. It was a great ending to the duology. I did like the first book a little bit better but I was happy with the ending and really enjoyed reading about these characters. Some of them have become favorites of mine and I wouldn’t mind reading something else set in this world haha.

All Good People Here – Ashley Flowers

I love Ashley’s podcast Crimejunkie and was super excited for her debut novel. And it was a very excited murder mystery! I saw some of the twists coming and was a bit annoyed at the ending but overall it was very enjoyable. Hopefully Ashley writes more books as I would definitely pick up more stories by her.

Harry Potter #5 – J.K. Rowling

Every now and then it’s nice to listen to a story you know in and out. So this year I have slowly made my way through the Harry Potter series again. Before I go to sleep I listen to a chapter or two and sometimes it’s my audiobook for the commute to work.


So that’s what we read in August. How was your reading month? Any new favorites? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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