August Books

Last month's book haul was a bit of a let down, but that was redeemed this past month! I read a bunch of great books this month and I'm so excited to share them with you! First, let's chat about my favorite book from this past month! 

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1. A Stranger in the House // Shari Lapena
Description from Amazon: Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There's a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town. The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes.  Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. 

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions. Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

My Thoughts: I requested this book from the library after plowing through The Couple Next Door, by the same author. I read this one so quickly and after they revealed some answers towards the end of the book, I was a little disappointed that I had figured it out before it was revealed. However, the last chapter contains a huge twist and made me enjoy this book even more! Would highly recommend if you like thrillers! 

2. The Marriage Lie // Kimberly Belle
Description from Amazon: Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. 

Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.

My Thoughts: This book was really good but also predictable -- I love being completely surprised by the endings so although the book was good, I was a little underwhelmed at the ending.

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3. The Lottery Winner // Mary Higgins Clark

Description from Amazon: Together with her devoted mate, the ever-resourceful Alvirah has jumped into crime solving on a grand scale—and with her indomitable spirit and style. Among their many adventures, Alvirah and Willy find a dead actress in their Central Park South condominium upon their return from London in “The Body in the Closet.” Needing a break from the big city, they escape to Cape Cod—only to meet a would-be heiress framed for murder in “Death on the Cape.” When Alvirah and Willy seek the tranquility of the Cypress Point Spa, it’s the perfect getaway—until a jewel thief turns up in “The Lottery Winner.” Back in Manhattan, the search for a neighbor’s missing newborn makes for a suspense-filled Christmas in “Bye, Baby Bunting.”

My Thoughts: This tiny little paperback was a collection of short mysteries, which was perfect for reading just before bed! I loved that I could read each story individually and in one sitting! 

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4. The Untethered Soul // Michael A. Singer
Description from Amazon: Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

My Thoughts: My friend's dad actually recommended this to me! He's a doctor and said that it drastically changed his way of thinking / outlook on life. This definitely isn't a book that you can zip through in an afternoon, but I've found that what I learned from it has really stuck with me and I find myself thinking about it throughout my day. This is definitely a book I'd love to purchase and reread once every few years as a refresher! Would highly recommend it.

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5. The Happiest Kids in the World // Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison
Description from Amazon: Calling all stressed-out parents: Relax! Imagine a place where young children play unsupervised, don’t do homework, have few scheduled “activities” . . . and rank #1 worldwide in happiness and education. It’s not a fantasy—it’s the Netherlands!

My Thoughts: I was super excited to read this book after loving Bringing Up Bebe awhile back, but found myself a little disappointed. While the Dutch kids may be the happiest in the world, the Dutch approach to parenting is slightly different than how we plan to raise our kids. I felt like Bringing Up Bebe was more in alignment with our parenting values and intentions.

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