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The Books I Read in August


August was definitely a productive month for reading. I plowed through four books with ease and knocked a few more books off my summer reading list. It helped that each book I read this month was better than the last. There are four good ones here, so if you are looking for your next great read, you might find it here.

Here are the four books I read in August:

A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean    4.5/5 stars
There's a lot I loved about this book, and one of the things is that it picks up speed quickly. The book begins with a shocking car accident and everything unravels from there with plenty of surprises and twists throughout the book. The main character, Abbie, whose life seems perfect and idyllic soon learns that not all is as it seems.


What Happened at the Lake by Phil M. Williams      4/5 stars
I love a book with a few good bombshells, and this one has them. An extended family makes their annual trek to a lake house, and one of the family members is discovered murdered. Who did it? How did it happen? You'll be surprised.


The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane      3.5/5 stars
Initially I had a hard time accepting the premise of this book. A young woman, Clementine, is the sole survivor of a plane crash in Ireland. She has no recollection of her previous life when she wakes in a hospital. She's lucky to be alive, but she doesn't feel very lucky. Alone and in a strange place, Clementine searches for answers she can't find. Then she meets Kieran, a charming Irishman who can help her get beyond her forgotten life. Once you get beyond the almost unlikely premise of this book, it's an enjoyable and lighthearted read.


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid       5/5 stars
I've saved the best for last. This book is about a fictional rock band from the 1970s. It's full of sex, drugs, rock and roll, and lots of emotion. We follow the rise and fall of Daisy Jones and the six in Los Angeles in the 70s. A talented group of musicians with issues. This book is written in interview style. It takes a few chapters to adjust to that format, but once you do, the reading flows easily. This book was full of love, hate, jealousy, confidence, insecurity, and just about any other human emotion we feel. By the end of the book, I was ugly crying. Unforgettable ending.

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