Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Monthly Wrap-Up - August 2020

 Hello, my friends! Well, it's been a month since I posted a "What Are You Reading?" post, and I joked the last time that I might as well post a "Monthly Wrap-Up" instead. Haha, so that's what I'm doing! I was in a gigantic reading slump all summer. I think it might be over - fingers crossed! 

Here's what I read in August:

Serious Moonlight*
by Jenn Bennett - I finally finished this after starting back in February. I can't remember why I set it aside then, but I did pick it back up. It was okay, but it just never grabbed me. Maybe I still wasn't in the mood for it. 

Vassa in the Night*
by Sarah Porter - I received this book a couple of years ago in a YA book subscription box and decided to give it a try.  This story is so bizarre and dark. Like Alice going down the rabbit hole, Vassa gets caught in an odd and dangerous convenience store. The story kept drawing me in; I had to find out what happens to Vassa and her magical doll! Although strange, I really enjoyed it! 

The Woman in the Window*
by A.J. Finn - I loved this suspense/thriller! Anna Fox is stuck in her house; she's an agoraphobic who has panic attacks every time she steps out of her home. That in itself is interesting, add in that she sees something she shouldn't, and it's gripping! I liked how you weren't sure what was real and what was Anna's imagination. Did she really see what she thought she did? Also, I loved all the Hitchcock and old movie references! 

by Patricia Reilly Giff - This is a great middle-grade mystery about a boy who finds a newspaper clipping of a missing boy in the attic, and it's him! Now he has to figure out who he is and who are the people he's living with. 


The Scarlet Letter*
by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I'm glad I listened to this one. It's was a little too wordy for me, I would have never gotten through it otherwise! It's an interesting look into the Puritan life and early America - also how guilt can slowly eat at you.

The Aussie Next Door*
by Stefani London - This was a fun romantic comedy to listen to! The narrator, Summer Morton (no relation, lol), did a fantastic job with the character voices!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix*
by J.K Rowling - Listening to this on a long drive was wonderful! It's my favorite of the Harry Potter books. 

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I took a long road trip to Montana to visit a friend. It was so nice to get away and see another part of the country! We had planned to go hiking in Glacier Park and had reservations at a hotel there, but our plans where canceled due to COVID. Still, we had a good time hanging out at her house. We did a short hike and some kayaking. It was so beautiful! 


So, what was your August like? Did you get to venture out? As always, let me know what you are reading! It's a great way to find new books! Thanks! I hope you all are doing well! 


  1. I like your monthly wrap up, Candy. This has been a crazy summer. Montana is gorgeous. I’m so pleased you were able to visit. Happy reading

    1. Thanks, Joy! It has been a crazy summer - a crazy year for that matter! Yikes, I'm hoping for better days again soon. Yes, Montana is gorgeous! My pictures don't do it justice. It was so nice to spend time with my friend; to catch up. We were neighbors in Arizona for about 18 years and hadn't seen each other in many years. So, even though some of our plans were canceled, it was still great to be together!

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. The slump was the worst. I was in a reading slump for months and few books really grabbed me. Glad you're getting past it. Eleven and The Woman in the Window sound really good. I'm adding them to my list. I read The Scarlet Letter for school and liked it better than some off my required reading list, but yes, so wordy.
    What a fun trip! Glacier NR is on my road trip list, too. So glad you got to still go and take a modified vacation with your friend. :)

    Have a great September, Candy!

    1. Hey, Sophia Rose! No doubt! I haven't been on a reading slump this bad since I started reading on a regular basis. I had no desire to read. I think reading the different genres helped. - Haha, I didn't read any of my required reading from high school, so I have a lot to catch up on! ;)

      I'll have to try for Glacier on another trip. I would love to see it one day. But, yeah, it was a great trip. Much needed!

      I hope you have a great September too! Thanks for stopping by!


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