So, if you didn’t already know, I was on a cruise to the Bahamas the first week of September! My birthday was also on August 31, so between my birthday and being out of the country, I didn’t have time to write my August Wrap Up before I went out of town!
That all said, I’m back in town now and everything has settled, so despite the fact that we are more than a week into September, I’m posting my August Wrap Up now!
In the month of August, I read 21 books! Below I’ll list everything I read, and let you know which ones were my favorites!
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s prompt is around books you struggled to get through/had a hard time with. I decided to feature 10 books that I rated one star on Goodreads. It feels weird writing a post that’s so negative, but regardless, check out my list below of books I didn’t like!
When Aila’s mother Juliet dies and her father is drafted for the war, she and her brother Miles pack up and move to the city of Sterling to stay with her mother’s best friend. Sterling is also the city her mother grew up in, and it’s full of mysteries.
Not long after arriving, Aila and Miles find out that in the city of Sterling something new disappears every 7 years. Things like reflections, scent, and the stars are gone, and there are rumors that Aila’s mother was the catalyst for the disappearances starting. Aila is determined to take her mother’s notes and solve the mystery of Sterling and its disappearances once and for all.
Tom is happily married to Karen, and are still in the blissful newlywed stage. When Tom arrives home from work one day, he finds his house unlocked, but Karen is nowhere to be found. Her purse, ID, and cell phone are all still at home, and his gut tells him something is wrong. Shortly after he calls the police, he gets a knock on his door. Unaware that he’s just called to report his wife missing, the police show up at his house to inform him that his wife has been in a car accident and that she’s been taken to a local hospital.
Luckily, Karen is okay, however she has no memory of the night. She knows she was speeding recklessly and that she crashed her car into a pole in the middle of a bad neighborhood, but she has no idea why she would have been there, or why she was in such a hurry to leave. When a murder is reported and found to have taken place around the same time and place the police begin to question whether or not Karen was involved, Karen quickly realizes that she needs to recover her memory and prove that she’s innocent – especially when she realizes someone has been in her house and has been moving her things around.
Teenager Dimple Shaw wants nothing to do with the Indian traditions her parents try and instill in her. Her passion is coding, and all she wants is to attend Insomnia Con, which will give her the opportunity to develop her own app as part of a competition. She’s beyond thrilled when her parents agreed to let her go. What she doesn’t know is that Rishi Patel will also be attending Insomnia Con, and that their parents have arranged for them to be married.
Rishi is excited about the prospect of an arranged marriage, and thinks tradition is an important part of his life, and he’s crushed when Dimple doesn’t feel the same way. Despite Dimple’s protests, she and Rishi are partnered together for their app project, and Dimple begins to see that there’s more to Rishi than she thought.
Hannah’s life is finally falling into place. She’s accepted her dream job in Manchester, has a lovely apartment, and become great friends with her two neighbors. Shortly after starting her new job, she starts dating the boss, which causes some tension between her and her coworkers.
Unfortunately, that becomes the least of Hannah’s worries. Hannah starts feeling like someone has been in her apartment, and begins to notice odd things happening around her. When people around her start dying, she doesn’t know what to think. Little does she know, she’s being watched by someone who will stop at nothing to make sure Hannah is his.