I can’t believe I was able to finish a book in August! In case you were wondering, I didn’t finish reading any books in July. I did in June though! But yea, July was a mentally exhausting month for me. I usually read a book before bed, but I couldn’t get myself to want to think anymore than I had to. In general, I feel like whenever I’m finally getting ahead, somehow there was a setback. I have a lot of catching up to do.
When the month of August came around, I had the itch to read a book again. I took my sweet time reading and so I was only able to read one book. To be quite honest, I had higher expectations to read more than one book, however, the book I read wasn’t what I expected. Which is why it took me a whole month to finish it. Do I recommend it? Of course! It just wasn’t what I had in mind when I wanted to read a Summery book.
What I Read In August 2021
That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Daisy Shoemaker has a thriving cooking business, a beautiful home in Philadelphia’s suburbs, and married into a wealthy family. So she should be content. However, her husband is distant, her daughter is rebelling, and she feels unfulfilled. Daisy has been receiving misdirected emails that were meant for a woman named Diana. Daisy and Diana’s email addresses are just one punctation off. Based on the emails Daisy has read, she fantasized about Diana’s glamorous life. One day, these two women met and a friendship was born. But as they got closer, they learned that they have a connection and meeting was not an accident.
If you read any of Jennifer Weiner’s book, she definitely talks about serious and sensitive topics in her storylines.
But her book, Big Summer (which I read in June of last year), was the perfect summery and mysterious book I was craving. So I assumed her newest book, That Summer, was written the same way. I assumed wrong because this book definitely touched on a very serious topic.
It was very well written and a captivating book, but I was craving something much more light-hearted. Hence, why it took me the entire month to finish the book. I had to be in the right mindset to read about something heavy. It’s definitely worth reading, but be mentally prepared that the book has a much more serious tone. I will say that this book makes me want to visit Cape Cod in the summer. The scenery for sure gave off that perfect summer vibe.
At first, I was extremely disappointed in myself that I rarely read over the Summer. There were so many books on my Summer reading list. But I’m starting to learn that I need to give myself a little bit more grace.
Have you been reading this summer? What was your favorite book to read?
That looks like a good summer vibes book. But right now I prefer to read a more light book since my last books were pretty heavy.
This sounds like a sensitive yet inspiring read. I will check it out.
That sounds good! I read Instructions to Dancing and While We Were Dating.
Curated By Jennifer
I’ll have to check that out.
Julia Rees says
Thanks for sharing your book review! I was craving something light-hearted this summer too and have just finished “The Thursday Murder Club”, which I really enjoyed
Oo thanks for sharing!
That book sounds quite interesting! I’ve been reading a ton recently because we’re back in lockdown, so I might check it out 🙂 x
mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/
Do you have any book recommendations?
I didn’t read at all this summer. I picked up a few books from the library but never got around to reading them. This sounds like a great book but I agree, sometimes I have to be in the right mindset to get through it.
Jill – Doused in Pink
Hopefully you are able to get back to reading!
Totally feel you- sometimes you’re not in the mood for a heavy read, so it’s hard to dive into a book (no matter how well written!) when the timing isn’t right.
Thanks for sharing this, babe!
Le Stylo Rouge
I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks this!
I have really fell off the reading bandwagon too! It’s tough when you want to read, but then other things happen and it’s hard to sit down and actually do it. I’ll check this book out! I love the author and have read a lot of her other books. I appreciate the heads up about a heavy topic. I was thinking it was going to be lighter like Big Summer, too.
Make Life Marvelous
I’m so glad I’m not the only one that fell off the bandwagon! Hopefully you are able to get back to reading!