What I Read: August Reads

It was a bit of a slow book month for me. Not because the books weren't good or that I lacked in having a massive "TO READ" stack but simply because I was busy and the time to sit and read wasn't as available. I am making up for that these past few weeks but right now it is time to share what I read in August!


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling- It is no secret that I am a Harry Potter fan. I love the series, I collect them whenever I see one at the thrift store or garage sale. I love rereading them and I love the audio books. Also my husband surprised me on our honeymoon and took me to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Seriously, I am a major Potter Fangirl. 

So I knew Cursed Child was coming out and I knew I would end up getting it and reading it. I wasn't sure however since it was in play format that I would LIKE it. All big Harry Potter fans will know what I mean about this.

So did I? Well.....It's Complicated. 

Pros: I loved going back into to the HP world. I loved seeing favorite characters again. I love the excitement from a new HP book. Also I truly LOVED Scorpius as a character. By far her stole the book and probably steals the entire play.

 Cons: The format. Hated reading it as a script.  I was so disappointed by how angry everyone seemed to be...there was so much hurt and miscommunication that I was really confused most of the time. Also the massive jumps in time didn't help at all...I mean YEARS go by with just a page turn. I wasn't into that. Without giving spoilers I will say this: Albus is my least favorite and honestly I don't for a MOMENT believe that his siblings would treat him differently. Maybe I am in the minority here but my brothers would never act like that. The big plot twist? Personally I will never accept it as canon. I remember distinctly groaning and saying "Yeah NO."

So it was a good story but it didn't have the magic of the others and I am glad that J.K. has announced that Harry is done. I would love for her to continue to write about the world of HP but I agree...Harry's story is over and there is so much more to the Wizarding World that I want to read about! I gave it 3 of 5...that ending just...eh.


Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin- I was finishing up my "mood" of thriller/horror/psychological madness with this book. I really liked seeing Young Tessie and all her damage and her relationship with her best friend Lydia. I also really enjoyed Older Tessa and the damage that had been done being one of the Black Eyed Susans...the only one that survived. I liked the build up of this book and I really enjoyed Tessa's search for the truth of what happened that night. I was shocked by the ending a bit but at the same time I expected "parts" of it. All in all I gave it a 4 out of 5.


The Wednesday Group by Sylvia True- I wasn't sure what this book was to start with. I just picked it up on a whim at the library and started reading during one of my bouts of insomnia. This book is about a group of women that meet weekly to discuss their significant others' sex addictions. I hadn't expected to be as drawn into this book as I was but I fell in love with the characters pretty early on and I simply had to KNOW what was going to happen next with some of the couples. I don't know much about sex addiction but I felt like the representation of the women affected by it was probably pretty accurate. It was a quick read and really intense at times. I ended up giving it 3 of 5 only because the ending was pretty abrupt. 

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  1. i really enjoyed black eyed susans. mysteries aren't really my go-to when it comes to books but i really did like this one.

  2. hmmm the wednesday group sounds super interesting! i didn't read your HP review because i haven't read it yet, but i did skim the end, bummer it was only 3/5 for you. i am not sure if i *want* to read it. i don't know lol

  3. I liked Susans a lot.
    The Wednesday Group sounds interesting.

  4. I enjoy HP but I understand your cons. I wish it had been a traditional book, although I did know going in it was a play. And I do feel they were ALWAYS honest that this was a play, so I was surprised by how many people didn't seem to understand that. I'd love to see it onstage someday because I'm sure that is where I will really shine. Black Eyed Susans is already on my TBR.

  5. I haven't read Black Eyed Susans yet. It's been on my TBR for awhile, too.

    As I keep saying to everyone, I have zero interest in the HP book.

  6. I really want to pick up Black Eyed Susans soon! It sounds super good.

  7. I haven't read HP yet, but I have heard really mixed reviews. We'll see how it goes eventually. I think I have black eyed susans on my TBR.. I need to check now! :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  8. I enjoyed Black Eyed Susans pretty much for the same reasons you listed. Plus, it had that Texas connection for me.

  9. I just think I'm going to avoid the new HP book. I don't want to be disappointed. I did hear good reviews about the actual play though, so I'd be willing to WATCH it.

    I can't remember if I added Black Eyes Susans to my TBR list or not. Usually thrillers aren't my go-to so I always question it.

    The Wednesday Group could be good, but with so many other books on my TBR, it would probably stay at the bottom if I added it. #toomanybooks #notenoughtime

  10. I'm not familiar with Black Eyed Susans, but I've seen it pop up in quite a few posts today, so I'm definitely intrigued.

  11. I don't really remember the specifics of Black-Eyed Susans, but I did read it last spring and enjoyed it.


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