I am so excited to announce my August TBR. Honestly, reading so much this summer has reminded me how much I revel in a good story, how excited I get when I read the last paragraph of a book I loved, and how fulfilling reading stories can be. As an English major, reading became sort of rote. I did the reading, took the notes, participated in the discussion, and moved on. But after two years of law school, reading just to read and enjoy a good story feels so right.
This month’s TBR list is a bit like a class syllabus. I have the four or so books I definitely plan to read, and then, time allowing, a few others. I’m hoping my reading streak will continue and maybe even grow while I’m visiting my family in California. I won’t be working anymore, so I theoretically have more time to read. However, I want to ensure I’m spending quality time with my family. Still, I predict a lot of reading by the pool and in the morning and evening. So, without further ado, here is my August to-be-read:
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh | I recently signed up for Book of the Month. I know, I know… no money on books was my goal. BUT, I’m loving reading and I think one book per month is manageable during the academic year. Also, the monthly subscription is cheaper than buying one hardcover book at a bookstore, and even some paperbacks, so #winning. Anyway, Ghosted seems like a great summer beach read. I think this will be a fun read on modern dating! The synopsis reads:
When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call. Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened—there must be an explanation. Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams | I don’t typically reach for historical fiction. My best friend from college would just die to know that, as she typically always reaches for it. However, I prefer contemporary stories for whatever reason. Still, this read caught my attention. I love a good romance and this story seemed particularly interesting. Also, I used the Goodreads app to preview the first few pages, and it seems like just my kind of book. The synopsis on the BOTM website reads:
In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.
But beneath the island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph’s enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda’s caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades.
Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather 18 years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved … even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.
The Late Bloomer’s Club by Louise Miller | I LOVED The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, Louise Miller’s debut novel. I had originally chosen a different book for this month, but once I remembered this book was coming out at the end of July, I wanted to make it a priority for August reading. I love Miller’s writing style and her stories are so cozy and real. This novel also takes place in Guthrie, a fictional Vermont town that has serious Gilmore Girls vibes! I’m so excited to get my hands on a copy! The description reads:
Nora, the owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner, is perfectly happy serving up apple cider donuts, coffee, and eggs-any-way-you-like-em to her regulars, and she takes great pleasure in knowing exactly what’s “the usual.” But her life is soon shaken when she discovers she and her free-spirited, younger sister Kit stand to inherit the home and land of the town’s beloved cake lady, Peggy Johnson.
Kit, an aspiring–and broke–filmmaker thinks her problems are solved when she and Nora find out Peggy was in the process of selling the land to a big-box developer before her death. The people of Guthrie are divided–some want the opportunities the development will bring, while others are staunchly against any change–and they aren’t afraid to leave their opinions with their tips.
Time is running out, and the sisters need to make a decision soon. But Nora isn’t quite ready to let go of the land, complete with a charming farmhouse, an ancient apple orchard and the clues to a secret life that no one knew Peggy had. Troubled by the conflicting needs of the town, and confused by her growing feelings towards Elliot, the big-box developer’s rep, Nora throws herself into solving the one problem that everyone in town can agree on–finding Peggy’s missing dog, Freckles. When a disaster strikes the diner, the community of Guthrie bands together to help her, and Nora discovers that doing the right thing doesn’t always mean giving up your dreams.
You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac | The cover of this book screams “beach-read.” I just love how inviting it is, and yes, this is me judging a book by it’s cover. However, I also have on good authority that it’s a fun beach read that is perfect for summer (i.e. – all the bookish Instagram accounts I follow and Carly Heitlinger). I’m so looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. It seems like it has the makings of a great read. The description is:
Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Château de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend—and William’s father—Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Lush gardens, a gorgeous pool, delectable French food, and a seemingly never-ending wine list—what’s not to like? Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam fall in love with his own son.
But Adam has other ideas, and another girlfriend—and he doesn’t seem inclined to change the habits of a lifetime just because Jess and William have appeared on the scene. Jess isn’t surprised, but William—who has quickly come to idolize his father—wants nothing more than to spend time with him. But Jess can’t allow Adam to let their son down—because she is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody—especially William—must discover.
By turns heart-wrenching and hopeful, You Me Everything is a novel about one woman’s fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has and never let go, and a romantic story as heady as a crisp Sancerre on a summer day.
So, there you have my current list. If time allows, I plan to add All We Ever Wanted, the new Emily Giffin novel and potentially one more pick, depending on the BOTM options for August!