Books I Read August 2021

by - Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Reading in August felt like a slog. I started so many books that I ended up not finishing, which is always disappointing. Even some of the books I did finish weren't some of my favorites. But there were a couple of books that I really enjoyed, and they at least help balance out the month. 

Books August 2021

Five Stars

Broke Millennial Takes on Investing: A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your MoneyBroke Millennial Takes on Investing: A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your Money by Erin Lowry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five stars because I love a good personal finance book that is written in a conversational and easy-to-understand way. Investing is definitely the area of personal finance where I have the most to learn, and I appreciated that this book looked beyond 401K investing and covered topics like mirco-investing, cryptocurrency and other less traditional ways to be active in the market.

Four Stars

The Soulmate EquationThe Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cute, though somewhat predictable take on the world of dating apps. When one freelance data scientists meets the creator of a dating app that uses DNA samples to find a perfect match, she's not at all convinced the science will work. But on a whim, she decides to submit a sample and see what happens. Fast, cute and fun read.

OutlawedOutlawed by Anna North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Westerns are not my favorite, but I appreciated this twist on the genre. In this dystopian story, women who can't have babies are cast out from their towns, jailed or hung as witches. One such woman escapes to a convent before she eventually joins a gang of outlaws that banned together for survival.

The Last Time I LiedThe Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure where I stumbled upon a recommendation for Riley Sager, but I'm so glad I did. This book was a thriller set at a summer camp. The main character Emma had been a camper 15 years ago at the camp when the girls in her bunk went missing and then entire camp shut down. But now the owner is reopening it and wants Emma to come back as a camp counselor. She goes back determined to solve the mystery of what happened 15 years ago, but is surprised to find when mysterious things start happening all over again.

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout HistoryLady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a pretty perfect audiobook. Each chapter covered a different "lady killer" so it was almost like listening to an individual podcast episode about each person. I'd not heard of many of these women, and I enjoyed the way the author not only gave you the general facts about what happened, but also talked about the often sexists way these women were portrayed as society attempted to make sense of why these women killed.

Three Stars

The Wife StalkerThe Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I generally enjoy the books by Liv Constantine, but this one didn't really do it for me. I didn't love the writing style -- it felt shallow and like it needed more depth to bring the characters to life. And though the plot was decently enjoyable, I just felt meh.

A Special Place for WomenA Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book started out pretty fun and interesting, but it took a turn that I was not expecting, and I lost a little bit of interest then. I still finished it because I was intrigued if the main character journalist would expose the secret society, but by the end of this book, I felt a bit meh.

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