All The Books I've Read in August 2023 + September TBR

Friday, September 1, 2023

As we wave goodbye to August and welcome September, it's time to chat about the books I enjoyed last month and my reading plans for the month ahead. August brought me some fantastic stories, and now I can't wait to share them with you.

In this blog post, I'll walk you through the books I got lost in during August—what made them special, what I learned, and how they made me feel. But we're not stopping there! September holds a fresh stack of books waiting for me, and I'll give you a sneak peek into what I'll be diving into next.

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 Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover 

As someone who appreciates taking their time with trending books and media, I've found myself navigating through a spectrum of opinions when it comes to Colleen Hoover's works. This year marked my first venture into her literary world with "Ugly Love," a captivating read that left me intrigued and wanting more. Curiosity led me further, and I delved into the "Maybe" series, starting with "Maybe Someday" in July and most recently concluding with "Maybe Now."

In the realm of literature, connecting with characters on a profound level is a rarity that I hold dear. Colleen Hoover's writing style has the power to weave intricate emotions into the fabric of her characters' lives, making them feel not just relatable, but almost like cherished friends. "Maybe Now" was no exception. It was an exploration of the human experience, encapsulated within the pages of a novel.

What particularly struck me was the delicate yet profound character development present in "Maybe Now." Each character's journey was meticulously crafted, allowing readers like me to understand their decisions and thought processes. It's a remarkable gift to create fictional characters who resonate so deeply with real-world emotions, and Colleen Hoover's mastery in this regard left me in awe.

Being relatively new to Colleen Hoover's bibliography, I've come to appreciate the uniqueness of her storytelling. Her narratives do more than just unfold; they envelop you in a cocoon of emotions, taking you on a rollercoaster of feelings that mimic the complexities of life itself. In "Maybe Now," I found myself drawn to the characters' experiences and how their lives intertwined in unpredictable ways.

As a reader who values an emotional connection with the characters, I was pleased to discover that "Maybe Now" offered exactly that. Hoover's ability to explore raw emotions, vulnerabilities, and personal growth within the characters made the story resonate deeply with me. I felt their struggles, victories, and heartaches as if they were my own.

As I turned each page, I couldn't help but reflect on my own journey through life's uncertainties. The characters' dilemmas mirrored the dilemmas we all face—struggles for acceptance, yearnings for connection, and the courage to confront the past. It's this universality that makes Hoover's work so relatable and memorable.

In a literary landscape where opinions about authors and their works can be polarized, my experience with Colleen Hoover's novels has been a pleasant surprise. From the moment I delved into "Ugly Love" to the satisfying conclusion of "Maybe Now," I found myself captivated by her narrative style and engrossed in the worlds she creates.

For those who, like me, take their time to embrace popular literary trends, exploring Colleen Hoover's books is an endeavor well worth undertaking. "Maybe Now" encapsulates the essence of her storytelling prowess—captivating writing, deeply human characters, and a rollercoaster of emotions that leaves an indelible mark on the reader's heart. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read "Maybe Not". 

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 

Embarking on a literary adventure often holds the promise of discovering new worlds and connecting with characters who mirror aspects of our own lives. "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig was one of those books that had been on my radar for quite some time. It stood as a beacon of anticipation on my reading list, and when it finally graced my birthday with its presence, I was both excited and curious to delve into its pages. However, life's twists and turns led to a reading slump, causing this treasure to wait patiently on my shelf until August.

To be candid, the initial chapters of the book were somewhat underwhelming. My eagerness to explore the narrative was met with a slow start. But as the story's tapestry began to unravel, I found myself drawn into a world of intriguing possibilities. The premise of the Midnight Library—a place where one can explore alternative versions of their life—held a certain allure that kept me engaged.

What added a layer of personal connection was discovering that the protagonist shared some striking similarities with me: black hair, a background in philosophy, a fondness for cats. It's these subtle touches that often create an intimate connection between the reader and the characters, making the journey through the book all the more enjoyable.

As the story evolved, I found myself captivated by the concept of exploring different life choices and the roads not taken. Haig's narrative weaved themes of regret, second chances, and self-discovery in a way that prompted self-reflection. The idea that even seemingly small choices can lead to vastly different outcomes resonated deeply, prompting me to ponder the "what-ifs" of my own life.

It was in the final chapters that the emotional depth of "The Midnight Library" truly emerged. The pages resonated with a poignant exploration of regrets, dreams, and the eternal quest for fulfillment. These closing chapters tugged at heartstrings, evoking emotions that had been building throughout the story.

Reflecting on my reading journey, I would rate "The Midnight Library" at 3.5 out of 5 stars. While the slow start slightly dampened my initial excitement, the gradual unfolding of the narrative and the emotional crescendo in the latter portions captured my attention. This book, though not a transformative masterpiece in my eyes, does stand as a delightful and engaging read.

Would I recommend "The Midnight Library"? Absolutely. It offers an enjoyable exploration of alternate paths, peppered with relatable traits and a touch of philosophy. Its approachable length and thought-provoking themes make it a perfect companion for those seeking a meaningful yet not overly demanding read.

However, it's important to note that in my reading journey, I've encountered books that have left a more profound impact. While "The Midnight Library" did touch my heart and prompt introspection, there have been other literary works that have resonated more deeply, creating lasting impressions on my soul.

In essence, "The Midnight Library" fulfilled its role as a welcomed and enjoyable literary adventure. It provided a thought-provoking exploration of life's choices and the roads we traverse. While it may not have left an indelible mark on my literary landscape, it certainly enriched my reading experience and left me contemplating the intricacies of life's decisions long after I turned its final page.

September TBR

That wraps up my recap of the books I read in August and my TBR list for September. It's been an exciting month of reading, and I can't wait to dive into the new books waiting for me.

As we move forward into September, I hope you find some inspiration in these bookish adventures. Reading is a fantastic way to explore new worlds and gain fresh perspectives.

Thanks for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to sharing more reading experiences with you in the future. Enjoy your reading in September!

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