Recent Reads (August)

Hi friends!

Time for another round of ‘recent reads’…these are all books I read in August and would recommend to y’all! I’m the type of person who reads like 18,000 reviews on a book before I commit to it, so I promise to never recommend a book that I don’t feel was worth my time.

For example, SO many people were raving about the book ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty (whom I normally love) but I honestly just couldn’t get through it. I gave up after chapter 5.


It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover:

Highly recommend! This book had me constantly second-guessing what would happen and got me emotionally invested into the characters and their various story-lines.

Lily came from a household where her father was abusive to her mother, swearing to herself she would never be in a relationship like her parents. Imagine her horror when her husband begins to show an angry dark side.

We also learn about a love from Lily’s past, Atlas, who resurfaces in Lily’s life just as she needs him. This book is a romance novel interwoven with the very serious issue of domestic violence. It gives you an up close and personal look inside an abusive relationship. How many times can you forgive someone you love for hurting you? What can be forgiven and what can’t?  Trust me, you’ll find yourself questioning your own thoughts and emotional responses as you read this book.


Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Loved this book! Definitely an easy beach type read, but also has a very unique story line un-like most other romance novels. I read this on the flight to and from our honeymoon and it definitely kept me entertained. I recommend this one!


Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Ok….I’m definitely going to get a lot of people who don’t agree with me on this one, but I just couldn’t get through it. I’m the type of person where if I’m still not into it by the 4th or 5th chapter, I’m not wasting my time any longer. This book was VERY highly rated by readers choice… so apparently I’m in the minority here, but I found it to be very very slow.


After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.”

Such an un-conventional book for me to read the month of my wedding (I read this in July) but it truly was a good read. Not quite as good as Maybe in Another Life and It Ends with Us, but definitely worth reading.


The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo:

I finished this book in like 3 days. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Gabe and Lucy meet at University on September 11, 2001, forming an immediate and inseparable bond. We’re told their stories over increments. Months spent together, years apart, and chance meetings that brings their paths together again.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin:

I just picked this one up after seeing that one of my favorite youtubers- Kalyn Nicholson was raving about it.

I think it’s a bit darker than my usual reads, so we’ll see how I like it!

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst:

“The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.”

In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.

With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers:

  • Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt.
  • Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence.
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.
  • Stop feeling left out and start believing that “set apart” does not mean “set aside.”
  • End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.

I recommend this book to anyone lacking confidence or feeling defeated in either their profession or personal life. Lysa does an amazing job of reminding us what is truly important in life and who we should ultimately be serving.


Have y’all read any of these? Any other book suggestions you have for me? Leave them in the comments below, I’m always looking for new book suggestions!!


xx, Abby



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