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What I Read in August 2017

Today I’ve got read six book reviews for you. They’re all from such different genres that I’m not even going to try and explain them or list them out. Just know, there has to be something in the mix for you.

Also, I did read one more book, but it was the ending to a series I started reading when I was in high school, and therefore have never talked about, so it will not be included. I do want to tell you the title of series though because it’s perfect for the upcoming fall months. Aka it’s nice and spooky themed. Anyways, it’s the Bad Girls Don’t Die series. Check it out if you’re looking for a good ghost story!

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What I Read in August 2017: five books reviews from genres like dystopian, adult fiction, horror & romance | College with Caitlyn

Now onto the real reviews:

Evil Librarian

Okay, bear with me here. This book sounds like a total cheese-fest, but it’s actually really good. I was looking for a good light, scary ebook to read when I had down time at work, and this is the most interesting one I found. Plus, I thought it was very fitting to be reading at the library.

Only two pages in I knew I was going to enjoy the main character, Cynthia, very much. She’s actually as boy crazy as I am, and honestly, it’s really hard to find characters who tell it so real. I mean this girl was literally having the same thoughts as I did back in high school. We would be best friends in real life.

On to the plot. Obviously, the whole demon thing and high school romance thing is very predictable and therefore very cliche. But not in an over the top “I can’t read another word” kind of way.

Also, I have to say the ending is very very satisfying.

Description from Goodreads:

“He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon.

Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).”

The Bear by Claire Cameron a book review

The Bear

Everyone needs to read this book. And you have absolutely no excuse because it’s literally barely 200 pages.

I found this book one day at work while I was going through the shelves and making them look all pretty. The cover was what originally caught my eye, but it was the fact the story is told from the POV of a little girl that really intrigued me.

And it did not disappoint. It was so fun to step into Anna’s head and experience life through a 5-year-old’s view. Even if it was at such a rough time. The ending when the Alex and Anna are 10 years older was the perfect ending that made me tear up a little.

I think this book also helps to show that children aren’t doing what we think they are or they aren’t thinking what we think they are. Super psychological there, but super interesting.

Description from Goodreads:

“While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, 300 pounds of fury, is attacking the family’s campsite, pouncing on her parents as prey.

At her dying mother’s faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family’s canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe dumps the two children on the edge of the woods, and the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a dangerous wilderness, we see Anna’s heartbreaking love for her family — and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.

Told in the honest, raw voice of five-year-old Anna, this is a riveting story of love, courage, and survival.”

The Hook-up

Okay, warning: this book is super graphic. So if you aren’t into reading about sex scenes you’re going to want to skip this.

I loved how even though the plot of this was cliche (dating a football star), the characters really weren’t. It was refreshing to read about a jock and a girl banter with huge words (that I had to google sometimes) than just go at each other like animals. While that certainly happened a lot in the book, and it was almost getting annoying, I think the author capped it off at the right time. One thing that did bother me was how Drew and Anna referred to Anna’s genitals as her “sex.” It just sounds like the author is scared to say the words vagina and clitoris to me.

This book was super long and hard to get into, but I would still recommend it if you’re into that sort of thing.

Description from Goodreads:

“The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.”

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Niell a book review

Only Ever Yours

Hands down one of the best books I’ve read.

I’ve strayed from dystopia books for a few years, and was hesitant on picking this up because of that, but I’m so glad I took the chance. This book was so well written. I swear the whole thing was a huge metaphor and I would write a paper about it just for fun it was that good. If I were a teacher I would make my students read this and do a project on it!

You can tell the author was using this to bring the issues of sexual assault, eating disorders, sexism, suicide, and self-confidence. Probably more but this is all I could think of off the top of my head. It was so eye opening to read. Frieda and the girls would make comments about themselves and instantly I would go and think about a time I said the same thing to myself. This was a little triggering to read, but I think I have a healthier mindset after reading it.

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The only thing that bothered me was how I knew what was going on with Isabel. Just a little too predictable.

Description from Goodreads:

“In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..

And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .”

Coast to Coast Ghosts

I believe in the paranormal. I may not believe every story I read, but I do enjoy learning more about ghosts. I was having a hard time finding just a normal horror book to me, so a coworker suggested reading real ghost stories. This was actually one she picked out for me and I read it in four hours.

This book creeped me out the tiniest bit, so I was super glad my roommate actually came home the night I was reading it. I did not want to be alone.

The author not only tells stories she’s picked up on but also shares her research to back them up! I thought this really added to the realness of the anecdotes. However, the description does lie a little because there are no pictures in the book that claim to capture apparitions.

Description from Goodreads:

“Ghosts have been the entertaining subject of many works of fiction. But they’re even more intriguing (and perhaps even scarier) when they are the focus of real-life hauntings in our own backyard. An employee of the St. James Hotel in New Mexico watches in shock as a fair-haired toddler with a terribly disfigured face disappears “into” the floor. This is just one of the paranormal mysteries Leslie Rule shares with us – a result of extensive interviews and research uncovering the reasons behind ghost sightings across the country. “Coast to Coast Ghosts” features dozens of spine-tingling, real-life ghost stories and approximately 50 black-and-white photographs, taken by Rule, including some believed to have captured actual apparitions.

Only the reader can decide. . . .”

I've got your number by Sophia Kinsella

I’ve Got Your Number

Sophia Kinsella does it again! In case you missed it, I read my first Sophia Kinsella book last month and was so enthralled with her writing I checked out another one right away.

As with the last time, the characters did not disappoint. They all have their own very vibrant and in-depth personality and were not static in anyway.

I got annoyed with how long the book was about halfway through when the plot was still about her losing the ring and how she was scared of her fiance’s family. Then the plot slowly thickened and I was all for it. Things show up in different lights and viewpoints and I was engrossed again.

I love how Kinsella is able to start a story, make you think one thing, and then show that your viewpoint was biased and not at all true. I hope that makes sense. Basically, this she shows that things are never as they seem.

Description from Goodreads:

“I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.”


I honestly can’t tell if my favorite book was The Bear or Only Ever Yours. But those are the two I would recommend with the highest remarks. I hope you found at least one book that sounds interesting to you!

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  • Heidi

    Oohh I’m going to have to check some of these out! I’m loving YA distopian books recently. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Do you have any suggestions for other YA dystopian? I’m really in the mood for them now!!

      xo
      Caitlyn

  • Faith

    Wow! I think it’s awesome that you read that many books this month! Have you tried audiobooks yet? I’ve gotten so into them lately to pass all the time I spend in the car. You should give them a try if you haven’t (you can use an app called “overdrive” on your phone to check them out for free through some local libraries)

    XOXO
    Faith
    lifewithfaith1.blogspot.com

    • I have not tried audiobooks! I have been listening to Podcasts while driving though. It’s nice to listen to something you could learn from, and not just mindless music. I assume audiobooks are the same way! Also, my library does uses overdrive! It’s how I get my ebooks.

      xo
      Caitlyn