August 2019 Recap

I am so glad August is over! It was a stressful month. I am officially moved into my new place. There were a few hiccups on moving day and there have been a few more since then, but I’m finally starting to feel ok about it. The other big thing that happened in August was seeing Kristan Higgins on book tour! You all know what a fan I am of her, and I have always hoped she would come to Ohio. The crowd picture below is one Kristan took and put on her Facebook page – can you find me and Amanda?

One thing I have mentioned about Higgins books several times on this blog is that I absolutely love her Romance books, but she’s moved more into Women’s Fiction the past few years and I don’t enjoy those quite as much. Someone in the audience asked her if she would return to her Romance roots and she basically said no. She said the older she gets and the farther away she gets from her first kiss, etc., the less interested she is in writing that. She wants to write about women closer to her own age. I get that, but I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed. I was also a little disappointed in a couple of other things. I didn’t want a copy of the book tour book, since I didn’t love it, so I planned on buying one (or several) of her older books for her to sign when I got there, but they only had one of her Romance books available. I loved The Best Man, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. However, they only gave out sticky notes to get your book personalized to people that bought the newest book. When it was finally our turn to get our books signed, I felt like she really just rushed through it. I am also in her Super Readers group and she had posted to tell her that you’re a Super Reader and she would have something special for you, but when I told her, she asked my name (and still didn’t personalize my book) and that was it. Out of all the authors I’ve been fortunate enough to meet over the last couple of years, I really expected her to be the most personable and friendliest, and I honestly felt pretty let down.

Books Read: 9

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter

  Books Reviewed: 5

Trust Me When I Lie by Benjamin Stevenson – 3/5 Stars

On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romantics #1) by Nina Bocci – 3/5 Stars

Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown – 4/5 Stars

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon – 4/5 Stars

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – 2/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 97

Funny Fridays:

August 9

#BookishQouteOfTheDay #Books #Reading

August 16

Other Posts:

July 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday: August 7, 2019

WWW Wednesday: August 21, 2019

WWW Wednesday: August 28, 2019

Reviewing the Unreviewed: August 2019

14 thoughts on “August 2019 Recap

  1. We have talked about wanting to see Kristan for such a long time so I am sorry it wasn’t better for you! I was disappointed to hear Kristan won’t be writing anymore romance too. She didn’t give a definite no but I will be very surprised if she ever writes another one. I understand why she has moved away from that but I will still miss them.

    I am glad you are starting to settle it to your new place! Moving is so much work.

    • It was still a decent event, I think I had just hyped it up so much in my head that it would have been hard to live up to my expectations anyways haha. Have you started reading her book yet?
      And thanks! I still have one of the bedrooms that is just full of boxes. Everything I didn’t know what to do with got thrown in there and I just keep ignoring it haha.

  2. Glad you’re all moved in and getting settled! That’s too bad about your experience with the Kristan Higgans event. You should have received better attention. I’ve heard about many of these author events where you have to buy the current book, but I didn’t know that you couldn’t get a different one personalized. As for Karin Slaughter, I’ll have to get up the courage to read another one of her books. I listened to Pretty Girls and it was very suspenseful, but so gritty and grisly! On to September!

    • A lot of Karin Slaughter’s books are pretty gritty and grisly! I might recommend Pieces of Her to you. There’s an early scene that’s pretty graphically violent, but after that it’s not as bad in that regard.
      All of the other author events I’ve gone to in this library system has given out post-it notes to get your book personalized for whatever book you want. I’ve brought books from home instead of buying them there and they still did it. There’s often limits – like only one or two will be personalized – but this was the first time it didn’t happen like that.

  3. I’m really sorry to hear that meeting Kristan Higgins was a let down! I don’t understand the book thing – they should’ve offered more options. It’s not like she’s not going to make a ton of money on her new book that they have to push it on people. I do prefer her woman’s fiction more, but I know how much you enjoy her romances. What a bummer!

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