The Only Book I Read in August

It’s no secret that I do a lot of reading and quarantine has definitely given me the extra time to fly through a large chunk of books in my TBR pile (38 so far this year if we’re being specific). But, August, man. I don’t know what it was, but I couldn’t read a book to save my life. I was in a major slump and started multiple books, only to put them down after only getting a few pages in and never picking them back up. At first, I was frustrated but kicked myself out of the self negativity. They’re just books, who cares if you read 0 or 10 in one month, right!? So instead I spent the entire month binging Netflix, scrolling through my phone, and being a couch potato. 

Even though I was in a slump, I did end up finishing one book in August, Beach Read, and I absolutely adored it. 

BEACH READ BY EMILY HENRY

Goodreads Synopsis:

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

My Review: This one seemed like it would be your average light-hearted rom-com beach read, but it reads almost as women’s fiction, with a side of romance. After her father dies, January Andrews finds herself broke, experiencing major writers block, and living in the secret house her father owned on the beach. Next door, Augustus Everett finds himself in a similar situation as January and although the two are polar opposites, they decide to strike up a deal. January is to write the next great American novel, August is to write something happy. The friendly competition and the relationship that develops from it as the two try to get out of their writing funk and face the not-so-great parts of being an adult pulled me into this book and I couldn’t put it down. Emily Henry did a wonderful job of making her book feel as real life as it gets and I loved that she didn’t romanticize the book writing process like so many books typically do. 

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What have you read lately?

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10 Comments

  1. 9.18.20
    Lizzie said:

    Aw don’t feel bad! 38 books in 8 months is a ton! I honestly need to just set aside some time to read even one lol!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  2. 9.18.20
    Kileen said:

    This book sounds quite intriguing! I may have to add it to my fall reading list!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  3. 9.20.20
    Stephanie said:

    I don’t know what it was about this book – maybe the fact that summer was coming to an end and it had “beach” in the title, but I think everyone and their mom read it in August. I did too! It was cute! I gave it four stars. Definitely one of my top contemporary picks 🙂 I liked that it was about authors!

  4. 9.21.20

    I wouldn’t beat myself about not going through more…seems like your lists are always so impressive! xoxo, Sarah

  5. 9.21.20
    Kristina said:

    I haven’t read a single book all year!! Unless you count baby books, lol.

  6. 9.21.20
    Rach said:

    Sometimes we just have those months. I read Beach Read and I really enjoyed it. It was the perfect Summer book. I’m currently reading Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  7. 9.21.20
    Greta said:

    Thanks for your honest review! I’ll have to check this out at the library!

  8. 9.21.20
    Anna English said:

    I’m heading on one last beach trip this weekend and am totally picking this up!

  9. 9.21.20
    Lily said:

    I used to LOVE to read but once I started blogging, it kind of went out the window. I no longer had time for it. Especially with a full-time job too. This sounds like a light-hearted book. Something I might enjoy.

  10. 9.22.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    You are still ahead of me! the only book I have read this past month is a marriage devotional. definitely need to up my reading game!

    xo Laura Leigh
    https://louellareese.com