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Monthly Wrap-up: July-August 2019

The past couple of months have been very busy for me and unfortunately I fell into quite a reading slump. So I decided to hold off on posting my wrap-ups for both July and August. Thankfully I have been much more productive (reading wise) during the month of September, so I have decided to do a catch-up post.

Total Books Read in July: 1
Total Books Read in August: 2
Total Books Read in 2019 (at the end of August): 25

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L.A Candy (L.A. Candy, 1)
By: Lauren Conrad

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 2.5/5

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A Family of Strangers
By: Emilie Richards

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary
Rating: 3.5/5
Note: I was sent a copy of A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards, from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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It’s Not What It Looks Like
By: Molly Burke

Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir
Rating: 4/5



The Red Queen
By: Philippa Gregory

Genre: Historical Fiction
Quick Thoughts: I was so disappointed to have to discontinue reading The Red Queen. I have really enjoyed reading previous books by this author and began with high expectations. Unfortunately the time line didn’t interest me and I was quite bored by the main character.

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 1
2019 TBR Jar Challenge: 1

August/ September TBR Jar Picks

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Book Reviews · Recommendations

Mini Audio Book Reviews: August-September 2019

Today I am sharing my quick thoughts on the audiobooks I listened to during the months of August and September.

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It’s Not What It Looks Like
By: Molly Burke
Narrated by: Molly Burke
Published: August 2019
Published by: Audible Original
Genre: Memoir
Format Read: Audiobook, Audible
Rating: 4/5


Listening Length: 3 hours and 5 minutes

In an audiobook like none you’ve ever heard before, blind YouTube star Molly Burke speaks with authenticity and candor about being a purple-haired, pink-loving fashion and makeup lover in a seeing world.

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, Burke has been legally blind since age five, and became completely sightless as a teenager. Here, she tackles the preconceived notions we have around blindness, her struggles with bullying and anxiety, inclusivity, how she built her successful influencer business (with over 1.8 million followers), and what it’s really like to travel the globe with her service dog, Gallop, now that everyone has an emotional support animal. (Hint: Really hard!)

This is a beautifully voiced, honest, and rousing journey of a young woman who has made it her mission to make us see her and the disability community in a totally new way.

Quick Thoughts

I came across Molly Burke’s It’s Not What It Looks Like, when perusing Audible one day. I had not heard of the YouTube star and motivational speaker before, but was instantly intrigued by her story. Despite her medical problems and struggle with mental health, this was quite an upbeat and optimistic memoir. I especially found it interesting learning about the process of obtaining a service dog. I would highly recommend It’s Not What It Looks Like to those who enjoy memoirs. This would also be a great book for young people and their parents who may be struggling with health problems.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
By: Deborah Moggach
Narrated by: Nina Wadia
Published: February 2012
Published by: W.F. Howes
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Format Read: Audiobook, Audible App.
Rating: 3/5


When Ravi Kapoor, an over-worked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his disgusting and difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: ‘Can’t we just send him away somewhere?

Somewhere far, far away.’ His prayer seems to have been answered when his entrepreneurial cousin, Sonny, sets up a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England in a converted guesthouse in Bangalore. Travel and set-up are inexpensive, staff willing and plentiful – and the British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and take mango juice with their gin.

These Foolish Things is a brilliant comedy of manners, mixing acute observation with a deeper message about how different cultures cope in the modern world…

Quick Thoughts

A few years ago I saw the movie adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and absolutely loved it. I was happy to have found the audio version on Audible and was eager to find out if I loved the book as much. Like in the movie, it compares the British culture to that of the Indian, in a way that was both humorous and touching. I enjoyed reading of these comparisons and found the differences to be quite fascinating. Unfortunately, however I didn’t love the book as much as the film, as I had a hard time keeping track of the numerous characters. Still I think it is a good representation of how the older generations are affected by the modern world and I would recommend to those interested in learning about different cultures.

Books Hauls

Audio Book Haul: Summer 2019

Over the past couple of months I have been struggling with a major reading slump. So I decided to turn to audio books in a bid to revive my interest and signed up for an Audible account. Here are the books I have recently added to my library:

It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke
Narrated by: Molly Burke

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
Narrated by: Nina Wadia


Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
Narrated by: John Curless


Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Narrated by: Rachel Hollis


Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by: Jennifer Beals et al.

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Tudor Queens Book Tag

The Tudor Queens Book Tag was created by Jess at Jessticulates. All images were created by her.

It has been a long time since I’ve read any Tudor fiction, however I recently picked up The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. So I thought it would be a great time to do this tag.

Elizabeth of York

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A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards

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Katherine of Aragon

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The Complete Illustrated Novels of Jane Austen, Volume I by Jane Austen


Anne Boleyn

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Jane Seymour

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The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder


Anne of Cleves

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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

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Kathryn Howard

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The Luxe (Luxe, 1) by Anna Godbersen


Katherine Parr

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The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury


Lady Jane Grey

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Summer Baby: A Novella (The Summer Series Book 3) by Beth Labonte

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Mary I

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut


Elizabeth I

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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory