It's once again time to tell you about the best books I read this month. Sorry this one's a little late--my blog tour ran later than I expected. Here are my favorite August reads.
The first book this month comes from a familiar name to those who have followed me for a while. Cindy Callaghan is a rock star in the middle-grade fiction world. She even has her own Amazon Prime TV series based on one of her books. Her latest book is part of a series that has characters lost in various exciting parts of the world. They've been to Rome, Ireland, Paris, and London...but this location is my favorite of all:
Lost in Hollywood is the perfect demonstration of how this author uses plot devices in her books to cleverly take readers through the local sights. A 13-year-old girl named Ginger travels with her family and her BFF to Hollywood to help out her ailing aunt, only to find herself playing detective. When she learns that her memory-challenged aunt has hidden a large amount of money somewhere in Hollywood, Ginger, her BFF, and her aunt's caregiver's niece go on a hunt. The author takes us along for the ride and by the end of it, we feel like we've spent some serious time in Hollywood!
Next up is Jo Whittemore's latest book. I always read Jo's Aladdin M!x books, so I was excited she had a new book out--this one with HarperCollins.
Brooke's Not-So-Perfect Plan is the first in a super-fun series about four friends who write an advice column for their middle school paper. That premise alone drew me in! The first book tells the story of Brooke, who is extremely relatable no matter how old you are. Why? Because she's crazy-busy all the time. She's taken on way too much between her sports, hanging out with her friends, and writing this advice column. This is a fun and diverse novel about friendship and the pressures of being an overachieving middle school student.
The third book I read in August was actually a three-parter from blogger Valerie Capps. These short stories will draw you in, keeping you reading until the end. Best of all--they're only $.99 each!
Encounter on a Deserted Highway is the kind of spooky story that will stay with you long after you've finished it. The ending seriously gave me chills. A man and his daughter stop to pick up a stranger on a long stretch of road...and it's a decision that changes their lives forever. In Incident at the Diner, a little girl and her father enter a diner filled with a few locals who have a prejudice against them. The sweet little girl seems oblivious to their prejudices, but the tension soon builds and you know there's more to that little girl than meets the eye. In Lucy Get Your Gun, a young girl finds her life in upheaval after her father dies. A strange man shows up, saying he's been sent by child services to take some of the children, since she can't handle them on her own. Lucy and her brother have to "get their guns" to scare the man off, but the story has a very strong anti-gun message in the end! (Not to mention a surprise twist or two along the way.)
Next up is a book with a mesmerizing cover. Tamara Narayan is a blogger I met in recent months and I'm so glad I did. This book is another must-read to add to your list.
As you probably guessed, Heart Stopper and Other Stories is a book of short stories. If, like me, you loved Stephen King's earlier short story collections, you'll love this book. Each story has that eerie feeling, combined with amazing writing that has you turning each page. My favorite is Detour, with an ending that kept the story on my mind long after I finished it, but I also loved the surprise ending of One Step Away. Be careful reading this book late at night, when you're home alone!
Lori L. MacLaughlin is another new friend of mine. She has a new book out, but I wanted to read the first in the series before I read the latest:
If you're a fan of fantasy and adventure, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble is your book! The action kicks off from the start and continues throughout the book. Best of all, it has two kick-butt female characters that you grow to love! Lori wrapped everything up perfectly while still making you eager to pick up Book Two. Best of all, you don't have to wait, since Book Two is now available!
What are you reading now?