Great Reads from August 2016

Since my adult and young adult reviews are now posted on Opinionated Book Lover, I wanted to still share my recommendations for readers of Mom’s Radius who don’t also read Opinionated Book Lover.

Here are the great books I read in August that were not reviewed on this site. Click on the book title to open my full review from Opinionated Book lover.

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Mara Carlyle’s senior year is going as normally as could be expected, until—wa-bam!—fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last teenager to blow up without warning or explanation.

This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but it was so different. And the main character and narrator was sarcastic and just fun to read.

4 stars

Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph


Francis lost his brother that night in what was ruled a tragic accident. …the lone witness, Sam, the nine-year-old son of friends. … And now, twenty-three years later, Sam’s own nine-year-old son has disappeared.

This book is the suspense story I was hoping for when I read Before the Fall. I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to know what had happened to both boys in the story.


4 stars


The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. 


In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

I thought this book was a nice conclusion to the series. Although I admit, I was pretty confused while reading the majority of it.

4 stars

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. 

I had never heard of this book until I saw it was The Deliberate Reader online book club selection for September. I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

4 stars

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster showed up after midnight… But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments…

I read this for my family book club. It’s illustrated by Jim Kay and is pretty short, but it’s intense albeit a little confusing at times. I’m looking forward to the movie, which comes out in December.

4 stars

Today’s post will be linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit series.




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6 Comments

    1. A Monster Calls is a quick read, and the movie doesn't come out until December, so you've got time. 🙂

      Spontaneous was very different. I'm trying to get my husband to listen to the audiobook. (He doesn't read.) I just loved the sarcastic tone of the MC, and I think he would too.

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