August Book of the Month Picks

Hi everyone! It’s my birthday month so I got a free book from Book of the Month which honestly is a great birthday present! I’m excited about all the books I picked, they all sound interesting me for different reasons. The best thing about these books is that they are all perfect books for transitioning to fall reading. I live in Texas so I don’t get a true autumnal experience but a girl can dream.


Well Met by Jen DeLuca – It’s almost Renaissance Faire season and I’m so excited!!! This book will be very helpful for getting in the mood for Ren Faire. Well Met is a romantic comedy featuring Emily and Simon two ren faire actors and their tempestuous relationship. I’m excited about this book but I’m somewhat hesitant because Romance can go one of two ways. It can be really sweet or it can go the “steamy” route which I don’t really like. So hopefully, this will be on the sweet side.

Young Adult Fantasy

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig – This is a twelve dancing princesses retelling but four of the princesses have died after sneaking of the house, it’s up to Annaliegh to figure out what evil has been attacking her family. I’m really intrigued because it’s kind of a horror/mystery retelling of the twelve dancing princesses with fantasy elements and it’s the perfect fantasy to get me in the mood for fall!


Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – I got really freaked out last time I tried to read this for absolutely no reason. So I’m going to stop being such a chicken and try reading this again. This is a nonfiction book following two major historical events happening simultaneously the creation of the Chicago World Fair and the killings of America’s first known serial killer. I really want to read this because I’m fascinated by the Chicago World’s Fair, and I recently went to Chicago so I’m interested in learning more about the history of the city, but the serial killer parts freaked me out last time. Part of me wants to skip the serial killer parts and only read the parts about Chicago but I’m still unsure. (For those of you asking why I picked a book that I knew would freak me out, and it’s honestly because Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco is coming out and it deals pretty heavily with both of the events mentioned in this book.)

YA Historical Fiction

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee – I’m really excited about this book! I am a YA Book of the Month affiliate and they were kind enough to send me one of their books for free this month! I picked The Downstairs Girl because it deals heavily with race and gender politics in the south. Jo Kuan, ladies maid to a wealthy Atlanta businessman, secretly works as a journalist writing the “Dear Miss Sweetie” for proper southern ladies. When she discusses her opinions on race and gender in the column it causes a bit of an uproar throughout polite southern society and people want to know who the woman is the woman behind the column?