(August 2021 Show Us Your Books): The Secret Bridesmaid, That Weekend, and More!

Posted August 10, 2021 by shooting in Book Review / 28 Comments

It’s already the 2nd Tuesday of the month and it’s time for Show Us Your Books (courtesy of Jana and Steph)! The purchase links are affiliate links, which means I get a small % of any sale at no extra cost to you (and you’re supporting independent bookstores with these links!)

That Weekend by Kara Thomas

personal copy; all opinions are my own

Review:  First off, thank you to Suzanne from The Bookish Libra for gifting me a copy of this book. I brought it on my vacation to Hilton Head last month and really enjoyed it. Kara Thomas is one of my favorite YA mystery authors, and I highly recommend her work (I’ve read all of her books so far!) This book is about Claire, who skips her senior prom, to secretly go to her friend’s grandma’s lake house. It’s her and her friends Kat and Jesse. However, by the end of the weekend, Claire is found on the mountain with a head wound and no memory of the past couple of days…and her friends are nowhere to be found. I thought this was a pretty solid mystery! It definitely had me wondering and second guessing characters (even Claire, Kat, and Jesse!)


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Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

personal copy; all opinions are my own

Review: I’m a big cozy mystery fan but I definitely need to make more time for them. In this one, Jules comes home to help her mom in their bakery and figure out what she wants out of the rest of her life.

Not long after arriving, a local (who many have reason to hate) winds up dead…inside the bakery!!  Jules investigates as much as she can- desperate to find the culprit and make sure the bakery and her small town aren’t too negatively affected! And whew- there are many suspects! I love that I didn’t guess who done it!

Jules is an enjoyable narrator, and I really loved the various secondary characters. I definitely flew through this one, and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel (which I already own)!!  I think this is going to be another favorite series for me. ⁣
Plus- the book is full of fun baking tips and tricks!!

Purchase your copy of Meet Your Baker


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The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

personal copy; all opinions are my own

Review:  I actually wrote a full review of this one already, and I highly recommend! Be sure to purchase your own copy of The Secret Bridesmaid.


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Secondhand Dogs by Carolyn Crimi

book for review; all opinions are my own

Review: This is another where I wrote a full review, so be sure to check that out!

Purchase your copy of Secondhand Dogs, a well-written MG novel.


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Lies We Bury by Elle Marr

personal copy; all opinions are my own

Review: And finally, my last review – which I also did a full post on, so if you want to know more, you can go ahead and read that.  You can also go and purchase a copy now!


I’ve actually read some other books in the past month, but I do want to take some fun photos with them (and I might do individual review posts for some) so I’ll save them for the next link-up!

What have you read this month? Have you read any of the above…or are you interested in any of them? I’d love to know!

I have officially joined TikTok! If you’re on there, I’d love to follow you. Right now it’s mostly a mix of bookish things and my cat, Charlie.

28 responses to “(August 2021 Show Us Your Books): The Secret Bridesmaid, That Weekend, and More!

  1. Okay, the pic with your cat next to a book featuring dogs on the cover is hilarious! And I LOVE tuxedo cats! That Weekend sounds really good, adding it to my TBR. I used to be a diehard fan of cozies, somewhat moved past them but think I need to revisit them. I love a good mystery and some currently mysteries are little too hardcore (i.e. depressing) for me right now.

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  2. Ha! Your cat looks a bit peeved to be featured by dogs! My cats would feel it was an insult to their existence as well. Dogs are so beneath them, lol! Love your picture with Lies We Bury. The cream roses match the cover beautifully. 🙂

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  3. Sounds like some fun reads. I love the style of your posts – I meant to set up my Bookshop site, but never finished. And I always intend to take more pictures and post on Instagram, but other things end up taking priority. You make it all look beautiful! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month 🙂

  4. Kara Thomas is also one of my favorite YA authors and I love That Weekend, although Little Monsters is still my fave of hers, I guess haha! I want to read more cozy mysteries, I’ve only started getting into the genre this year with Arsenic and Adobo and Dial A for Aunties, and they were sure hits for me! I’m definitely going to check out Meet Your Baker.

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