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  • Writer's pictureTash Sekar Goodman

My Very Honest Reviews of Books I've Read in Summer 2023

Autumn is nearly upon us and I find that it's the perfect time to get cosy with a book + a cuppa + a blanket.

With that being said, it's been a drama/mystery/thriller season for me and I have loved so many of the books that I have read. Here are some of them below:

Spooky Mystery/Thriller

The Only One Left by Riley Sager


A mansion, a murder and more twists that I could count. It's a page turner for sure and has all the cosy murder mystery vibes one could want from a book. Had me hooked until the very end. Riley Sager is great story-teller in the thriller genre - and this is personally my favourite of his books.

Cosy Fiction

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman


Erm- did someone say Halloween was coming up? Autumn/October is a great time to immerse yourself in the spooky world of witches and magic and this book ticks all those boxes. It's a light-hearted, heart-warming story with a commentary on the importance of sisterhood.

Has-You-Comtemplating-Life Vibes

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata


This is a fairly short, Japanese translated book- a quick read. It's a sweet story and I was thinking about this book for ages after reading it. An entertaining story - possibly a bit odd at times - but deeply philosophical for such a short story. The characters, apart form the main character. are highly unlikeable though.

Mystery/Rich People Drama

The It Girl by Ruth Ware


The twisty + suspenseful novel that lands more as a drama than a thriller. It's slow-paced but the plot is somewhat interesting to keep reading until the end. Overall, not a great read for me but entertaining enough.


Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix


WTF did I just read? When I initially read what this book was about, I was instantly hooked - a haunted furniture warehouse store (resembling Ikea) where the employees suspect there are strange events that happen during closed hours. So they spend a night there to investigate further. I mean - come on - just take my money - you know?! The first of my Grandy Hendrix books and definitely not my last.

Eat-The-Rich Vibes

Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier


Lifestyles of the rich are not all caviar dreams and champagne wishes in this book. This book is about bored rich people who like to play games with people's lives. The story jumps around a lot and comes to an abrupt ending - but entertaining nevertheless. It had potential - but didn't quite get there.

Please do let me know if you have any good book recommendations - especially some non-fiction reads!

Visit my other book reviews from a while back here.

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