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Reading Challenge: August (and July) Reads


Current Count: 38

Goal: 52

Y'all, I completely missed my July update. I feel like I'm living in one of those time warp tubes from Super Mario Bros. I have no idea what's happening or what day it is. But I do know I've read thirty-eight books so far. So, without further ado, here's what I read in July and August:

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens. 5 Stars

I can't say enough about this book. I reread it for book club and it was just as stunning the second time around.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid. 5 stars.

I've read two Taylor Jenkins Reid books this year and I am officially a fan. For a full review of Evelyn Hugo, read my other blog. Because I'm now that person who has multiple blogs.

Here are the highlights:

Old Hollywood

A different POV

A killer twist near the end

The Clockmaker's Daughter, Kate Morton. 5 stars.

A library coworker loaned me this one; I'm really mad at myself for not reading it sooner. It is lovely. An old sketch pad, a mysterious photo of a mysterious woman, a tortured artist, orphans and pickpockets, and a house that connects them all. Read this book.

Carpe Demon, Julie Kenner. 2 stars.

Look, sometimes you just need a Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets June Cleaver and this book is that. It's also not remarkable. But sometimes that's okay.

How to Set a Fire and Why, Jesse Ball. 2 stars.

I hated this book. Mostly because nothing happens. And the narrator sounds like the man in the red room from Twin Peaks. Looks, Twin Peaks is fine so long as it's left in Twin Peaks, you know what I mean?

The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss. 3 stars.

Ugh. I have so many feelings about this one, which is why it's smack dab in the middle. I loved the first book in this series. I finished it with questions I needed to be answered. I read all 1107 of this book only to be left asking the same dang questions. So many tangents. And the tangents were exciting and fun; there were just too many of them and the actual frame story seemed to go no where.

Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty. 4 stars.

My book club pick! I loved it. If you're a Liane Moriarty fan, you will, too. Nine people sign up for a ten day health retreat for a variety of reasons. Tranquilum House has great reviews and a director who pledges to ensure her guests leave there transformed...whether they like it or not.

So much drama, so much fun.

Witch is When it All Began, Adele Abbott. 3 stars.

I write goofy, cozy mysteries with one of my best gals. I feel it's important to read the genre on occasion. This book was perfectly fine, but nothing special.

Misery, Stephen King. 4 stars.

Whoa, Nelly. This book is just as intense as I thought it would be. Acclaimed author, Paul Sheldon, has a little accident. Luckily, his number one fan comes along and saves him from the wreckage. Unfortunately for Paul, his number one fan is a cockadoodie dirty bird who is unstable as heck. Misery is my third Summer of Stevie read and, I gotta say, this has been my most successful summer yet.

Vox, Christina Dalcher. 4 stars.

Is this a book or the news? It's really hard to tell. I adore dystopian fiction. I don't read it so much anymore for mental health reasons, but I had to give this debut a shot. I'm glad I did. Women are restricted to one hundred words a day, preferably fewer. In fact, at girl school, they're rewarded if they make it through the school day without speaking. Dr. Jean McClellan was an expert on brain injury and linguistics. Now she's an expert on buying milk and making sure the house is clean. When she's approached by the President about a super secret project, she can't resist. No, really. She literally cannot. Once Jean realizes what's really going on, she and her team make a plan.

Overall, a solid two months. I see I have exceeded my word allotment by 600 words so, until next time, happy reading.

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