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text 2017-07-29 13:27
July Wrap-up
The Goblins of Bellwater - Molly Ringle
A Duty to the Dead - Charles Todd
Golden Age and Other Stories - Naomi Novik
Crystal Magic: Mineral Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld - Patricia A. McKillip
Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season - Elisabet der Nederlanden
Embroidered Garden Flowers: Botanical Motifs for Needle and Thread (Make Good: Crafts + Life) - Kazuko Aoki
The Xanth Novels: Books 38–40 - Piers Anthony
Art on the Rocks: More than 35 colorful & contemporary rock-painting projects, tips, and techniques to inspire your creativity! - Marisa Redondo,F. Sehnaz Bac,Margaret A Pericak-Vance

It's close enough to the end of the month that I know I won't finish anymore by then.

 

So, 9 books finished this month. 4 of them non-fiction and 8 of them Netgalley. Ooops...

 

The good news is I'm on the last of my Netgalley books until more approvals come through and about to start another book off my A-list.

 

Speaking of which, the best book of the month was the one I read from that list, A Duty to the Dead. I really enjoyed that one.

 

More good news, my samples folder is empty! Yes, completely empty. There may be some more lurking on my desktop computer where I put back-ups for a factory reset once, but I'm up to date and can start vetting all those freebie books. They get the same treatment as the samples; grab me quick or it's the delete button. If I find one I want to read, the vetting goes on hold until I've got room to start another book. Just in case.

 

Hopefully that will get me through all my stashes of backed up books eventually. I've got a folder on the desktop for Instafreebie downloads and such too!

 

I have 55 in my Ereaderiq folder, waiting for price drops. But I have plenty to read and a wide selection so I can afford to wait.

 

New samples will come in constantly no doubt, but now I can keep on top of them!

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text 2015-08-01 02:03
July Wrap-Up

 

I read an incredible amount of books this month!  I read 17 books, 2 short story anthologies, and 2 middle grade books for a total of 21.  This was obviously a great reading month, partly because I had a lot of vacation time (where I obviously read, but did other things, too like hike, camp and garden), but I also did not commit to reading as many ARC's this month which I think made a big difference.  Anyway, here is the rundown:

 

The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi:  Literary fiction set in India about finding family. review. 

 

Spore by Tamara Jones: Horror/Science Fiction with not quite zombies. Review

 

Orphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade:  Historical fiction set in a Jewish orphanage and nursing home and forgiving and moving on. Review.  

 

Bowery Girl by Kim Taylor Blakemore:  Historical Fiction set in NYC about life in the bowery for two young women. Review. 

 

A Fine Line by Jeanine Binder: Contemporary Romantic Suspense with a doctor and a cop. Review.

 

Earth 5 by Hustin Lindenhall: Science fiction for young adults with aliens. Review.  

 

An Immortal Descent by Kari Edgren:  Third book in the Goddess Born, historical fantasy. Review and a chance to win!

 

The Grimm Chronicles Books 1-3 by Isabella Fontaine:  Young adult fantasy where the Grimm's characters have come to life. Reviews. 

 

Masters of Time by Alesha Escobar et al.: Time Travel/ Sci Fi Short story collection. Review. 

 

Aoleon the Martian Girl Parts 1 &2 by Brent LaVasseur: Middle Grade Science fiction with aliens. Reviews. 

 

The Mine by John A. Heldt: Time Travel Romance set in pre-WWII. Review. 

 

Broken Lies by Claire Vale: Young Adult dystopia with climate change and zombies. Review. 

 

Loonies by Gregory Bastianelli: Horror in a small town.  Review.

 

 

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans: Historical fiction in WWII where two wandering souls find each other. Review. 

 

Gristle and Bone by Duncan Ralston: Horror shorts with something for everyone. Review. 

 

Jane By The Sea: Jane Austen's Love Story by Carolyn V. Murray: Historical Romance of Jane Austen's summer of love. Review. 

 

Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melonson: Young adult paranormal with unknown vampires. Review. 

 

The Grip of God by Rebecca Hazell:  Historical fiction during the Mongol invasions, 13th  century. Review. 

 

Favorite Books this month:

Loonies

The Mine

Orphan #8

Spore

 

Happy Reading!

 

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text 2014-08-04 23:21
July Wrap Up & August TBR

Name, Date Finished, Rating, & Mini Review

So I read six books this month, which wasn't as many as I had hoped but it was still a fair amount seeing as I have a lot going on like working and spending time with family.  But I really enjoyed all of the books that I read, so I don't consider it a failed month for reading.

 

July Wrap Up

 

READ: Monday 7th

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige {4/5 Stars}

~This is the first novel in the Dorothy Must Die Trilogy...? Is it going to be a trilogy? I'm not really sure.  Anyway, it was a fast paced novel. A great start to the series.  Though it was slow at times through the middle when the world was developing which I understand was needed to show the contrast between the old Oz and the new.  Which was extremely interesting to read about

 

READ: Friday 11th

The Elite by Kiera Cass {3/5 Stars}

~ The second novel in the Selection Trilogy.  I usually don't agree with the general public when it comes to books.  I have to agree with everyone when they say that America is infuriating in this novel.  She seemed almost bipolar in this novel.  As well, I've never really enjoyed the idea of a love triangle, and it was sort of there in the first book, but I could ignore it.  In this novel it's a main aspect, and I find that the love triangle makes American another typical whinny YA character.

 

READ: Monday 14th

Head Over Heels created by Francine Pascal written by Kate Williams {3/5 Stars}

~ This is book eighteen in the Sweet Valley High series.  This follows Regina Marrow and Bruce Patman two side characters, along with the usual two main characters the Wakefield twins.  I enjoyed reading about Regina and Bruce.  I overall enjoy the Sweet Valley High series because of books like this where they tell the story of different characters throughout the town, so i really gives you the feeling that you're in Sweet Valley.  You get to see the entire community, which you don't often get to see in novels.

 

READ: Wednesday 16th

Tomorrow's Kingdom by Maureen Fergus {5/5 Stars}

An amazing conclusion to the Gypsy King Trilogy.  It was face paced throughout the entire book.  All loose ends were tied up very nicely and practically.  I absolutely loved the ending, it was extremely satisfying, in my opinion.  Just an overall great book.

 

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles {5/5 Stars}

The second novel in the Leaving Paradise Duology.  I have nothing but amazing things to say about this novel and the first novel.  I absolutely love the characters Maggie and Caleb.  Simone Elkeles always has the most amazing book boys who are ever so swoon-worthy! I love the change of scenery, and how different it is from the first book, and how it still seems to work.

 

READ Thursday 24th

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell {5/5 Stars}

A stand alone contemporary, although Rowell is reportedly working on or contemplating a squeal.  Everything about this book was phenomenal!  Eleanor and Park's relationship was adorable.  The novel was nicely paced.  Events and situations were real and relatable.  Eleanor was refreshing because plainness, she isn't the typical pretty, thin and bubbly character.  She's just a regular girl.  Definitely a work of art!

 

August TBR

 

 

1. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (& maybe the rest of the series...?)

2. The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks

3. Crash Into You- Katie McGarry

4. A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks

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text 2014-08-01 22:57
July Wrap-Up

I read 15 books this month!  Here's the run down:

 

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden: A young adult paranormal with vampires, but very un-Twilight like.  Review. 

 

The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson: A historical mystery set in the Marshalsea gaol. Review. 

 

Echoes by Michael Bray:  The Second Book in the Whispers trilogy, horror/ thriller. Review

 

Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolf Eichman by D. Lawrence Young:  A historical documentary novel about the Mosad catching a Nazi war criminal set in post WWII. Review

 

Prisoner of the Queen by Eliza Knight:  Historical fiction set in the Tudor Court about Katherine Gray, sister to Jane Gray. Review.

 

The Bone Church by Victoria Dougherty:  A heavy historical thriller set in WWII era Prague. Review. 

 

Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard: A modern re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera set in the ballet world. Review.

 

Changeless by Gail Carriger:   The second book in the Parasol Protectorate series, a fun steampunk, paranormal romance.  Review. 

 

Birds of the Nile by N.E. David: Contemporary, literary fiction the combined the political issues in Egypt and ornithology. Review

 

The Lost Catacomb by Shifra Hochberg:  A historical dual-time story about a lost treasure, family secrets and Vatican conspiracy. Review. 

 

Schasm and Fissure Free by Shari J. Ryan: The first two books in the Schasm series, a new adult, fantasy, psychological thriller series about a young woman who can live in her dreams. Schasm review, Fissure Review. 

 

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion: Historical Fiction about Joan of Kent, who was eventually the wife of Edward the Black Prince.  Review.

 

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell: Contemporary family drama dealing with many different issues.  Review

 

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: Young adult gothic thriller, about a young boy and girl who find themselves in an incredible adventure. Review. 

 

Wow, a great reading month!  My favorite read by far was Marina, other top reads were the Schasm series, Casquette Girls and Prisoner of the Queen.  Not so favorite read was The Bone Church.  

 

Did you enjoy any of these books or are you looking forward to reading any of these books?

 

 

 

 

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video 2013-08-05 10:57
Sweet Venom (Sweet Venom Series #1) -
Sweet Shadows - Tera Lynn Childs
Confessions of an Angry Girl - Louise Rozett
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -
Nadia Knows Best - Jill Mansell

In which I discuss the books I read in July 2013.Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them. 

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