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August Books

I read 41 books this month with an average score of 3.58. I had a reread this month with Mature Content - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell. I finished several series that I'd started a while ago (The Conqueror's SagaStorm Siren, and Rosario Vampire Season II).


23 of my books were young adult and 11 were graphic novels. My most read genres were contemporary, romance, and fantasy.


My favorite books were Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White and A Million Junes - Emily Henry. My least favorite book was Losing the Field - Abbi Glines.



5 Stars

Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White 



4.5 Stars

A Million Junes - Emily Henry Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel - A. W. Jantha Heavy Vinyl - Carly Usdin,Nina Vakueva 


4 Stars

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist - Franchesca Ramsey  Aftermath - Kelley Armstrong  Love and Other Words - Christina Lauren  Save the Date - Morgan Matson  Fence, Vol. 1 - C.S. Pacat  I See London, I See France - Sarah Mlynowski  Rosario+Vampire: Season II, Vol. 2 - Akihisa Ikeda  The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas  This Is Really Happening - Erin Chack  Alters, Vol. 2: The Story of No-Damn-Name: A Loving Mother - Paul Jenkins,Leïla Leïz  Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave - Shyima Hall,Lisa Wysocky  The Accidental Bad Girl - Maxine Kaplan  Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan  Mature Content - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell  All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris  


3.5 Stars

Monday's Not Coming - Tiffany D. Jackson Reclaiming Shilo Snow: The Pulse-Pounding Sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow - Mary Weber  Mimi the Cross-Dresser and His Boyfriend Kei - Meco Crack Star - Tomo Kurahashi  Tea Cup Toy Boy - Cana Umino Meow For Me - Sachi Murakami Bombshells: United Vol. 1: American Soil - Marguerite Sauvage,Marcelo Dichiara,Siya Oum,Marguerite Bennett  Siren's Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy) - Mary Weber  Catwoman: Soulstealer - Sarah J. Maas  The Kissing Booth - Beth Reekles 


3 Stars

Ash Princess - Laura Sebastian-Coleman  Powder Snow Melancholy Vol. 1 - Saki Tsukahara  Solo - Mary Rand Hess,Kwame Alexander  The Evaporation of Sofi Snow - Mary Weber  Dark Days: The Road to Metal - Andy Kubert,Scott Snyder,John Romita Jr., 'James Tynion IV'  Siren's Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy) - Mary Weber  The Careful Undressing of Love - Corey Ann Haydu  Expelled - James Patterson,Emily Raymond  


2.5 Stars

White Rabbit - Caleb Roehrig The Smoke Thieves - Sally Green Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together - Arden Rose 


2 Stars

Losing the Field - Abbi Glines 


Books by author gender:

  • Male: 6
  • Female: 30
  • Male/Female Mix: 2
  • Unknown: 3


Books by format:

  • Physical: 19
  • Audio: 22



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August Books

 I read 34 books for August. 13 of those were audio books and and 16 were graphic novels. It was a pretty great month for reading. My worst book was more on the boring side rather than being outright bad. But there were a lot of excellent books to make up for that with the majority of them being 4 stars or above this month.



5 Stars

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay The Alice Network - Kate Quinn  Dating You / Hating You - Christina Lauren  


4.5 Stars

What To Say Next - Julie Buxbaum  Trusting You & Other Lies - Nicole Williams  Noteworthy - Riley Redgate  My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness - Kabi Nagata  



4 Stars

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  Code of Honor - Alan Gratz  Spell on Wheels - Kate Leth,Megan Levens,Marissa Louise  Motor Crush Volume 1 - Babs Tarr,Brenden Fletcher,Cameron Stewart  Falling Over Sideways - Jordan Sonnenblick  Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes  Archie Vol. 3 - Mark Waid,Veronica Fish  Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes  Black Panther: World of Wakanda Vol. 1: Dawn of the Midnight Angels - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Roxane Gay,Yona Harvey,Alitha Martinez,Afua Richardson  You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes  Paper Girls Volume 3 - Brian K Vaughan  Jughead Vol. 1 - Chip Zdarsky,Erica Henderson  Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett,Cameron DeOrdio,Adurey Mok  


3.5 Stars

The Backstagers Vol. 1 - Rian Sygh, James Tynion IV  Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 2: Don't Stop Me-Ow - Kate Leth,Brittney L. Williams  Green Arrow Vol. 3: Emerald Outlaw (Rebirth) - Benjamin Percy  Lucky in Love - Kasie West  K-On! Volume 1 - Kakifly  


3 Stars

Road to Riverdale - Mark Waid,Chip Zdarsky,Adam Hughes,Marguerite Bennett,Fiona Staples The Ship Beyond Time - Heidi Heilig  New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China (Rebirth) (Super-Man - New Super-Man (Rebirth)) - Gene Luen Yang,Viktor Bogdanovic  Roar - Cora Carmack The Game of Love and Death - Martha Brockenbrough  Girls in the Moon - Janet McNally  Ms. Marvel Vol. 7: Damage Per Second (Ms. Marvel (2015-)) - G. Wilson,Takeshi Miyazawa  Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray  


2.5 Stars

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - Brian Augustyn,Mike Mignola,P. Craig Russell,Eduardo Barreto,Robert Bloch 


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Top 20 JDCMustReadBooks Coming August!

Top 20 Books on My Reading Shelf, Coming August  



A Killer Harvest 


By: Paul Cleave
ISBN: 9781501153013

Publisher: Atria 

Publication Date: 8/1/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)

A new thriller from the Edgar-nominated author of Trust No One and Joe Victim about a blind teenager who receives new eyes through corneal donation and begins to see and feel memories that he believes belong to the previous owners—a detective and a serial killer.

Joshua is convinced there is a family curse. It’s taken away his biological parents, robbed him of his eyesight, and is the reason his father Logan, the detective who raised him, is killed while investigating the homicide of a young woman. The suspect, Simon Bowers, is killed by Logan’s partner Ben, whose intentions are murkier than expected.


After this tragedy, Joshua is handed an opportunity he can't refuse: a new pair of eyes. But a mishap during the surgery leads to Joshua unknowingly getting one eye from his father, and the other from Simon. As Joshua navigates a world of sight, he gets glimpses of what his eyes might have witnessed in their previous life. Memories, truths, and lies—Joshua discovers a world darker than the one he has emerged from. What else has he failed to see?


Meanwhile, Simon’s accomplice Vincent is bent on revenge, going after the loved ones of those involved in Simon’s death…and Vincent is drawing closer and closer to Joshua.


Thriller virtuoso Paul Cleave is back with another riveting story of hidden secrets and unspeakable horrors that will keep readers guessing until the very last page. Read More


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The Cottingley Secret 


By:  Hazel Gaynor 

ISBN: 0062690485

Publisher: HarperCollins 

Publication Date:  8/1/2017 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating4 Stars

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international bestseller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.

1917… It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true—didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told.


One hundred years later… When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself? Read More 


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The Address 


By: Fiona Davis 

ISBN: 9781524741990

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: 8/1/2017

Format: Hardcover

My Rating:  4 Stars (ARC)

Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota, New York City’s most famous residence.

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she’d make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one’s station. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else . . . and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children.


In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won’t see a dime of the Camden family’s substantial estate. Instead, her “cousin” Melinda—Camden’s biological great-granddaughter—will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda’s vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in . . . and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island.


One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages—for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City—and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich—and often tragic—as The Dakota’s can’t hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.

With rich historical detail, nuanced characters, and gorgeous prose, Fiona Davis once again delivers a compulsively readable novel that peels back the layers of not only a famed institution, but the lives —and lies—of the beating hearts within.  Read More


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Atlanta Noir 


By:  Tayari Jones, Editor 

ISBN: 978-1617755378

Publisher: 978-1617755378

Publication Date: 8/1/2017  

Format: Paperback 

My Rating:  4 Stars (ARC)

"Atlanta has its share, maybe more than its share, of prosperity. But wealth is no safeguard against peril...Creepy as well as dark, grim in outlook...Hints of the supernatural may make these tales...appealing to lovers of ghost stories."
--Kirkus Reviews

"These stories, most of them by relative unknowns, offer plenty of human interest...All the tales have a Southern feel."
--Publishers Weekly

"Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta, returns to the South via Akashic's ever-growing city anthology series. The collection features stories from an impressive roster of talent including Jim Grimsley, Sheri Joseph, Gillian Royes, Anthony Grooms and David James Poissant. The 14 selections each take place in different Atlanta neighborhood."
--Atlanta-Journal Constitution


Brand-new stories by: Tananarive Due, Kenji Jasper, Tayari Jones, Dallas Hudgens, Jim Grimsley, Brandon Massey, Jennifer Harlow, Sheri Joseph, Alesia Parker, Gillian Royes, Anthony Grooms, John Holman, Daniel Black, and David James Poissant.


Atlanta is one of America's most dynamic and fastest-growing cities, with an increasingly diverse population. This volume honors the city's transformation--albeit in a chilling manner--with a highly talented crew of contributors who know the city inside and outRead More 


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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives 


By: Julie Lawson Timmer 

ISBN: 978-1477819968

Publisher:  Lake Union 

Publication Date: 8/1/2017

Format: Other

My Rating 4 Stars

Critically acclaimed author Julie Lawson Timmer returns with a tale of how community can heal the brokenness in all of us.

Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of “defectives,” to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.


What Markie doesn’t realize is that Mrs. Saint has big plans for the divorcée’s broken spirit. Soon, the quirky yet endearing woman recruits Markie to join her eccentric community, a world where both hidden truths and hope unite them. But when Mrs. Saint’s own secrets threaten to unravel their fragile web of healing, it’s up to Markie to mend these wounds and usher in a new era for the “defectives”—one full of second chances and happiness.  Read More 


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See What I Have Done  



By:  Sarah Schmidt

ISBN: 9780802126597

Publisher: Grove Atlantic

Publication Date: 8/1/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)

Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

Or did she?

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.


As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house?


When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling. Read More 


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Emerald Coast 


By:  Anita Hughes

ISBN:  9781250130877

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date:  8/1/2017 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: TBR

Lily Bristol arrives at a luxurious resort in Sardinia for the grand opening of her newest home furnishing store on the Emerald Coast. She’s a successful business woman with an international chain of stores from San Francisco to Milan. Thirty-two and newly divorced, she’s ready to handle things on her own. At least until her private butler, Enzo, escorts her to a beautiful suite where she notices a suspiciously familiar pair of men’s slippers and shaving kit.


Lily is horrified. Her ex-husband Oliver moved out of their restored Connecticut farmhouse six months ago, but they booked this trip when they were trying to save their marriage and never cancelled the reservation. Oliver, a food critic for the New York Times, is here covering Sardinia’s hottest new restaurant. The only other available room is the adjoining suite; and worse, Oliver isn’t alone. He’s brought a twenty-something named Angela with him.


Lily is determined to make do and enlists Enzo to find her a suitable man. But it’s not as easy to find new love as they both expected. When Lily and Oliver find themselves alone on a very important night, they turn to each other. Sparks begin to fly, but can they be together without breaking each other’s hearts?


Set on the glamorous Italian island, Emerald Coast is a touching and humorous story about marriage and the difficulty of finding love and happiness at the same time. Read More 


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The Good Daughter 


By:  Karin Slaughter

ISBN: 978-0062430243

Publisher:  William Morrow

Publication Date: 8/8/2017

Format:  Hardcover

My Rating:  5 Stars 

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…


Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville's notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.


Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever…


Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling. Read More 


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Emma in the Night  


By: Wendy Walker

ISBN: 978-1250141439

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date:  8/8/2017

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma.


Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime. Read More  


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Any Dream Will Do 


By: Debbie Macomber

ISBN: 9780399181191

Publisher: Random House 

Publication Date: 8/8/2017 

Format: Other

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

A woman finds the strength to overcome a painful history and faces the challenge of learning to trust and love again in this powerful and uplifting novel.

Shay has never had a happy life. After growing up in an abusive home, she finally secures a job at a bank when her father passes away. Her brother, Caden, quickly falls into the wrong crowd and finds himself indebted to a dangerous drug lord. In a desperate attempt to rescue her only living family member, Shay risks everything, and finds herself sentenced to two years in prison.


When she’s finally released, even the brother she gave everything to save has abandoned her. Dejected and alone, Shay wanders into a church. She catches the attention of Pastor Andrew Douglas, a leader in the community and recent widower. Together, she and Andrew find healing and remember how to open their hearts to a brighter future. Read More 


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TRUTH Doesn't Have a Side 


My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports

Bennet Omalu (Author), Will Smith (Foreword), Mark Tabb (Contributor)

By:  Dr. Bennet Omalu 

ISBN: 9780310351962 

Publisher:  Zondervan Non-Fiction

Publication Date: 8/8/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating:  5 Stars  (ARC)

One day in 2002 the fifty-year old body of former Pittsburgh Steeler and hall of famer Mike Webster was laid on a cold table in front of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Webster’s body looked to Omalu like the body of a much older man, and the circumstances of his behavior prior to his death were clouded in mystery. But when Omalu cut into Webster’s brain, it appeared to be normal. Something didn’t add up.

It was at this moment, Omalu studying slides of Webster’s brain tissue under a microscope, that the world of contact sports would never be the same: the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE can result in an array of devastating consequences including deterioration in attention, memory loss, social instability, depression, and even suicide. And Omalu’s discovery of CTE in the brain of an American football player has become the catalyst of a blazing controversy across all contact sports.


At the center of that controversy stands the unlikely Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born American citizen, a mild-mannered, gentle man of faith. It is fascinating that it would take someone on the outside of American culture to make this amazing discovery, and refuse to let it be kept hidden. Dr. Omalu began his life in strife, growing up in war-torn Nigeria. But his medical studies in forensic pathology proved to be a lifeline. It fed his natural curiosity and awakened within a deeper desire to always search for the truth. Who would have thought that such an unexpected character would play such a role in bringing to life this world-changing data?


In Truth Doesn’t Have a Side, discover the truth about CTE: Its causes and symptoms, how we might keep our children safe and guide professional athletes when CTE sets in. The problem of CTE is coming to light with each new story about an athlete’s concussion problem, and we are likely facing dramatic changes to professional sports. You’ll be inspired by Dr. Bennet Omalu a man driven by his love and concern for the welfare of all people, and his professional vow to speak the truth. Read More 


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Seeing Red 


By: Sandra Brown 

ISBN: 978-1455572106

Publisher: Grand Central 

Publication Date: 8/15/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating:  4 Stars (ARC)

#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers her trademark nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in this thriller about tainted heroism, cold fury, and vengeance without mercy. 

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews--until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to the Major--even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper. 


Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra's sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there's more to the story rouse Trapper's interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry--with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra--Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he's going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing. 


Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas--and uncover who would want a national hero dead. Read More 


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Rosato & DiNunzio Book #5

By: Lisa Scottoline 

ISBN: 978-1250099716

Publisher: St Martin's Press

Publication Date: 8/15/2017 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating:  4 Stars (ARC)

"Plot twists aplenty raise the stakes." ―People Magazine


Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues―ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.




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A Promise to Kill 


By:  Erik Storey

Clyde Barr #2
ISBN: 978-150112418

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 8/15/2017 

Format: Other

My Rating:  4 Stars (ARC)

From the author dubbed by Jeffery Deaver “a born storyteller” whose first novel Nothing Short of Dying was hailed as “exceptional,” “a rollercoaster read,” and “adrenaline-fueled” by publications on both sides of the Atlantic, this is Erik Storey’s next entry in the Clyde Barr series, a locomotive-paced brawler that has its hero teaming with besieged members of a Native American reservation to thwart outlaw bikers who are putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk.


Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he trades his car for a horse and heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly sick man—a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation—Clyde’s dream of solitude is quickly dashed.


On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man’s daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers running wild in the economically depressed, half-abandoned village. Gripped by the desire to do good in a hard world, Clyde offers to stay on Lawana’s ranch to help out until her father is released from the hospital. He controls himself around the bikers, even when he sees them harass a few Native American women—but when the Reapers attack a local boy Clyde has to do something. As tensions rise between the locals and the Reapers, Clyde’s efforts to protect the reservation become a fight for his, Lawana’s, and Taylor’s lives. And then the stakes ratchet up even more.


In the remote Utah desert, surrounded by enemies, with no law enforcement presence, and with communication effectively cut off, Clyde must find a way to save his new friends, defeat the gang, and, hopefully, escape with his own skin intact. A Promise to Kill is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, pushing its no-hold-barred hero to new levels of improvisation and bare-knuckled blunt force. Read More 


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A Stranger in the House 


By:  Shari Lapena

ISBN: 978-0735221123

Publisher: Penguin/Pamela Dorman Books

Publication Date:  8/15/2017 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 3 Stars (ARC)

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can’t account for herself, and unsettling questions that threaten to tear the couple apart 

You’re home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second.
The phone rings—it’s the call you hoped you’d never get. 
You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you’d never visit.  
You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst.  
And then, you remember nothing else.
They tell your husband you’ve been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town.
The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend is not so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe… Read More


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The Other Girl 


By: Erica Spindler

ISBN: 9781250083654

Publisher: St. Martin's Press 

Publication Date: 8/22/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars + (ARC)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Justice for Sara and The First Wife Erica Spindler comes The Other Girl, a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.


However, when Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the gruesomeness of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 15 years ago.


And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late. Read More


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Map of the Heart 


By: Susan Wiggs

ISBN: 978-0062425485

Publisher: William Morrow 

Publication Date: 8/22/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: TBR

Love and family. War and secrets. Betrayal and redemption.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns with a deeply emotional and atmospheric story that spans oceans and decades, from the present-day Delaware shore to the battlefields of WWII France.


Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter Julie in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family’s secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she’s embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her.


Camille, Julie, and Camille’s father return to the French town of his youth, sparking  unexpected memories — recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provençal countryside that they will uncover their family’s surprising history.


While Provence offers answers about the past, it also holds the key to Camille’s future. Along the way, she meets a former naval officer who stirs a passion deep within her — a feeling that she thought she’d never experience again.


“Susan Wiggs seamlessly melds historical drama with contemporary romance,” raves Mary Kay Andrews. Now, this hugely popular author has created her biggest, most powerful story yet — a beautiful and heartfelt novel that celebrates the bonds of family and pays homage to the sacrifices of the past.  Read More


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If the Creek Don't Rise 


By: Leah Weiss 

ISBN: 9781492647454

Publisher:  SOURCEBOOKS Landmark

Publication Date: 8/22/2017 

Format: Other 

My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)

A strikingly sincere portrait of a town and its buried secrets from an outstanding new voice in southern fiction.

In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She’s been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble.


But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy’s wife.


As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don’t Rise is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.  Read More


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By:  Candice Fox 

Series:  Archer & Bennett #3

ISBN:  9780857987426

Publisher:  Pinnacle  

Publication Date:  08/29/2017 

Format:  Kindle 

My Rating  Currently Reading 

Before the blood, before the screaming, before the fall . . .

The first victim is discovered on the edge of the park. Young. Female. Beautiful. Or at least she was before her face was destroyed. Homicide detective Frank Bennett suspects that this is a first kill. And it won’t be the last. To stop a serial killer in the making, Frank will have to place his faith in his beautiful, dangerous partner Eden Archer—a cop who moonlights as a killer . . .
Eden knows the temptation of evil. Her intimate knowledge of the relentless forces that drive a killer gives her a unique edge. But with each jogger found brutally murdered in Sydney’s pristine parks, Eden can see where the investigation is headed. And it gives her a feeling she hasn’t felt in a long time. A fear she’s never known. A fear she can’t escape. A fear that, after all these years, she will have to face . . . Read More


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Working Fire 


By:  Emily Bleeker

ISBN: 154204572X

Publisher: Lake Union

Publication Date:  8/29/2017 

Format:  Paperback  

My Rating: 4 Stars

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of When I’m Gone comes a compelling novel of a bond between sisters, tested by tragedy…

Ellie Brown thought she’d finally escaped her stifling hometown of Broadlands, Illinois; med school was supposed to be her ticket out. But when her father has a stroke, she must return home to share his care with her older sister, Amelia, who’s busy with her own family. Working as a paramedic, Ellie’s days are monotonous, driving an ambulance through streets she’d hoped never to see again.


Until a 911 dispatch changes everything. The address: her sister’s house. Rushing to the scene, Ellie discovers that Amelia and her husband, Steve, have been shot in a home invasion. After Amelia is rushed to the hospital, Ellie tries to make sense of the tragedy. But what really happened inside her sister’s house becomes less and less clear. As Amelia hangs on in critical condition, Ellie uncovers dark revelations about her family’s past that challenge her beliefs about those closest to her…and force her to question where her devotions truly lie. Read More


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text 2016-04-26 18:16
August 2016 Must Read Books

A quick peek at what's coming up the river.

Approaching end of summer as we prepare to
move into fall and cooler weather 

Back to School. (Some states August is the new September)

Perfect reading time!


 August 2016 JDC Top Books  What a LineUP of thrills!

A nice mix of psychological, crime, mystery, suspense and thrillers,
plus literary, historic, women's fiction, chick-lit, and domestic intrigue.  



Erik Storey 

August 16



Lisa Scottoline

Rosato & DiNunzio #4

August 16 



Amy Stuart

August 16  




 A Short Story 

 Karin Slaughter 

August 23



Bell Elkins #5

By: Julia Keller 

August 23



Sandra Brown

August 16



B.A. Paris

August 9  



Renee Carlino

August 9



Alex Marwood

August 30 



Rena Olsen 

August 9    



Charlie Parker #14

John Connolly

August 2 



Susan Wiggs

August 9



Kerry Lonsdale

August 1 



Erika Marks 

August 2  



Bethany Chase

August 9



Debbie Macomber

August 2 



Cathy Lamb

August 30 



Fiona Davis 

August 23



Colson Whitehead

August 2




Neely Tucker

Sully Carter #3

August 30




 Shari Lapena

August 23 



Camilla Way 

August 2 



Jesse Donaldson 

August 2   




Meg Little Reilly 

August 30 



 Sarah Maine

August 2 



D. M. Pulley 

August 23  



Ace Collins

August 18



 Colleen Hoover

August 2



Laura McHugh 

August 9


*Additional books may be added prior to August pub dates







On My Radar for September 

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text 2015-09-01 18:56
Belated books of August
War and Peace - Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear,Leo Tolstoy
Demelza - Winston Graham
Malice at the Palace - Rhys Bowen
The Feline Affair: An Incident Series Novelette - Neve Maslakovic
Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins - Susan Casey
That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us - Erin Moore,Lynne Truss
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell
Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times (Icons) - Anne C. Heller
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them - Nancy Marie Brown
Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante: A Maggie Hope Mystery - Susan Elia MacNeal

War and Peace - my review here


Demelza - I enjoyed this just as much as Poldark, the first book in the series which I reviewed here. Almost all the best lines of the BBC adaption, all those wonderful Lizzie Bennet-like comebacks, are taken from the books. 


Malice at the Palace - my review here 


The Feline Affair - my review here


Voices in the Ocean - my review here


That's Not English - my review here


Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - my review here 


Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times - my review here


Ivory Vikings - my review here


Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante: A Maggie Hope Mystery - Set during WWII, this is book 5 in the series and I loved it, but since I read it as a NetGalley ARC I'll post its review closer to the publication date. I will say that while not avoiding serious issues it's much less dark than book 3--Maggie's in the US this time and one of the characters meets Walt Disney!

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