Hello Readers! August is here. Whether we’re ready for it or not. As we get closer to the end of the year, I am surprised by the fact that I’m hopeful. Hopeful that things will get better. Let’s just say, I’m feeling optimistic. I may feel completely different tomorrow, though. 😉
Looking back at My July TBR, I was happy to see I read all but one—and I’d completely forgotten I’d added that one (The Last Star) on my tbr. Oops. I can’t believe I ended up reading 16 books (4,862 pages) this month! That’s way more than I typically read. And it’s all thanks to a readathon.
(I apologize for the lengthy post. I really didn’t want to break it into two.)
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(Link to synopsis on Goodreads through the book title.)
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves is a romance book that is not for everyone. I’ve had this one on my shelf for awhile, so I was happy to finally cross it off my list. I read this one for my Popsugar Summer Reading Challenge. Surprisingly, the May-December romance wasn’t creepy. I gave it four stars for entertainment, but the writing was lacking.
Rating (4 / 5)
My husband participates in a yearly mountain biking challenge in July called Judgement Day. (Who knew mountain biking would also be one of the best socially distancing sports, as well.) He rides 70 miles in 24 hours on various trails throughout the area. And I’m his driver. Which means a day of reading in the car for me. This year I decided to reread Twilight in preparation for the release of Midnight Sun. I had so much fun. 🙂
Rating (5 / 5)
My Reading Rush Books
I decided to participate in The Reading Rush readathon. This is only my second time to participate in a readathon, and now I’m like Readathons, where have you been all my life?? Once I set my goal, I refuse to fail, which is great for ticking off a lot of books at once. 😉 I only read one book that wasn’t on my original TBR, so I feel happy about that. I just ran out of time and steam by the last day.
- Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Rating (5 / 5)
- Read a book that starts with the word “The”.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang Rating (4 / 5)
- Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker Rating (4 / 5)
- Read the first book you touch.
Charlotte Perkins Gillman Great American Short Stories Rating (3 / 5)
- Read a book completely outside of your house.
The Popular Girl by F. Scott Fitzgerald Rating (3.5 / 5)
- Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Rating (5 / 5)
- Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.
Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman Rating (4 / 5)
I spent the last few days of July reading for fun! I’ve had I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella on my kindle for years. I’m so happy I finally picked it up. I think it’s my favorite of hers so far.
Rating (4.5 / 5)
The perfect summer read, I flew through Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch in one day. There’s nothing like a good travel story when you can’t travel.
Rating (4 / 5)
After loving Love & Gelato, I couldn’t wait to read Love & Luck, and I think I liked it even more. Ireland may be my new dream destination. <3
Rating (4.5 / 5)
July Book Haul
The only physical books I added to my shelves this month came from Paperbackswap.
- Two Alone by Erin St. Claire (Sandra Brown)
(Funny story here. I remember sneaking and reading my mother’s romance novels when I shouldn’t have been, and I’m pretty sure this is one that I read. ;))
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
- Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
- A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor
- Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
- Passing by Nella Larsen
- Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Soooo, I didn’t do so hot keeping my eARCs down this month. But how could I refuse these amazing books?? And two of them are for 2021. I could keep going with the excuses. 😉
- The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke (10/13/20)
- Hadley & Grace by Suzanne Redfearn (1/19/21)
- Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen (9/8/20)
- Fable by Adrienne Young (9/1/20)
- Happy Singles Day by Ann Marie Walker (1/19/21)
I picked up I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill free on Amazon after I saw it recommended by a fellow blogger. <3
Whew! If you made it to the end, you deserve a reward. How was your reading month? Do you recommend any from my haul? Let me know in the comments!