In July, I finished 11 books. That brought the total for 2013 to 76 books. I’m very pleased to say that I have spent a total of $14 on books this year and I sold back $18 to Amazon, so I considering reading profitable in 2013. Here’s the list for the month. (Links to book covers are Amazon Affiliate Links.)
I finished all of the Lucy Stone books that are currently available. I love these books. They are light, fluffy and not terribly annoying. As I’ve said before, I love that they all age and the same stupid conflicts aren’t repeated over and over. (I’m still looking at you Stefanie Plum with your dumb Ranger/Morelli nonsense.)
Wicked Witch Murder
English Tea Murder
Chocolate Covered Murder
Easter Bunny Murder
Next, we’ve got The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson.
After the last book, the series had a one-book probation. For now, I have forgiven them and I will continue reading. This one was fine and it didn’t make me irrationally mad like the last one. I don’t love them anywhere near as much as the Lucy Stone books, but it passes the time and they are available on Overdrive so I don’t have to go to the library.
Next, Revenge Wears Prada.
The more time that passes, the angrier this book makes me. It’s like reading an account of a 13 year old that can’t stop whining trying to be a grown up 30 year old business owner. The ending was the absolute worst. When you like Miranda more than Andy, there’s an issue. Emily was the only character that I was interested in. I should have stopped reading, but I kept hoping it would get better. Nope.
Next, The Tao of Martha
A couple of years ago, I quickly read Jen Lancaster’s memoirs. But, as they progressed, I found that the snark level was a bit higher than I liked and I stopped reading. Then I read her novels last month and liked them. I thought I should give this one a try. Well, Jen Lancaster and I are totally back together. I loved this one. If I have to pick a team, I’m definitely with Lancaster on Team Martha (rather than Team Oprah). It’s a fun read that mixes in enough home stuff with the memoir and stories.
Next, Gone Girl.
For the past year, I have watched Gone Girl readers in my FB stream lamenting the ending. As a result, I avoided the book. I read this while my husband was at lawyer camp. From the onset, I loved the writing style. Anything that uses the word snobdouche in the second chapter has my attention and approval. The writing was fantastic. When it got to part two, I was all, damn girl. The biggest problem with the ending is that it was so obvious. It played out perfectly for what I expected the characters to do. But I really wanted something else to happen. I’ll admit – something bad. I think it is a great read and everyone should read it and discuss it with me.
Next, Don’t Look Down
I really liked Agnes & The Hitman, so I thought I would give another Jennifer Cruise/Bob Mayer book a try. The plot is absurd, but I liked it. I like them as a writing duo. They balance chick lit and action well. It gives a great he said/she said perspective on things.
Next, Love Saves the Day.
As I was leaving the library one day, I wandered past this book on a display. See the cover up there? You can figure out why I picked it up, right? Yeah, the cat. Then, as I read more, I learned that the cat, Prudence, was one of the narrators. I had to read it. I saved it for my 75th book since, you know, cats.
I loved this book so damn much. I stayed up past my bedtime to read it. I cried like a baby. A couple of times. I skipped ahead and cheated at one point because I had to know how something was going to end and couldn’t take the stress. If you are a cat lover, this book is great. It is sweet and poignant. I think Elmo and Tiki would approve of how Prudence told her story. I like to think it gave me some feline insights. One of my favorite books of the year so far.
Last, Sugar Cookie Murder.
First, the book part is under 170 pages. It’s mostly recipes. For foods that I didn’t care about. Second, this series is on probation. If I want a mystery series wherein the characters don’t progress with life, I will read Stephanie Plum. At least that takes place in Jersey. One more bad book (which I’ve already got checked out) and I’m done. If someone has read these and can tell me whether or not she ever moves on with life, that might save me some time.
What good books have you read lately? I started Crazy Rich Asians so that will be my first for August.