July was a busy month with a total of 15 books. I traveled at the beginning of the month, so there was lots of reading time in the airports and planes. (Layovers are the worst.) I’m leaving off two of the non-fiction parenting books and sticking with the other 13 for this post.
At the end of last month, I finished Harry Potter. Plus, my 40 before 40 list was done. I had no idea what to read next and I didn’t want to spend a ton on all of the new releases. I asked Cat for some recommendations, like usual. I also went through Overdrive and put myself on the waiting list for about 30 books in the “most popular” section. Time to get caught up on the recent releases. This month is a very random hodgepodge of stuff as a result.
And, honestly, at the end of the month, I thought that perhaps I should read a little less. So I started watching Better Call Saul with my husband. We’ll see if that impacts August’s totals.
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This was a Cat recommendation. I’ve read the rugby books, which are authored by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway. This is the first of Cosway’s solo books that I’ve read.
It’s a light romance filled with the fun of a West End Musical. I definitely recommend it if you need something light and sweet. It’s got enough drama to keep you intrigued, but nothing that will weigh too heavily on your soul at the end. (That pretty much sums up what I want most of book selections to be.)
This the third installment in the Cormoran Strike series. These books are a bit more violent than I typically like, but I still love this series. For those of you who don’t know, Robert Galbraith is a pen name for J.K. Rowling. The pacing is incredible and I love the characters. This one has lots of twists and turns. I recommend the entire series if you haven’t read it. (This is a series that I really wish they would make into a movie.)
Amazon kept recommending this to me, so I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve never seen that movie Sliding Doors, but I am guessing it’s similar to this. This book hinges on the MC making one pivotal decision. Then, in alternating chapters, we see how her life would unfold in each scenario. The ending was well done.
Another one that Amazon wanted me to read. I got it from the library. I am still not sure what I thought of it. Certain stories were fantastic. Other stories were uncomfortable. A couple were meh. I want you to read it so that you will tell me what you think. I need a book club for this one.
Cat wrote about this one on Facebook, so I gave it a try. There’s a wedding dress on the cover, so you know this fits into the light romance category.
Overall, I liked it. Enough to purchase the next one in the series. I will simply say that you need to suspend belief in a lot of ways for this one. It’s just hard to believe some… okay, a lot of what the MC is dealing with. Even though there was some eye-rolling on my part, I did enjoy it. I also really liked the supporting characters.
The second in the Misfit Brides series. Like the first one, you’ll need to get over certain parts of your brain that say, this seems really absurd, and just go with it. (For the record, my husband is a family law specialist and I can say for certain that he certainly hasn’t faced this sort of prejudice over his career choice.) All in all, I liked it. But not enough to be super interested in the third installment. If I run out of things to read, I may consider it at a later point, but it didn’t make me rush out to buy the next one.
This book is basically a giant love letter to one of my favorite SCOTUS justices ever. It merits a longer review. I cannot do this one justice in just a couple of sentences. If you like RBG, read it. Absolutely the winner for the month.
I love Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood). I love Sophie Kinsella. I did not, however, love Shopaholic to the Stars. It was really disappointing and I was frustrated by the cliffhanger ending. It made me want the series to end. Badly.
But, I decided to give this one a chance and got it from the library. It was better than the prior installment. It’s not the same level of glory as the first one, but it wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be. I hope that this is the end of the series. This book ended in a way that provided closure for all of the characters.
Saw a recommendation for this in a Facebook group. It was on sale for $1.99 and I thought I’d try it. The description specifically said, for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner and I certainly fit into that category.
I liked it. Each of the characters was flawed, but relatable. Definitely something I’d recommend, if, indeed, you like Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner. Most of my comments are on some specific plot points that would be spoilers, so I am going to keep them to myself.
When I was adding books to my library hold list, this came up as an option. I liked the cover, so I went with it.
This book timehops a bit. A couple of times, I almost put it down. The historic Italy chapters didn’t capture my interest like parts set in modern Hollywood. That said, I loved how the book brought everyone together and how it concluded. Michael Deane was my favorite and I’m not sure what that says about me as a person.
Another recommendation from the library. This is about two sisters who decide to be old-school penpals. But then the internet gets involved. This doesn’t happen until pretty late in the book, but it is in the blurb, so I don’t feel like I’m spoiling anything. Overall, it was okay. I really enjoyed the relationship between the sisters. I’m just wearing thin on books with mom/wife ennui right now.
A library pick. This was cute. Swedish introvert goes to tiny town in Iowa to meet her penpal, but then finds out that her penpal died. Stays in the town anyway and eventually opens a bookstore. I liked it. It’s fairly light and appealed to me as a book-lover.
Got it on the day of the release and immediately started reading it. Loved it.
I knew it was a script going in, and that’s the only piece that I didn’t love. I missed having this in novel format. J.K. Rowling has such mastery at painting worlds with her words. But even though I missed that, I got super into it and couldn’t put it down. (I’m really glad it was released on a Sunday.)
I loved the relationship between Albus and Scorpius. Also, it made me a little less ashamed about my Slytherin sorting.