August Reading Wrap-Up

This month was all about fun reading. I refuse to beat myself up for not reading the two classics I have started. I ended up reading a lot of the freebies that I downloaded years ago, getting some library books, and catching up on some series.

  1. Innocent in Las Vegas by A. R. Winters 3/5
  2. The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher 3/5
  3. Anything for You by Kristan Higgins 3/5
  4. At Last by Jill Shalvis 3/5
  5. Big Boned by Meg Cabot 4/5
  6. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood 2/5
  7. Once a Soldier (eARC) by Mary Jo Putney 3/5
  8. The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg 4/5
  9. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch 4/5
  10. The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell 3/5
  11. Calamity Jayne and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Lawn Gnome by Kathleen Bacus 3/5

Considering how easy the above were to read, this was not a good month for reading. My guess is that all the readathons that I participated in during July burnt me out. I don’t consider this month a failure by any means! Next month I really need to finish Dubliners and Great Expectations. I’m also participating in #RYBSAT, so I’m starting September with a bang!

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July Reading Wrap-Up

This summer is making me crazy. I’m in a funky reading mood. My classics reading challenge has me slumpy and cranky. Work is busy. I need a vacation. But I did manage to read these books this month and I attempted participation in Booktube-a-thon. And I started a Booktube channel!

  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 3/5
  • Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris 2/5
  • An Event to Remember…Or Forget by Melissa Baldwin2/5
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman 3/5
  • Results May Vary (eARC) by Bethany Chase 4/5
  • Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch 4/5
  • Stolen Fury by Elizabeth Naughton 3.5/5
  • Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson 4/5
  • Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson 3/5
  • Longbow Girl by Linda Davies 5/5
  • Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter 5/5
  • Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot 4/5
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch 3.5/5
  • Dance Diaries: Learning to Ballroom Dance by The Girl With The Tree Tattoo 5/5 🙂

I’m currently reading both Dubliners and Great Expectations. I’ve put them on hold because I really feel like reading light stuff right now. Chick lit, romance, and cozy mystery are my healing words. It helps if they make me laugh out loud. 😀

Over the next few months I’d really love to read some dance books and do a huge review of them all, but we’ll see what time and my brain have in store. If you’re interested in my Booktube channel, I’ll leave a link below. No obligation. I’m still learning how to film, edit, and not feel like an idiot. As always, I hope everyone has a lovely reading month, and a delightful rest of summer.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0ojdItegJnGzQ3coBxqXg

March 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

What a busy month it has been! I did a lot of reading on vacation, then I petered out. Most likely this was because I didn’t read anything spectacular. I could really use a fantastic book soon.

  1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I wrote a review of this one for the Back to the Classics 2016 Challenge 2/5
  2. The Girl from Everywhere by Heide Heilig I honestly don’t even remember this one. 3/5
  3. Starflight by Melissa Landers. Another one I don’t remember. 3/5
  4. Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs 3/5
  5. Beyond the Red by Ava Jae 3/5
  6. Driving With the Top Down by Beth Harbison 4/5
  7. Dryland by Sara Jaffe 2/5
  8. Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Isla 1/5
  9. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson 2/5
  10. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy . I liked this one better!!! 3/5
  11. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. 3/5
  12. The Night Charter by Sam Hawken 4/5
  13. The  Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 4/5
  14. Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty 3/5
  15. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor 3/5
  16. The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell 4/5
  17. Summerlost by Ally Condie. Slow start, but worth it. 4/5
  18. A Tyranny of Petticoats by Various. DNF. I still don’t enjoy short stories no matter the author. Sorry.

As I was typing the titles and ratings it was sad. Most of these I only vaguely remember reading. Maybe this is what a reading slump is for me, where I can read a good book and still not enjoy it? I hope April is better. Quality over quantity, right?

 

 

February Reading Wrap-Up

This month I started a lot of books that I still haven’t finished. It also was a library month; all but one book came from the library.

  1. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon 4/5
  2. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean 4/5
  3. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean 2/5
  4. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean 3/5
  5. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley 5/5
  6. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer 4/5
  7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 5/5
  8. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (audiobook with daughter) 4/5
  9. The Forgotten Room by Karen White (and two others) 4/5
  10. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard 3/5
  11. Good at Games by Jill Mansell 4/5

I read one, lonely owned book this month.

  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson 4/5

I’m in the middle of four books that I’m going to carry over to March. I linked up by Instagram account ( dance_read_homeschool ) for this page somewhere- if anyone is interested. I did post a picture of my March TBR on there. No surprise that I have a ton of library books out with five more on the way. I’d better get reading.

 

Book Review: The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Another crazy ride from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg! This is the fourth book in the Fox and O’Hare Series. I’ve read and enjoyed the previous three. Here is the summary of The Scam from Goodreads:

“Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.

Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars—and their lives—in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire.

It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup—a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, and an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25614812-the-scam

First off, Janet Evanovich books are like the cherries on top of my reading year. They’re ridiculous fun, and full of witty dialogue. The Scam is no exception. It’s Oceans 11 with rocket launchers and Dad.

The secondary characters are so fun, but I have to say that I love the locales used in the books almost as much. The descriptions make me want to go on vacation (very carefully considering what’s going on). I was on my computer looking up pictures of Macau for an hour. I’d never even heard of it before this book. So look at that, I learned something from a Janet book.

Would you like this book? This is a typical Janet novel. If you like this series or any of Janet’s other books, you will like this, too. If you’re tired of the format that she uses, then give this a pass. I will keep reading because I love the fun of these books. Plus, this book contains a wicked cliffhanger!!!

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing this eBook in exchange for an honest review.

August Reads

I still haven’t finished London by Edward Rutherfurd. I have a lot of excuses, but I’m allowed to read how I want to, so I’m not going to list them. Other than that one irritating leftover, I’m completely floored by the quantity of books I read this month.

Books from the Library:

  • The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson 5/5
  • Time’s Edge by Rysa Walker 4/5
  • The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig 3/5
  • The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick 2/5
  • Court of Fives by Kate Elliott 2/5

My Books Taking Up Shelf Space:

  • Boxers & Saints (Graphic Novels) by Gene Luen Yang 3/5 for both
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer 4/5
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 4/5
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer 4/5
  • Tempest by Julie Cross 3/5

My Daughter’s Books:

  • The Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings 3/5
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 3/5

My eBooks:

  • Calamity Jayne and the Trouble with Tandems by Kathleen Bacus 4/5
  • Flirting with Felicity by Gerri Russell 1/5
  • Down Under with the Hottie by Juli Alexander 3/5
  • Hard to Hold on To by Laura Kaye 4/5
  • Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye 3/5
  • Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye 4/5
  • Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich 4/5

Audiobook

  • Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

Ok. Most of those are easy reads. It also seems like I was really into series this month. I’m looking forward to whatever comes my way next month.

June Reads

I’m currently suffering from the worst summer cold I’ve ever experienced. Yes, I’m whining. It’s awful. 

Here is the list of book I read last month. As usual, I’m shocked by how much I read. 

Library booksBlameless by Gail Carriger 4/5

Heartless by Gail Carriger 4/5

Timeless by Gail Carriger 5/5

Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs 3/5

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh 4/5

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot 3/5

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 4/5
My Physical Book TBR

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger 2/5

Geek Girl All that Glitters by Holly Smale 4/5

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 5/5

The Ladies Farm by Viqui Litman DNF

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen 4/5
DD TBR

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit 3/5

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs 4/5
Audiobook

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis 2/5

This month I’m hoping to have fewer books. Yes, that’s correct, fewer. I want to get through a few chunky books this month. First to shake off this cold.