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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2016 Series to Marathon Read

In conjunction with my post on my most anticipated releases, I thought I’d list the series I intend to marathon. Many of these have books being released in 2016.

  1. The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski; The Winner’s Kiss release date 3/29/16
  2. The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey; The Last Star release date 5/24/26
  3. Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo; Crooked Kingdom release date 9/22/16
  4. The Mapmakers Trilogy by S. E. Grove; The Crimson Skew release date 7/12/16
  5. Firebird Series by Claudia Gray; third book has no title or release date yet
  6. Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown; Morning Star release date 2/9/16
  7. The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by Renee Ahdieh; The Rose and the Dagger release date 5/3/16
  8. Reconers Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson; Calamity release date 2/16/16

Honorable Mentions: (These I either started and am not up to date, or I don’t know if I’m going to read them this year.)

  • Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch; loved the first book, haven’t read the second yet, the third, Frost Like Night, is due to be released sometime this year
  • Fairyland Series by Catherynne M. Valente; I own the first two. the fifth and final book will be released on 3/1/16. I’m not sure I’ll get to this series this year, but never say never

Noticing now that they are all fantasy. Mostly YA, as well. I’d better go search my shelves for some adult reads. 2016 is starting to get busy all of the sudden. Am I missing any series completions this year that you think I should get to?

Most Anticipated 2016 Releases

I tried to get 16 so I could pretend to be cool. But since I didn’t feel right anticipating books that are part of a series I haven’t read any of yet, I couldn’t make it.

  1. The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller release date 2/2/16
  2. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard release date 2/9/16
  3. Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale release date in UK 2/25/16 (I love Book Depository)
  4. Devonshire Scream (A Tea Shop Mystery #17) by Laura Childs release date 3/1/16
  5. Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us #2) by Maggie Hall release date 3/8/16
  6. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn release date 3/29/16
  7. The Long Game (The Fixer #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes release date 6/7/16
  8. Radio Girls: A Novel by Sarah-Jane Stratford release date 6/14/16
  9. The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson release date 8/2/16
  10. A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir release date 8/30/16

So far I have 50 books on my 2016 Releases Goodreads shelf. I anticipate that as the year goes by more should be added. The above are the ones I have plans to buy, have already pre-ordered, or have already requested from my library. So you could say there is no way I’m missing them. 🙂 Anything that should be on my list?

September Reading Wrap Up

I rediscovered NetGalley this month and requested and got approval for a lot more books than I thought I would considering my newbie status. This can be a good thing, but in my case, it led to some reading stress.

Library Books

  • Past Perfect by Leila Sales 3/5
  • Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins 3/5
  • Rock Hard by Nalini Singh 2/5
  • Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go… by Diana Rogers 3/5

Review Books

  • Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager 5/5
  • Don’t Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager 4/5
  • The Scam by Janet Evanovich 4/5
  • Deal Breakers by Laura Lee 2/5
  • Things I’ve Said to My Children by Nathan Ripperger 3/5
  • Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder 4/5 *Written review of first three books coming this month
  • Coco and The Little Black Dress by Annemarie van Haeringen 3/5
  • The Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart 4/5
  • Time’s Divide by Rysa Walker 5/5
  • Tea Culture: History, Traditions, Celebrations, Recipes & More by Beverly Dubrin 4/5

Audiobooks

  • Flush by Carl Hiaason 4/5
  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt 4/5
  • How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell 3/5

Off My Shelves

  • My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten 3/5
  • Air Plants by Zenaida Sengo 4/5

Currently, I have about 6 books started and I’m not interested in any of them. I’m in a very funky mood, so we’ll see what happens in October. Happy 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.