I love to acquire, hoard, stack, shelve, smell, read and share books. I review books. I stare at books. You get it, right?
There are many more August releases than the ones I've chosen to read. In choosing books that interest me, I'm trying to discern if the writing and plot are enough. I've listened to about 2-5% in each of these books and know, thus far, we will do well.
I realize that it's best for me to get in with more than one book so, that I'm already interested to move on to the next. Reading one book at a time and then picking up another that doesn't hold my attention leaves me blank for days. I lose steam and dawdle. Already I have finished 6 books in July, with this method, and am so pleased. I could've read more if I would've adopted this way much sooner.
Here's the release dates for these books and others that aren't shown that I may read;
Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Address by Fiona Davis
Locked in Temptation by Brenda Jackson
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Surrender to Me by Donna Hill
The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
All is Beauty Now by Sarah Faber
To Wager Her Heart Tamera Alexander
A Promise of Ruin by Cuyler Overholt
Seeking Sarah by Roshanda Tate Billingsley
The Party by Elizabeth Day
The Wardrobe Mistress by Meghan Masterson
The Other Girl by Erica Spindler
Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan
Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers
This book is telling all kinds of truths. I think I started this series at book 5. I didn't feel lost because my cousin had read the first 3 ( I think) and told me about them. I want to go back and read 1-4 to familiarize myself with the characters and how The Cartel and its members got started. I want to and will own the entire series for my home library. The books are definitely re-readable.
I finished only one book in June. I was quite shocked. I've started many and am hopeful that July will be a better month for reading. I've been out of sorts personally and physically. However, this list of books are right up my street and I'm sure are going to be awesome reads. I'm revisiting favorite authors and genres.
First, I must say that this month is the month of beautiful covers. There's only a couple in this line up that don't scream, "Buy me!" Super thrilled for all the historical fiction from Bethany House Publishing. Y'all know how much I love my historical fiction. I'm revisiting some authors and enthusiastically picking up some reads by authors that are new to me. The two books that I'm eager to get into are Forbidden Fruit by Stanley Gazemba and A Fierce Love by Shauna Shanks. Both have awesome covers.
I'm a sucker for covers. I've been known to rebuy books with better covers. Most often I actually prefer UK covers to US. If you didn't know I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers. The aesthetic of hardcovers on the shelves are better, but hardcovers are heavy and cumbersome. Paperbacks feel better in my hands and are easier to transport. Okay, I've gone on tangent.
Are any of these awesome titles on your tbr?
May's a fantastic month for new releases! I'm truly excited for all of these reads. There are three books by favorite authors this month; The Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette, A Stranger At Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd and Rich Peoples Problems by Kevin Kwan. The Salt Houses, The Book of Summer and House of Names all have received lots of praise by early readers and critics. I'm hoping to enjoy them as much as others or more.
Here's the release dates;
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker
The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable
House of Names by Colm Tóibín
The Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd
Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton
Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio
The Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette
Rich Peoples Problems by Kevin Kwan
Happy Reading Friends!
I'm not meshing well with BOSS thus far to my utter disappointment. However, I read some reviews and this book is supposed to become riveting so, I will trudge forth and perhaps skim until I reach that point. I actually put it down and moved on to The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story about Botticelli by Alyssa Palombo.
I hope I can get another book read in the next 3 days. April has definitely been a hell of a month for me.
Finished another book by Jen Turano. I've enjoyed all the books I've read by her. Today I hope to immerse myself into the world of Boss. Tracy's books are usually emotional rollercoasters and I've been told Boss won't disappoint.
There are so many new releases in April. It's a big release month. I'm super excited for all of these. I have quite a few mystery books on the tbr and I don't read many mysteries. I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone. I even have a nonfiction. Usually these slow me down, but the early reviews of Killers of the Flower Moon lead me to think otherwise.
Can't wait to get to three reads by trusted 4-5 star rated Authors; Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano, Boss by Tracy Brown and Seized By Seduction by Beverly Jenkins. Tatiana De Rosnay has written a biography about Daphne Du Maurier. I know so many who absolutely adore Rebecca. I haven't read it, but am eager. However, once I learned that it may be plagiarized and that some feel none of her other books ever lived up to Rebecca I felt some kind of way about it.
What are your most anticipated April Releases? Do tell. Happy Reading!
Kaidan.... I read these books for Kaidan. Wendy Higgins is a good writer. I really have enjoyed this series.
I will be finishing up the Hollywood High series and starting on a duology (haven't heard of a third book thus far) by A. C. Arthur that I've put off for way too long. I'm having such a good time reading and catching up with the girls in the Hollywood High series. These books are easy reads that really are a fun escape.
You'll realize that I'm not sticking to my March reading list. Some books really do take me forever to read and days were passing by without me picking up my kindle. I decided to re-adjust my tbr and read some backlogged books that would surely get me going again. I will eventually get to the books on my March TBR, but I will feel better with books read, under my belt, than none at all or only a couple at months end. I wish I could read multiple books at a time, but I can't.
I don't have plans for the weekend so, these four books seem doable.
Happy weekend reading everyone!
These books are fast paced page turners. Ni-Ni Simone really knows how to keep it interesting. I would give her books four stars for the inventive language alone. Even though their home lives are anything but ideal, they use all the energy to wild out at school and with their frenemies.
Rich and Heather have no idea that the news, just revealed, will be their worst nightmare. I can't wait!
This is the third book in the Hollywood High Series. These young girls are rich, but not all that glitters is gold. They have no loyalty, discipline, scruples and have learned, at a young age, that money changes and buys everything and everyone. I love the frenemy relationships and the language. Oh, the language is hysterical. After finishing book three I will continue with four and five. Book five was released at the end of February.
Two months checked. Ten more to go. How did you do in the shortest month of your 2017 reading challenge? Have a look at BookLikes bloggers February bookish summaries and see if you've read all February books.
If you've missed the January wrap up post, don't worry, you can check it here: January wrap-ups!
Another great month by the numbers, but in context, there were a lot of short books again this month. I'm trying to get my TBR pile down quickly by going for the low-hanging fruit.
So 27 books read in February, and I've been good about updating my book editions with the correct page numbers, so I know I've read 5,024 pages this month... continue reading
I did not quite meet all of my set February goals but considering I had less reading time, I think I still did pretty well... continue reading
My reading has slowed down a bit this month, due to some health issues in my family. Also, I'm in the midst of a few books that seem like they'll never end!
Fatale Deluxe Edition: Volume 2
Incognito: Volume 2 Bad Influences
Both of these were written and drawn by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, respectively... continue reading
Also, I continued with my goal of downsizing my life. In January I donated over 200 books to The Book Den, culled my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, removed unwanted and unworn clothes and shoes from my closet... continue reading
If you've missed a February wrap up, have a look at the following BookLikes book bloggers posts and feel invited to read and join :)
If we did not mention you in the list below, please feel free to let us now in the comment section below and we'll add your piece up right away.
I only read three books in the month of February. I had such great ambitions to get through my tbr. February I participated in the hashtag #readsoullit started by Dee @browngirlreading on Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. I didn't participate in the challenge, but did post books by black authors for the 28 days on Instagram and Twitter. It was great fun and I loved seeing all the post from the participants.
Also, I continued with my goal of downsizing my life. In January I donated over 200 books to The Book Den, culled my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, removed unwanted and unworn clothes and shoes from my closet. Now in March I will research and find proper homes for all these goods. Also, In February I downsized my planner and craft collections. Whew! That was a task to go through everything and then reorganize. I feel lighter and brighter.
Now for the books I read. I gave Pachinko 4.5 stars. I deducted half a star because of the ending. Forged In Desire is really a 2.5 star read. It's the first book in a new series that I will not continue. Some books may have a new story but the pattern (can't think of correct word) is always the same. I can't anymore. House of Silence is a book I started in January, but didn't finish. Well, I actually put it down because I lost interest. I gave it 3 stars.
I hope that I can stay on track in March and catch up on some of the books I didn't complete this month.