July recap (is it seriously August already??)

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There’s no. way. summer is almost over! Nope. No, I don’t allow it. Did you do anything fun this summer? Any plans for August? I’ll be getting away for a few weeks shortly and, I gotta tell you, I definitely need it!

One excited bookish thing that happened in July was that I reached my goodreads goal! I dropped it down to 60 from last year’s 75 and I’m honestly surprised I reached it so quickly. I’m in awe of the bloggers that are able to read hundreds in a year. How do you do it??

Let’s take a look back on all the awesome (and not-so-awesome) books I read in July:

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes 5/5

One Plus One is a phenomenal novel and firmly secures Jojo’s rank as one of my favorite authors. Are you a long-time fan? Read this. Are you still new to her work and feel a bit overwhelmed by all the love she’s received? Read this. Are you looking for a damn fine story? Read this.

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms 2/5

This book reads like a check list of beach read staples: heartbroken main character, wise/quirky grandmotherly figure, handsome strangers (in this case, two), a passion for cooking/baking, etc etc. Really, all that was missing was a loyal dog.

Spirits of Ash and Foam by Greg Weisman 2/5

While I enjoyed Rain of the Ghosts, Spirits of Ash and Foam was such a downgrade that, unless something drastic changes in the third book, my time with this series is over.

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Naralia Sanmartin Fenollera 5/5

The Awakening of Miss Prim is such a delightfully sleepy tale, exactly the kind of story I adore. There wasn’t much in the way of action; instead, there’s a wealth of character development and depth. A variety of topics are explored – religion, philosophy, there’s even a debate on the merits of Mr. Darcy.

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen 2/5

Hook’s childhood was fascinating and I loved these early alternating chapters between his life in London in the late 1600s and his hellish existence in Neverland in (what turns out to be) 1950. I’m a total sucker for a good backstory and I think it’s crucial to a successful retelling. Hook’s time spent with his father, his passion for the sea, even his early adulthood when he was often found in a saloon with his uppercrust pals or entertaining ladies in a seedy brothel. These windows into just who this man was made the story for me. I’ll take some good old-fashioned character exploration over action scenes any day of the week.

Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore 3/5

A part of me wishes the romance wasn’t even a factor in this book; the friendship between these girls made the story. They support each other, they guide one another, and their bonds strengthened over the course of the story. This is how to write a friendship!

The Theory of Light and Matter by Andrew Porter 4/5

From Amish communities to sleeping with professors to a fiance stranded in Spain, The Theory of Light and Matter took me on a journey. A young boy dead after falling into a sinkhole and survivor’s guilt. A childless couple hoping to fill a void by opening their home to an exchange student. A son walking in on his mother’s forbidden affair. While I couldn’t exactly relate to many of these characters, I found them all fascinating.

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little 4/5

Does a main character need to be likable for the book to be a hit? I don’t think so. 27-year-old Janie is a spoiled brat – even after a decade in prison. She grew up in Switzerland and had a rotating stock of tutors, nannies, drivers, stepfathers. From an early age she knew how to get what she wanted and was never very good at taking no for an answer. Jail did nothing to change her attitude. If anything, it made it worse, but there was something about her I couldn’t help but watch. I suppose that’s the case with any young socialite: even if they’re rude, nasty people, they still hold that spark that you can’t look away from.

my week in pictures 7/6: redneck weekends, homemade wine, move date!
my week in pictures 7/13: local breweries, food trucks, mandolin covers of Prince songs!
my week in pictures: two-week edition: rain, rain, & more rain – but a vacation coming up!
Get Your Fix: Romanov Edition Whether you’re looking for fiction or non-fic about Russia’s ruling family, I GOT YOU BRO.

Get Your Craft On: Book Jar A quick and easy – and totally adorable! – way to tackle your mountain of books!

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