Month In Review: August 2019

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Another month come and gone in the blink of an eye. But September is bringing my favorite season along with it so I’m okay with that! I am so ready for fall. I had another great month of reading in August. I would say the only real dud is that I started to listen to a book I’ve been waiting for so long to read because of it’s length and I ended up not liking it at all so I just stopped listening to it and pulled the three books in that series off my shelf to offload. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is something I really thought I would enjoy because I love high fantasy and really enjoyed his Mistborn trilogy… but I just could not get into this one. I was bored to tears. But like I said, that was the only dud of the month and I decided not to even count it as a DNF because I probably didn’t get that far into the book since it is 1000+ pages even though I listened to it for over 2 hours. So without further ado… my stats for the month.

  • August 2019 Books Read: 16
  • 2019 Books Read: 81
  • August 2019 Pages Read: 6,629
  • 2019 Pages Read: 32,601

Books Read:

  • Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker (eARC)
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher (audio)
  • The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser (audio)
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (audio)
  • Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  • Monstress vol 1: Awakening
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (re-read)
  • Marvel 1602
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (re-read)
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin (audio)
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Warcross by Marie Lu

Favorite Book Read: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Least Favorite Book Read: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury


What books did you read in August?

Bout of Books 26 – Day 1

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Day 1 of Bout of Books is here! I’m so excited for this week of reading. I started preparing yesterday by making sure my two reading spots were clean and ready to go for reading time after work today. As I was doing so, I became curious about how other people like to read, if they have a special place in their home or if they prefer reading outside or in a coffee shop or library. So since my two spots were freshly tidied I thought I would share the two spots in my house that I do the majority of my reading.

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The first spot is in my home library. I love to cozy up in this chair with a candle, a book, and a kitty or two. Nika looks like she is also excited for some quality reading time this week! In the cart next to my chair I have my candle and TBR all set to go. It’s a loose TBR so if I end up not feeling like reading any of those books during the week, I’m going to choose something new from my shelves. The one exception is my re-read of Nevernight. That will continue 100%. I will have a close-up of the TBR stack a little farther down in this post.

The second spot is in the living room. These couches are so comfortable and so are the pillows, especially the buffalo plaid ones. I also have a candle ready for this spot and my iPad to do some Goodreads updates. I anticipate spending most of the reading week down in my library but wanted to have this spot ready to go if I needed a little change.

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Here is what I have for my loose TBR. I’m already in the middle of Nevernight re-read so I want to finish that one up before I choose any other book to read. I will be reading The Outsider as a buddy read with my friend Laura so this one will be probably read in small chunks. I wanted to read at least one graphic novel over the week so I chose two for my TBR to have some options.

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Monstress: Awakening
  • Marvel’s 1602

Today’s challenge is to introduce yourself in 6 words so here goes…

Sassenach, introvert, Ravenclaw, goofy, animal lover.


Where do you like to read? How would you introduce yourself in 6 words? What are you reading this week?

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

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The Fairmile #1

Expected publication: August 20th 2019 by Atria Books

480 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of a civil war between renegade king and rebellious parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote tidelands —the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wisewomen, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbors. This is the time of witch mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

It is dangerous for a woman to be different.

Review: I absolutely love Philippa Gregory’s Plantagenet and Tudors series so I was really excited to get the opportunity to read an advance copy of her new book. Besides the Tudors, I love witches and history from the time of the witch trials both in Europe and America. Alinor is a midwife in a very small village in the tidelands of England. Everyone knows everyone and everybody knows everybody else’s business. Alinor is very careful to make sure to correct people who ask for potions or charms. She is just a midwife, not a witch. She comes from a long line of women in this line of work and so far they haven’t had any issues with being put on trial for being a witch. Her husband has been MIA for months. She and her children, Alys and Rob, are living in poverty on the edge of her brother’s tenancy where he runs the ferry for the island that they live on. If I’m being perfectly honest, this was a really slow moving book. And I often found myself thinking that it felt a little repetitive as well. Alinor meets a priest and they end up falling for each other despite him being a Catholic priest in a time where Catholics had to hide their beliefs. Things with this man do not go quite as well as she had hoped. His actions in the last part of this book made me really dislike him. Alys was such a bratty teenager. She didn’t care about anything besides getting the money she needed to marry a local farmer’s son. And she does some things that she has to know will put her mother in an incredibly bad situation. Really, the only character in this book I didn’t end up disliking by the end of the book was Alinor’s son Rob, mostly because he was too young to be anything other than a good boy. I was a little surprised about the ending. It seemed pretty abrupt and unfinished. I’m hoping that since this is the first book of a new series that there will be more continued in book 2. Overall, I guess I was a little disappointed with it but it managed to hold my interest for about 60-65% of the time.

3 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bout of Books 26 Sign-Up!

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Next week is Bout of Books time again! This is my favorite readathon. I love being able to have an excuse to read all week long. The last round I only participated unofficially because I had been battling a reading slump but I’m 100% back in the reading game so I’m really looking forward to this one. If you haven’t participated or heard about Bout of Books and are wondering about it… check out this info from the Bout of Books blog.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This round I’m only setting two goals for myself just to keep things a little more flexible. I want to read as much as I can but I know that things tend to come up so I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment lol. I don’t really have a TBR set at this point. Me being a mood reader I probably won’t make one at all or I will wait until day one of the readathon to post one.

Bout of Books 26 Goals:

  • Read at least one novel and one graphic novel.
  • Read at least 30 minutes every night in addition to my lunch hour at work.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? Do you enjoy readathons?

 

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

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Expected Publication: August 6, 2019

384 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.

On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.

Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.

The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.

Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.

Review: I’ve heard great things about K.A. Tucker’s books so I was really excited to get a chance to review an early copy of her newest book. The premise of this romance sounded so cute. I love the whole high school romance being reignited years later. Piper was a really strong female character in a business world typically dominated by men which of course meant that she had to deal with a few assholes who didn’t take her seriously. I wanted to punch Tripp square in the jaw for the way he acted around her. I loved Pipers friends from camp, Ashley and Christa. It’s so great that they were able to stay such good friends over the years. And Kyle was the perfect first true love. The book is written in alternating chapters between the past when Piper was 16 working as a camp counselor and the present when she is 29 and in the process of taking over her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm. I’m usually not that into that kind of story layout with the back and forth but I think it really worked well with this book. If you’re looking for a swoony romance, I suggest checking this book out when it releases on August 6th. I will definitely be reading more of K.A. Tucker’s books in the future.

4 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.