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Happy Wednesday!! Is it just me or are your days “off” this week too? Something about having a holiday at the beginning of the week just grows my whole week off…LOL!! Either way it’s time for one of my favorite posts of the month…my monthly reads post!! Now I realize that it’s already September and this is my August Reads post but my baby niece being in the hospital for two weeks completely threw off my blogging schedule, oops!
If you are new around these parts then you should know that waaaaay back in January one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read 50 books this year. Well apparently I wasn’t aware of how many books I read because I surpassed my 50 book goal last month…HA! I guess next year I need to aim higher in that goal, but first I need to see how many books I actually read in a year. Including this month’s books I have officially read 61 books this year!!
Now I know I say this every month but I also always get asked “how in the world do you read so many books??” I promise I have some sort of social life and I’m not a complete book nerd, HA! I read most of my books via audiobook. I “rent” audiobooks from my local library and listen to them on an app on my iPhone when I’m getting ready to go to work and when I’m in the car. I love my audiobooks and find that most any book I want to read is available in this format!
So let’s see what I read this month…
ONE. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain. I have mentioned on here before my love of Diane Chamberlain books and this book was no exception. It’s about a father who will literally do anything for his daughter and has to make a tough decision about a job offer that he really can’t refuse that could change the course of their lives for both good and bad. Of course there are a couple of other side stories going on at the same time and the whole thing just sucks you in until the very end. It’s soooo good!!
TWO. The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse. This is a book I read as an advance copy from an unknown (to me) author and I absolutely loved it! It takes place in England and is about a woman who totally falls on her face and has to rebuild her life for both herself and her boys and I have to say that even though it made me nervous (for the main character) to read it was really a feel good book in the end!
THREE. Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins. The last book in the Underland series, finally!! I talked about these books last month and yes, this is by the same Suzanne Collins who wrote The Hunger Games series (she actually wrote this series before Hunger Games) and I freaking loved it!! I loved the ending so much and I can’t say that about a lot of series.
FOUR. The Trials of Apollo the Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. I have loved me some Rick Riordan books since the first time I read the Percy Jackson series, I know Jenn and Rebekah will make fun of me for this, sorry not sorry guys!! This book is another Greek series and you still see some of the same characters from the original series but this one is based on Apollo! Of course I loved this book and can’t wait for the next installment. I can honestly say that I learn something about Greek (and Roman and Egyptian) Mythology every time I read one of these books and my Jeopardy game is on point because of that! HA!
FIVE. The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright. This book actually comes out in November and I got an advanced copy of it and I can honestly say that it is perfect for this time of the year! It is a creepy murder mystery set in a small town in a house with a very unfortunate past. If you like books that both intrigue you and scare you a little then you have to check this book out!
SIX. On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark. I can’t tell you how many times I have almost read this book and then put it back because I thought I had read it before, HA! Like all MHC books this one is a murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Love her!!
SEVEN. The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whitall. This is a who-dun-it mystery about an affluent family whose lives are changed overnight when the patriarch (and town hero/local science teacher) is accused of sexual misconduct. It’s a good mystery that will keep you wonder who did it and why??
EIGHT. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. This is the latest installment of a series I started earlier this year I think. It’s kind of dystopian Hunger Games meets Harry Potter but not really?? It’s a great YA read and you should check it out if that’s your thing.
So there you have it, my August Reads!! You can check out my previous month’s reads here…January, February, March, April, May, June and July. Hope you found some inspiration and maybe something new to read!!
Do you like to read??
What is the last book you read??
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I need to give the Underland series a look. I LOVED the Hunger Games. Thanks for the great suggestions!
Joely Smith says
Yes! LOL my week is all off too!
These all sound good but I think the first I would read is The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse.
Julie Syl says
I know some of those books. And they are so great! I will try to read the rest of these this month.
All these books sound interesting. I love Mary Higgins Clark. I’m going to add all these to my list.
Victoria Heckstall says
I am fond of reading. This is so awesome and we know that it will give us great and valuable life lessons. This is nice.
liz Cleland says
I am currently reading the young adult series called “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi I have to say it is rather good and I am really enjoying the character developments! I will add some of these to my reading list they look good as well.
Looks like a great list of books. I wish I could read more often. I’ve always loved to read, but haven’t had much time for it lately.
I used to read a lot, but I haven’t read much in a while because of my schedule. My husband is a bookworm though. Will tell him about those books. Those might interest him.
E H says
The book called “The Art of Hiding” sounds really appealing to me. I think I will pick it up for my reader when I am finished with my present read. Such an intriguing story!
These books all sound fabulous. It has been a while since I have sat down and indulged in a good book. I think I am going to have to check them asll out!
oh man! I have to get back to reading leisurely and not so much research wise! I’ll have to give a few of these a try that I haven’t read yet that you’ve mentioned! I love a good book ; )
Reading for leisure is my jam!! I remember the days of being in school and being forced into all that mandatory reading and I hated every minute of it. I was so glad to graduate and get back to reading fiction books again!!
The Cubicle Chick says
You’ve been pretty busy. I’m reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. I’m loving it thus far and see myself reading it a few times. – yolonda
I haven’t heard of The Circle Maker, I need to check it out!!