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Monday, July 11, 2016

Reading Update June 2016

June was a terrific month for reading for me. For writing blog posts? Not so much. It was also a terrible month for book acquisitions. I don't even want to count.

What I Read:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I'm about 60% done, but have to wait for it to come back up at the library (because you know I'm not about to lug around my paper copy of that one!)

The Obsession by Nora Roberts. I am really enjoying these last few stand alone titles-- but I wish she'd go in for a nice trilogy about  some brothers that didn't include Ireland and magic (sorry Katherine.)

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs. This series just gets better and better. I am never disappointed.

Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle. I really enjoyed this one, even as Lou was a bit annoying.

Only You by Denise Grover Swank. I am only 8 or so chapters in. I'm not sure I can handle the boss and the humor is a bit less subtle than I would choose, but will certainly continue.

Darkest Journey by Heather Graham.  I can't stop requesting these, but at 41% read I'm fairly sure she's just phoning it in now, and might actually stop after this one.

Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan. If you'll recall, I stopped this one at an awkward scene last month. I managed to read through it with one eye and the book finished strong. Other readers may like that style of awkward, but I have too much empathy for mortification.

New to My Kindle:

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. This one one has been on my TBR look out list for years and when it was a daily deal I couldn't resist. (Kindle)

The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston. I now have 5 McQuiston titles on my Kindle and have yet to read even one. I should work on that. (Kindle)

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I've heard so many good things about this one, and I did enjoy Let's Pretend This Never Happened. (Kindle)

Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller. I enjoyed Blue Like Jazz several years ago when I read it, and I think I'd like this one as well. For a non-religious person, I sure enjoy a good religious memoir/essay. (Kindle)

Darkest Journey by Heather Graham. I can't help it. (NetGalley)

Fearless by Kimberly Kincaid. Love this series. (NetGalley)

Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt. Like McQuiston, I should really try to read one by her instead of collecting them. (NetGalley)

For Good. Karelia Stetz-Waters. I really liked the first one I read by her. (NetGalley)

Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle. I really enjoyed Hold Your Breath, so had to go see if I could get the others in the series. Sadly, I missed book 2, but managed to snag this one. (NetGalley)

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich. I love this sort of thing, and then Books on the Nightstand mentioned it in one of the last podcast episodes. (NetGalley)

Tribe by Sebastian Junger. Mike and I listened to an interview with him on The Tim Ferris show podcast during our drive to Alabama, and it was fascinating. (NetGalley)

To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne.  Another auto-request. (NetGalley)

Running Man by Charlie Engle. This is getting embarrassing. (NetGalley)

The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones. No, still haven't read the 9th. Or the 4th. (NetGalley)

Strange History by the Bathroom Readers Institute. NetGalley is gonna revoke my account soon.

Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan. I told you it was ugly. (NetGalley)

Whew. That's a lot.  The good news is that my reading is really picking up lately.  The bad news is that it's still probably hopeless.


  1. Patient H. M. sounds right up my alley too.

  2. Oh, yay, the new Briggs. I still haven't read it... Hopefully this month!

  3. Wow! You did well on the whole acquiring new books. This is why I don't list everything I get in a month but still with by week! While I do like brothers in Ireland I'd take a non-Irish trilogy. Though I'd like a ghost. I'm very pro-ghost. I'm in line for Obsession but it's taking sooooo long. Can't wait! That's too bad Only You isn't winning you over. I really enjoyed it but the boss does come on a bit strong. And that Sarah Morgan has me nervous. I don't mind some awkward but I also don't like cringing with embarrassment for the main character.

  4. that IS a lot of books. Maybe you'll do more reading now that you can't text me. WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

  5. I can't wait to read Furiously Happy and Patient HM! You've got a lot on your plate (so to speak!).


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