Monday, August 3, 2015

July Monthly Wrap-Up / It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (8/3)

Welcome to August!  For me, August has always been kind of a trying month.  I'm waiting for Fall and I'm waiting for the weather to cool down.  This year, I am REALLY wanting things to cool down.  We decided to escape the heat today (Sunday) and headed out to the beach--with the rest of the State of Oregon--where things were much cooler.

As this is my first post of the month, I'd like to start re-capping my reading from the previous month.  I don't make a big to-do about this because, well, I talked about all this in the weekly posts throughout the month.

Even so, here is what I read in July:
Newport by Jill Morrow (finished 7/3)
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (finished 7/10, review 8/5)
A Village Affair by Katharine Swartz (finished 7/11, no review)
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows (finished 7/11, no review)
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (finished 7/13)
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (finished 7/16)
Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg (finished 7/26, no review)
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff (finished 7/28, review 8/11)

8 book is actually more than I thought I had read...but you can see that I did hit a slump there in the middle of the month!

Now, onto the week at hand...

Last week on the blog, I posted:
Wednesday, July 29 - Book Review: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Friday, July 31 - Book Review: How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal
Saturday, August 1 - Saturday Snapshot

Right now, I'm reading:
The Main Book:
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
I've heard so much about this book (all of it good!) and I've been wanting to read it for so long.  However, I had to wait until now because my book club will be discussing in August.  So far, I'm really enjoying it, but I'm a little bewildered about the direction of the book.  I'm hoping that everything comes together at the end.

The "Phone" Book:
Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline
I don't know if I should call this my "phone" book anymore.  I've recently switched to a larger purse and moved my "main" e-reading to my galaxy tablet and stuffed by Kindle Paperwhite in my purse and am using that instead of my phone, but the intention is the same.  I am making good progress on this one since at least one of my kids has swimming lessons every. single. day.  I'm planning to finish up with it in the next day or so.

Last Week, I finished:
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff (review 8/11)
Since my review will be out in a bit over a week, I don't want to say too much about my thoughts now.  However, I wanted to give to heads-ups about the review itself.  First of all, there will be a giveaway!  Secondly, this is the first review where I'm starting something new.  At the start of each review (below the basic info of the book and above the summary), I'm going to list a number of things--books, TV shows, hobbies, etc--that might help you decide if this book is for you.  It is something like, "You might enjoy this book if you like....".  I hope people find this useful.  When I read reviews online of books I might read, I like to have a way to quickly tell if the book is worth my time without getting too much info about it and I thought this might serve that purpose for some people.

Amy and the Missing Puppy (Critter Club #1) by Callie Barkley
We finally finished this one.  I can't say I was overly impressed by it, but my daughter indicated that she would be interested in reading other books in the series.  However, she is far more excited about Ivy and Bean, so we'll see if we actually do end up reading any of the other Critter Club books.

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