Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Operation: Read My Bookshelf

You know you are a bookworm when you feel that reading just 3 books in a month makes you a slacker. July was a busy month for us and I didn't have as much downtime to read. I was, however, able to read 3 books this month and have now challenged myself to read the books sitting on my bookshelf instead of constantly overlooking them to read ones from my Kindle or the library. Here's what I read in July and a handful of the books I plan to read in August.

Both Colleen Hoover and Jessica Park are authors I've read before. Too Late and Left Drowning were both quick reads, with good story lines with twists and turns that kept me interested. Each book had a bit too much detail when it came to the bedroom scenes. I don't have a problem with such parts when written in moderation but both had more than enough. Maybe less is more?

After You Left was slow start book but once it picked up, I was hooked. Like the two books mentioned above, it had a great story line with a twist that made the story one that in the end I was glad I read.

All 3 books are available on Kindle Umlimited for free. I've came to the conclusion that Kindle Unlimited doesn't really have "amazing" books to choice from. They are usually books with a 3 or 4 star rating and written by authors trying to "catch on". Colleen Hoover is an exception to this thought though. Her books are fantastic. I've shared some of those before. But Too Late was just okay. If you want a Hoover book that's fanstatic, pick up any of these three: It Ends with Us, November 9 or Confess.

I mentioned my bookshelf. The one holding 63 books that need to be read. When cleaning out the basement last weekend, I realized just how many books I've been stockpiling. I've now challenged myself to read 3-4 books next month from this pile. For August, I've picked...

Home Again by Kristin Hannah
When We Fall by Emily Liebert
Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

I am really hoping to read at least 3 of these books, adding a 4th is a stretch goal. The only author I haven't read is Emily Liebert. The one book I'm most looking forward to reading is The Antelope in the Living Room. I love Shankle's writing so I am eager to devour this novel. Another book, I'm eager to read is The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck. Here are details on this novel - one that splits between 2 characters, in 2 different centuries. I love when stories tie together two characters in times that are completely foreign to one another.

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration? With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own. Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

Now it's your turn. Share with us what books you've read last month. They can be novels you've read yourself, books you've read to your little ones, blog and internet articles. As long as you've been reading, it counts! 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you so much for commenting on today's post. I reply to comments via Disqus so if you are curious as to what I may have to say in response to your message, just visit this post and check your comment. -- xo, Stephanie