Saturday, August 1, 2015

July Confessions

Can we all agree that summer needs to slow down? I did a lot of reading this month, thanks to me bringing my books everywhere. I read in the doctor's waiting room, before bed, during my kid's nap, at the beach, while on the exercise bike, while on the treadmill, in the car, etc. I read some amazing books this month!

Books Read in July:
1.  Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred - 3.5 out of 5 stars
2.  Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally - 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.  A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery - 3.5 out of 5 stars
4.  Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen - 4 out of 5 stars (a re-read for me!)
5.  The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig - 3.5 out of 5 stars
6.  The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis - 4 out of 5 stars
7.  First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano - 3.5 out of 5 stars (Review to come)
8.  The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff - 4.5 out of 5 stars (Review to come)
9.  The Uninvited by Cat Winters - 3 out of 5 stars (Review to come)
10.  The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick - 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)

Didn't Finish:
Newport by Jill Morrow - I read about 25% of this book, but wasn't feeling it. I couldn't connect with the characters, so I had to put it down. It's a shame, because the time period of the Roaring Twenties is so much fun!

1. Favorite Book: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff - Guys, if you enjoy sweeping historical tales, you need to read this book. I especially appreciated the Philadelphia and Atlantic City settings.

2.  Biggest Surprise: Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen - When I originally read this book many years ago, I thought it was just ok.  I re-read it this summer for The Summer of Sarah Dessen and was able to make more connections to it and appreciate it more than before.

3. Biggest Disappointment: The Uninvited by Cat Winters - I loved The Cure for Dreaming and am looking forward to reading In the Shadow of Blackbirds, but this wasn't a YA novel like her others. It was an adult novel and for me it fell flat.

4.  Favorite Post: Book Review and Grand Giveaway for Ross Poldark - You have until 8/13 to enter this incredible giveaway. I am seriously drooling over the grand prize. 

5.  Favorite Part of July: Of course I am loving the lazy days I spend at the beach with my family.  I am going to miss that this winter. We also had so much fun celebrating my little guy's 3rd birthday. Time sure is flying!

Thanks for visiting,


  1. I can't believe your son is 3 already! Time is going quickly. I think it goes faster the older we get :)

    I will have to check out The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach especially with such high praise! I also want to read The Summer of Good Intentions. I am currently reading The Other Daughter and I like it more than I thought I would.

    1. I know!?!?! It's going by too quickly. I agree, Christina! I think you'd like Chelsea Beach. I thought it was outstanding. I also think you'd enjoy Summer of Good Intentions---a perfect beach read if you enjoy family drama! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Other Daughter...I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would.. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Wow, you really did get a lot of reading done in July! For some reason, summer is always my slowest reading period. Hot weather makes me lazy. As soon as Fall hits, I'm back to the books. I'm hoping to get myself more focused in August. I'd love to re-read some of the Sarah Dessen books. I loved them before, but I might have a new perspective on them now. My son turned 4 this summer, so I know how you're feeling about time flying! Have a fun and super-productive August!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    1. Usually summers are tough for me as well, but somehow I kicked butt this month! I hear you...I would love to re-read more of Dessen as well and the two Dessen books I haven't read yet! I'm glad you hear you get me about how quickly time passes with a's crazy! Happy Birthday to your son as well. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Happy August to you and your family! I hope your days are filled with more books and sun! :)

  4. That IS a lot of reading!! OOoh, so worried about The Uninvited now! I really enjoyed Shadow of Blackbirds and I looooved Cure for Dreaming. Let me just get my expectations in check before starting this one!

    1. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Uninvited. Maybe it was just me! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for visiting, Becky!

  5. I'm so glad you had some great reading this month, Christina! Tough to believe it's August, isn't it? Sheesh.

    1. Thanks, Tara! I am in total denial. Seriously?!?! Thanks for visiting.


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