Sunday, July 31, 2016

July Confessions

Whoa. How is July over? I feel like winter drags on and summer just flies by. We finally made it to the beach this month, but the beach with two little ones is no easy feat, especially with my newborn.  I'm glad we made it and I look forward to going on vacation in August. I hope to get a lot of beach reading done, but let's be's more like nap time reading! 

Something interesting happened this month regarding my reading preferences.  I gravitated towards adult novels for the first time in, well, forever.  I only read ONE young adult novel and that's definitely not the norm. What is going on? I have no clue, but I think lately YA novels have disappointed me, so I needed a break from them.  There's so many good adult beach reads out there that I couldn't resist.  

Books Read in July:
1.  First Comes Love by Emily Giffin - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Adult Fiction
2.  A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams - 4 out of 5 stars - Adult Historical Fiction
3.  The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger - 4 out of 5 stars - Adult Fiction
4.  The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown - 4 out of 5 stars - Adult Historical Fiction
5.  A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel - 3.5 out of 5 stars - YA Realistic Fiction
6.  The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Adult Fiction (Review to come)
7.  In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Adult Fiction (Review to come)

Did Not Finish:
Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand - Click the link to find out why this beach read didn't work for me. 

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye - I thought I would LOVE this novel and I've read some great reviews, but ultimately, I wasn't in the mood for it. I may pick it up at a later date. Let me know your thoughts if you have read it. I just couldn't get into the first thirty pages.

1.  Favorite Book:   The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown would have to be my favorite book of the month. I loved the setting of Paris and the two parallel story lines.  Anything that involves a grandparent is always interesting to me. Be sure to enter my giveaway for a copy along with the book club kit. 

2.  Biggest SurpriseThe Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger was such a fun read. I was very surprised about the cut-throat world of professional tennis and the requirements at Wimbledon.  Fascinating stuff! 

3.  Biggest Disappointment: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin was just an ok read for me. I liked it enough to finish it, but I wanted so much more. 

4.  Favorite Post from July: Top Ten Tuesday: Facts About Me
5.  Favorite Part of July: The beach!!!  Also, my eldest son turned four?! Where has the time gone?

What were some of your favorite books that you read this month? Let me know! 


  1. I feel like I've been gravitating towards adult fiction more this year not because YA has been such a let down lately, but it just seems the way my tastes are going. I don't have the patience for YA lately, I think. Anyway, yep. July came by like a flash. I can't believe it's August already! My kids sure are feeling the coming of school year and they're not impressed. Lol.

    Have a great month, Christina!

    1. Yes! I am glad it isn't just me, Joy. I am usually all about YA, but something has changed this summer. Ugh. I always dreaded the last few weeks of summer with school lurking in the background. I can't believe it's almost over as well. I hope we have a great August! Thanks for dropping by, Joy!

  2. Glad you found some novels for adults that you really liked. I plan to give The Light of Paris a try and I also want to read A Certain Age.

    I agree that winter does seem to last forever while summer is over too soon. I just hope we aren't in for a harsh winter after our hot summer. Here's to a great August!

    1. I think you would enjoy both, Christina! I know! I am not a fan of snow, so fingers crossed! Thanks for visiting, Christina!


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