August Reading Round-Up

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Here we are – the last day of August already and time once again to share what I have been reading this past month. Hard to believe summer is almost at an end and September begins tomorrow.

This past month the total read was 40 (11 of these were picture books) , with the following breakdown:

Fantasy/scifi –15
Picture books – 11
Romance – 8
Women’s Fiction -3
Historical – 1
Crime/Mystery -1
YA – 1

(Ebooks – 7)
(Diverse books – 2)
(TBR books -0)

For the Reading Challenges I participate in, I’ve read these books:

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for August was to read a book being made into a movie. I read:
Every Day by David Levithan

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “beach” but “house” worked as well. I read:
Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
The Cottages on Silver Beach by Rae Anne Thayne

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Award Winners”.
I read:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from 4 categories this past month:
A Mystery book: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Book from 2017 Good Reads Awards – The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Book made into a movie – Every Day by David Levithan
Book with a green spine – Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge.
I read 15 fantasy books but surprisingly none met the criteria this month. I have read almost all of the books by Ilona Andrews now – and loved them all!

Writers Write Book Reading Challenge
I read several books for this challenge
#2 –A book recommended by a librarian –Midnight at the Bright ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
#13 – A book about books – read two: The Lost for Words Bookstore by Stephanie Butland and Midnight at the Bright ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
#17 – book with colour in the title – I read several:
The Cottages on Silver Beach by Rae Anne Thayne
White Hot by Ilona Andres
Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares
#21 – Adapted for movie in 2018 – Every Day by David Levithan
#23 –Won a literary prize in 2017 – The Girl Who Drank from the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge
I read a book recommended by a librarian: Midnight at the Bright ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I had forgotten about this challenge and this week as I checked off the prompts for the 40 books to be read, I realized I had read almost half of the books for the challenge. Rather than list them all (!), I’ll just list the numbers I have read and then continue to share each month what I read.
1, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 35, 39, 40.

Favourite Books Read This Month
This was an especially good month for reading – so many books I rated 5 at Goodreads.
I read many of the Magic books from Ilona Andres and certainly enjoyed them
Also loved:
Midnight at the Bright ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
The Cottages on Silver Beach by Rae Anne Thayne
Kiss Don’t Tell by Avril Tremayne
The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller
Writing Mr. Right by T.K. Leigh
Every Day by David Levithan
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I also read and enjoyed several picture books:
7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar
Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares
Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube
Drawn Together by Minh Le

 

September Goals

My main goal for September is to continue to read lots of books on my TBR pile – a must!

I also plan to read more memoirs and non-fiction books – especially ones on writing.

 

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Summer Reading 2018 Challenge Summary

The Summer Reading Challenge is now over – with the goal to read seven books between June 1 and August 17th.
I read well over 7 books this summer, many fantasy and women’s fiction.(being retired sure has helped my reading!)

Here are my 7 categories I chose to read for:
2. A book related to history The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
It moves back an forth between Revolutionary America and the present.

4. A young adult (YA) book:  The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

5. A book recommended by a friendIn a Heartbeat byRosalind Noonan

7. A book you’ve been meaning to readA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L”Engle

10. A biographyLeonard by William Shatner

12. A memoirRose Colored Glasses by JoAnn Simeon

16. A book that has been translated into EnglishThe Little French Bistro by Nina George (translated from French to English)