July Reading Round-Up

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Once again, we are at the end of one month and beginning a new one. July has sped b, with lots of high temperatures, humidity and rain. It has once again been a stressful month, as we are gearing up for more surgery for my hubby on Aug.4 – a bowel resection. At least it hasn’t shown to be cancerous but he is at risk for complications. Reading has definitely helped at times.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.

The total read for July was 31 books with the following breakdown:

Fantasy /Paranormal –2

Romance – 7

Women’s Fiction – 2

Historical romance – 6

Non-fiction – 2

Pix books – 6

Memoir – 1

Mystery – 1

MG novels – 2

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won) or an e-book. Here’s the breakdown

Library reads – 20       TBR/owned books –1        E-books –10 

Favourite Reads

My overall favourite read of the month was When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

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The rest of my top 10 reads:

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Color of Light by Emilie Richards

An Unexpected Find by Hayleigh Sol

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Darker Water by Lauren Stewart

Grace Burrowes – I read 4 books by her, so rather than take 4 spots which she could, I’m placing her here, as author:

A Rogue of Her Own

No Other Duke Will Do

The Bridegroom Wore Plaid

When a Duchess Says I Do   

I am participating in quite a few challenges (check here for my list) but I have a few that are my favourites and have done these for a few years. Here are the books read for these challenges:

 

POPSUGAR Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)

Hate to say it – but I did not read ANY for this challenge. I have 10 regular and 9 advanced books for this challenge still to read.

52 Books in 52 Weeks

I was read 2 books for this challenge:

#9 – Set in a Mediterranean country – Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

#44 –Set in a garden – The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith

Monthly Key Word Challenge

The key word I used this month: “Like” – Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Monthly Motif

The theme this month was “Novellas”. I read Bitten and Smitten by Michelle Rowan

Diversify Your Reading

The theme this month was “Contemporary Fiction”. I read several:

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

The Color of Light by Emilie Richards

An Unexpected Find by Hayleigh Sol

Debbie McComber’s Reading Challenge

The theme this month was “Non-Fiction”. I read three:

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith

Emilie Richards’ Reading Challenge

The theme this month was “a book about books”. I read a novel that had a book inside the book:

An Unexpected Find by Hayleigh Sol

Looking Ahead to August

I need to keep working on the 20 Books for Summer Challenge as well as reading more books for The Popsugar and %2Books 52 Weeks Challenges.

I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-Up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)

7 thoughts on “July Reading Round-Up

  1. Totally agree with you on When Stars Collide. I loved it too, such a good comfort read and entertaining. Am thinking of you both, especially as Aug 4th approaches.

  2. What a great reading month you had, Beverley! I will be thinking about you and your husband as he has his surgery.
    Definitely a stressful time. It’s so wonderful that good books can relieve some of that! We have had hot, humid weather here as well, but things have cooled off for a few days before we head into the hot again.

  3. I’m hoping all went well with your husband’s surgery and that he is also recovering well. Comforts reads in stressful times are always welcome here too. This summer has been hot, rainy, and humid and neighboring communities here had many issues with flooding over and over. We lost power and internet service for almost 3 days and it made me grateful for times we wake up with electricity.

    • Thank you Danielle. My hubby is slowly recovering. I hope the weather has improved. So much damage down in the States this past year – we get the news here and so many have been affected by floods, fires and hurricanes. Stay safe!

      • Thank you for letting me know about your husband. Today’s weather is steamy with a high heat warning–I walk outside and instantly sweat. Take care too!

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