August 2022 Reading Wrap Up

 Before diving into my August 2022 Reading Wrap Up, I want to comment on a technical glitch that WordPress experienced this month. Evidently, there was some sort of “bug” in the commenting feature and many followers were having difficulty commenting on my blog as well as on other blogs. Sincere thanks to several followers who alerted me so that I could contact WordPress support and add my concerns to the issue. My blogging friend, Karen, wrote about the incident in this blog post. Hopefully, the issue is resolved. Thanks for your patience! I treasure your comments and our bookish conversations.

 August 2022 Reading Wrap Up


August 2022 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers)How was your August reading?

I read a variety of genres in August and it was a pleasant and productive reading month! Out of the 14 books completed, I had one 5-star read, two 4.5-star reads, eight 4-star reads, and three 3.5-star reads. I had two DNFs.

The most memorable read of the month was The Girl From Guernica, a page-turning hisfic with a strong side of thriller. (not yet reviewed)

Did we read any of the same books?

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Titles are Amazon affiliate links or my linked reviews
ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review before pub date)

The Girl From Guernica by Karen Robards (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Compelling, heartfelt, and page-turning. Review coming soon.

Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry (ARC)

4.5 Stars. (ARC) Fun 1800s western romance. My review of Kit McBride here.

A Brighter Flame by Christine Nolfi (ARC)

4.5 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Fiction. Review coming soon.

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary fiction. Heartfelt and poignant. Review coming soon.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

4 Stars. Non Fiction. Self-Help. See my review of Atomic Habits here.

The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

 4 Stars. Non Fiction. Planning and organization. Find my review of The Art of Gathering here.

A Heart For the Homeless by Annie M. Ballard (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Fiction. Animal Rescue. My review of Heart For the Homeless here.

The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical romance fiction. Review coming soon.

In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Review coming soon.

An Autumn Kiss by Laura Rollins, Annette Lyon, and Lisa Catmull (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) A collection of three novellas. Historical romance fiction. Review coming soon.

The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Women’s fiction. Historical fiction. Review coming soon.

The Portraitist by Susanne Dunlap (ARC)

3.5 Stars (rounded to 4 for Goodreads). (ARC) Feminist Historical Fiction. Review coming soon.

Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfry (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Contemporary Fiction. Review coming soon.

New Traditions by Deborah King (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Contemporary Fiction. Review coming soon.

DNF 19%): The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan

(not to my taste)

DNF (50%): French Braid by Anne Tyler


August 2022 Reading Wrap Up QOTD:

What was your favorite August read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?

August Blog Posts:

The Thread Collectors Review
The Portraitist Review
Atomic Habits Review
Transcendent Kingdom Review
The Art of Gathering Review
What is Plot-Driven or Character-Driven Fiction?
Hamnet Review
Kit McBride Gets a Wife Review
A Heart For the Homeless Review
The Forgotten Cottage Review
Ghost Boys Review
Survey Followup
Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day Review
The Codebreaker’s Secret Review

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

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  1. You read a nice variety of books in August! And some 4.5 to 5 star reads, definitely a good month. I look forward to your review of the Girl From Guernica.

  2. You had a great month, Carol. I laughed when I saw, French Braid and your comment. I have it to read or listen to, but have been putting it off. Maybe I will put it off a bit longer. I am reading The Codebreaker’s Secret right now. I have a few others you read or reviewed in August on my TBR, but I just need more time to read them all. 😊⏳📚

  3. Hey Carol,

    It’s been a while since I left a comment. I’ve read all your wonderful posts, and my TBR list has grown much longer.

    I haven’t read that much over the past couple of months. My elderly mom had a “turn” (we think it was a mild stroke, but there is no conclusive evidence). I rushed back to upstate New York, and my sister and I organized home help, as well as looked at various options for the future. She’s doing much better now.

    I also have finished writing a 60k+ word fanfiction, and have posted half of it already. Even though I had two betas reviewing the story, there is still a lot of work to do the final edits and polishing up. Good news is that my readers are enjoying the story!

    I did manage to finish “The Shell Seekers” by Rosamunde Pilcher. A five-star read for me. I would classify the novel as a modern classic. I also enjoyed “Run Rose Run” by Dolly Parton and James Patterson. Can you believe that this was the first JP book I’ve read?

    • I’m sorry to hear about your mom but glad that she is stable now. My sister and I had a scare with my 96 yo mom this summer as well. A brief hospital stay for a-fib, a new cardiologist, and new meds. We also arranged for some home help because she still lives independently. She’s doing well…but it takes some emotional energy! We’re blessed to have our moms!

      Happy to hear you enjoyed Shell Seekers. I need a reread!

      Happy writing and reading Adrienne!

  4. You sure had a great month of reading! I read The Lost Ticket and I just finished An Autumn Kiss this morning. I also have the arc for The Belle of Belgrave Square

    • I liked the first story in Autumn Kiss, loved the second, and felt meh about the third. Did you like all of them or some of them? It sounds like we’re scoring many of the same titles! I’ll look for your reviews!

      Retrieved this comment from spam so sorry about my delayed response.

    • Thanks Gina! I felt so bad about the commenting glitch! It’s disheartening to think that people are discouraged from commenting! Thanks for yours! 😍

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