July 2021 Reading Wrap Up

July 30, 2021

July 2021 Reading Wrap Up

July 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

How was your July reading?

Overall, July was a satisfactory reading month because of the variety of reads.
Out of eight books, I had two 5-star reads (one rounded up), four 4-star reads, and two 3-star reads.

My most compelling fiction reads of the month are a tie between Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and  The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. They are very different so it was difficult to choose a favorite.


Did we read any of the same books?

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Titles are Amazon affiliate links or my linked reviews
.
ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review)


Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (cover) Image: white text over the background picture of a large tree growing on a green lawn

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

5 Stars. Literary Fiction and Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Award (2005). Reflective and poignant. Not yet reviewed.


The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (cover) Image: the profiles of two native american young People (man and woman) in cultural dress

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

5 Stars (4.5 rounded up). Page-turning Historical Fiction and Family Drama. My review of The Firekeeper’s Daughter here.


Tokyo Ever After by Eiko Jean (cover) Image: white text and the grahic image of a young asian girl holding flowers and wearing a small crown against a blue background

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

4 Stars. Young Adult Contemporary Fiction. Not yet reviewed.


Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe (cover) Image: a young woman with long blong hair stands under the leaves of a magnolia tree

Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe

4 Stars.  (ARC) Family Drama, Coming of Age. My review of Under the Magnolias here.


The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (cover) Image: a young girl peers out the window of a house at the red roses growing in the garden

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

4 Stars. Family Drama with an unreliable narrator. My review of The Good Sister here.


Pride by Ibi Zoboi (cover) Image: purple text on a brown background

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

4 Stars. Diverse read. Pride & Prejudice retelling. Not yet reviewed.


A Place Like Home by Rosamunde Pilcher (cover) white text on a dark blue background....large blossoms of light colored flowers fill center right of cover

A Place Like Home: Short Stories by Rosamunde Pilcher

3 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading short story collection. My review of A Place Like Home here.


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Books I’d Love With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island #TopTenTuesday

July 27, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island

Books I'd Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island (Top Ten Tuesday) Image: purple text over a mountainous deserted island

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top ten tuesday

Today, I’m linking up a recent Reading Ladies blog post with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Like With Me While On a Deserted Island.

So…..you’ll be treated to a list of TWENTY great reads instead of ten (or think of it as two lists of ten!).

(the following post was originally published on Reading Ladies on July 9, 2021 and includes Amazon affiliate links)

One Great Summer Read (20 Bloggers Offer ) imOne Best Rec) Image: tight focus of a woman sitting beside water reading

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Are you pondering what book to choose for your vacation or staycation?

Are you in limbo trying to decide what ONE great book to read this summer?

Do you ever wish someone would just TELL you what book to read?

Are you looking for a list of trusted book review bloggers?

Do you spend more time thinking about which book to pack for your vacation than packing the clothes? (oh…just me?)

If you only have time to read ONE more book before summer’s end, what would you choose?

beach reads cartoon

This is the time of year when readers in my hemisphere are looking for “Beach Reads.” (If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, happy “winter reading!”) The term “Beach Read” is puzzling to me because I think any book you read at the beach or the pool is a beach or pool read (similar to a body at the beach is a beach body!). Furthermore, “beach read” means different things to different readers: some want easy reading/light/fluffy, some want escapist, some want romcom, some want thrillers/suspense/mystery, while others are looking for heavier or longer reads that they might have more time for in the summer. During the summer, I look for the same types of reads I look for all year long: something substantial, engaging, memorable, unputdownable, and thought-provoking. What is your ideal beach or pool read?

20 Reviewers Recommend:

Some things bring joy to a blogger’s heart and this collaborative post is definitely at the top of the list!

As Gina describes our project: “A worldwide summer reading multi-blogger extravaganza!”

I am thrilled to publish this post today! I asked TWENTY (including yours truly) experienced reviewers from a variety of geographical locations what they would recommend as their ONE “Not-to-be-Missed” Summer 2021 Reading Recommendation.

Today, I’m exceptionally excited to introduce you to a few of my blogging friends who chose ONE recommendation for YOU (listed in alphabetical order by blogger’s first name). I want you to notice that these bloggers are an international group! One of the greatest joys of blogging is making book friends around the world and country (better than pen pals!). Please take a look at their recommendations, check out their blogs, and give them a follow!

I think you’ll enjoy the following TWENTY “recent releases” recommendations that include some diversity and represent a mix of genres that will appeal to a variety of tastes (from self-help to romance to literary fiction to engaging women’s fiction to family drama to southern fiction to historical romance to uplit to domestic thriller to intergenerational friendship to science fiction to contemporary mystery to page-turning histfic to mysterious retelling to crime thriller to kindred spirits).

We hope at least one matches YOUR reading taste!

i love books

***Titles are Amazon affiliate links and full review links have been included.

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Summer’s One #MustReadBook 2021 [ReBlog]

Are you looking for ONE more great read this summer? Check out this recommendation list from 20 fabulous bloggers/reviewers! Happy reading!

Reading Ladies

July 9, 2021

Find Your One “Must Read” Book of Summer 2021!

One Great Summer Read (20 Bloggers Offer ) imOne Best Rec) Image: tight focus of a woman sitting beside water reading

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Are you pondering what book to choose for your vacation or staycation?

Are you in limbo trying to decide what ONE great book to read this summer?

Do you ever wish someone would just TELL you what book to read?

Are you looking for a list of trusted book review bloggers?

Do you spend more time thinking about which book to pack for your vacation than packing the clothes? (oh…just me?)

If you only have time to read ONE more book before summer’s end, what would you choose?

beach reads cartoon

This is the time of year when readers in my hemisphere are looking for “Beach Reads.” (If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, happy “winter reading!”) The term “Beach Read” is puzzling to me because I think any book you read at the beach or the pool is…

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Summer’s One #MustReadBook 2021

July 9, 2021

Find Your One “Must Read” Book of Summer 2021!

One Great Summer Read (20 Bloggers Offer ) imOne Best Rec) Image: tight focus of a woman sitting beside water reading

Image Source: Canva

Are you pondering what book to choose for your vacation or staycation?

Are you in limbo trying to decide what ONE great book to read this summer?

Do you ever wish someone would just TELL you what book to read?

Are you looking for a list of trusted book review bloggers?

Do you spend more time thinking about which book to pack for your vacation than packing the clothes? (oh…just me?)

If you only have time to read ONE more book before summer’s end, what would you choose?

beach reads cartoon

This is the time of year when readers in my hemisphere are looking for “Beach Reads.” (If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, happy “winter reading!”) The term “Beach Read” is puzzling to me because I think any book you read at the beach or the pool is a beach or pool read (similar to a body at the beach is a beach body!). Furthermore, “beach read” means different things to different readers: some want easy reading/light/fluffy, some want escapist, some want romcom, some want thrillers/suspense/mystery, while others are looking for heavier or longer reads that they might have more time for in the summer. During the summer, I look for the same types of reads I look for all year long: something substantial, engaging, memorable, unputdownable, and thought-provoking. What is your ideal beach or pool read?

20 Reviewers Recommend:

Some things bring joy to a blogger’s heart and this collaborative post is definitely at the top of the list!

As Gina describes our project: “A worldwide summer reading multi-blogger extravaganza!”

I am thrilled to publish this post today! I asked TWENTY (including yours truly) experienced reviewers from a variety of geographical locations what they would recommend as their ONE “Not-to-be-Missed” Summer 2021 Reading Recommendation.

Today, I’m exceptionally excited to introduce you to a few of my blogging friends who chose ONE recommendation for YOU (listed in alphabetical order by blogger’s first name). I want you to notice that these bloggers are an international group! One of the greatest joys of blogging is making book friends around the world and country (better than pen pals!). Please take a look at their recommendations, check out their blogs, and give them a follow!

I think you’ll enjoy the following TWENTY “recent releases” recommendations that include some diversity and represent a mix of genres that will appeal to a variety of tastes (from self-help to romance to literary fiction to engaging women’s fiction to family drama to southern fiction to historical romance to uplit to domestic thriller to intergenerational friendship to science fiction to contemporary mystery to page-turning histfic to mysterious retelling to crime thriller to kindred spirits).

We hope at least one matches YOUR reading taste!

i love books

***Titles are Amazon affiliate links and full review links have been included.

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6 Favorite Historical Fiction in 6 Months [2021] #6BooksIn6Months #ThrowBackThursday

July 1, 2021

6 in 6 [2021]

6 best histtorical fiction in 6 months (collage of covers)

The Six in Six is a meme created by Jo at The Book Jotter At the end of June, we are halfway through the year,  so the idea is to share the books we have read in these first 6 months. When I looked at my list of the top 6 so far this year, I realized that they were all Historical Fiction. You’re not really surprised, are you?!

I’m also linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #ThrowBackThursday (since I’ve previously reviewed 5 of the 6 titles).

In the true spirit of the 6 in 6 meme, we are asked to share 6 books in 6 categories. Coming up with 36 books will take more brain power than I have available right now, so I will share 6 of the best historical fiction books I’ve read so far this year.

Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links.

a cartoonish number 6

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June 2021 Reading Wrap Up

June 28, 2021

June 2021 Reading Wrap Up

June 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

How was your June reading?

Overall, June reading was mostly satisfactory.
Out of ten books, I had one DNF, one 5-star read, three 4-star reads, and four 3-star reads, and one 2-Star read.

My favorite fiction read of the month is the AUDIO version of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.


Did we read any of the same books?

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Titles are Amazon affiliate links or my linked reviews
.
ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review)


Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (cover) Image: an astronaut floats in space tethered to a gold and black object

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (AUDIO)

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Compelling science fiction. My review of Project Hail Mary here.
Audio HIGHLY recommended.


the Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan (cover) Image: a young woman dressed in a red blouse and a white apron holds a recipe book close to her chest

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

4 Stars. Historical Fiction (England, WW11). My review of The Kitchen Front here.


The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Murray (cover) Image: a young woman in a long red dress stands against the railing of a grand staircase holding a small stack of books to her chest

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Murray

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction (Gilded Age, New York City). My review of The Personal Librarian.


The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler by E.L. Konigsburg (cover) Image: two young children walk up the red carpeted steps into a museum

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler by E.L. Konigsburg

4 Stars  Well-loved Middle Grade. (reread).


One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin (cover) Image: white lettering and two yellow roses against a blue background

One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

3.5 Stars. Heartwarming and Poignant Contemporary Fiction. My Goodreads review.


The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett (cover) Image: a young woman holding a medical bag walks next to a harbor

The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett

3 Stars. Light-reading, character-driven contemporary fiction. Not reviewed.


A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett (cover) Image: A young woman stands on a bluff overlooking a small seaside village

A Summer Wedding For the Cornish Midwife (ARC) by Jo Bartlett

3 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading contemporary fiction (sequel to The Cornish Midwife). My review of A Summer Wedding here.


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Summer 2021 TBR #toptentuesday

June 15, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2021 TBR

Summer TBR #TopTenTuesday

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top ten tuesday

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2020 TBR.

With all the books that are on my radar on a given day, it’s nice to pick out a few for an official TBR. Ten still leaves room for library holds that come in, occasional ARCs, or some mood reading.

One question you may ask is “Are these beach reads?” Many readers have differing opinions of what comprises a beach read: some want light and fluffy, some look for thrillers/suspense/mysteries, some seek out escapist reads, while others like to tackle large tomes or serious content during the summer when they have more time. It’s my opinion that any book you read at the beach is a beach read (just like a body at the beach is a beach body). For my summer reads, I look for the types of books I look for all year: memorable, thought-provoking, and unputdownable.

Keep in mind that I’m not yet recommending the books on this list…..check back often though because I will provide updates and links to reviews as I read them. For now, these are the reads that are on my summer 2021 reading radar.

I hope this summer is enabling you to reclaim your normal lives and that lockdowns are easing and COVID numbers are decreasing. Here in California, life is gradually getting back to normal….I’m cautiously optimistic.

Because I suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out), I’ve already read a couple of books that I had on my brainstorming TBR list…..including Project Hail Mary. If you haven’t read it yet, put it (the audio version if at all possible!) on your TBR before the movie comes out! Review coming soon.

And….Happy Winter reading to my friends and followers in the Southern Hemisphere!

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

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More Books Like These Please! #TopTenTuesday #LetsDiscuss2021

June 8, 2021

More Books Like These 5 Star Reads Please!

More Books Like These Please (a tall stack of hardback books)

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Which books or tropes do you wish there were more of?
Do we share any favorites?
Which book would top your own list?

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

2021 discussion challenge graphic (a blue bird and red fox and wall clock and stack of books graphic)

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: More Books Like These. and the 2021 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.

 

For this post, I had to go with my first 10 or I could be here listing books forever! The following titles are representative of books that give me book hangovers and I think about for years to come! All of them are 5 Star reads! (in no particular order) Which book of yours would top your own list?



More like these please:



Smart, thoughtful, beautifully crafted, and complex contemporary fiction…

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a man and woman stand against a railing with backs to the camera


Poignant, relatable, and memorable complicated family drama

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)


Unputdownable Histfic With Compelling Issues and Memorable Characters

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

invention of wings


Honoring brave girls around the world

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (cover)


Complicated Marriages and Friendships

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (cover)

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10 Books Set In Or Near New York City #TopTenTuesday

June 1, 2021

10 Books Set In Or Near New York City #TopTenTuesday

Books Set in New York City (Image: black text over a background of New York City)

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Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

What is the last book you read set in New York City?

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: June Freebie. When I recently read Social Graces, it occurred to me that I’ve read a few books set in New York City. When I saw the TTT “freebie” option, I decided this was my chance to make a list of books set in New York City. Do you appreciate a good book list?! Can you help me add to this list?

I have read all of the books on this list and can recommend them. Most are new releases with a couple of classics sprinkled in (links to my reviews provided if available).

 *This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
**Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links.


The Social Graces by Renée Rosen

Historical Fiction (late 1800s), New York High Society

The Social Graces by Renee Rosen (cover) Image: four women in old fashioned dresses and large brimmed hats stand with their backs to the came looking at an arch in the distance


The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio

Historical Fiction (early 1900s), Penn Station

the way of beauty


The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

Historical Fiction (1913), New York City Public Library

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (cover) Image: a woman in a yellow dress stands with an open book inside a large museum type room


A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Historical Fiction, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory (1911) and the Twin Towers

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Neissner (cover) White test on a blue background vordered on three corners with marigolds


Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Young Adult contemporary fiction, free verse, Harlem, slam poet

The Poet X

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May 2021 Reading Wrap Up

May 31, 2021

May 2021 Reading Wrap Up

May 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers over a floral background)

How was your May reading?

Overall, May reading falls into the “mixed bag” category.
I had three DNFs, two 5-star reads, one 4.5-star read, and four 3-star reads, and one 2.5 Star read.

My favorite fiction read of the month was tied between The Invisible Husband of Frick Island and The Forest of Vanishing Stars….two very different reads.


Did we read any of the same books?

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Titles are Amazon affiliate links or my linked reviews
.
ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review)


Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (cover) Image: coral and blue text....individual waves wrap randomly around the text

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Quirky contemporary fiction. My review of Frick Island here.


The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel (cover) Image: the back view of a woman wearing a red coat overlooking a landscape with planes flying overhead

The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Compelling Historical Fiction (WW11). Author of The Book of Lost Names. Review coming on July 6, 2021.


Gold and Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi (cover) Image: white text against a dark blue background

Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

4.5 Stars. Historical Fiction (Afghanistan) Author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. Review coming June 4, 2021.


Yours Cheerfully by A.J. Pearce (cover) Image: 2 young women sit on a low wall reading one newspaper

Yours Cheerfully by A.J. Pearce (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Light Historical Fiction (WW11, London). Author of Dear Mrs. Bird. Review coming August 10, 2021.


The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (cover) Image: white text in the sky over a large house surrounded by green lawn and trees

The Penderwicks (#1) by Jeanne Birdsall

3.5 Stars  Light-hearted Middle Grade family drama. Not reviewed.


Haven Point by Virginia Hume (cover) Image: blue text over a background of a house on the point of a shoreline

Haven Point by Virginia Hume (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading, character-driven family drama. Historical Fiction. My review of Haven Point here.


Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra (cover) Image: pink lettering on a seafoam green background....graphic images of several young women (walking a dog, playing guitar, walking, etc)

Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading contemporary family drama (sequel to Meg & Jo). Review of Beth & Amy here.


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