July TBR Final

July TBR Final

I went a little nuts this month. Read a ton of books, a total of 12! Hoot hoot. Granted a few were short stories, but that’s okay I’m working through books on my TBR shelf and kindle.

I changed my Goodreads goal from 52 books for the year to 60 books. I may change it again. I feel guilty over the short stories. I am 50/60.


  • The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass, I have mixed feelings about this books. Parts I found very helpful, others not so much. But I think that can be said for most writing books.
  • 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. DNF– instead I put it on my purchase wish list.
  • The House That Made Me edited by Grant Jarrett. Nope!
  • Story Trumps Structure by Steven James. Nope!
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult- Nope!


  • Mardi Gras in Mobile by L. Craig Roberts. I loved this book. It’s a small press book, so for it’s size i was expensive. But worth every penny. If you want to know about Mardi Gras, it’s history and current incarnation. Read this book. Tons of fun.
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher. It took a while to find book 1 in the Dresden Files.
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell


  • Joy, A Kate Redman Short Story by Celina Grace- This was a nice Christmas short story. I liked it enough to download a full length novel.
  • Sharpe Edge by Lisa B. Thomas (S)- I really enjoyed this “Clean” read. The writing was quick and snappy.
  • A Ghost for Christmas by J. D. Winters


A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd- this belongs to my oldest. I loved it. Great bit of magic.

Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton- Agatha Raisin is always fun to read, this short story set at Christmas was no exception.

Legend by Marie Lu- It was okay. I won’t read the rest in the series.

My New Orleans: Ballards to the Big Easy by Her Sons, Daughters, and Lovers by Rosemary James- Loved it. Essays about the city by those who know her best. Written while the flood waters of Katrina were still raging.

Over Troubled Water: A Hunter Jones Mystery- by Charlotte Moore– I read the whole thing, but I’m not impressed. (o)

Doppelgangster (Esther Diamond book 2) by Laura Resnick- I love this series. It’s funny and wacky. There’s a bit more language in it than I normally read, but it’s so well written. Honestly, gangsters have foul mouths!

Hurricane of Independence by Tony Williams- This was an interesting nonfiction read. Could have used a map.

The Art & Craft of Murder by Cozy Cat Parker- Letter (a) in my Goodreads summer challenge. I’m reading books that spell out Ocean Waves.

Hard to choose which was my favorite… probably Doppelgangster.

What was your favorite read for July?


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