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.

Borrowed

  • 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!

Mine

  • 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

Kindle

  • 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

Finished:

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?

-CK

July TBR

We are at the halfway mark for summer. School starts here August 8. I know shocking. I have ordered school textbooks and will soon be buying uniforms and school supplies. Summer passes so fast. Sadly, I’ve only been to the beach once. If that’s not enough, the presidential election is in a few months and puts me in the mood for something historical. I’ll have to take a trip to the library and see if I can find something on the American Revolution. Or maybe a biography on an Olympian…athlete that is not Athenian. So many books to read.

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July TBR

Borrowed

  • The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass, I’ve actually read the to 122. It’s a bit dry but it’s filled with good information.
  • 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. I hope to read this, although it smells like cigarettes. It may go back to the library unread.
  • The House That Made Me edited by Grant Jarrett. Writers on the people and places that defined them.
  • Story Trumps Structure by Steven James.
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult

Mine

  • Mardi Gras in Mobile by L. Craig Roberts. It has lots of fun pictures!
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher. It took a while to find book 1 in the Dresden Files.
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

Kindle

  • Joy, A Kate Redman Short Story by Celina Grace
  • Sharpe Edge by Lisa B. Thomas (S)
  • A Ghost for Christmas by J. D. Winters

You may notice a theme on the Kindle. They are all Christmas stories. Summer is sizzling here, add hot flashes to the forecast and I am about to melt. I’m hoping a little “cool” reading will help.

*Edit- I just signed up for the Goodreads 2016 Summer Challenge in the Cozy Mysteries Group. I have until Sept. 21 to read books with first letters (or authors names) to spell out- Ocean Waves. Hmmm, I’ll need different books. I can use Sharpe Edge for the “S” in waves.

What do you plan on reading this month?

-CK