All worthwhile reads with two that were just that extra bit special. This is most likely the least I’ve read for a long time in a month. I think the signs of the times. Although I am settling a little more into my reading.
My lowest total for a month for a very long time. However it most likely fits into my new mindset of reading slower and not rushing a book.
Authors Come From
New Zealand 1
New to me authors:
Reading Challenge Update:
I haven’t moved ahead in the challenges and at this point that’s okay. Challenges will mostly be a non happening for me in 2020. I think I have reached my fill! Maybe one or two though next year! I am a goal oriented person but sometimes I think its good not to reach a goal and admit it!
Top Book for November
The Things I Should Have Told You. From Irish author Carmel Harrington. Another 5 star read from this author who now just can’t write fast enough for this reader. A grandad who dies leaves letters for his son and wife and two children to read and he organises so that they take a trip through Europe guided by his letters. The family has various issues and this trip is about to shake them up – in a good way.
I loved this book, the family – the journey – Pops and his letters. I read every word – no skimming. Its warm, funny, emotional and real. I am not a “let’s take a trip” kind of person but this was so inspiring. I loved the map at the beginning.
Looking forward to reading in December
This review re- issue written by Emilie Richards book Runaway, the first of a romantic suspense trilogy set in New Orleans. Will be published in January. I love when favourite authors get the rights back to their books and it gives me an opportunity to explore books I never knew of to read. This involves a librarian who is searching for her missing sister.
I am on track with the library challenge and I may or may not make the audiobook challenge.
Reading Club Update:
I read The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovatt as part of the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club. I read it as a slow read for the month and have to say while I got a little lost in places it was a really good read.
I read At The Mountain’s Edge by Genevieve Graham for the Emilie Richards Reading Challenge – this month it was a book set in Canada.
I read The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanna Nell as part of the Hachette Australia Books with Heart Facebook group book club.
Top Book for October
Set in a bookshop. This was one I was really happy I had bought and that there is the possibility of one day picking it up and rereading it. Most of my reads this month were 3 and 4 star reads, I think this was my only 5 star read. Thanks to Katherine P for her review that led me to it.
Looking forward to reading in November
I don’t have any specific books I am looking forward to in November but I am looking forward to choosing some off my own shelf!
I had some great reads this month, I think about 3 or 4 merited 5 stars from me. However the one I am going to choose is one that I read because I read a review and decided I’d pick it up. It was just had a delightful point of difference and so I am naming it my book of September.
The Recipe Box was an outstanding read.
Archangel’s War had a lot of war! but I still loved it.
A Curious Beginning I read because it was the September book for the Modern Mrs Darcy book club. I can see why the series has its happy reading fans.
Looking forward to reading in October
A few of the ones in the plan to read and that I look forward to. Of course there will be others, but that will be what appeals as the month goes by, but very happy to be reading these three. They are all three authors who I can rely on for a book I’ll enjoy.
Incoming Books for September
I am improving at getting books from the library rather than buying them. Although out of these I wouldn’t mind my own copy of Ellie and the Harp Maker and The Recipe Box.
Audio Books Purchased
I am still listening to this one, but I can tell I will want to read/listen to the whole series.
It’s hard to believe August is finished. This year is speeding on. We all say that! Right!
August is my birthday month and this year one with a big zero, I had family around and we had a lovely celebration. A great niece who turns 7 at the end of the year made of with the seven candle, I was left with the zero candle!
Total books read this month: 13
New to me authors:
Carla Neggers ( I think she is, she feels familiar but I can’t find anywhere that I have read a book by her)
Top Book for August
I liked most of the books I read but I have to say Under Currents was the one that caught my book love this month.
Looking forward to reading in September
I have some review books to read, I’ll read some from the library and some from my own shelf. While I am not sure if I’ll get to read this one in September I do need to put in a pre-order for it. I am thinking I’ll put it at the top of the pile! Publishes about 24th of September.
Incoming Books for August….
One from Audible towards the end of August. The Shell Seekers took me about 4 weeks of listening!
Where the authors come from
Canada : 2
Reading Challenge Update:
I am breaking even for the audiobook challenge as mid year arrives. In the library one I am behind but this month saw me return to using the library more which is good! Half of the books I read this month came from the library.
Reading Club Update:
I read The Gown for the Modern Mrs Darcy book club. It was a really good historical/contemporary dual timeline book. Oh my, the exquisite work that went into the wedding gown of Queen Elizabeth. The interview with Jennifer Robson by Anne Bogel just so added to my appreciation of the story.
Outside Reading Highlights
I had to buy a new computer. My last one crashed. I might see if I can get it fixed as a back up. We’ll see.
I finished a bookshelf quilt which I was delighted to see completed. A post about that later.
Top Book for June…
Well at least eight out of the twelve could be this, they were all so good. However the last is always fresher and this is the one I choose. My first read of Irish author Emma Hannigan. Unfortunately she passed away last year, but I do have a back list I can read.
This book was about being real, the delights of friendship and being there for each other as challenges are faced.
Looking forward to reading in July …
These two for sure, I have quite a few I want to get to but these will certainly be on the reading agenda for July.
Main Reading Goals for July…
continue to read some library books
pick up Lonesome Dove again. I made it too P.189 and then fell off the wagon.