Month in Review

August Reading Wrap Up.

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Total books read this month: 13

New to me authors:

Steven Rowley
Lea Wait
Ali Mc Namara

Top Book for August

Very hard to decide! I think I’ll just note that I really liked The Guncle and will be reading more by Steven Rowley. Told with great compassion and love.

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I Was Reminded…

I really enjoy a good historical romance. They are such fun. The Lisa Kleypas book was delightful, and The Grand Sophy on audiobook was so entertaining. Light and fluffy sure, but made me laugh and that’s always a good thing.

Looking forward to reading in September from my bookshelf

I do have a load I’d like to read but as you’ll see for my goal for September other books come first.

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Review of Reading Goals for August

My goal was just to read what I really wanted. So I only read books that I knew I didn’t have to review and I sunk into books I felt like reading as I chose the next book.

Main Reading Goals for September

Well now, I need to gain ground a little and read the review books I ignored in August and then the ones I had on my calendar for September as well.

Our library has now decided to change to the Libby app, so I want to explore that for library audio books to see if improved over last one. Plus I usually get two credits per month at Audible, I have 8 in hand and may just need to cut back to 1 credit a month. I have a heap in my library to listen to as well.

Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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I am (was) out this morning for Covid vaccine Pfizer No. 2. Pleased to get it even though we have no community cases. However with it becoming an issue now in parts of Australia we are just a bit antsy it will sneak its way into NZ before long.

I had a good week, family fish ‘n chip night because my brother was visiting from up north, then Saturday out to watch soccer or football for Mr 7 year old. He is rather good, it’s great to see how his skills have developed over the season. When I was teaching the last thing I would have wanted to do was watch children’s sport on a Saturday morning. But now, I have fun at it.

What I read last week:

I had a really good reading week!  Sometimes that just happens!

What I am reading now:

I went to lengths to wait for this to publish and then to phone the local shop to see if they had it. Two copies, so I was up there to bags a copy!

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I finished The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center and so now I am listening to…

The Grand Sophy

Up next:

A library fest of books at present, but I think I can fit them in, in time! This is one.

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The Lights of Sugarberry Cove. Heather Webber

British Authors I Enjoy

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Recently Bought Books

I have too many good books to read! I have those library books mentioned last week. Plus it seems to have been a big buying month! Sometimes the bug hits. It is going to be awhile before I get to these but I am so wanting to.

The GunkleA gay uncle has to look after his niece and nephew for the summer. I heard about this on a book podcast and I really want to read it sooner rather than later. I haven’t read Steven Rowley yet, I did intend to, so I can start with this one.

When Stars CollideI have recently bought this one too and I really, really want to read it soon. SEP’s latest romance between an opera singer and a back up quarterback. I am a die hard fan. Out of the five, when I get a chance this will be the first one.

The Player Next DoorI also am a fan of Canadian author K. A. Tucker and I need an author with same initials as me for a challenge. Well I don’t have an A. but I consider the K and the T reason enough!  It is a romance as well. I didn’t even really read what its about, just the author’s name is enough!

Don't tellDon’t Tell is the first one in Karen Rose’s romantic suspense series. I’ve read some of the later ones, but I want to go back and start the series. I probably won’t get onto it for awhile but I have this one and the second one. However the latest one comes out early August and I suspect I’ll read that one first when it publishes.

The Book ClubThis was close to an accidental buy. I had put it in my wish list after what Irish blogger/reader Trish had to say about this on IG or Facebook. Can’t remember. It was sitting in the list beside a book I intended to buy. I must have accidentally put this one in the cart and saw it only after I’d paid. I didn’t want to go through the rigmarole of changing it, so I left it. It will be good I am sure, I haven’t read anything by the author yet. Was published in June 2021 by Irish author Roisin Meaney. Well I mean, look at the title!!

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Eyes On These Romantic Suspense Books

These are all books I want to read in 2021. As I was sorting books out that I want to read I realised these ones all have a large element of romantic suspense. A genre I enjoy.

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At the very top of my list is State of Affairs. This is a “new” series by Marie Force but with her characters all from her Fatal series – which is romantic suspense. It’s probably my top addictive series read. These books have plenty of police procedural, murder and other horrible things happening. But as well it is so full of family and feel good aspects.

I pre-ordered this book on Kindle soon as I finished the last book in the Fatal series. April 20th. Don’t care what I will be in the middle of reading I’ll stop and read this one straight away.

bookcover Mary Kay Andrews always writes a good story and I like to either read or listen to them. I’ve only just read her last one, but if I’ve got it then I can pick it up when I need this kind of  read. This one seems to involve a murder, someone on the run, the sister and her young niece. Escaping the murderer it seems. Has enough promise there.

book cover Legacy  publishes in May and most likely needs no introduction. It will be romantic suspense as well. May listen to this on audiobook. Will see who the narrator is.

book coverAnother series I really like. #3 in the Sacramento series.Say Goodbye.  It will be a continuing story of a cult group and the FBI group that are working to find and end it. These books are always very fast moving and take place over a short time. There are a lot of pages but they go so fast. This one doesn’t come out to August. But it will be an automatic buy!

book coverThis one came out in December 2020 and is set in Alaska where a young girl is accused wrongly of murder. It is #1 in a series so a good place to begin. I haven’t read much Christina Dodd, only one other I think. So looking forward to finding out if I get hooked. I’ll know very soon because this one just came in from the library and I plan to read it very soon.

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Five Favourite Books from Second Half of 2020

Today I am sharing five star books from July to December. I had some more five star books but these I think are my top ones. As it happens they were all published this year.  I think they also tell me about what I like to read.  Book covers link to Goodreads.

My first half of the year was here.

book coverThis series just happens to be one of my very favourite series. I have the next one pre-ordered on Kindle already. It is a romantic suspense/detective series. However I love the characters and their development along the way. It just has me hooked. This last one had such a fantastic (to me) ending and promise of where the next book is going.

I am not alone in loving this series although only two people I follow on Goodreads are with me in reading the books.

It has a 4.74 rating on Goodreads from 1,318 ratings. Published in October.

book cover I loved this book, worth every big fat dollar I paid to get a hardback copy. I loved the characters, the serious issues covered and that Wren, she was just baby delicious. And sprinkled through was Susan Elizabeth Phillips smart, funny voice. It is a romance, women’s fiction blend. I always buy her books in print. Her next book is an addition to a series of hers and will be straight romance I am guessing.

On Goodreads it has a 4.06 rating from 5,892 ratings. At least 15 other readers I follow have read it as well. Published in June.

book coverFabulous story of a grumpy old woman with a tough back story. It’s also a tale of her grandson, some Antartica penguins and a few scientists. It touched my heart and made me smile and shed a small tear near the end. Beautiful and uplifting.

It has a 4.18 rating on Goodreads from 3,024 ratings and was published in March 2020.

book coverAnother addictive read in this series. Plus really evil men, but balanced by wonderful family and friendship and love. It’s not like the “good” are perfect, but they make you believe in goodness and all that is great about human kind. So many great side characters hope to see more from.

On Goodreads a 4.32 rating from 1431 ratings. Published in August 2020.

book coverI thought Australian author Fiona Palmer has written an amazing story, that is very touching and had me totally engaged with her characters. The issues she explores in this book were especially topical and well thought out. One of the issues she explores I have never come across in any other book. So wonderfully and compassionately told. While I am not a reader who likes backwards in time sections, this one totally aced it and was perfect.

On Goodreads it has a 4.19 rating from 169 ratings. It was published in August 2020.

As next Friday is Christmas Day and the following Friday is January 1st and First Book of the Year, Connect Friday will take a two week break and be back on Friday the 8th of January.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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I had a great reading week. I so enjoy Karen Rose’s romantic suspense. It was hard to pick up another book after it though, but finally I have got hooked into new books.

Hope you are all doing well and reading all that you want.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

 

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I am also just starting to listen to Un Marriageable – a retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

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I have also decided to start rereading a series via audiobook and so I also have Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh on the go as well.

Up next:

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The Switch  Beth O’Leary

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

Line break Well tomorrow we go up a level in our fight against Covid19. Not a biggie, but more people can go back to work like builders etc and some school children of workers will also go back. Still no shops open although now there can be online shopping. Last Friday, after just listening to David Whyte read one of his poems the next one rolled over to  a video of a young woman Doctor in Georgia USA who shared how she felt about her state totally opening up. How heartbreaking for those on the “war front” as she is.

We celebrated ANZAC Day on Saturday, when Australia and New Zealand remembers all our many people who served in various wars. As no groups were allowed, many people stood at their gates at 6am as dawn broke to give witness. As I go for my daily walks I see homemade poppies adorning many a gateway.

Poppies on Anzac Day

What I read last week:

I finished this doorstop of a book and really enjoyed another crime story with characters I mostly already knew.
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I finished listening to this audiobook which was thoroughly enjoyable. Great listening for these times. I generally enjoy anything by Jenny Colgan. I will be eyeing up the next one in this series while waiting also for her new one out this year which is a continuation of another favourite series of hers.
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I finished this review book, review for it soon.
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And… even another, just today. This was off my own shelf, a 2003 one and one I bought from a second hand book fair o 2017. Mary Alice Monroe always has an environmental aspect to her books and this time it included birds of prey. I loved it. Heart warming read for these times.
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What I am reading now:

I finally started listening to this one. I’ve had it for ages and also have a hardback copy. I wanted to listen to someone I find inspiring. Someone who makes me hope in and for humanity! Book Cover I am about to start reading a review book, to do with love, secrets and obsession! book cover

Up next:

I am not sure but most likely a paperback of some sort  from my TBR shelf.
 

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Recent New to Me Authors I Want to Read More

The Heirloom Garden.  Viola Shipman

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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Hope you are all still here hanging in with this pandemic. The best you can. Lock down is tedious but when you see the alternative then it makes me anyway want to go carefully.

The positive to come out of this for me is that I have got back into the habit of a daily walk which is good both for the body and the soul. And its my audiobook time as well so that has been back too. I still don’t settle into reading a book so well, I prefer to be doing, and that is mainly quilting which is so good for positivity and mental health.

 

What I read last week:

This is a very realistic historical fiction book for review. I’d read it before I heard its publication date has changed to later in the year. So it will lurk in the drafts for a while!
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What I am reading now:

I have almost finished these but a little ways to go. 700 pages or so! It’s good although I confess to skipping a few of the awful crime parts.

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And my audiobook is almost there as well. The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Up next:

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Has anyone else been tuning in to Anne Bogel’s interviews with various authors – Stay at Home Book Tour. I think many of you would find some of your favourite authors. I’ve only listened to Kimmery Martin and Ariel Lawhon, but so many more I want to tune into. Such a great idea while we are all sheltering at home. I am sure its going to add to my TBR.

I hope you and all your loved ones are staying well. I find this book community so great for keeping informed with what is going on for everyone all over the world.

What I read last week:

Delightful. I look forward to the next one.

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What I am reading now:

Set in Australia as WW2 ends – how does a woman journalist fare?

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I am also thoroughly enjoying listening to Little Beach Street Bakery. Oh my that puffling is so cute.

Up next:

I need something fast paced and absorbing so I am back tracking in this series to read this. A publicist from Hachette NZ sent me this a few years ago when I read and reviewed one of the other Cincinnati series books. Now is the perfect time! Thank you Helen!

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Titles that Speak to the Times

 

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