So here’s the thing, August in Minnesota was bizarrely cold. August is usually blisteringly hot and humid and oppressive and while I don’t enjoy that weather, per se, I do enjoy it as someone who likes to read outside. LOVES to read outside. I can sit up half the night reading and it is warm and perfect for swinging away. However, this particular August, by the time the sun went down I was needing long pants, long sleeves, and my sweatshirt. And several nights I had to bring a blanket as well! Honestly, there was more than one night when I was shivering in my swing and wondering why I can’t be normal and just go inside? But knowing that fall is imminent and my days of outdoor reading are numbered for 2017, I wouldn’t give up.
That dogged determination led me to a stellar month of reading.
August: (32 books)
- Beauty and the Mustache – Penny Reid^
- Ninja at First Sight – Penny Reid^
- Happily Ever Ninja – Penny Reid^
- Dating-ish – Penny Reid^
- The Sure Thing – Marie Harte^
- Alex – Sawyer Bennett^
- Garrett – Sawyer Bennett^
- Zack – Sawyer Bennett^
- The Player – Claire Contreras^
- Ryker – Sawyer Bennett^
- Hawke – Sawyer Bennett^
- Wired – Julie Garwood^
- Off Base – Annabeth Albert^
- Barely Breathing – Pamela Clare^
- Find My Way Home – Michele Summers^
- Made for Us – Samantha Chase^
- Love Walks In – Samantha Chase^
- Always My Girl – Samantha Chase^
- This is Our Song – Samantha Chase^
- A Sky Full of Stars – Samantha Chase^
- Hot in Hellcat Canyon – Julie Anne Long^
- The Rule Book – Jennifer Blackwood^
- The Rule Maker – Jennifer Blackwood^
- Easy Nights – Kristen Proby^
- One More Kiss – Samantha Chase^
- Never Loved – Charlotte Stein^
- Never Better – Charlotte Stein^
- Breathless in Love – Bella Andre^
- Absinthe – Winter Renshaw^
- Country Nights – Winter Renshaw^
- Beard In Mind – Penny Reid^
- Some Kind of Hero – Suzanne Brockmann^
So that’s a bunch of books. And most of them were even pretty good. A couple of stinkers, notably Off Base, The Sure Thing, The Player, and, regrettably, Wired by one of my all time favorite authors, Julie Garwood. She hasn’t written a winner in so long it actually makes me want to cry when I think about it, so I try not to and keep hoping for the best.
Here are the standouts for the month. Dating-ish by Penny Reid, this is the penultimate book in her Knitting in the City series and, wow, is this by far my favorite. I’m surprised when books get so much better toward the end but this one did. I just adored it and it makes the whole series seem more worthwhile. I’m really looking forward to the finale (hopefully that sentiment won’t come back to bite me in the ass) due out early next year. I very much enjoyed Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long, I have always enjoyed her historicals, but was eager for her first foray into contemporary, so are many people I think as the library wait was long and I am still waiting for the next two, but this was great. I also really enjoyed The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood, which was a recommendation by Amazon (thanks Amazon!) and it was awesome. Great story. Most of the rest are very good, too, but just not outstanding.
Finally we end with the last book of the month. This is book 17 of Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series. I started reading these years ago, like she was on book 6 I think, and this was before I understood I don’t care for romantic suspense as a genre. So I stopped reading them. Then this one came out and I liked the synopsis and thought, “why not?” and read the thing. Well, READ is probably a bit strong. I really don’t like romantic suspense and found myself skipping all the suspense stuff in favor of the romance stuff. If you like that sort of thing, (MOM), then this might be a good series for you, Brockmann is a great writer and tells a well-crafted story, I just don’t care. All the B plots detract from the good stuff, in my opinion. So this is my reminder to myself to just…stop. Stop picking these up thinking “maybe this one will be different” because they never are.
And there you have it, my August books. When I finished this month I was at 170 books, five shy of my annual predicted total, so I feel good about my chances. I’m currently on pace to read 255 books this year. While I do not expect to keep up that pace, I will definitely beat my guess, so if you bet on me, then kudos, go buy a new book.