July Wrap Up

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Read:

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (audiobook)
The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger
Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell
In the Vines by Shannon Kirk
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (audiobook/reading combo)
This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny (audiobook)
Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

Stats:
14 books (3 audiobooks or read w. combo)
4,456 pages

Excuse me while I pat myself on the back! 14 books is insane to me! I really love that using audiobooks has allowed me to add more titles and overall enjoyment to my reading life. Planned days off and a mini-vacation also helped in being able to cover so many pages.

July kicked off with an exciting new release, THE NIGHT VISITOR. This one was a thriller disguised with academia and I was instantly in love! Next up was the fantastic audiobook selection of SHARP OBJECTS. This was a re-read in the form of listening. I read this book many years ago, but with the start of the new show I wanted a refresher. The narrator was fantastic and I remembered all over again why I loved this book! THE BANKER’S WIFE and SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER were readalongs with a fantastic group of bookworms over on Instagram. I really enjoyed both of these books. THE BANKER’S WIFE broke the thriller mold by using strong female leads instead of stereotyping unreliable narrators. SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER was an intense hunt for a missing girl and the lies that we choose to tell.

This month was all about great releases and my luck continued on when I picked up IN THE VINES. Shannon Kirk blew me away with this gothic thriller focused on a family situation gone completely wrong. In keeping with things gone wrong, BABY TEETH gave me the chills over a child I definitely wouldn’t want in my house! In light of these more serious books, THIS BODY’S NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US, reminded me that crime fiction can be fun and entertaining without being intense. I would highly recommend all 3 of these July releases to bookworms!

As usual, this month I picked up another Louise Penny for the #pennypushers group over on Goodreads with THE NATURE OF THE BEAST. I can’t believe that I’ve almost come to the end this series. I have two more already released books in this series to go and then another coming out in the Fall. I’ll definitely be missing these when my months no longer include Armand Gamache. Another staple in my monthly reading is Instagram’s Criminally Good Book Club. This month’s selection was SILENT CHILD. I had so much hope for this one when the first half came out of the gates swinging, but then it just stopped working for me. A buddy read that more than worked for me this month was I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK. I’ve been wanting to pick up this one since it came out, so naturally when I saw someone on Instagram was going to host a read along I jumped at the chance to squeeze it into my TBR. The combination of audiobook and reading was pure perfection for this book!

This month I made sure to include titles that have been on my TBR for far too long. Orenda Books was kind enough to send me a copy of KEEPER which is the second book in a series by Johana Gustawsson. The first, BLOCK 46, has been on my TBR since it’s release and I finally read it. I can’t believe I waited so long! It was absolute perfection! I’ve already got KEEPER in my sights for August. KIN is also a book that I’ve wanted to read for a long period of time and have failed. After loving Kealan Patrick Burke’s SOUR CANDY last month, I knew it was time. It was actually long overdue! This one was fabulous! DOLORES CLAIBORNE also falls in that fabulous, why haven’t I read you earlier category. Quite a few constant readers had recommended Dolores make her way into my King journey. They were right! She’s a pure badass! I also ended the month with PENPAL, which gave me the creeps! This book was so unsettling that I had goosebumps and had to check behind me while I was reading it. Truly, the lesson learned this month was, pick up those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a long time, because  they need love too and they’re going to blow your mind! All four of these were 5 star reads.

I’d love to know what you read this month! Have you read any of these titles? Let’s chat!

Here’s to August! Happy reading!

Disclaimer: Thank you to the amazing publishers for providing me with several of these titles for free in exchange for an honest review.

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