What I read in July

Goodness, did July seem to go by quickly for anyone else or is it just me?  Seems like I just did the June book blog!

I read a little bit more this month than last month as I wasn’t on the computer much the last week or two.

Anyway, here is what I read in July. 🙂

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Sushi For Beginners by Marian Keyes – Lisa Edwards

This Prada-wearing magazine editor thinks her life is over when her “fabulous” new job turns out to be a deportation to Dublin to launch Colleen magazine. The only saving grace is that her friends aren’t there to witness her downward spiral. Might her new boss, the disheveled and moody Jack Devine, save her from a fate worse than hell?

Ashling Kennedy

Ashling, Colleen‘s assistant editor, is an award-winning worrier, increasingly aware that something fundamental is missing from her life — apart from a boyfriend and a waistline.

Clodagh “Princess” Kelly

Ashling’s best friend, Clodagh, lives the domestic dream in a suburban castle. So why, lately, has she had the recurring urge to kiss a frog — or sleep with a frog, if truth be told?

As these three women search for love, success, and happiness, they will discover that if you let things simmer under the surface for too long, sooner or later they’ll boil over.

What I thought: Well, I had high hopes for this one, but it was just…ok. It seemed to me like an episode of a soap opera or some other drama show…I didn’t really get into the story as much as I would have liked…And it was another book with words from Ireland/England so I always get thrown by some of those, lol.

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All the Things You Are by Declan Hughes – About to turn forty, her youthful dreams of becoming an actress abandoned, there’s no doubt in her mind that suburban wife and mother-of-two Clare Taylor has settled. A wild week in Chicago may have shaken things up a bit, but as she turns her key in her Madison, Wisconsin home on the eve of Hallowe’en, she knows that what happened with her ex was nothing more than a distraction, that this is where her life is.

Except it’s all gone. The furniture gone, the house stripped, her husband Danny, her daughters, all gone; no message; no note, nothing. Outside in the dark, searching for a sign, she steps in one: the eviscerated body of the family dog.

By dawn next morning, her supposedly mortgage-free home has been foreclosed against, one of Danny’s childhood friends lies dead in her backyard, and Clare is caught up in a nightmare that began with her husband on Hallowe’en night, 1976. A nightmare that reaches its terrifying climax thirty-five years later.

What I thought: Another that I had high hopes for. I don’t think the story played out as I expected so I was a little disappointed. I am sure if someone didn’t go into the book with my same expectations it might be a better book…

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Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson – Narrator Jen returns to her grandmother Samantha, who fell and is in a coma. She finds a series of letters addressed to her, about Sam’s secret affair. Meanwhile a childhood summer pal moves in nearby. Brendan is handsome, kind, funny, and ill. Two extraordinary love stories are entwined.

What I thought – Well, I have to admit that I was drawn to the book since it had my name on it… 😉 But it was a cute little story and I like the way it was told. I enjoyed it…

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Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline – New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Lisa Scottoline is loved by millions of readers for her suspenseful novels about family and justice. Scottoline delivers once again with Keep Quiet, an emotionally gripping and complex story about one man’s split-second decision to protect his son – and the devastating consequences that follow.Jake Buckman’s relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater.  On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan’s entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies. Without ever meaning to, Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all. Powerful and dramatic, Keep Quiet will have readers and book clubs debating what it means to be a parent and how far you can, and should, go to protect those you love.

What I thought – This has to be one of my favorite suspense authors. There are relationships and the suspense is almost an afterthought but it is always there. Makes you imagine what you would do in the situation. I love books that make me not want to put them down and this was one of them. I do think that the ending could have been done differently, but really, it was worth the read.

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Relativity by Cristin Bishara – There are so many moments Ruby Wright wishes she could change. The moment her dad uprooted her from California to live in backwoods Ohio with their new stepfamily. The moment she moved away without telling her best friend George she loved him. The moment a car accident ended her mother’s life.

But no one can rewrite time. At least, that’s what physics-obsessed Ruby believes.

Then she stumbles upon a lightning-powered tree—a doorway to a series of parallel universes. How many possible worlds will Ruby have to explore to find the one with the perfect combination of people, relationships, and experiences? And is she willing to risk everything she has to get back what she has lost?

With a deft blend of science and heart, Cristin Bishara’s thought-provoking debut novel explored the laws of time and space…and the even more mysterious nature of love and loss.

What I thought – This was a pretty fast read, which I needed towards the end of this month. Makes you think about how small things can totally change a life. The people you meet, the places you go… Very interesting..

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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.

What I thought – What can I say about this book? It was my first time reading it, surprisingly, and it was nice. I wish I had read it before I saw the movie though!

Let me know what you read in July! I love love love getting recommendations! Although I do have a large hold section at the library this moment. Oops!!

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One Response to What I read in July

  1. Cheryl P says:

    Have you read Me Before You. Read that in July, along with some others, but that was my fav. Rosie Project was good but not sure what all the hype was about. Also read a few beach reads 🙂

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