Monthly Wrap-Up

August Monthly Wrap-Up and Book Haul

It’s hard to believe we are on our last few weeks of summer. I’m eagerly anticipating fall and am more than ready to shake off these 100 (F) degree temperatures.

I started the month with a wonderful vacation and ended it with earning my 80% badge. Whoo hoo! Five of the books I read were from my NetGalley shelf and I am currently reading number six (Dead Woman Walking).

*Update – I enjoyed that 80% badge for about a week, until I woke up this morning to a NetGalley approval and now it’s gone. BUT I’m not all that sad because this approval is a really good one that I will reveal tomorrow on my “Looking Ahead” post for the month of September.

In case you missed it:
I kick off a new post called “Read All About It”.
Read All About It – 1
Read All About It – 2

What I Read

My favorite book this month…

The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter – This book is a story of deception, lies, and murder. It took me by surprise how much I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t be shocked if it ended up in my top ten favorites of the year. (my full review)
My Rating: 5/5

I also really enjoyed…

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza – This was a fabulous sequel to the Detective Erika Foster series! Next month I will be continuing on with book three Dark Water. (my full review)
My Rating: 5/5

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford – This is a very heartfelt and inspirational story based on the true story of a young boy who was raffled off as a prize at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair. (my full review)
My Rating: 4/5

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman – This is a very enjoyable, yet heart-breaking, historical fiction story. (full review coming soon)

Other books I read…

All the Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker – The atmosphere Chris Whitaker created in this story was fantastic! He took us right to the south and immersed us into the town of Grace, Alabama for an unforgettable mystery. (my full review)
My Rating: 3.5/5

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris – This was the perfect vacation read! There’s not a ton of characters to keep track of and it isn’t an overly complicated storyline to follow, so it was really easy for me to jump in and out of the story and pick right back up where I left off. (my full review)
My Rating: 3/5

Books I Acquired


When You Disappeared by John Marrs

This mystery/thriller will be my first John Marrs book.

Goodreads Synopsis

When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing—except him.
Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children.
But Simon knows the truth—about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.
While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world, alive and thriving. He’s doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the truth.
But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally learn who he is.
And wish she’d stayed in the dark.

Purchases I made…

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

I have been eyeing this book for a couple of months now. Then I found out it wasn’t going to be released in the US until 2018! I simple cannot wait that long, so I bought it from Book Depository.

Goodreads Synopsis

1939, Europe on the brink of war. Lily Shepherd leaves England on an ocean liner for Australia, escaping her life of drudgery for new horizons. She is instantly seduced by the world onboard: cocktails, black-tie balls and beautiful sunsets. Suddenly, Lily finds herself mingling with people who would otherwise never give her the time of day.

But soon she realizes her glamorous new friends are not what they seem. The rich and hedonistic Max and Eliza Campbell, mysterious and flirtatious Edward, and fascist George are all running away from tragedy and scandal even greater than her own.

By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and life will never be the same again.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

This book went on sale for $1.99 (Kindle). I read and loved The Fireman, so I thought it would be fun to give another Joe Hill book a try.

Goodreads Synopsis

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

Used book store finds…

Last week I made a post showing off my book haul from our library “Big Book Sale“.

On Sunday, the final day of the sale, was “Bag Day” – fill a paper bag with as many books as you can for $5. Well you can’t beat that, here’s how we did…


Bag #1 – My husband and I shared

My husband reads a lot of non-fiction – he has a mix of sports, politics, math, and biographies.

For myself I sound several more Karin Slaughter books to help round out my collection and I picked up several Lisa Jackson books that I thought looked interesting.


Bag #2 – My daughter

The picture is kind of small and it’s hard to see the books, but she managed to fit 35 books in her bag! She picked up a lot of Danielle Steel, some Patricia Cornwell, Linda Howard, Kristin Hannah and more.

Have you read any of these? What was your favorite book this month?

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Happy Reading!

18 thoughts on “August Monthly Wrap-Up and Book Haul

  1. Congrats on the 80% badge! No worries it’s not longer there; if you got there it means you’re close. 😉 The Weight Of Lies and The Night Stalker are on my list of favorites as well! Actually currently reading Cold Blood. 😀 And that haul is amazing! I wish my library would have sales like that…

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  2. I loved The Fireman,too! I also read NOS4A2 and enjoyed it! Its a creepy, but addictive read. The jolt and all the drama in the end are explosive!!

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  3. I Hope you like When You Disappeared! One character is so mean you’ll love to hate him! I really liked the book, some of my friends not as much! I started listening to The Fireman , but didn’t finish it. It was good, I don’t remember if I got bored or it was too long (AUDIO)!!

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