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Other Than Reading...
Happy 4th of July to my fellow citizens of the USA!
I thought I'd take a quick look back at June before setting my sights on July. I read 30 books which was my goal - a book a day. I read 11,632 pages this month. It was month of big books. I read 2 with over 600 pages (Thank you, Sarah J. Maas), 1 with more than 500 pages, and 10 with more than 400 pages. Most of my YA books were from my TBR mountain which didn't make much of a dent in the pile.
Read Last Week
With a gap in my reviewing schedule, I have been able to read quite a few that have been languishing on TBR mountain.
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray was my only review book this week. It is a creepy Gothic story that will be released on August 2. It had all the elements a good Gothic should have: an innocent but intrepid heroine, a dastardly villain, and a romantic hero. My review will be posted on July 28.
After sitting on my stack since 2011, I finally read Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I enjoyed this thrilling story told from four viewpoints. I liked the emotional intensity of the story. My review will be posted on July 30.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas this week and loved the story. The characters were so fascinating and the plot was very fast-paced. Those 640 pages just flew by. While nominally YA, I think this is closer to New Adult or Adult fantasy because of the many sex scenes. My review will be posted on August 3.
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong was another book I just couldn't put down. This contemporary thriller which has two main characters who both suffer from mental illness was a fast-paced thrill ride. My review will be posted on August 4.
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin this week and enjoyed this Regency spy story and romance. I immediately ordered the sequel when finishing it because I don't want to let these characters go. My review will be posted on August 6.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and set it aside at the 25% mark. I just wasn't engaging with the characters and nothing seemed to be happening in the story. I may try this again when I have more patience and want to work harder at a story than I want to work this summer.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness is next on the stack and is from my TBR mountain. this relatively new arrival landed there on Oct. 6, 2015.
Altered by Jennifer Rush is also from my TBR mountain. This one has been on the pile since Jan. 15, 2013.
The Outcasts by John Flanagan is also from my TBR mountain. This has been on the pile since Nov. 1, 2011.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi completes the trifecta of books from my TBR mountain this week. It has been sitting since Oct. 27, 2010.
The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga is from my review stack. I got this ARC from Macmillan. The book will be released on August 23.
- Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine (release date: July 5)
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (release date: July 5)
- Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman
I already had an unread Kindle copy of Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith but had never heard of The Omnivore's Dilemma (Young Reader's Edition) by Michael Pollan which sounds fascinating. As always, US readers have until through next Wednesday to download them for free.
You can check Inside of a Dog (my other blog) to see what adult books I read, reviewed, and plan to read.