So it seems that July was a productive month up until things started happening in Real Life:  weddings, relative visits, more event planning and more events to come in the next month...  I wrote several review drafts that haven't been finalized yet.  I have a lot of written notes for unwritten reviews I am planning.  But I hadn't had time to go back and actually write, or reread and rewrite, or even edit anything.  And I even decided to skip the last two Top Ten Tuesdays for this month, mainly because there was just too much going on outside of my reading life.


I had even thought about skipping a reading wrap up for July.  But since I start drafting these posts at least a month in advance, I decided to just go ahead and finish it off and publish it.  It's not like these are difficult to write anyway since I'm really just listing books.




Life really does just happen when you least expect it.  Nonetheless, July was still a pretty productive month, readying-wise, I suppose.  It was my blogging that got lazy.



Books Read





Silent Night by C.J. Kyle 

Secrets of the Dead by Kylie Brant

Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper

Blood Sins by Kay Hooper


Blood Ties by Kay Hooper 

Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks

Shades of Gray by Maya Banks 

Softly at Sunrise by Maya Banks (novella)


The Prophet by Amanda Stevens

He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley 

Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid


Scorched by Laura Griffin

Exposed by Laura Griffin 


Books Dropped/On Hold

On Hold


Currently Reading/Listening to




Reviews & Notable Posts

  • Reviews

Silent Night by C.J. Kyle

Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper 

Blood Sins by Kay Hooper

Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks

Secrets of the Dead by Kylie Brant

Blood Ties by Kay Hooper

The Prophet by Amanda Stevens 


  • Top Ten Tuesdays

7/7/2015:  Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

7/14/2015:  Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

7/21/2015:  Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters -- SKIPPED

7/28/2015:  Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds -- SKIPPED


  • Other Posts

First Impression: Secrets of the Dead

Anticipated Release for 2015: Career of Evil!!!

Reading progress update: Magonia -- Up to Chapter 8 (92 out of 309 pages)

First Impression: Uprooted

Reading Progress Update: Uprooted -- Page 93



Reading Wrap-Up

14 books total were read in July.  I think I did pretty well in the "I really enjoy these books" area of reading during the month, but unfortunately, things started to slow down real fast after I realized that there just isn't enough time in the day.  I had to put Richard Castle's Frozen Heat on hold because my library check-out expired, but a couple days ago my library pinged me again and now the book is back in my possession.  I plan to pick up reading it within the next few days and hopefully have it finished so I can move onto the next book of this series.


  • Series I started reading in July:

Deadly Games by Lena Diaz 

Pine Mountain by Kimberly Kincaid


  • Series I completed in July:



  • Series I have made progress on in July:

Mindhunters by Kylie Brant

Bishop/Special Crimes Unit by Kay Hooper

KGI by Maya Banks

The Graveyard Queen by Amanda Stevens

Tracers by Laura Griffin


My favorite books read in July were, of course, the three Kay Hooper Bishop/SCU installments... even if I sort of had my reserves.  I finally got around to finishing what's available of The Graveyard Queen's books and found myself wondering why it took me so long to read--granted, I also had my reserves about The Prophet, but the book was written beautifully and I very much enjoyed it.  Maya Banks has become a guilty pleasure read and so I always find enjoyment with those books.


As I am still in the middle of reading Uprooted, I don't have a really finalized opinion of it, but so far, I'm loving it!  The writing is beautiful, the culture and world is creative.  And I love the characters, especially our main heroine, Agniezka.


I was a bit disappointed in only few books.  Lena Diaz's He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not was a Romantic Suspense I'd been looking forward to considering it has an interesting premise.  But the book felt awkward and the hero and heroine were so carbon copy stock standard perfect hero and heroine that I got a little eye-roll-y at some points.  I may or may not finish the rest of the series.  


Laura Griffin's Tracers series has become a personal favorite of mine for reasons, and the previous two books were excellent and exciting... Scorched and Exposed felt a little... off.  Scorched was fast-paced and suspenseful, but the characters were hard to relate with (or even like at all), which is disappointing because I love osteology and forensic pathology, so I thought I'd love Kelsey Quinn.  Exposed was just a little... flat.


I'm still undecided about the Kimberly Kincaid Pine Mountain series.  I really enjoyed the first three Line series novellas of hers and I have a sort of thing for books that incorporate food porn.  And her writing style is enjoyable and fun... but the Pine Mountain series is very formulaic and the characters are hard to like in the beginning.


And also, I'm undecided about Magonia and whether or not I'll write a review expressing my conflict about whether or not I liked it.  Maybe.



Coming Up Next (tentative scheduling)

  • Tentative TBR for This Month



  • Tentatively Planned Posts/Reviews

Review: Shades of Gray by Maya Banks

Review: Scorched by Laura Griffin

Review: Exposed by Laura Griffin

Review: Beyond Limits by Laura Griffin

Review: Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid

Review: Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Review: Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson

Two Book Review: Crazy Wild & Crazy Kisses by Tara Janzen

Review: Frozen Heat by Richard Castle


*This is assuming that I am both motivated enough and have enough time to write all these reviews...



Book Haul / TBR Additions

  • Amazon Kindle Deals (free)


  • Audible Purchases

Whispersync with Kindle book (low price/discounted):



  • Checked Out From the Library 




Reading Challenge Updates

Original 2015 Reading Challenge Post


  • General Reading Challenge

Goodreads Reading Challenge -- GR list/shelf

BookLikes Reading Challenge -- BL list/shelf

My Goal:  150 books

Progress:  109/150 books read



  • Outdo Yourself Challenge

2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Hosted by Book Vixen

My Goal:  Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1 - 5 more books

(I read 154 books for this challenge in 2014 / My goal will be 155 - 159 books in 2015.)

My Progress:  100/155

See Also: 2015 Outdo Yourself Challenge shelf for list of books



  • Romantic Suspense Challenge

  -- CHALLENGE COMPLETED -- 4/9/2015

2015 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge

Hosted by Book Vixen

My Goal:  SWAT: read 21+ romantic suspense novels

My Progress: 55/21

See Also: 2015 Romantic Suspense Challenge shelf for list of books



  • Men in Uniform Challenge

  -- CHALLENGE COMPLETED -- 3/17/2015

2015 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge

Hosted by Book Vixen

My Goal:  Chief: read 16+ men in uniform novels

My Progress: 33/16

  -- 16 books read -- COMPLETED -- 3/17/2015

See: 2015 Men in Uniform Challenge shelf for book list

See: 2015 Men in Uniform Challenge post for detailed list



  • 2015 TBR Pile Challenge

Hosted by Roof Beam Reader

My 2015 TBR Pile Challenge Summary Post

My Progress: 7/12

See Also: BookLikes shelf / Goodreads shelf



  • 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge

Hosted by Because Reading & Fantasy Is More Fun

My 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge Summary Post

My Goal:  Reading Level 5:  48 books (4 books/month), 4 Extra Credits, 1 Pass

My Progress: 28/48 (No Extra Credits or Passes used)

See Also: BookLikes shelf / Goodreads shelf



  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Hosted by My Reader's Block

My Goal:  Mt. Ararat:  Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s

My Progress:  25/48

See: 2015 Mount TBR Challenge shelf for book list



  • The Series That Never Ends Challenge

Hosted by Delighted Reader

My 2015 The Series That Never Ends Challenge Summary Post

My Goal(s):

1) Surviving the Book Tsunami -- 5-9 books -- COMPLETED 6/1/2015

2) Removing the Thorn From My Side -- 10-15 books

My Progress: 13/15 books

Listed Series Goals Completed:  1/3

See: 2015 Series Never Ends Challenge shelf for book list




Final Thoughts

Once again, one of the things deterring me from keeping on track of my reading are books with slow starts as well as a wandering attention span.  Some of the books I started reading in July weren't terrible, but they DID manage to start off without much of a hook.  On top of that, Scribd has been announcing lately that a lot of books will no longer be available in August, so I scrounged to figure out which ones I needed to get read before they disappeared on me.  Then I decided that I needed a new audio book (on top of the several I already own, but haven't listened to yet) for my drive to and from work, or during those times wherein I need to be multi-tasking, so I went and bought the next two Pamela Clare audio books available for her I-Team series and spent more time listening to those...


Basically, my biggest issue was the lack of focus and an overwhelming sense of not having enough time to read all the books I want to read.  Because once I feel overwhelmed, I spend more time trying to decide what I want to read (making lists, creating book draw jars, giving myself reasons and excuses) rather than actually doing any reading.


And so... yea.  July started off promising, but various factors ended the month off a little disappointing.  Hopefully next month will be better, but I have a feeling things will be just as hectic.  I have some vacation days coming up in September and October, however, so maybe at some point, I'll just take a long reading R&R week or something. 



Previous Wrap-Ups

Reading Wrap Up:  2015 So Far (Jan., Feb., Mar.)

Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- Looking Back at April

Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- What Happened in May

Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- So That Was June