Work life was crazy and busy this month with a higher hospital census than the past few months. On top of that, we've been preparing for our laboratory inspection, so life has been hectic. Because of this, my days have been filled with trying to snatch time to read just to wind down when possible, and trying to make time to write reviews and participate in readathons... etc. A lot of times, I get home from work and just crash because I'm so tired.
So while I had planned on having a lot more reading accomplished this month, I feel like I've been pretty productive in light of all the work-related things that have been going on.
And also, YouTube has been a bit tempting. I recently picked up an obsession with watching some Chinese based music programs. Specifically, I just finished doing a marathon watch of the entire I Am a Singer season four, produced by Hunan TV. Basically, well-known and well-established singers and artists are invited to compete with each other, and they are judged by 500 audience votes.
Lots of great music from some of my old favorites.
Anyway, back to bookish news...
COYER Summer Vacation 2016 is still ongoing and everyone is having fun. As of the end of this month, all participants have contributed over 500+ reviews to the challenge, and there is still one more month to go!
I always hope that the next month will be better, but at this point in the year, we'll just hope for more free time to do some leisure reading. At this point, I'll just be happy to make good progress on my reading challenges, since it's entirely possible my Bookish Resolution challenge will be a flop.
Happy Reading everyone!
Books Dropped/Put On Hold
July Reading Stats
Total works read: 12
- 12 full length novels
Average rating: 3.42 Stars
- Highest Rated: 3 books // 4.0 Stars
- (1) Kalahari by Jessica Khoury
- (2) Wife for Hire by Christine Bell
- (3) The River Knows by Amanda Quick
- Lowest Rated: Icebound by Dean Koontz // 2.5 Stars
Series I started reading:
- Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries by Ashley Gardner
- For Hire by Christine Bell
Series I completed:
- Corpus by Jessica Khoury
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series I have made progress on:
- Arcane Society by Amanda Quick / Jayne Ann Krentz
- Harmony by Jayne Castle
Favorite reads: There were a lot of really good reads this month, including all of Jayne Ann Krentz's work (whether as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, or Jayne Castle). Of all of these books, the one I enjoyed the most is also one of the books I remember little about, The River Knows. Thus is a JAK book, I suppose.
Disappointing reads: My biggest disappointment really was the lowest rated book, Dean Koontz's Icebound. I have always been a fan of Dean Koontz, but Icebound just wasn't one of his best.
Reviews & Notable Posts
- Deep Dark by Laura Griffin
- The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick
- Kalahari by Jessica Khoury
- Veil of Night by Linda Howard
- When Day Breaks by Maya Banks -- DNF review
- The Last Star by Rick Yancey
- For Hire series by Christine Bell
- Icebound by Dean Koontz
- Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz
- The Third Circle by Amanda Quick
- Dark Light by Jayne Castle
- The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner
- The River Knows by Amanda Quick
- 7/2/2016 My TBR List: Voting
- 7/5/2016 Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Under 2000 Ratings on GR
- 7/7/2016 Cover Crush: The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard
- 7/9/2016 My TBR List: Winning Book Announce!
- 7/19/2016 Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside of the U.S. of A.
- 7/27/2016 Top Ten Tuesday: Books Make Me Do Things!
- 2016 Bookish Resolutions -- May & June Progress Report
- 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge -- Second Quarterly Report Card
- Pre-Review Thoughts: Kalahari
- Starting: The Last Star
- First Impression: When Day Breaks
- Read-a-thon: 24 in 48 | Participation Post
- Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge | Participation Post
- Read-a-thon: 24 in 48 Starts Now
- 24 in 28 Readathon: Hour Thirteen... ish
- 24 in 48 Readathon: Hour Twenty-Four
- 24 in 48 Readathon: Hour Forty-One... and a half
- 24 in 48 Readathon: Wrap Up
Coming Up In August
In the month of August, I'm dropping the need to read books just because I need to read them. Of course, this being said, yes, I am still going to read my assigned reading for the Reading Assignment Challenge and I am going to read the series I chose to read for Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge. But otherwise, I'm going to try to read more books where my mood dictates.
And so my reading list for August is only as tentative as the Brown and de Luca series, because I honestly don't know what I'm in the mood to read. Even my Reading Assignment books for this month are still up in the air, but I'm hoping that the My TBR List poll will help with that. In the meantime, I will busy myself with the above mentioned series, of which I am already very much enjoying the first book.
With that, there really isn't anything else to mention.
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- January 2016
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- February 2016
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- March 2016
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- April 2016
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- May 2016
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- June 2016