Really, everything I needed to say about my reading experience for July is also kind of reflected in my Booklikes-opoly wrap up. I didn't read as many books as I did the previous month, but July was still a great reading month, if only because I made a lot of great progress in my Personal Series Challenge. And while COYER wasn't as successful this month for me, I can now dedicate myself to my Summer Reading List with BLopoly's ending.
Also Read short story:
Books Dropped/Put On Hold
Loose and Easy by Tara Janzen
July Reading Stats
Total works read: 18
- 16 print/e-book novels
- 1 anthology
- 1 short story
Average rating: 3.44 Stars
- Highest Rated: 3 books; 1 short story // 4.0 Stars
- (1) Hot on the Hunt by Melissa Cutler
- (2) Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
- (3) Ravished by Amanda Quick
- (4) Dream a Little Dream (short story) by Jill Shalvis
- Lowest Rated: Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell // 2.0 Stars
Series I started reading:
- Lawyers in Love by N.M. Silber -- DNF
- Liar's Club by Celeste Bradley
Series I completed:
- ICE: Black Ops Defenders by Melissa Cutler
Series I have made progress on:
- Colorado High Country by Pamela Clare
- Nikki Heat by Richard Castle
- Arcane Society by Jayne Ann Krentz / Amanda Quick
- Harmony by Jayne Castle (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz)
- Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis
- Steele Street by Tara Janzen
- Extrasensory Agents by Leslie A. Kelly
Favorite reads: To be honest, all the books I read in July were kind of "I liked this book" to "I really liked this book," but nothing too outstandingly awesome. So the few books I DO want to mention include Susanna Kearsley's The Shadowy Horses, which, while wasn't the best book, was enjoyable and beautifully written; Ravished by Amanda Quick, which was typical Amanda Quick fun and good; and Northern Lights by Nora Roberts, which was more enjoyable than I'd expected it to be.
Disappointing reads: Really, the most disappointing read I had in July would be The Law of Attraction by N.M. Silber--with all the positive reviews I saw for it, I'd expected witty, fun, breezy, and sexy; instead, I got childish, boring, and eye rollingly over-hyped. The other book I was a bit disappointed in was Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell, which is surprising since it's not like I've always loved her books, ya know.
Reviews & Notable Posts
- Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare
- The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
- Driving Heat by Richard Castle
- Hot on the Hunt by Melissa Cutler
- Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
- Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
- Ravished by Amanda Quick
- River's End by Nora Roberts
- Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
- The Law of Attraction by N.M. Silber -- DNF review
- Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
- The Pretender by Celeste Bradley
- Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle
- Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis
- On the Loose by Tara Janzen
- Heat Wave (anthology) -- Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly, Heidi Betts
- Cutting Loose by Tara Janzen
- Extrasensory Agents series by Leslie A. Kelly
- Dream a Little Dream by Jill Shalvis
- 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge -- Second Quarterly Report Card
- COYER Summer Reading List | June Readathon Wrap Up!
- Can You Read a Series in a Month? June 2017 Wrap Up
- Booklikes-opoly | Roll #25! and Happy 4th of July on Main Street, U.S.A.!
- Booklikes-opoly | Roll #26!
- Booklikes-opoly | Free Friday Read #4! and Roll #26 decision!
- Starting: Ravished
- Booklikes-opoly | Roll #27!
- Booklikes-opoly | Roll #28!
- Booklikes-opoly | #29! and Free Friday #5!
- In which Baby's head....
- Booklikes-opoly | #30! and Free Friday #6!
- Read-a-thon: 24in48 January 2017 Starts Now!
- Booklikes-opoly | Roll #31!
- 24in48 July 2017 Readathon: Hour Sixteen Update
- COYER Summer Reading List | July Readathon!
- 24in48 July 2017 Readathong: Wrap Up
- Booklikes-opoly | Roll #32!
- Booklikes-opoly | Roll #33! and Free Friday #7!
- Booklikes-opoly | Roll #34! Ani's Last BLopoly Turn!!
- COYER Summer Reading List | July Readathon! Wrap Up
- Booklikes-opoly | Game Play Wrap Up!!
Coming Up In August
Is there such a thing as a Reading Game Hangover? Because that's kind of what I'm feeling right now. The fact that I won't be reaching for my dice roller app and rolling for the next book... it's making me feel a little lost. How am I going to decide what to read next without a nifty set of game cards telling me what direction to go? How will I keep from starting ten new books within the week without the game play rules keeping me in line?
What am I going to do with my life now?!!
Anyway... I've still got COYER and some other year-long challenges going, and so, to be honest, it really IS going to be a bit of a feat choosing books to read based on what I want to read rather than based on what books will fit what game squares. But that just means I'm going back to my tentative reading schedule lists, and that I don't have to worry about not finishing a book in time to roll again. And I definitely won't be thinking about saving certain books for "just in case I land on such and such square," or NOT reading a book yet because "I need to read this other book for xyz square."
Nonetheless... it was kind of nice being told what to read next, even if you still had a modicum of choice.
I suppose this is why I like Reading Challenges. =D
Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)
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