My August TBR… and what did I read in July 2018?

In the hopes I can control my all-too-frequent impulse purchases and agreements to read new books, I started a new monthly segment on my blog where I list all the books I will read in the upcoming month. I hope that having something written, where I can be held accountable, helps me keep from increasing the TBR until I clear off many books I already want to read. I am going to plan 8 books each month, which is in-line with my 2018 Goodreads challenge to read in total 104 books (two per week). I’ve left some room to add anything in case I win an ARC or have a due date for an unplanned read. That said, let’s dive into next month’s planned reads…

April TBR

Books I read in July 2018

Burglars & Blintzes

it was amazing
After the debut book in the Moorehaven Mysteries series last year, I was very excited to read the next one, Burglars & Blintzes from author Morgan C. Talbot. I may have messaged her a few times asking (demanding?) when the next would be …
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, 7-arc-giveaway-won, 8-auth…
The Night Circus
really liked it
Each month on my blog, This Is My Truth Now, followers choose a novel from my Book Bucket List that I have to read. For July, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was selected as the winner, and although it was in a genre I don’t often r…
1-fiction, 4-historical-fiction, and 9-read-2018-07-july
The Date
it was amazing
4.5 stars to the thrilling mystery novel, The Date, written by Louise Jensen and published in 2018. I always look forward to savoring a creepy and well-written suspenseful story, and this one definitely delivered a strong and fantastic p…
1-fiction, 7-netgalley, and 9-read-2018-07-july
The Coordinates of Loss
really liked it
I was randomly searching on NetGalley one day when I saw The Coordinates of Loss show up in my feed for recommended books. I’m a big fan of Amanda Prowse, but she has so many previous novels that I hadn’t been paying attention to new rel…
1-fiction, 7-netgalley, and 9-read-2018-07-july
liked it
3.5 stars to Citadel, the third book in the Languedoc trilogy, written by Kate Mosse in 2011. I read the first two books in the series many years ago and loved them both. I hadn’t been aware of this one until three years ago when I found…
3-multi-book-series, 1-fiction, and 9-read-2018-07-july
Heir of Ashes
Review to come on August 8th, 2018.
1-fiction, 2-fic-fantasy-and-scifi, 8-authors-i-know, 7-arc-giveawa…
Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries
it was amazing
Review to come week of August 20th, 2018.
1-fiction, 2-fic-childrens, 3-multi-book-series, 8-authors-i-know, …
Disorderly Conduct
really liked it
Review to come August 7th, 2018.
1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, 7-arc-giveaway-…

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I didn’t meet my goals with my planned July TBR because I spent most of my available time writing my third book…. but I plan to make up for it in August… There are 15, but that includes lots of children’s books for my special Children’s Book Readathon in August 2018! Join us for fun!!!


Books I read in July 2018


*** Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault was the book you selected for me in the Book Bucket List!

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  1. Omg, your Reading Challenge is 104 books this year? Lol, mine is only 50 and now it’s more than half a year has passed already, but I’ve only finished 15 books. *sigh* I must get reading now.
    I have a question. Do you finish book that you hate? If you do, how and what motivate you to continue reading a really bad book?

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    • Hi. Yes… I try to read 2 books per week. Earlier in the year I had more time, so I finished a lot more easily. Now I’m back in writing mode, so it will slow down.

      50 is still a lot. It’s hard to find time to read 1 per week.

      Ah, that’s a tough question. I do 99% of the time. If I can’t get into the first few chapters on the second try, I put it to the side and try again a few weeks later. If still nothing, then I will skip it. If it’s for an author I committed to reading, I’ll let them know why I can’t, then do a marketing post for them.

      If it’s really bad, and the reviews on it are good, then I just force myself…. X pages per night and I won’t allow myself to read anything else! 🙂

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  2. That’s an impressive list JC4. It always makes my mind whirl whenever I contemplate the speed at which you read and write. I pray that some of your mental might migrates to my brain in the not too distant future as I would love to be able to tackle a list like this.

    I’m proud of you beyond measure as always and hope that you are doing fantastically well sweet friend. Big hugs to you. Jo

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