August Reads & September TBR

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 (1)

August 2018 – 24 Books Read

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault
it was amazing
After reading/reviewing a book co-written by Candace Robinson earlier this year, I immediately added another of her independently written books, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, to my summer reading queue. Mid-way through the book, I learned…
Goodnight Moon
really liked it
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is one of the books that followers of my blog voted as a must-read for our Children’s Book August 2018 Readathon. Come check it out and join the next few weeks!This picture book was such a delight….

Sister of Mine
really liked it
I requested Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou from NetGalley earlier this year after the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, contacted me about this new 2018 release. It sounded fantastic, so I added it to my August 2018 TBR queue. I enjoyed th…
Where the Wild Things Are: The Movie Storybook
really liked it
Where the Wild Things Are written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak in 1963 was a Caldecott Medal winner the year after it was published. I treasured this book in elementary school when I played the lead in our school play (okay, co-lead…
The World of Winnie-the-Pooh
really liked it
As part of a children’s book readathon on my blog in August 2018, voters chose Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne as one of our award-winning books to read this week. I was very excited to pick up this classic again as I haven’t read it in ov…
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
really liked it
As part of a Children’s Readathon on my blog in August 2018, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems was selected as one of the award-winning books to read. It took home the Caldecott Honor Award in 2004. Since I’d just finishe…
Number the Stars
it was amazing
As part of a children’s book readathon I am hosting on my blog, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry was voted as a winner in the poll. We assigned this stellar Newbery Medal winner to this week and have been sharing all our reviews. Normally …
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / The Magician's Nephew
it was amazing
As part of a Children’s Book Readathon on my blog, we voted and are reading some classic young adult novels this week. Come join us! Today’s review is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe/The Chronicles of Narnia 6 Vols, the 2nd book in t…
Tail of the Dragon
really liked it
I read this book as part of a Cozy Mystery group that I belong to where we get opportunities to win ARCs. I have found so many good books and new authors, it’s really fun. This week’s novel, Tail of the Dragon, the third in the Zodiac My…
Cinnamon Roll Murder
really liked it
Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke is the 15th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series. I borrowed this book from the library as I couldn’t find it in the store last week, and I’m trying to finish them all up this summer before …
Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook
it was amazing
I’m in absolute awe thinking about the creativity within the Cheadle family. Their culinary and literary talents are fantastic. In one of their newer books, Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook, Robbie Cheadle and…
Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics
it was amazing
Charlotte’s Web was selected as one of the young adult book’s to read on the Children’s Book Readathon I’m hosting on my blog this month. This classic by E.B. White has been seen countless times on television, but how many of us have act…
River Bodies
really liked it
I received River Bodies, a new novel written by Karen Katchur coming out in fall 2018, through NetGalley. Besides having a gorgeous cover and an interesting title, the premise was intriguing enough for me to say yes when the publisher of…
Assault & Beret
really liked it
I’ve come to really enjoy the Hat Shop Mystery series written by Jenn McKinlay. In this fifth and possibly final (I’ve heard rumors, but I’m hoping it’s not true!) book, Assault & Beret, McKinlay takes us from London to Paris for a caper…
The Clockmaker's Daughter
really liked it
Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, and when The Clockmaker’s Daughter came out this year, I was one of the first to jump on NetGalley to get a copy. I was so excited to be awarded the book and added it to my August reading queue….
The Cottingley Secret
really liked it
I chose this book purely based on its cover. The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor looked gorgeous, and after seeing it all over Goodreads and thinking about the Cotswolds, I fell in love. Then I learned it doesn’t take place in England,…
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder
really liked it
In the 16th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series,Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, written in 2012 by Joanne Fluke, Hannah’s under suspicion for killing the competition for her love-interest. Could she have done it? Did she finally go…
Blackberry Pie Murder
liked it
I’ve been trying to catch up on the Hannah Swensen series this summer, so I picked up the 17th book in the series, Blackberry Pie Murder, written in 2013 by Joanne Fluke. All I can say is I just can’t get enough of this silliness. The mu…
Winter Blossoms
it was amazing
Both the title and the cover of this book caught my attention. Winter Blossoms, a novel published in 2018 by Paul Iasevoli, takes place in 1980s New York City where a young twenty-something named Chris struggles to survive amidst everyth…
A Bloody Day In Destiny: Four Stories of the Wild West: A Western Adventure
it was amazing
Over the last year, I’ve read a few children’s books by Russ Towne and loved their strong lessons, vivid characters, and well-thought out settings. Then I noticed on his blog that he’d written a short collection of stories based on weste…
The Bride of Glass
it was amazing
Review to come on August 31st, 2018.
A Stranger In France: Romantic Suspense
Review to come on August 31st, 2018.
Escape into the Blue | A suspense thriller
Review to come on September 1st, 2018.
Promised Soul
Review to come on September 1st, 2018.

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September 2018 – 8 Books Planned To Be Read (TBR)



About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.



  1. You continue to amaze me. Even when I was younger (and by that I mean a teenager with fewer responsibilities) I don’t think I read that many books in a month and I worked at the library! I am just about to start a new book from an up and coming author…got my copy of Father Figure from Amazon yesterday 🙂

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  2. That is a great list! I just got done reading a very intense thriller called Civil Terror: Gridlock. The author is J. Luke Bennecke ( I gotta say, I was sucked in right away with it’s intense and suspenseful story and memorable characters. It also really made me think about the potential implications of fast technologies move in our world, and made the story feel very believable and grounded from start to finish. Would love to hear your thoughts if you read it. I think the antagonist Viktor was my favorite character!

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