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Best Books I Read in December (2019)

I only read 15 books in December, and most were just okay—good.

Here are the three I enjoyed the most:

Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. Come on, you knew this was going to make the list! It’s my all-time favorite book. I get immersed in the culture—even the parts I don’t like—and the characters are so vivid. Scarlett, although almost entirely unlikable, is larger-than-life, and so is Rhett. Melanie is wonderful. Ashley is…meh. But the book itself is a wonderful, compelling read. (And, in case you’re wondering, it’s absolutely where the name of this blog came from.)

Take the Day Off, by Robert Morris. Yes, Pastor Robert is my pastor. But he writes such important spiritual truths, and my life, health, and well-being have all improved so much since I started implementing a Sabbath day of rest every week.

Higher Power Has a name, by Cavanaugh James. This was an interesting read. I haven’t read too many (if any) faith-based books talking about the problems in our current culture…written by someone who was born in this current culture (he’s a Millennial), so that was an interesting perspective on the present problems.

 

 

What I Read in 2019

My reading goal for 2019 was officially 175 books. Privately, I was hoping to read 200 books. I actually read 225 books!  Tracking my reading the past few years—digitally and in a reading journal—has been great.

My last book finished in 2019—and the decade—was Gone with the Wind, which is my favorite book ever! I’ve read it probably at least 20 times, and I still get made every time, cry, and want to slap Scarlett.

January: 17 books.

February: 14 books.

March: 18 books.

April: 18 books.

May: 17 books.

June: 20 books.

July: 20 books.

August: 24 books.

September: 21 books.

October:  21 books.

November:  20 books.

December:  15 books.

 

 

What I Read in December (2019)

I feel like I should say:  the last book I finished this year—and therefore this decade—was my all-time favorite book, Gone with the Wind.

Books Read in December:  15

Books Read for the Year: 225/175

Topical Books/Monthly Goal Books:

I changed it up a bit this month.

Take the Day Off, by Robert Morris (spiritual). This has so much truth in it!

Higher Power has a Name, by James Cavanaugh (spiritual). This was quite the interesting read, Christianity from a Millennial point-of-view.

Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell (classic). This is my all-time favorite book, and I used to read it every December, but it’s been a couple of years. Scarlett is such a not self-aware person that it’s mind-boggling. And Rhett, well, he’s Rhett. I still love this book, and I still cry every single time…and I’ve probably read it 20 times at least. And Ashley? No, thank you.

For Review:

Cast in Wisdom, by Michelle Sagara (review forthcoming). I LOVE this series. Enough said.

trace of evil

Trace of Evil, by Alice Blanchard. Why on earth did no adults think it even the tiniest bit odd that every single teenager was in a coven? Seriously? I never figured out who the killer was, either.

the weight of a soul

The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi. I really love Vikings and Norse mythology, so I thought I’d love this, but the MC was so unlikable that it seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the setting.

all that's bright and gone

All That’s Bright and Gone, by Eliza Nellums. I’ve never read an murder investigation by a six-year-old, so this was an interesting read.

the dating charade

The Dating Charade, by Melissa Ferguson. This was a sweet, fun romance about two people who are hiding a big secret from each other:  the sudden arrival of three children in their life.

starborn

Starborn, by Katie MacAlister. The second book in the Born Prophecy series. while I enjoyed the snark, this felt a bit rushed to me.

husband material

Husband Material, by Emily Belden. I enjoyed this surprisingly-lighthearted tale of a young widow—who practically no one knows was even married—and how she deals when the ashes of her dead husband show up at her door.

shamus dust

Shamus Dust, by Janet Roger. I prefer my detective noir stories in movie form, but this was a solid, atmospheric read.

smoke screen

Smoke Screen, by Terri Blackstock. Fourteen years ago, Nate and Brenna were teenagers in love when his father was convicted of killing her father. Now she’s fighting a nasty custody battle and he’s recovering from burns when questions arise from the murder so many years ago. They must work together to uncover the truth. A solid, enjoyable read.

the heart of the rebellion

The Heart of the Rebellion, by Sian Ann Bessey. Thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction set during the Welsh rebellion against English rule. And the cover is gorgeous!

good girls lie

Good Girls Lie, by J.T. Ellison.  I’m still not sure who the bad guy was in this book. Seriously. Was it the one girl…or the other girl?

just don't mention it

Just Don’t Mention It, by Estelle Maskame.  This is the first book in the Did I Mention I Love You trilogy…told from Tyler’s POV, which was an interesting switch.

What I Read in November (2019)

Books Read in November: 22

Books Read for the Year: 210/175

Topical Books/Monthly Goal Books:

Discerning the Voice of God, by Priscilla Shirer (spiritual). Loved this!

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, (classic). Can we talk about how much I disliked EVERY SINGLE character? Seriously. I read this 20+ years ago and had forgotten just about all of it. Wishing it had remained that way…

The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness (TBR). Honestly…I thought this sucked. It just wasn’t to my taste at all.

On the Shoulders of Hobbits, by Louis Markos (nonfiction). This was a really fascinating read about faith and fiction.

The Pearl Thief, by Elizabeth E. Wein. (cultural). The first I’ve read by this author, and I enjoyed it.

For Review:

we met in december

We Met in December, by Rosie Curtis. This was such a fun read! I enjoyed discovering London and all Jess’s adventures as she falls for her charming flatmate.

the family upstairs

The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell. This was a creepy read, and one almost unbelievable to me. If everyone sees the signs their life is becoming a cult, why not take action, before people die?

the bake shop

The Bake Shop, by Amy Clipston. I thoroughly enjoyed this Amish romance about Christiana, who opens a bake shop in the Amish marketplace, next to the cranky Jeff, who just can’t seem to get his words to come out right.

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Day Zero, by Kelly deVos. Jinx’s dad is a doomsday prepper, so she’s spent years training for the end of the world. When it happens, though, Jinx is stuck trying to take care of her little brother, her opinionated stepsister, her stepbrother…pretty much everyone, as they struggle to find her dad, accused of causing the destruction. But the truth is far harsher than the rumors.

navigating the stars

Navigating the Stars, by Maria V. Snyder. Sci-fi, YA, romance…Terra Cotta Warriors are found on other planets, and Lyra’s parents are the experts studying them. How cool is that premise? I couldn’t put this one down!

tracking game

Tracking Game, by Margaret Mizushima. I wasn’t really a fan of this K-9 murder mystery. The writing wasn’t solid enough, and the MC was…I don’t know. I just couldn’t connect with her.

chasing the shadows

Chasing the Shadows, by Maria V. Snyder. Loved this second book in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series even more than the first!

mercy road

Mercy Road, by Ann Howard Creel. An excellent historical fiction about Arlene, who joins an all-women team on the front lines of World War I as an ambulance driver.

the confession club

The Confession Club, by Elizabeth Berg. When a group of friends who meet weekly for dinner start confessing secrets in their get-togethers, they aren’t expecting the depths of each other they’ll explore. One of them is in love with a troubled homeless man. Another is hiding the truth from her husband. Will The Confession Club help them deal with their secrets? I thoroughly enjoyed this read!

this really happened

This Really Happened, by Annmarie McQueen. This is told in alternating timelines: Erin’s day-to-day life when she comes to university, where she meets her group of friends and falls in love with one of them, and blog posts she writes in the future, after a tragic accident.

A Silken Thread

A Silken Thread, by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale sent in Atlanta a few years after the Civil War. The Atlanta Exposition is the setting, and I found it fascinating.

a christmas haven

A Christmas Haven, by Cindy Woodsmall. A sweet Amish romance about Ivy, who wants to leave her faith to start her party-planning business, and Arlan, who’d do anything to keep his sister safe.

the chosen one

The Chosen One, by Walt Gragg. I cannot recommend this military fiction. The POV was too distant, and the (very) few female characters were ridiculous caricatures.

safe harbour

Safe Harbour, by Christina Kilbourne. Harbour has been living in a a tent outside Toronto for months, waiting for her dad to arrive with their sailboat. But winter is approaching and her dad still isn’t here, and Harbour will have to find a way to survive the bitter cold.

lake season

Lake Season, by Denise Hunter (review forthcoming). When Molly’s parts died in a tragic accident, she, her brother, and her sister decided to fulfill their dream of turning their childhood home into an inn. Then Molly finds an unsent letter from 30 years before, and decides to find who wrote it—and deliver it if she can.

synapse

Synapse, by Steven James (review forthcoming). This thriller about a minister and her AI robot seeking to stop a terrorist attack was riveting from the very first page!

southern harm

Southern Harm, by Caroline Fardig (review forthcoming). Another of Fardig’s charming Southern tales has Quinn and her sister investigating a 30-year-old murder that just might hit closer to home than they suspect.

Scared Little Rabbits, by A.V. Geiger (review forthcoming). This ended ip being a total guilty-pleasure read!

Just Because:

Call Down the Hawk, by Maggie Stiefvater. A spin-off series to The Raven Boys? I’m in! Loved this read. A bit…quirky, but the wry humor had me snorting with laughter. Some beautiful sentences in there, too.

The Best Books I Read in October (2019)

This was a tough one. I read 21 books in October, bringing my total for the year to 186. And, while several were just “meh,” several of them were really excellent. The best of these:

the library of lost things

The Library of Lost Things, by Laura Taylor Namey.  This is about mental illness, friendship (and SUCH an awesome friendship!), love, and figuring out the future. I loved all of it!

the grace year

The Grace Year, by Kim Liggett.  This book was unusual. Dystopian setting where women have no rights and are treated as nothing (that’s clearly not the unusual part…), and they spend their entire seventeenth year banished outside the town…and not all of them come back. But no one talks about that Grace Year. Completely compelling read.

the curious heart of ailsa rae

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae, by Stephanie Butland. This was a cute, sweet read that I immensely enjoyed. Ailsa is such a likable and lovely character, and her transition from on the verge of death and needing a heart transplant to a determined survivor was engrossing from the first page.

What I Read in October (2019)

Books Read in October:  21

Books Read for the Year: 186/175

Topical Books/Monthly Goal Books:

The Anatomist’s Wife, by Anna Lee Huber(cultural). Okay, “cultural” might be stretching it a bit…but I loved this take on a female Sherlock Holmes. (I’ve already procured the second one, too.)

Every Exquisite Thing, by Matthew Quick (TBR).  I’m just going to say “eh” on this one. I was not impressed.

More than a Good Bible Study Girl, by Lisa TerKeurst (spiritual). An excellent read!

The Beauty and the Damned (classic). Honestly…I thought this book kinda sucked. I don’t like selfish, self-absorbed people, and the two main characters were nothing if not that, so this was not the right choice for me.

The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung (nonfiction). Interesting reading, but a little dense and repetitive at times.

For Review:

the lies we tell

The Lies We Tell, by Debra Webb. this was the second book in The Undertaker’s Daughter series—I haven’t read the first one—but I had no issues catching up or following along. Kind of a dark family drama/murder mystery, and a solid, enjoyable read.

the speed of falling objects

The Speed of Falling Objects, by Nancy Richardson Fischer. I loved When Elephants Fly, by this author, and this novel was excellent as well. Family angst and a catastrophic rainstorm adventure with a hot movie star? Yep, I’m there. I truly enjoyed this entire novel, and read it straight through in one sitting.

one night gone

One Night Gone, by Tara Laskowski. Sometimes, books with dual timelines just don’t work for me. This one, however, did. Mystery in a seaside town, a girl missing for 30 years…

trinity sight

Book Review: Trinity Sight, by Jennifer Givhan. A dystopian novel with Zuni mythology… When Calliope wakes up and finds all the people are gone, she sets out to find her family. Along the way, she finds creatures from myth and legend. This was an oddly compelling read.

whispers of shadow & flame

Whispers of Shadow & Flame, by L. Penelope. Another excellent read in the Earthsinger Chronicles! I love the different cultures in these books, and the magic system. Can’t wait to read the next one!

a spell of murder

A Spell of Murder, by Kennedy Kerr. Temerity Love runs Love’s Curiosities—and is renowned for her expertise with antiques. When a murder happens in her tiny Scottish town, her services will be needed to solve the crime. I loved this cozy mystery mixed with magic, and look forward to reading more!

the widow of rose house

The Widow of Rose Harbor, by Dina Biller. Fantastic read! The love interest, Sam, is just so…lovable. Alva has been tarred and feathered in the press thanks to her horrible husband after she left him. Now that she’s a widow, she wants to come home to New York, but the rumors have followed her and her efforts to restore an abandoned mansion are thwarted by a ghost. Enter Sam, the eccentric genius professor (I really wanted to say “playboy billionaire” there and go of on an Avengers tangent…) obsessed with studying ghosts.

the library of lost things

The Library of Lost Things, by Laura Taylor Namey. Darcy is named for one of literature’s most beloved characters, which satisfies her book-loving soul. Now she’s trying to keep her carefully orchestrated life—and her hoarding mother—from falling apart. When Darcy meets Asher, she yearns to get to know him better, but trust has never been her strong point. Darcy’s BFF Marisol makes this book! (Actually, ALL the supporting characters are marvelous.)

the grace year

The Grace Year, by Kim Liggett. This had the feel of The Handmaid’s Tale…except I didn’t care for that book, and I LOVED this one. In a male-dominated society, when they turn sixteen, girls have to get rid of their magic so they don’t have power over men, so they are banished for one year, The Grace Year. Not all of them will come back. And those that do will be changed.

oracle

The Oracle of Cumae, by Melissa Hardy. It’s possible that reading three books right before this one that were amazing made this less-than-amazing book seem even worse, but…honestly, I liked the premise, but the plot was meandering at best, and really more like pointless.

girls like us

Girls Like Us, by Randi Pink.  This is set in the 70s and is about teenage girls dealing with unplanned pregnancies. It was supposed to be about defying conventions and standing up for yourself…except none of them really did that.

christmas angels

Christmas Angles, by Nancy Naigle. This was a sweet Christmas romance about Liz, who buys the deserted inn that belonged to her grandparents and sets out to restore it.

the middle matters

The Middle Matters, by Lisa-Jo Baker (review forthcoming). A solid, relatable, and inspirational read.

bound in flame

Bound in Flame, by Katherine Kayne. I don’t think I’d ever read anything set in historical Hawaii, so I was excited to read this. But…the writing was shaky at best, and felt very bare-bones (Not in a clean, sparse way, but in an this-is-practically-an-outline-without-details-or-connections way).

if darkness takes us

If Darkness Takes Us, by Brenda Marie Smith. This was a unique concept to me:  secret doomsday-prepper granny left to take care of her four grandchildren after something knocks out all power and the government. Some of the characters seemed more like caricatures than actual people (rebellious teenager, angry pre-teen, verbally abusive husband) and the POV felt more distant than I would have liked, but it was an interesting read.

the curious heart of ailsa rae

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae, by Stephanie Butland. This was a fantastic read! It’s about a girl who gets a heart transplant after a lifetime of being sick, and how she learns to live again.

Left Unfinished:

I Have No Secrets, by Penny Joelson. I made it about 20% of the way through this, and decided to stop. It was interesting, I just don’t think it was a good fit for me now.

The Best Books I Read in September (2019)

I read 21 books in September, for a total of 165 books so far this year.

Sadly, most of them were just “good,” not “great.”

Here are the top 3.

today we go home

Today We Go Home, Kelli Estes. This two-stories-in-one tale is about Larkin, still struggling to cope with what happened in Afghanistan, and Emily, who disguised herself as a man to fight for the Union in the Civil War. An excellent historical!

the wendy

The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown. This re-telling of Peter Pan was fantastic! Loved all of it, and can’t wait for the next book in the series (out next week).

sword and pen

Sword and Pen, by Rachel Caine. The final book in The Great Library series wasn’t quite as good as I’d hoped, but it was still excellent. I’m sad to see these characters go.

What I Read in September (2019)

Books Read in September:  21

Books Read for the Year: 165/175

Topical Books/Monthly Goal Books:

Amanda, by Deborah White Smith (TBR). Found this one moderately annoying.

Seeking Him by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (spiritual). A solid read.

Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell (classic). Do you know how mad I was when I realized the author died before finishing this? It was slow to start, but I ended up enjoying it immensely.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman (nonfiction). Eh. Not a fan.

The Rabbit Girls, Anna Ellory (cultural). This was so difficult to read, but so good!

For Review:

29seconds

29 Seconds, by T.M. Logan. What would you do if you could make one person disappear—and no one would ever know? When Sarah rescues a young girl, the girl’s father offers her this chance…and she decides to take it to get rid of her intolerable boss. Nothing about this book was an easy read.

trapeze

Trapeze, by Leigh Ansell. Corey has been part of the circus her whole life, as a trapeze artist. When the circus catches on fire, she finds herself living a “normal” life in a small town, where no one knows who she is. But secrets—no matter how big or scary—are hard to keep.

The Color of the Sun, by David Almond. I don’t even know what to say about this. I finished it, but decided not to review it. I can’t tell you what the plot was, or the point, or really anything.

echoes of war

Echoes of War, by Cheryl Campbell. I love this cover, but the book was merely meh. Fascinating dystopian premise—but the execution left something to be desired, along with the MC.

widow of pale harbor

The Widow of Pale Harbor, by Hester Fox. I loved Fox’s first book, The Witch of Willow Hall, but didn’t enjoy this one quite as much. It tried really hard to be gloomy and atmospheric—and succeeded—but I guessed the killer pretty early on, and the romance between the two main characters felt a little forced to me. Still an enjoyable read, though.

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The Stranger Inside, by Lisa Unger. This was an interesting murder mystery/flashback to childhood trauma/healing from the past read.

what happened that night

What Happened that Night, by Deanna Cameron. Clara’s sister killed the neighborhood golden boy for what he did to Clara. Or did she? Clara thinks she knows why her sister did it, but the truth is far darker than she can imagine.

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Six Goodbyes We Never Said, by Candace Ganger. Naima is grieving for her father, a fallen Marine, and struggling with her crippling OCD and other mental health issues. Dew still hasn’t processed his parents’ deaths or learned how to handle his anxiety. Can the two of them help each other process?

the immortal city

The Immortal City, by Amy Kuivalainen. Part murder mystery, part scientific mystery, part myth, this wasn’t a bad read, but parts of it were a little too rough-draft for me.

coming home for christmas

Coming Home for Christmas, by RaeAnne Thayne. An enjoyable romance read dealing with mental illness.

 

a wedding in december

A Wedding in December, by Sarah Morgan. Talk about family drama! This is three romances in one book, and very enjoyable.

pretty guilty women

Pretty Guilty Women, by Gina LaManna. When four women confess to the same murder, it’ll take a while to sort out the truth. Loved this thriller!

the wendy

The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown.  I loved this re-telling of Peter Pan, and I can’t wait to read the second one next week!

today we go home

Today We Go Home, Kelli Estes.  I really enjoyed this tale of Larkin, who fought in Afghanistan and is still reeling from the choices she made there when she finds the diary of Emily Wilson, who disguised herself as a man to fight with the Union army during the Civil War. An excellent read!

Just Because:

Sword and Pen, by Rachel Caine. The final book in the Great Library series. I wanted to absolutely adore this book, like I did the rest of the series, but I didn’t quite like it as much as the other books in the series.

Every Body Yoga, by Jessamyn Stanley. I loved the voice and body positivity in this!

The Best Books I Read in August (2019)

I read 24 books in August, bringing my total for the year to 143.

A handful of those were great reads, but three of the truly excellent reads included a book about three older women who changed their lives and found their dreams, a fantasy that started off with a girl who had never set foot on land, and a girl who has never really thought about her ethnicity and is forced to not just confront it but decide how it will shape her life.

women in sunlight

Women in Sunlight, by Frances Mayes (she also wrote Under the Tuscan Sun) is about three older, single American women who become friends and defy expectations to move to Italy. While there, they truly embrace themselves and who they are as they create their best lives yet.

crown of coral and pearl

Crown of Coral and Pearl, by Mara Rutherford. Nor and her twin sister are the most beautiful girls in Varenia, so they know one of them will be chosen to marry the prince of Ilara. Nor longs to see the mainland, but when her sister is chosen, she knows that will never happen. Until her sister is injured and she’s chosen to replace her—finding Ilara a land of treachery, murder, and darkness.

color me in

Color Me In, by Natasha Diaz. Nevaeh has never really thought about her ethnicity, but when her Jewish father and her black mother separate, she and her mother go to live with her family in Harlem. One of Nevaeh’s cousins is angry because Nevaeh can pass as white and is oblivious to struggles of those around her in Harlem. Then Nevaeh’s dad decides she needs to embrace her Jewish roots, leaving Nevaeh struggling between two identities.

Also worth mentioning:

beekeeper

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy Lefteri.

never have i ever

Never Have I Ever, by Joshilyn Jackson.

enchanted ever after

Enchanted Ever After, by Shanna Swendson.

What I Read in August (2019)

Books Read in August: 24

Books Read for the Year: 144/175

Topical Books/Monthly Goal Books:

Women in Sunlight, by Frances Mayes (cultural). This is an incredible read about three women and Italy!

The Bronte Plot, by Katherine Reay (TBR). I really do love this author’s work. I felt like the beginning of this was a little rushed, but the rest of the book was very enjoyable. And I got some books to add to my TBR list!

Manfast, by Natasha Scripture (nonfiction). Eh. Can you really call it a man fast if you hook up with random guys and think nonstop about relationships, meeting someone, and dating?

The Legends of King Arthur and his Knights, by James Knowles (classic). I skimmed this more than anything. I’d never heard the part where King Arthur becomes Roman Emperor.

The Best Yes, by Lisa TerKerst (spiritual). This was a book full of food for thought. What if saying “No” is the Best Answer for you?

For Review:

house of salt and sorrow

House of Salt and Sorrows, by Erin A Craig. I loved the culture the best in this tale of a family who have lost a mother and four daughters when one daughter decides to find out if the deaths were accidents—or something more is at work.

blow a love story

Blow:  A Love Story, by Tracy Ewens. Millie is a romance author struggling to write a “serious” book. Drake thinks he’s recovered from his near-death six years before. Both of them have issues they need to work out. I intend to read the other books in this series ASAP.

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The Last Hope, by Krista Ritchie. I hadn’t read the first book in this duology, so it took me a bit to figure out what was going on, but this was a fascinating world.

the silence between us

The Silence Between Us, by Alison Gervais. Loved this story of Maya, a deaf girl who now has to go to a hearing school, and her struggle to accomplish her goals while getting people around her to accept who she is and who she wants to be.

state of lies

State of Lies, by Siri Mitchell. After a physicist’s husband dies in a car crash, she’s just struggling to learn how to live again. When she receives a message from behind the grave, she starts questioning everything. This was highly readable.

color me in

Color Me In, by Natasha Diaz. Nevaeh is 16, biracial, and reeling from her parents’ separation and moving in with her mother’s family, where she doesn’t fit in. For a girl who’s never questioned her identity, now she is faced with the reality of prejudice and must decide whether to blend in—or make her voice heard. This is an incredible read, and I loved Nevaeh from the first page.

beekeeper

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy Lefteri. The story of two Syrian refugees seeking asylum in England. Told in three different timelines, which was initially a bit confusing, but this is such an emotional, moving story. Such a good read!

crown of coral and pearl

Crown of Coral and Pearl, by Mara Rutherford. Fantastic read! I loved all of this.

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Isaiah’s Daughter, by Mesu Andrews. I’m a huge fan of this author, and this biblical fiction did not disappoint!

the red death

The Red Death, by Birgitte Märgen. This was merely okay for me. I love dystopian and medical thrillers, but the characters and their implausible actions, along with too many “convenient” resolutions just didn’t quite work for me.

dear Haiti

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, by Maika and Maritza Moulite (review forthcoming). This was an interesting read. Alaine was sometimes whiny and sulky—an annoying teenager—but she grew so much in this novel. I loved the look at Haitian culture, too.

a jewel bright sea

A Jewel Bright Sea, by Claire O’Dell (review forthcoming). I really enjoyed this tale! I’ve never read anything by this author, but the worldbuilding was fantastic, and I loved the characters. Also, pirates!

spin

Spin, by Colleen Nelson (review forthcoming). I learned a lot about DJing in this book, but the solid family core is the real focus here. A quick, entertaining read with some deep issues.

rebel girls

Rebel Girls, by Elizabeth Keenan (review forthcoming). It’s weird reading a book set when I was in high school. Except…I went to a small country school, and this is set in a Catholic school. But still, same issues. I enjoyed this read!

Just Because

Enchanted Ever After, by Shanna Swendson. Because I love the Enchanted, Inc. series and I was so happy to see another book! I stopped reading everything else to binge on this one!

never have i ever

Never Have I Ever, by Joshilyn Jackson. I actually thought this came out at the end of August—not the end of July—so when I realized it was already out, I binge-read it. It’s a big change from Jackson’s usual Southern fiction (which I adore), but this was absolutely un-put-down-able!

Flirting with Forty, by Jane Porter. I’ve read this a handful of times—and I still love it!

Sent Rising, by Erin Lorence. This was supposed to be for review, but…there were some issues with the writing that bothered me enough I decided not to review. I enjoyed the book. Just some technical issues.

Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts. Looking forward to the third one!