July Reading List

I totally apologize for being so late with this month’s list.  Where has July gone?  I seriously blinked and it’s almost August!!

I’ve been marking SO many books on my Goodreads list.  Here’s what I plan on reading this month:


The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank

The synopsis, according to Goodreads:

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They’ve all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish ’til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn’t quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn’t be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there’s something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she’s gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie’s eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina’s lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

A good chick lit is a must for every Summer!!  Excited to try this one.


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I’m sure by now, most of you have heard that this book was actually written by JK Rowling.  Not sure why she chose the pen name, but her last book was so boring, I can’t say I’m surprised she wanted to switch things up a bit.  This one actually has great reviews, and I’m excited to give it a try.

The synopsis, according to Goodreads:

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.


Me Before You by JoJoMoyes

The synopsis, according to Goodreads:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

I love an amazing love story, and the reviews on this book are phenomenal.  I am REALLY excited about this one!!

sonsAnd Sons by David Gilbert

The synopsis, according to Goodreads:

The funeral of Charles Henry Topping on Manhattan’s Upper East Side would have been a minor affair (his two-hundred-word obit in The New York Times notwithstanding) but for the presence of one particular mourner: the notoriously reclusive author A. N. Dyer, whose novel Ampersand stands as a classic of American teenage angst. But as Andrew Newbold Dyer delivers the eulogy for his oldest friend, he suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt and the novel that will forever endure as his legacy. He must gather his three sons for the first time in many years—before it’s too late.

So begins a wild, transformative, heartbreaking week, as witnessed by Philip Topping, who, like his late father, finds himself caught up in the swirl of the Dyer family. First there’s son Richard, a struggling screenwriter and father, returning from self-imposed exile in California. In the middle lingers Jamie, settled in Brooklyn after his twenty-year mission of making documentaries about human suffering. And last is Andy, the half brother whose mysterious birth tore the Dyers apart seventeen years ago, now in New York on spring break, determined to lose his virginity before returning to the prestigious New England boarding school that inspired Ampersand. But only when the real purpose of this reunion comes to light do these sons realize just how much is at stake, not only for their father but for themselves and three generations of their family.

The reviews on this are mixed, but it definitely sounds interesting.


What books have you been loving lately?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!!



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  1. 1
    Erin Maree says:

    Last weekend Kobo had a 30% off everything sale so I went a bit (ok alot) crazy and got 8 books which totalled up to just over $42 (whenever they have these sales I purchase a good selected which lasts me for a while and when that runs out I borrow E-Books from the state library database (which is awesome) until the next big sale) so I have been reading the following:
    The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck- its about 4 different brides all linked to the dress over many years and generations. Its really heartwarming and very different to other novels.
    Where She Went by Gayle Foreman- This is kinda a squel to If I stay, I say kinda as its a great stand alone book but it links in beautifully with If I Stay and gives you closure to it. I cried in this (saying that I cry in anything, I have cried during an episode of Glee once!) and was so happy with the ending of it.
    What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang- I borrowed this book from the library database which is a good thing as I really didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Its an ok book but its strange as it goes on the concept that you have 2 souls and eventually one will ‘die out’ but for some people they continue to have 2 and they are called Hybirds and have to have treatment to get rid of one of them. Its really stange and I wouldn’t recomend it to anyone.
    The Best Friend By Melody Carlson- Christian Chic lit same as all her other books and really didn’t grip me. I again borrowed this from the library database and I read it out of habit (I have read most of her books as they are mindless but have good morales).
    I can be quite picky with what I read, my favourite books are all stand alone novels or Trilorgys but it has to be a good Trilorgy ( I am waiting for the last Divergent novel to come out). The last Delirium book really disappointed me it left me with so many questions and didn’t grip me like the first two did, so I am hoping the last Divergent book is good :)

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    Stephanie G. says:

    Just finished Me Before You and it was spectacular! Such a touching love story!

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    Jane says:

    OH my goodness ME BEFORE YOU is amazing. Make sure you have some tissues handy.

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    Megan says:

    I really hope you enjoy Me Before You. I started reading it at 11pm and by 4pm the next day I had finished it. I laughed out loud and cried like a mad woman on the bus to and from work, and couldn’t stop myself from foisting the book on friends, family and co-workers alike afterwards…

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    Nessa says:

    I just read the Gemma Doyle series, and enjoyed it a lot. Great suggestions!

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    Becky W says:

    I just finished Me Before You last night and I enjoyed it SO much!!

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    Kim B. says:

    I always read through your book read list and pick out a few that I want to read myself. I thought that you used to rate the books after you read them and gave us your opinion on what you ended up thinking of the book. Do you do that? Or am I confusing you with another blog…..I would love to hear what you think of the books you actually end up reading. Thanks for any help you can give me.


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