July Reads

Life According to Steph

Today I’m linking up with Steph and Jana for their Show Us Your Books monthly link-up.   I love seeing what everyone’s been reading and love to add new books to my to be read pile!  Having the summer off has made for lots of reading time!  I got nine books read in July.  This month I’m sharing my books by how I rated them.

3 stars:

14th Deadly Sin (Women’s Murder Club, #14)

14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro – I am still enjoying this series by Patterson.  While this isn’t thought provoking, quality literature, I enjoy the fast-paced suspense of his books.  Plus, fourteen books in now, I enjoy the characters of the Women’s Murder Club.

Disney After Dark

Disney After Dark (The Kingdom Keepers #1) by Ridley Pearson – The kids and I listened to this children’s chapter book on CD on one of our drives up to Rhode Island.  My daughter has read four of the books in this series and had been trying to get me to read the first book.  This first book focuses on five young teens who need to battle villains at Walt Disney World to save the park.  This series is aimed for middle school readers and is a bit dark if I must say.  There’s a part where the dolls of the It’s a Small World ride come to life and try to attack the kids!  Even though the series is aimed at older readers, she enjoys “scary” books like the R.L. Stine’s Goosebump series.  While I probably won’t be reading any more in this series, I’m okay with her enjoying them.

The Knockoff

The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza – This is what you’d expect of typical chick-lit.  When Imogen returns to work as editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine after a six month medical leave she discovers that her former assistant Eve is trying to take over.  Eve is much younger and more tech-savvy with different ideas on how the magazine should be run.  This was a mindless summer read but nothing to write home about.

Re Jane

Re Jane by Patricia Park – This book has been advertised as a Korean American retelling of Jane Eyre.  I’m not sure that I’ve read the classic Jane Eyre and if I have, I didn’t remember it.   It was interesting to learn more about Korean customs and traditions and the struggles of a young woman trying to live in two cultures and feeling like she doesn’t really fit in either very well.  Regardless, this book was only okay for me.

The Rosie Effect

The Rose Effect by Graeme Simsion – I really enjoyed the first book The Rosie Project.  While this book had the occasional humorous bits, overall it was only an okay read for me.

The Rumor

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand – This is a summer read, set in Nantucket, like Hilderbrand’s previous novels.  Long-time friends Madeline and Grace end up being the topic of a rumor, as the title suggests.  This book is filled with infidelity, friendship and deceit.  An okay summer beach read.

4 stars:

Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel

Little Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan – I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  While I thought it would be a traditional chick-lit type book, it had a bit more substance.  When Polly’s marriage fails she packs up and rents a small flat above a bakery in the isolated sea town of Polbearne.  She ends up turning to baking which brings her income and helps her forge friendships.

Where They Found Her

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight – I read McCreight’s Reconstructing Amelia and enjoyed it.  This book focuses on the body of a dead infant that was found in the woods as authorities try to figure out whose baby it is.  This book was a suspenseful page-turner with lots of twists.  I even gave it to my husband to read!

5 stars:

The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – I don’t know why I waited so long to read this.  Luckily, the movie came out recently and I want to see it, but I won’t usually watch the movie until I read the book!  I’m a sucker for a good love story and a happy ending which Sparks is excellent at providing!  There are two parallel love stories occurring throughout this book.  I thought the bull riding and horses in this book would be a turn-off, but I really enjoyed this book.



  1. I read The Rumor this month too and agree it was a good beach read. All her books tend to be!

  2. Where They Found her is on my TBR. I read The Rosie Effect last month as well. Did not enjoy it, did not finish it. I was angry because I loved The Rosie Project.

    Little Beach Street Bakery sounds like a good in-between book or a just a fun Sunday afternoon read.

  3. I really enjoyed Where They Found Her.

    The Rosie Effect was eh. But I loved The Rosie Project.

    I have The Rumor on hold at the library!

  4. You’re the second person who didn’t like Rosie Effect as much as Rosie Project. Interesting! Where They Found her sounds intriguing though finding an infant in the woods might be too much for me to handle.

  5. Where They Found Her is on my list to read, although it might be a while before I pick it up considering it starts with a deceased baby…

  6. I already have Where They Found Her on my list and I’m looking forward to it. I’m a fan of the Women’s Murder Club (though I still need to read 13). Patterson is like a palate cleanser for me with his quick chapters. Just added Little Beach Street Bakery!

    • Agree about Patterson. He’s not quality literature, but his books are always quick, easy and suspenseful reads!

  7. Where They Found Her is on my nightstand right now! I can’t wait to read it. I have The Rumor on hold too. Great books!

  8. I gave up on the Women’s Murder Club series. I think Patterson is just churning out too many books to keep up with. I’m still reading Alex Cross and Michael Bennett and Private series.

    The Rosie Effect didn’t do it for me. It even cause the shine to dull on the first book because I was so disappointed in the second. 🙁

    • I’m reading Alex Cross, Michael Bennett and the Private series as well. I just finished another of his stand-alones that he co-wrote and wasn’t impressed at all.

  9. the longest ride has been on my list for ages, good to hear it’s worth it!
    i was not the biggest fan of the rosie effect. i feel like the characters were completely different!
    adding Little Street Bakery to my list!

  10. Nicholas Sparks is good at providing happy endings? Obviously I’ve been reading the wrong stories, because after A Walk to Remember and Dear John, I was done. Lol! Disney After Dark sounds interesting. I loved Goosebumps when I was a kid, but I was a huge wimp so some of the stories were too scary for me.

    • Well, happy, TEARFUL endings?! LOL!!! I think I liked Goosebumps when I was a kid as well, but won’t read them now!

  11. I used to LURRRVE Nick Sparks until I realized that all his books were the same and then I was just so disappointed I couldn’t do it anymore. 🙁

  12. I used to LURVE Nick Sparks until I started feeling like every book of his I read was the same… Then I got older and almost got a degree in creative writing and realized that I was right! His books were actually almost all the same. It made me sad because I loved The Notebook and The Wedding and a few others.

    • I agree that his books tend to be similar. Every now and then though I’m in the mood for a good love story and this definitely fit the bill!

  13. I just put Where They Found Her on my “to listen to” list. I love these suspenseful multiple-narrator types of books. I’m wondering if I can handle the subject of this one.

  14. Elin usually always puts out a good beach read, glad she didn’t disappoint. The little beach street bakery sounds good, adding to my list.

  15. I added Little Beach Street Bakery and Where they found her to my list! Both sound like my kind of reads!

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