Saturday, August 1, 2015

Books I read in July

If you know me, or you are my friend on Goodreads, you probably know that I read a lot. At the end of every month I plan to post what books I read in that month along with a short paragraph on what I thought about the book. Let's get started:

1. Deepest Roots of the Heart by Chautona Havig (Audiobook)

So I actually listened to the audiobook and I started it near the end of June, however this was the first book I finished in July. This was a great novel and the narrator was really good too, in fact I hope he gets to narrate the rest of this series. There was good character development and the author was able to switch between time periods really well. It gets 5/5 stars.

2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I really wanted to like this book because the first chapter hooked me into this world, but it wasn't that great, I am just glad it was on sale in the Kindle store. Not much happened, and even though I am a little bit intrigued by what will happen in the next two books, it is not enough to make me read them, in fact I felt like I wasted my time reading this book. It gets 2/5 stars.

3. Knowing Love and Knowing Secrets by Rebecca Riley

I know these are two books, but they are actually novellas. These are the first two novellas of the Knowing series. They were sweet Christian romances. Although they weren't exactly well-written, I liked the concept and they make nice beach reads, or a nice read on a cold winter's night by the fire place. I gave both of them 3/5 Stars.

4. Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus

 This was a really quick read, even though it was almost 300 pages long! I liked the whole premise of the story, even though the ending was kind of predictable (not entirely, but kind of). I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series soon. 3/5 Stars

5. HearthLand Episodes 28,29 and 30 by Chautona Havig

HearthLand is a serial novel that is still  in the process of being written and released. So far it is up to Episode 30 and I am patiently waiting for the next episode to come out. I have enjoyed reading this series so far, and I plan to do a review on the series once it is finished. 3/5 Stars because they are short and I really want to know what happens next.

6. Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street #5) by Debbie Macomber
This was a nice sweet, curl-up on the couch or take-to-the-beach read. it is pretty predictable, but it is still worth reading if you are looking for something light to read. 3/5 Stars

7. Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street #6) by Debbie Macomber
Also another sweet, light-hearted read. It was nice catching up with some old friends from the previous books, but it was also nice meeting some new characters. 3/5 Stars

8. The Story Keeper (Carolina #2) by Lisa Wingate

I really enjoyed this books, it had an interesting concept. The beginning was slow at first, but once it picked up I really enjoyed it. I will have a longer review up soon. 3/5 Stars because it took me several chapters to get into it.

9. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I gave a lengthier review of this book in yesterday's post. It was a moving and phenomenal read, however there are things that sensitive readers won't like, but one has to keep in mind that the time and place that the novel is set in is not a nice one, therefore the novel is very realistic of that which those of us who live in the West cannot begin to understand. 4/5 Stars because it was well-written, and it kept me captivated until the very end.

10. Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

This was the last book I completed in  July. This was my first time reading it (no, I haven't been living under a rock), and I haven't watched the movies either so most of it was pretty fresh to me (except for a few obvious plot points.) I enjoyed it, it was very entertaining. I will have a longer review up soon.  I am giving it 4/5 Stars.

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