Thursday, September 1, 2016

What I Read in July and August

I never got around to posting about what I read in July last month, so I decided to combine it with my August list. I know I kind of disappeared for a few weeks, but I'm back! Without further ado here are the books I read in July and August.

Books I Read in July:
1. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
I enjoyed this installment in the Percy Jackson series. I love Rick Riordan makes each book an individual adventure, but yet they all lead to a bigger event that I think happens in the last book of this series. I can't wait to find out what happens next. 4/5 Stars.

2. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
This was a cute contemporary read. I loved the whole idea of the novel and just how there were some surprising turns along the way. I can't wait to read more of Sophie Kinsella's books soon. 3.5/5 Stares

3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 
I listened to the audio book and I enjoyed it. Another kind of light contemporary read, although there were a few tropes that made me roll my eyes a couple of times, but it was a perfect book to read/listen this summer. I am looking forward to reading some more books by the author soon. 3.75/5 Stars

4. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
I picked up this book because I saw that it was about a spy school for girls, however it wasn't as action packed as I expected it to be. However, it was still a fun read. 3.5/5 Stars

5.  Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares 
I read the first few books in this series about 8 years ago and I watched the movies (multiple times). It was great catching up with these characters 10 years after the events of the fourth book (Forever in Blue). I am planning on having a longer review up soon. 4/5 Stars.

6. That Summer by Sarah Dessen 
This was a good summer read, even though it turned out to be very different from what I thought it would be. I definitely want to check out some of Sarah Dessen's other books in the near future. 3.75/ 5 Stars.

7. Parables by John MacArthur 
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how Dr. MacArthur explained some of the more difficult parables and how they make sense. 5/5 Stars.

8. The Heart Answers by Colleen Coble 
This was a sweet light romance, I wish I had known it was part of a series that I am starting because it deals with one of the antagonists of that series. If you would like to read more of my thoughts on this book, check out my full review here. 4/5 Stars.

9. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
I loved this collection of novellas and it made me realize how much I love this series. I will have a longer review of this collection up soon!! 5/5 Stars.

10. An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter 
I liked this book - mainly because it was set during the Regency era- but there several issues that I had with the plot and I spent most of the book confused as to what was actually going on. Here is my review on this book if you would like to find out more of my thoughts. 3.5/5 Stars

11. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs 
I have been wanting to read this book for a while because a lot of my friends have been reading it. I enjoyed it, but I wish that had been more Scripture to back up his points. 4/5 Stars. 

Books I Read in August:

1. Living the Cross-Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney 

This was a great, short book about how the gospel ought to be the main thing in our lives and everything else is secondary to that. Also, it doesn't just deal with just understanding the gospel, the author also gives practical advice on how to live a life that is centered around the gospel.  5/5 Stars.

2. Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot 

This was an okay read. I read it more for the nostalgia factor because I had read the first 10 books in high school so I was interested to see what had happened to Princess Mia since she had graduated from high school. 3/5 Stars

3. The Artisan's Wife by Judith Miller 

I really liked this book a lot! I also appreciated how it wasn't heavy on the romance elements, but it kind of surprised on me on what ended up being the main focus of the novel. I will have a longer review up either tomorrow or next week. 4/5 Stars.

4. A Heart's Disguise (Journey of the Heart #1) by Colleen Coble

This was the first part in a series of novellas. I liked it and it was a quick read, however the blurb on the back of the book summarized every single event that took place in this novella. But it was still cute, and I will have a longer review of the whole series when I eventually finish it. 3.5/5 Stars.

5. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 

I enjoyed this graphic novel, even though it was missing something that would make it a five star read for me. It is action-packed and filled with twists and turns. This will not be a disappointment to those who enjoy reading graphic novels. 4/5 Stars.

Those are all the books I have read in last two months. I don't know how many I will get to read in September because I am back at school, but I will keep reading! I have also decided that for the next few months I am not going to write TBR posts because I don't want to put a whole lot of extra pressure on myself.

Happy Reading,
Janelle L. C.

P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will check them out! :)

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