July was a Great (and Rare) Month of Reading

I don’t know how in the world I managed it this month, but I got four books in! Four readingbwwhole books! As a bibliophile, avid reader, one with whom a book is always on her person, it’s a big deal considering I’ve been in a nasty reading drought. I haven’t had nor, honestly, made the time in quite a while for such an adventure and I realize how much I’ve missed and have sorely needed. I used to pore through books like this on a regular basis. During grad school, my personal TBR list had to be put aside; generally over the years with work in my other life and life (mothering and wifeing – if that’s a word :/ ) one book a month or maybe two was the norm; and when writing, one or a half of one if I could get through was happening. This month, I have to thank Terry McMillan for getting my ball rolling again.

My Goodreads Reading Challenge bar had been set pretty low this year – as I have for the past few years because of work, writing, and life, and this time it didn’t look like I was going to even make it to those 10 books. Gasp. My best year was one when I worked in the library several years ago and got through 50. I miss those days. I mean, it was a part of my job!

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

When Dr. Georgia Young learned about the passing of a former college boyfriend, she realized she didn’t know if he’d known how much she had loved him. That moment set her on a journey to find her ex-husbands and lovers to find out more about their relationships and what made them stop working. With her intentions and the love of her close-knit family and friends during the process she learns more about herself. Recommended read.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This one’s a whole lot deeper than you may think. Highly recommended. Here’s my full review.




Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Let me just say, about a week later, I’m still savoring this book. Told (written) in the form of a documentary about a top rock band of the 1970s that broke up right at the end of their first tour, which was a major success by the way. Everyone involved from the band members, journalists covering them, their biography writers, family members, etc, talk about the band and the breakup for the first time. As a classic rock fan, I loved it. As a biography fan, I loved it. I loved it… highly recommended.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Can you believe that it’s been over twenty years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone if you’re in the UK) came out, introducing us to this amazing group of kids, namely Harry, Ron, and Hermione?! When I got Book #1 for my son years ago, I read the first chapter, was captivated, and had intended to return to it soon. But that didn’t happen. So just a few years ago, I finally got to it and finished it. Finally… and enjoyed every moment and even got myself a Hermione Granger quote shirt! Sometimes one could forget they were kids – just kids! Not yet teenagers and all they went through. Then – again, finally – I made it to the sequel and pored through it in just a few days. Just as the first, it’s a story of heart. As my best friend pointed out with a heavy sigh, I might add – we’ll never get to Potterworld at my rate (!), so I’m on to the third. In fact, I’ve never seen the movies because I knew I was going to read them first. I may or may not watch Chamber of Secrets though. There are some parts that I really don’t want to see and prefer to keep it in my imagination. I’ll continue to think on that though…

Have you read any of the Harry Potter series? Have you read any of the books I read this month? Please share your thoughts. Also, any suggestions for my TBR? I’m always open to suggestions for that!

Since I have to concentrate on my WIP for the upcoming #PitchWars and push back the new story that’s been screaming in my ear to be written, my TBR is set to collect a little dust once again. It won’t stop me however, from picking up the books today that I’ve got on hold at the library though. Of course, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of them.

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