What I Read: July 2016

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I think it’s been the Summer of Series, huh?

I reread all of the Harry Potter series (we are waiting on our library for The Cursed Child), and this month I finished what’s been written of J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series and six books of the Anne of Green Gables series.

(And with Anne, I finished all the books on my Spring TBR except Wild in the Hollow, which I did try to read but had a hard time getting into.)

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The Silkworm and Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith – I finished The Cuckoo’s Calling in June and immediately picked up the next two books in this mystery series. Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) writes some gruesome, twisted mysteries; usually I don’t feel like thrillers are my thing. But a good one can really drag me in, and these all had me turning the pages. Her characters are so vivid and well-defined. (And hello, cliffhanger at the end of Career of Evil! Anyone else dying for the next installment??)

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The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck – I listened to this one on audiobook via Overdrive from my library. I enjoy having an audiobook to listen to while I clean or cook, and this one was good enough to make me ignore my favorite podcasts for a week or two. Half set in modern-day Birmingham, half in Birmingham of 1912, this novel goes back and forth between Emily – a young, rich, engaged but dissatisfied socialite in 1912 – and Charlotte – the owner of a trunk purchased at an estate sale with mysterious contents. When I started listening, I didn’t realize this was Christian fiction. I didn’t feel like it was very heavy-handed with “Christianese,” and Hauck does a beautiful job of just displaying a real faith for the two heroines. I loved the story and would definitely recommend it if you enjoy a light romance tale here and there. The historical fiction aspect of it is really nice.

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*Most* of the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery – When you buy a 99-cent collection on Amazon for your Kindle, apparently you should check and make sure you have all of the books in a series. My collection had the original six Anne books (not Windy Poplars or Anne of Ingleside, which were written later by Montgomery) and also Pride and Prejudice thrown in (??). Very strange. I’m trying to make myself read something else instead of immediately going back and reading the two I missed, because I devoted most of July to reading about Anne.

AND I LOVED IT.

I was familiar with many of the stories of Anne of Green Gables from the movie, but reading them was so very enjoyable and tied it all together for me. As expected, I absolutely fell in love with the stories, characters, and Montgomery’s writings. My favorite books were Green Gables and Anne’s House of Dreams. I could swoon over them for days, and I might, but probably in a separate post.

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Right now I’m reading Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher and loving it. I feel like I was in kind of a reading slump, and this month totally pulled me into a happy place. What are you reading now?

This will be added to Quick Lit at Modern Mrs. Darcy

8 thoughts on “What I Read: July 2016

  1. I finally got to finish The Secret Keeper. Oh My Goodness That Was Crazy! It was really hard to put down, and I was so glad to be on a mini-vacation.

  2. I keep thinking I should reread the Harry Potter series. I loved them all, and some of the first ones I have read repeatedly. I’m thinking about doing that when school starts back, because I need some things to read that are purely entertainment. I’ve read the Anne of Green Gables books repeatedly, and I’ve been thinking I should get them on audiobook. I have trouble paying attention to new books on audiobook, but I like to do one’s I have read before. Certain books, I will listen to over and over.

    I’m glad to see your review of “The Wedding Dress.” I bought it when it was super cheap on Kindle, but haven’t read it yet. I do love historical fiction in general.

    This month, I read quiet a bit, helped along by some mild insomnia:
    The Storyteller by Jodi Picot (good, but deals with a disturbing subject)
    The One that I Want- Allison Winn Scotch
    A Summer Affair- Elin Hildebrand
    The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu- Joshua Hammer
    The Beach House- Mary Beth Whalen
    The Good Good-bye- Carla Buckley
    The Girls in the Garden- Lisa Jewell
    The First Husband- Laura Dave
    Tiny Little Things- Beatriz Williams

    With the kids:
    A Wind in the Door- Madeleine L’Engle
    Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics- Chris Grabenstein

    • I love the whole Harry Potter series – except book 5. It is truly a doorstop and a necessary evil in the plot. Ha. I mean, it shows how great a writer Rowling is, to make a villain like Umbridge who I hate more than Voldemort. Plus, puberty.

  3. I read the first 5 books of the Anne series the past 5 months and got a bit burnt out on Anne (though I love that girl!) so I am taking a few months off before returning for book 6. Did you enjoy the last two of the series about her kid as much as the ones about Anne? I am not sure if I want to stop after 6 or if I should read Rilla of Ingleside and Rainbow Valley.

    Here are my July reads: http://elle-alice.blogspot.ca/2016/07/july-book-reviews.html

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