Reading Wrap-Up: July 2015

July 2015 Books

So, wow. I don’t think this has happened before. 18 books is kind of insane, but between the 24in48 Readathon and a few days away on vacation, I had some serious time to plug away at reading. On top of that, the reading has been good. I haven’t felt slumpy, I’ve been choosing on a whim, […]

Read This, Watch That: The Ambassador’s Wife and The Honourable Woman

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After marrying Finn, the British ambassador to Mazrooq, Miranda must adjust to the diplomat lifestyle of large homes, staff members, and bodyguards. Her former artist life left little room for comfort and luxury, as she took risks in teaching Muslim women to paint and draw. Just as she starts to feel comfortable with her role as the ambassador’s wife, Miranda […]

It’s Monday, July 27th. What Are You Reading?


I’m back from a fantastic few days at the beach and (believe it or not!) I only overpacked by one book. Being without the internet gave me plenty of time to focus on relaxing and reading, so I was able to finish Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel, The Nakeds by Lisa Glatt, and In […]

Reading in Threes: Family Matters

Family Matters

Are you rolling your eyes because the curating genius in me looped together three books with families? I know, I know…there are families in 98% of fiction, but these three are actually about families. Really. The morning her mother discovers her father’s affair, seven year-old Hannah Teller decides to walk to school on her own, leaving […]

Five Reasons You Should Read The Royal We

the royal we review

  You have a secret (or not-so secret) interest in the royal family I don’t think anyone has tried to deny that the The Royal We‘s central romance is based on that of Prince William and Kate Middleton, so if you can’t help but listen whenever you hear bits about the couple—or their siblings—this is for you. You can’t get […]

It’s Monday, July 20th. What Are You Reading?


  So, maybe lying a little bit, because I’m not actually here right now. It’s really Sunday and I’m getting myself together to head to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, so by the time you read this I’ll either be in the car with a cranky dog or plunked in the sun on the beach. I haven’t […]

Why I Didn’t Finish Ernest Cline’s Armada

Armada Ernest Cline

  I loved Ready Player One. I’m not a super-gamer, but the pop culture junkie in me couldn’t resist the lure of following Wade from clue to clue in an attempt to solve the puzzle at the novel’s core. The book was rompy and creative and fun—everything I failed to find in Armada. Even without the puzzle framework, I […]