Favorite Books of July 2018

It’s been such a fun week for me!

My brother and I went to the Panic! at the Disco concert on Wednesday (seriously was the best concert I’ve ever been to) and then last night I had a fun karaoke night with some friends and the hubs.

Anyway, that is kind of my reason for not posting this yesterday as I originally intended. 😛 Pretty good reason, right?

July was a fantastic reading month for me. I read a total of 19 books last month – which is a record high for me this year! Of those 19, I had seven 5-star reads!

Here are my favorite reads from July 2018

November 9 A Novel By Colleen Hoover

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

 

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

 

Pucked Love (Pucked #7) by Helena Hunting 

As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date.

Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty.

I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I’ve let her set the rules in our relationship.

But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her.

We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.

The FINAL standalone novel in The Pucked Series.

 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

 

Full Tilt (Full Tilt #1) and All in (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott 

“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

 

Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga #3) by Mary Balogh 

Meet the Bedwyns…six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality.

Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she.

Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society ladies. From feisty manner to long, tumbling hair, Lady Freyja is pure fire, a woman who seeks both adventure and freedom.

Adventure soon finds her on a visit to Bath, when a handsome stranger bursts into Freyja’s room and entreats her to hide him. His name is Joshua Moore, Marquess of Hallmere, a man with a hell-raising reputation of his own who is quickly intrigued by the independent beauty. So intrigued, in fact, that he makes her a surprising request: to pose as his fiancée and help thwart his family’s matchmaking schemes. For two people determined to be free, it’s the perfect plan…until passion blindsides them both. For as Joshua sets out to achieve his complete seduction of Freyja, a woman who has sworn off love is in danger of losing the one thing she never expected to give again: her heart…


 

What were your favorite reads from July?

 

 

 

Reading List Wrap-up: July 2018

Reading List Books Read: 5

Key
✘ = Did Not Read
✓ = Read
/ = Currently reading
✂ = Did Not Finish

✓ November 9 A Novel By Colleen Hoover ★★★★★
✓ Twist Dive Bar, Book 2 By Kylie Scott ★★
✓ All Lined Up Rusk University, Book 1 By Cora Carmack ★★★★
✓ How Sweet It Is By: Melissa Brayden ★★★★
✘ Dead of Winter (Aspen Falls #1) by Melissa Pearl
✘ Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
✓ Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber ★★★★★

Full reviews coming soon!


 

Other Books Read: 8

 

King of Wall Street by Louise Bay ★★★
Gemini by Penelope Ward ★★★
Pucked Love (Pucked #7) by Helena Hunting ★★★★★
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang ★★★★★
Full Tilt (Full Tilt #1) by Emma Scott ★★★★★
All In (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott ★★★★★
Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie ★★★★
Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga #3) by Mary Balogh ★★★★★

Full reviews coming soon!


 

Books Reread: 6

Born, Darkly (Darkly, Madly Duet #1) by Trisha Wolfe
Born, Madly (Darkly, Madly Duet #2) by Trisha Wolfe
Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting
Pucked Off (Pucked #6) by Helena Hunting
Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas


 

Totals

Total Books Read in July: 19

Total Audiobooks Read: 18

Total Physical Books Read: 0

Total eBooks Read: 1

Goodreads Goal:
80 Books Total for 2018
7 Books Behind Schedule


How was your reading month?

 

 

Book Haul: July 2018

You guys… I’m going to see Panic at the Disco tonight!! Eeeek! I’m so excited. I’ve been a fan for 10+ years and this will be my first time seeing them live. I CANNOT WAIT!

In the meantime, let’s take a look at the books I got this month!


Here are the books I hauled this month

Covers link to Goodreads.

 

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Recently Added to My TBR (July 2018)

I’m just settling in from a Date Day with my youngest daughter, Violet (3yo). Her sister has been at my parents house for a couple days and my husband was gone for the day, so I took advantage of the opportunity to have some fun, just her and I.

We went bowling, played in the arcade, went out to lunch, got some FroYo, went to the library, then came home and promptly took a nap. I actually slept, too! Which is rare. Usually, I can’t turn my brain off and use the opportunity to get some stuff done, but I passed right out.

Anyway, this is a fairly new feature I’ve added to the blog last month where I show you all the books that I’ve added to my TBR! (As if the thing isn’t long enough.

Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added. Titles link to Goodreads.)

TBH I’m not sure why I added Dr. Strange Beard to my TBR when I haven’t even read the first book, but I’m sure I’ll love the series, so I’m not mad about it. After recently reading my first Tammara Webber and enjoying it, I decided to check out some of her other books and Between the Lines looked really good. I actually only recently realized, after reading Legendary, that the third book in the trilogy had a title! As for Toil and Trouble, I mean, the cover is freaking gorgeous and the topic is exciting!

 

 


I read the first part of Jake Undone at the end of Gemini, and it got me hooked enough to add it to my TBR (even though Penelope Ward books have either been complete misses for me or just OK).


Most of these books and some of the ones below were added to my TBR after reading this post by Book Twins Reviews!


I’m actually surprised that To Kill a Kingdom wasn’t already on my TBR!

 


After finally reading The Kiss Quotient, I added Helen Hoang’s other book! The last three are books that I found at my local library’s little used book store. They’re a Persephone retelling!


Have you read any of these books? What have you added to you TBR this month?

 

 

 

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy Book 1
Synopsis:
Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours, but still. Normal.Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. GOODREADS

Review

I was practically drinking the words with my eyes with this book!

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Love Hacked (Knitting in the City #3) by Penny Reid

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra–near desperation and maybe a little tipsy–gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

GOODREADS

Review

After reading King of Code by CD Reiss, I wasn’t sure anyone else could pull off what I’ve deemed as Hot Hackers like she could, but Penny certainly did!

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Meet My Book Boyfriend: Alex Waters

Welcome to a new series where I’ll be introducing you to one of my (many) book boyfriends.

 

Introducing… Alex Waters from Pucked by Helena Hunting

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Alex Waters is the quirky, yet confident, sweet, somewhat awkward hockey player featured in the first book of the Pucked series by Helena Hunting.

 

Why I Love Alex

Alex was so unlike the stereotypical manwhore Alpha Male you’d typically see in a sports romance. He’s talented and comfortable in his own skin, but he’s also extremely down to earth and just awkward enough to be adorable… especially when he falls in love.

And like any great book boyfriend, he loves fiercely.

But, the thing I think I love the most about Alex is his odd relationship with Violet and how he totally gets her despite her eccentricities.

Alex is aggressive and demanding on the ice, but in person he’s sweet and funny. He’s the perfect balance of different things while still being completely believable.

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My favorite Alex Quotes

I sleep best when my head is resting on your delicate pillows of love.

I want to get to know you better. Because I want you to see for yourself I’m not the kind of guy you think I am.

I can’t wait to have my mouth on you again. I’m gonna eat you like I’m on death row and you’re my last goddamned meal.

I’m going to pretend you didn’t say any of that shit about Canada being an extension of the US, Violet. I know you don’t mean that.

The Siren by Kiera Cass {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass

Synopsis:
“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”
The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

GOODREADS

 

Review

I enjoyed this story!

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