July Reads 2022

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Twelve books this month. Nothing on my reading lists, just went where my heart took me. Let’s get into it.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
This book had so much potential. Everything set in the past was great and it should have been about that and only that. I would be delighted to know what happened to Nella and Eliza.
Caroline was the worst – well, no, her dumb husband was – but she was a close second. I find it hard to believe they’d been married ten years and she just now found out he was a prick.
A book about only historical events would have been much more enjoyable.

Here After by Sean Costello
I couldn’t guess what was going to happen at any point in time. I was crying from page one and utterly shocked by the ending. And I loved every minute.
I struggled with the phantom child, psychic visions aspects of the story. They had their place, of course, but I feel like it could have been stronger without.
A great, heart wrenching book.

Journaling your Writing Dreams to Life by Jennifer Blanchard
A quick read with LOA ideals. Didn’t say anything I hadn’t read before on the practice, but she included a few specific journal prompts that I’ll use. I also appreciated that she said you have to put in work to achieve your goals. You can’t just wish it into existence. Can’t be a best-selling author if you’ve never written a book. An enjoyable read.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
I like this book enough. It was very drug out and I feel like the next one better be phenomenal or I might give up on the series.
There’s a lot going on that I’m not sure if she can explain it in the end. Not to mention all the stuff they messed with in the past. I’m not sure how she’s going to pull this off. But I’ll give the next one a shot and see where it goes.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Probably my favorite Grady Hendrix book now.
I loved the details and the realistic nature of teenage girls. Abby struggled to help Gretchen and never gave up on her, no matter the odds. That’s a true friend.
The ending hit me right in the feels too. A fantastic read.

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc
I have a love/hate mindset right now. This book was so incredibly creepy. All the little details really had me going. And I was desperate to get to the end for the reveal of what was happening.
But then there was no revelation. It just ended. I’m so disappointed. It really had me going there.

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
A little meh. Didn’t have any new or exciting insights and I skimmed a lot.
Overall, just okay. Maybe if I’d read it years ago, it would be more helpful. But it added nothing to my knowledge.

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
The book was inspirational, and it had a lot of tips on time management. I also enjoyed the push towards enjoying life now and not waiting for retirement.
But. Not everyone works in a setting that can become WFH. So, a lot of that was wasted on me.
I had some good takeaways, but probably could have skimmed it.

Blogging 105 by John Kremer
A very long list of blogging topics for writers. Got a little repetitive. Probably could have added some more insights in between instead of being a list made into a book. But I’m grateful for the resource.

Ask for Andrea by Noelle W. Ihli
A very gripping tale with a new twist on haunting.
I was up most of the night because I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished reading. I had to know how it ended.
I felt genuine terror at the end for the wife and little girls. That ending was impeccable.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
This second book in the series was a little slower paced, but the danger was still very present. Plus, the description and characters pulled me through to the end and amazing climax.
Vin made a few questionable decisions, as always. She was easily manipulated by Zane, but we can forgive her. She came to her senses in the end.
I loved Oreseur in this one. His relationship with Vin was beautiful. And I hope he comes back in the next book.

Intuitive Editing by Tiffany Yates Martin
A very thorough and practical book on self-editing. She poses great questions and gives expert advice on how to break down the process in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Will keep this one handy for future reference.

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