Reading Round-Up: July Edition

I’m pleased to say that I was able to read a variety of genres in July, and the three books I’m reading now, which will be in next month’s Reading Round-Up, just add to that diversity. Even though a couple of the books are out my preferred genres, I’m glad I read them. Which leads me to ask: how often do you deviate from the genres you most enjoy? Do you think it’s important to do that or not?

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

First up was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is one of those outside-my-normal-comfort-zone books, and wow. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. The book was a selection for my book club (which I actually forgot to attend), and I’m so sorry I missed the discussion, because I had really looked forward to it. Read my review here and please ignore the typos. 🙂

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The Man from the Train: Discovering America's Most Elusive Serial Killer

I was really excited to read The Man from the Train by Bill James. Here’s the premise: there was a serial killer stalking families that were living near railroads across the United States in the early twentieth century. The author, a well-known baseball statistician, makes the tantalizing claim that he knows who the killer was. This book presents the evidence in support of and against his theory. I thought this was going to be a fascinating book leading to a dramatic unveiling of the killer. Parts of it were fascinating, yes, but the unveiling of the killer wasn’t as climactic as I thought it would be. In the end, I gave this book 3 stars because of the way it was presented, the author’s use of language, and a “subplot” that added nothing to the book. Read my review here

Please note that I had to think long and hard about whether to include this book in my post. My policy is to post a review of any book that I would rate 3 or more stars, so I included this in keeping with that policy. As many of you know, I almost always love the books I read. I was disappointed in this one, but that doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t love it. Indeed, this book has plenty of 5-star reviews online.

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The Crown for Castlewood Manor (My American Almost-Royal Cousin Series Book 1)

Moving right along, next I read The Crown for Castlewood Manor, the first book in the My American Almost-Royal Cousin series by Veronica Cline Barton. What a treat! If you like cozy mysteries set in the English countryside with manor drama, murder, and parties fit for royalty, you’ll love this book. Check out my 5-star review here.

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The Silver Dollar Connetion: A Sandi Webster Mystery (The Sandi Webster Mysteries Book 13) by [Marja McGraw]

Last, but certainly not least, I read The Silver Dollar Connection by Marja McGraw. As I’ve noted before, Marja McGraw is on my auto-buy list because I love everything she writes, and this book didn’t disappoint. It’s the latest installment of the Sandi Webster mysteries, and in this one Sandi and her husband, Pete, are asked to help an older PI (Rocky) who has some serious family issues going on. His estranged son is being threatened and doesn’t even know it, and things are about to take a turn for the worse. But it’s not just a mystery you’ll find in this book. You’ll also find characters who are dealing with friendship, mental health issues (including PTSD), aging, and isolation. You’ll find my review here.

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That’s my list for this month. Care to share what you’ve been reading?

Until next time,

Amy

 

19 comments on “Reading Round-Up: July Edition

  1. dgkaye says:

    I enjoy your reviews Amy. I’ve looked at the book. The Hate U Give before. I’m going to add it. 🙂 xx

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  2. I am sure I read another disappointed review of The Man from the Train. It may have been on Mae Clair’s blog. I will leave that one, Amy. Have a lovely evening.

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  3. CarolCooks2 says:

    I always find something here which piques my interest., Amy…Beloved does that…Like you, Amy I try(sometimes) to read a book outside of my normal genres…:)

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  4. Pat Wahler says:

    I just finished Beloved, which was a tough, but valuable read. Now I feel the need for something much lighter. I may have to take a look at your recommendations.

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    • amreade says:

      If you’re looking for something light, stay away from The Hate U Give! Read that one after you’ve read something light. I need to read Beloved. It’s been on my TBR forever.

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  5. I’ve been wanting to read The Hate U Give, which is also not something I’d normally pick up. Your review has spurred me on. A great month of reading, Amy. 🙂

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  6. Marja McGraw is on my Must Read list too. I love her Sandi Webster mysteries!

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  7. jenanita01 says:

    I haven’t been able to read much lately… I try but my brain refuses! So glad it’s not universal and that you are having no difficulty!

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