MONTHLY WRAP-UP AT YEAR’S END…

Here we are at the end of 2018, and it’s time to take a peek at how the final month ended.   Visit Book Date to check out other monthly wrap-ups.

FAVORITE DECEMBER READ:

Genres:

     Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense – 5

     Contemporary Fiction – 3

     Nonfiction – 2

     Literary Fiction – 2

 

Click titles to read my reviews:

DECEMBER 2018:

1.Adults, The (e-book), by Caroline Hulse – (352 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 12/24/18

2.Affliction, The (e-book), by Beth Gutcheon – (368 pages) – (mystery) – 12/27/18

3.After Nightfall (e-book), by A. J. Banner – (261 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 12/2/18

4.An Anonymous Girl (e-book), by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – (384 pages) – (Psychological suspense) – 12/8/18 – (NG-1/8/19)

5.Emily, Alone (e-book), by Stewart O’Nan – (272 pages) – (literary fiction) – 12/29/18

6.Fabulous Bouvier Sisters, The (e-book), by Kashner & Schoenberger – (295 pages) – (memoir) – 12/14/15 – (Library Book)

7.Gone So Long (e-book), by Andre Dubus III – (460 pages) – (literary fiction) – 12/22/18

8.I’ve Got My Eyes on You (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark – (257 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 12/3/18 – (Library Book)

9.Perfect Liar, The (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene – (288 pages) – (domestic thriller) 12/15/18 – (NG-1/15/19)

10.Sophie Last Seen (e-book), by Marlene Adelstein – (308 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 12/31/18 – (Author Review Request)

11.Tell Me Lies (e-book), by Carola Lovering – (375 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 12/13/18

12.What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton – (513 pages) – (memoir) – 12/5/18

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER 2018:    12

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN DECEMBER 2018:  4,133 pages

BOOKS READ YTD:   147

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How did your month unfold?

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WRAPPING UP AUGUST

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August seemed to fly by…literally.  But the month brought so many wonderful books to read and review, that I had a difficult time picking only one favorite.  Sometimes I present a tie, but this month, I would have had to choose three or four favorites.  Or even more.

I’m linking up with Kathryn at Book Date.  Check in with a few other bloggers to see what they enjoyed in August.  And have a fabulous September!

My titles (below) link to my reviews:

 

AUGUST 2016:

1. Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by B. A. Paris – 293 pages – (thriller/suspense) – 8/24/16

2. Blood Defense (e-book), by Marcia Clark – 389 pages – (legal thriller) – 8/10/16

3.  Book That Matters Most, The (e-book), by Ann Hood – 358 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/27/16

4. Couple Next Door, The (e-book), by Shari Lapena – 325 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/13/16 – (NetGalley – 8/23)

5.  Excellent Lombards, The (e-book), by Jane Hamilton – 274 pages- (coming-of-age) – 8/23/16

6.  Girls of August, The (e-book), by Anne Rivers Siddons – 222 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/28/16

7. Girl You Lost, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft – 318 pages – (thriller) – 8/3/16

8.  Leave Me (e-book), by Gayle Forman – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/29/16 – (NetGalley – 9/6)

9. Melody Lingers On, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark – 273 pages – (thriller) – 8/2/16

10. Mystic Summer (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon – 304 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/19/16

11. Siracusa (e-book), by Delia Ephron – 285 pages – (literary fiction) – 8/18/16

12. Truly Madly Guilty (e-book), by Liane Moriarty – 416 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/12/16

13. Truth-Teller’s Lie, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah – 363 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/15/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN AUGUST 2016:     13

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN AUGUST 2016:     4,172

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                          108

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN AUGUST 2016: Leave Me, by Gayle Forman

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: GOODBYE TO MAY!

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It is that time again!  The end of a month that seems to have flown by, but which brought a number of engaging books to read and review.  Click my titles to see my reviews.

Join Kathryn, at Book Date, in linking up to see what others are sharing in their monthly wrap-ups.

My total was lower than last month’s, but I still feel as though I had a good month.  I had a nice mix of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, psychological thrillers, and literary fiction.  A good month.

What did yours look like? 

 

 

MAY 2016:

1.  Better Off Without Him (e-book), by Dee Ernst – 348 pages – (contemporary romance) – 5/27/16

2.   Born with Teeth:  A Memoir, by Kate Mulgrew – 302 pages – (nonfiction) – 5/23/16

3.   Breakdown (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman – 350 pages – (murder mystery) – 5/26/16

4.  Children, The (e-book), by Ann Leary – 256 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/11/16 – (NetGalley – 5/24)

5. Don’t You Cry (e-book), by Mary Kubica – 384 pages – (psychological thriller) – 5/4/17 (NetGalley – 5/17)

6.  Girls in the Garden, The (e-book), by Lisa Jewell – 432 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/29/16 (NetGalley – 6/7)

7.   Ink and Bone (e-book), by Lisa Unger – 352 pages – (thriller) – 5/31/16 – (NetGalley – 6/7)

8.  Lies & Other Acts of Love (e-book), Kristy Woodson Harvey – 322 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/1/16

9.   My Name Is Lucy Barton (e-book), by Elizabeth Strout – 209 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/10/16

10.  Other Typist, The (e-book), by Suzanne Rindell – 354 pages – (psychological thriller) – 5/16/16

11.   Ramblers, The (e-book), by Aidan Donnelley Rowley – 385 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/20/16

12 . What We Find (e-book), by Robyn Carr – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/9/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MAY 2016:     12

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MAY 2016:    4,046

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                       71

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN MAY 2016:   Don’t You Cry, by Mary Kubica

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WHEW! WHERE DID APRIL GO? — A WRAP-UP

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A busy and seemingly short month, April was so full of good reads that I had a hard time picking a favorite.  So I had a tie between two favorites.  Click my titles to read my reviews.

What did your month look like?  Join Kathryn, at Book Date, to add your link and share with us all.

 

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APRIL 2016:

1.    A Fatal Grace (e-book, Book 2), by Louise Penny – 311 pages – (mystery) – 4/18/16

2.   Buried in a Bog (e-book), by Sheila Connolly – 293 pages – (cozy mystery) – 4/26/16

3.   Domestic Secrets (e-book), by Rosalind Noonan – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/7/16

4.  Dream of the Blue Room (e-book), by Michelle Richmond – 296 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/11/16

5.  Garden Spells (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen – 289 pages – (contemporary/fantasy fiction) – 4/2/16

6.  June, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore – 379 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/22/16 – (Amazon Vine)

7.   Lila (e-book), by Marilynne Robinson- 262 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/15/16

8.   Most Wanted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – 448 pages – (mystery/family) – 4/3/16 – (NetGalley – 4/12)

9.   Mother Knows Best, by Karen MacInerney – 293 pages – (cozy mystery) – 4/21/16 – (Amazon Vine)

10. Nest, The (e-book), by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – 345 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/5/16

11. North of Here (e-book), by Laurel Saville – 257 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/13/16

12.  Obsession, The (e-book), by Nora Roberts – 453 pages – (romantic suspense) – 4/24/16

13.  Price of Salt, The (e-book, Carol), by Patricia Highsmith – 250 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/8/16

14.  Terrible Virtue (e-book), by Ellen Feldman – 254 pages – (fictionalized historic literature) – 4/20/16

15.   Three-Martini Lunch, by Suzanne Rindell – 498 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/29/16 – (Amazon Vine)

16. Virgin River (e-book), by Robyn Carr – 430 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/1/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN APRIL 2016:     16

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN APRIL 2016:    5,410

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                       59

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN APRIL 2016:  Tied:  The Obsession; The Nest

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: MARCH IS GONE!

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Wow, how did March slip away so quickly?  I have thoroughly enjoyed the books I read this month, and my number is the same as last month.

Three of my books were review books:  2 from NetGalley, and 1 from Amazon Vine.  I am participating in one challenge, Read the Books You Buy, and my total completed so far is 23 books read & reviewed.

I had a nice mix of thrillers, contemporary fiction, and literary fiction.

Click the titles to see my reviews.  Enjoy April!  And check in over at Book Date, to add your post links to the others.

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MARCH 2016:

1. A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber – 339 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/19/16 (Vine)

2.  A Long Time Gone (e-book), by Karen White – 417 pages – (historical fiction) – 3/12/16

3.  Brooklyn (e-book), by Colm Toibin – 262 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/26/16

4.   Duplicate Keys (e-book), by Jane Smiley – 304 pages – (literary mystery) – 3/20/16

5.  Girl in the Red Coat, The (e-book), by Kate Hamer -322 pages – (suspense thriller) – 3/16/16

6.   If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now (e-book), by Claire LaZebnik – 330 pages – (contemporary fiction)  – 3/28/16

7.  Losing Me (e-book), by Sue Margolis -384 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/3/2016

8.   Miller’s Valley (e-book), by Anna Quindlen – 273 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/18/16 – (NetGalley)

9.   Next Time You See Me, The (e-book), by Holly Goddard Jones – 361 pages – (suspense, psychological thriller) – 3/14/16

10. No One Knows (e-book), by J. T. Ellison – 384 pages – (psychological thriller) – 3/8/16-(NetGalley)

11.  Remember Mia (e-book), by Alexandra Burt – 336 pages – (psychological thriller) – 3/6/16

12. Shadow Year, The (e-book), by Hannah Richell – 416 pages -(historical/contemporary fiction) – 3/4/16

13.  Somewhere Out There (e-book), by Amy Hatvany – 368 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/24/16

14. Under the Influence (e-book), by Joyce Maynard – 336 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/10/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MARCH 2016:     14

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MARCH 2016:     4,832

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                       43

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN MARCH 2016:  Miller’s Valley

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: DECEMBER WAS AMAZING!

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After a somewhat tepid November, my reading seemed to soar this month, with sixteen books read and reviewed.

Even more impressive to me…most of them were engaging. 

Click on the titles to read my reviews.

What did your month look like?  Click on over to The Book Date to link up and check out other people’s wrap-up posts.

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DECEMBER 2015:

1.  A Slight Change of Plan (e-book), by Dee Ernst – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/30/15

2.  All the Stars in the Heavens, by Adriana Trigiani – 442 pages – (historical fiction) – 12/1/15

3.  Angels Burning (e-book), by Tawni O’Dell – 298 pages – (mystery/murder) – 12/7/15 (NetGalley)

4.   Forever, Interrupted (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 322 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/11/15

5.   Guest Room, The (e-book), by Chris Bohjalian – 336 pages – (suspense, murder) – 12/5/15 – (NetGalley)

6.   Here, Home, Hope (e-book), by Kaira Rouda – 303 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/26/15

7.    House of Wonder, by Sarah Healy – 319 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/17/15

8.     In the Mirror (e-book), by Kaira Rouda – 200 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/29/15

9.     Like Family:  Growing up in Other People’s Houses (e-book), by Paula McLain – 260 pages – (memoir) – 12/31/15

10.    November 9 (e-book), by Colleen Hoover – 320 pages – (romantic fiction) – December 22, 2015

11.  Out of Orange (e-book), by Cleary Wolters – 300 pages – (memoir) – 12/19/15

12.  Straight from the Heart (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky – 328 pages – (romance) – 12/28/15

13.  Things We Keep, The (e-book), by Sally Hepworth – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/21/15- (NetGalley)

14.  What She Knew (e-book), by Gilly MacMillan – 496 pages – (psychological thriller) – 12/15/15

15.  Where We Belong (e-book), by Catherine Ryan Hyde – 400 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/10/15

16.   Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore – 273 pages – (nonfiction/memoir) – 12/13/15

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BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER 2015:  16

PAGES READ IN DECEMBER 2015:  5,301 pages

BOOKS READ YTD:  176

FAVORITE FICTION READ IN DECEMBER 2015:  The Guest Room

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NOVEMBER WRAP-UP: CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS

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It is time to say goodbye to November…and with Christmas on the horizon, let’s enjoy our bookish celebration.

I didn’t get many books read this month…my distractions seem to be everywhere.  But I enjoyed some good ones.

Click on my titles to see my reviews.

 

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NOVEMBER 2015:

1.      Admissions, The (e-book), by Meg Mitchell Moore – 299 pages – (contemporary fiction), 11/22/15

2.    After I Do (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 333 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/13/15

3.    All the Houses, by Karen Olsson – 402 pages – (historical fiction) – 11/29/15

4.     Broken Homes & Gardens (e-book), by Rebecca Kelley – 268 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/15/15

5.    Girl with No Past, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft – 299 pages – (psychological thriller) – 11/14/15

6.    Ice Cold (e-book, Rizzoli & Isles), by Tess Gerritsen – 432 pages – (suspense thriller) 11/4/15

7.    Maybe in Another Life (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 332 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/2/15

8.    Perfect Son, The (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White – 369 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/19/15

9.    Snow Angel Cove (e-book), by RaeAnne Thayne – 382 pages – (romance) – 11/27/15

10.  Three Story House (e-book), by Courtney Miller Santo – 416 pages -(historical fiction) – 11/9/15

11.   Truth Be Told (e-book), by Hank Phillippi Ryan – 299 pages – (suspense thriller) – 11/26/15

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: OCTOBER HAS FADED AWAY….

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It’s goodbye time for October, and my reading numbers are the best they’ve been since before my house guests came along!  And what a lot of great books were devoured this month.

Click on the titles to read my reviews.

Enjoy November!

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OCTOBER 2015:

1.   Catching Air, by Sarah Pekkanen – 328 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/16/15

2.    Cop Town (e-book), by Karin Slaughter – 398 pages – (suspense thriller) – 10/31/15

3.   Corrupted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – 432 pages – (legal thriller) – 10/21/15

4.   Forever (e-book), by Judy Blume, 203 pages – (YA Fiction) –  (for Banned Book Week) – 10/3/15

5.  Good Goodbye, The, by Carla Buckley – 342 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/9/15

6.  House of Memories, The (e-book), by Monica McInerney – 472 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/7/15

7.   Lake House, The (e-book), by Kate Morton – 512 pages – (historical fiction) – 10/14/15

8.  Nesting Place, The, by Myquillyn Smith – 189 pages – (Nonfiction) – 10/5/15

9.  Perfect Stranger, The (e-book), by Wendy Corsi Staub – 383 pages – (suspense thriller) – 10/29/15

10. Place We Knew Well, A, by Susan Carol McCarthy – 272 pages – (historical fiction) – 10/27/15

11. Rainy Day Sisters (e-book), by Kate Hewitt – 368 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/4/15

12. Smoke (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie – 370 page – (contemporary fiction) – 10/20/15

13.  Snow Deer & Cocoa Cheer, by Joanne DeMaio – 292 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/19/15

14.   Who Do You Love (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner – 380 pages- (contemporary fiction) – 10/24/15

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BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER 2015:  14

PAGES READ IN OCTOBER 2015:  4,941

BOOKS READ YTD:  149

FAVORITE FICTION READ IN OCTOBER 2015: Smoke and Corrupted

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: GOODBYE TO SEPTEMBER!

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Hello, and welcome to October!  Here’s hoping that we all have a great reading month.  September didn’t start picking up for me until well into the month, so my totals were not as good as last month.

I did have some enjoyable reads, however; click on the titles to read my reviews.

Check in at Kathryn’s The Book Date to see others’ wrap-up posts.

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SEPTEMBER 2015:

1.    All the Summer Girls (e-book), by Meg Donohue – 264 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/14/15

2.    Dance Begins, The (e-book, prequel), by Diane Chamberlain – 47 pages – (historical fiction) – 9/29/15

3.   Driving Lessons (e-book), by Zoe Fishman – 311 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/2/15

4.   Good Neighbor, The (e-book), by Amy Sue Nathan – 272 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/27/15 – (NetGalley)

5.   House of Glass (e-book), by Sophie Littlefield – 287 pages – (thriller/family drama) – 9/26/15

6.   Hurricane Sisters, The (e-book), by Dorothea Benton Frank – 317 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/5/15

7.   In-Between Hour, The – by Barbara Claypole White – 357 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/10/15 (Amazon Vine)

8.   My Salinger Year (e-book), by Joanna Rakoff – 248 pages – (memoir) – 9/18/15

9.   Pretending to Dance (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/24/15 – (NetGalley)

10. Pretty Girls, by Karin Slaughter – 388 pages – (murder mystery/suspense) – 9/21/15 – (Amazon Vine)

11.   Scared Scriptless (e-book), by Alison Sweeney – 304 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/20/15

12.   Spectacular Now, The (e-book), by Tim Tharp – 294 pages – (YA fiction) – 9/29/15

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BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER 2015:  12

PAGES READ IN SEPTEMBER 2015:   3441

BOOKS READ YTD:  135

FAVORITE FICTION READ IN SEPTEMBER 2015: – Pretending to Dance, by Diane Chamberlain

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: SOME FABULOUS READS!

 

Wow!  How could August be over already?  Summer is ending, and it all just flew by.  The good news:  I read more books this month than last.  The not-so-good news: not as many as some previous months.

There were some stunning books on my stack.  Click the titles for my reviews, and tell me about your month.

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AUGUST 2015:

1.  Apple & Rain (e-book), by Sarah Crossan – 329 pages – (coming-of-age fiction) – 8/12/15

2.  At Risk (e-book), by Alice Hoffman – 274 pages – (historical fiction) – 8/8/15

3.  A Window Opens (e-book), by Elisabeth Egan – 384 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/4/15 (NetGalley)

4.  Before the Storm (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – 437 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/31/15

5.   Cold Spring Harbor (e-book), by Richard Yates – 178 pages – (literary fiction) – 8/17/15

6.   Friday on My Mind, by Nicci French – 375 pages – (suspense thriller/mystery) – 8/10/15

7.   In the Unlikely Event (e-book), by Judy Blume – 397 pages – (historical fiction) – 8/30/15

8.  Lost Lake (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen – 294 pages – (fantasy/contemporary fiction) – 8/7/15.

9.   Mistake I Made, The (e-book), by Paula Daly – 368 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/24/15- (NetGalley)

10. My Real Children (e-book), by Jo Walton – 320 pages – (historical fiction) – 8/22/15

11. One Moment, One Morning (e-book), by Sarah Rayner – 416 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/26/15

12.  Summer Girls, The (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe – 380 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/20/15

13.  We Never Asked for Wings, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – 294 – (literary fiction) – 8/15/15 (Amazon Vine)

14.  X (Kinsey Millhone #24) (e-book), by Sue Grafton – 416 pages – (suspense/mystery) – 8/14/15 (NetGalley)

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BOOKS READ IN AUGUST 2015:  14

PAGES READ IN AUGUST 2015:   4,862

BOOKS READ YTD:  123

FAVORITE FICTION READ IN AUGUST –  Tied:   The Mistake I Made & The Summer Girls

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