Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July Readin' Roundup

I don't know if July passed by slowly, or if I was reading a lot faster because of all the great books I read this month, but I read twice as many books as I normally do each month.   From YA and thrillers, along with audio books and my introduction to a few new authors this month.  July was filled with great reads.  Here are the books I read in July along with my brief synopsis of each.  Click on any book cover to purchase the book.  Click on the title, to see my full review!!  Happy Readin'!!

The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Heather Mulgrew is on a summer trip with two of her closest friends from college. They have just graduated from Amherst College and Heather has a job waiting for her at Bank of America in New York City. This trip is exactly what they need before beginning the rest of their lives. On the train to Amsterdam she meets Jack and from that moment forward, her life will never be the same. Jack has a freedom that Heather has never experienced and together they build a great friendship that quickly turns to so much more.

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One Folgate Street is very unique. It is a minimalist designed apartment that is completely white and sterile. There have been very few residents at this address, the questionnaire alone is enough to turn most away, but Emma and Jane aren't like most women. They have both experienced a kind of trauma in their lives and see One Folgate Street as a way to make a fresh new start. When they each begin to experience things with the house, "glitches" it's enough to scare them. But with such an airtight contract with demanding rules, will they be able to leave this house or will it keep them trapped forever.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Billie Flanagan is an exciting woman. She lives for the moment. On the other hand, her husband, Jonathan, and her daughter, Olive, are a little more reserved. When Billie goes missing after a hike in Desolation Wilderness, her family is sure she is dead, but when Olive starts to have visions of her mother, she is unsure. Together, Jonathan and Olive embark on a quest to find Billie, and in the process discover secrets she kept and a bit about themselves as well.

Two From the Heart by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is divided into two short stories. The first is about Anne McWilliams. She lives on the beach in North Carolina, where she has lived for the past few years following a divorce from her husband. She is an old school photographer, so when a hurricane moves through and takes out half of her house that includes her darkroom, she is beyond devastated. Instead of dealing with the mess, she decides to travel the country and take new pictures and hear the stories of the people that go with those stories. How will this journey change the rest of her life?

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Imagine if you could take a pill and forget a traumatic event in your life. Sounds great right? But what happens when you still feel the emotions tied to that event? And how do you deal with those emotions when you're not even sure why you have them. Months after Jenny Kramer is raped at a party, she starts to see Dr. Alan Forrester to help her deal with the emotions of the trauma. All Is Not Forgotten is told from the Doctor's perspective as he treats Jenny and her family.

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Cass is on her way home from an after work party in a storm. Her husband warned her about taking the shortcut as it could be very dangerous especially during a storm. When she sees a woman parked on the side of the road, she has to stop. But when the woman doesn't signal for her to help, Cass continues on the way home. The next day, she discovers that the woman has actually been murdered and this causes her to go into panic mode. When she finds out that she actually knows the woman, Cass is riddled with guilt. We follow Cass's story from July and the time of the murder to October when the murderer is caught. Cass's life takes a traumatic turn during these months and the story is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Monday through Friday for most people is like Groundhog Day. You leave home at the same time every day, take the same route to work and then do the same thing on the way back home. Zoe Walker is on such a commute when she spots a picture in an advertisement that looks a lot like her. Her family can't believe it's her, but when more women appear in the same advertisement, then she is convinced she is correct. Officer Kelly Swift is the first to hear from Zoe and the pictures in the paper. She makes the connection between other pictures in the paper and crimes against women that have happened in the area. Will Kelly be able to find out who is behind the ads before it's too late?

Solo by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Blade Morrison has reached a pivotal point in his life. He's graduating from high school, about to turn eighteen and has his whole life in front of him But with a famous father who is always in the media and a girlfriend whose parents can't stand you, it's hard to find your place. When Blade discovers something about his past, it will change his future forever. Set on two continents, inspired by rock and roll, and written in poetic verse Solo is one of the best books I have read this year.

What great books did you read in July?  Comment below!