Sunday, July 31, 2016

July in Review and Some New Books


Not sure what I've got but there is nothing worst than a summer fever and body aches in the middle of a 5 day heat wave. I've been feeling under the weather since Thursday evening and yesterday I finally took my temp  yesterday and it was 100.7.  After a 4 hour mid day nap the fever seemed to break. I showered and was feeling better but, then went to bed again with more chills and, I tossed and turned all night, hopefully this virus will go away soon (no fever right now).  

July was a fairly good book for reading. I really enjoyed most of my selections.

  1. Lily and the Octopus; Steven Rowley - 4/5 (eGalley) (July)
  2. Vinegar Girl; Anne Tyler - 3.5/5 stars (audio) (July)
  3. In a Dark Dark Wood; Ruth Ware - 4/5 (library) (July)
  4. Ink and Bone; Lisa Unger - 4/5 (eGalley) (July)
  5. Tuesday Nights in 1980; Molly Prentiss - 4/5 (arc) (July)
  6. Before the Fall; Noah Hawley - 4.5/5 (eGalley & audio) (July)
  7. The Dogs of Littlefield; Suzanne Berne - 4/5 (eGalley & Audio) (July)
  8. Grief is a Thing With Feathers; Max Porter - 3.5/5 (eGalley) (July)
  9. Wilde Lake; Laura Lippman - 3/5 (audio) (July)
  10. The Good American; Alex George - 4.5/5 (library/bookgroup) (July)
New Books by Mail

Hope everyone has a great day and a wonderful August.

36 comments:

  1. Ugh, so sorry you're sick. I got Commonwealth yesterday and did a little happy dance when I opened the package.

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I'm looking forward to Commonwealth as well.

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  2. I hope you feel better soon! I'm interested to read Commonwealth and Mercury, also Vinegar Girl, which seems to be getting mixed reviews. It sounds like you liked Before the Fall, I was wondering if that would live up to the hype.

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    1. Thanks so much. I did enjoy Before the Fall an awful lot even though the ending was disappointing for me.

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  3. Boo! I hate summer colds/flu. I had one in late June and in spite of my efforts to win the battle quickly with Zicam, it hung around for almost 2 weeks. My granddaughter caught it while we were in Oregon, but she got over hers in a mere 3 days! I do hope you start to feel better soon. Fevers and a heat wave are a terrible combination.

    You had quite a month of reading, didn't you?! I have Lily and the Octopus on my shelf, so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. And as we chatted before, you enjoyed Before the Fall a bit more than I did. Still, not a bad read.

    I'm eager to read Commonwealth, which I snagged at work last week. I now have two ARCs of Patchett's on my shelf! State of Wonder and Commonwealth. :)

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    1. Thanks Les, I had another nice nap today - It's nice not to feel guilty about napping:)

      I really enjoyed State of Wonder and always look forward to a new Patchett book. Have a great week.

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  4. Oh no! Sorry you're sick and I'm not sure there's much worse than having a fever when it's so hot outside. You did get some fantastic reading done this month! I'm about to start Before the Fall and am really looking forward to that. Have a great week and feel better soon!

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    1. Katherine, I do hope you enjoy Before the Fall and look forward to reading your review. Thanks for the well wishes.

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  5. Oooh - I'm so excited for the new Koch and Patchett! And great reading month - it's so nice to enjoy most everything you read in a month!

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    1. Sarah, those are 2 books I'm most looking forward to -- well 3 - Mercury as well.

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  6. Sorry you're sick, and in the heat to boot! Hope you bounce back quickly and enjoy your new reads. I read Ink & Bone and In a Dark, Dark Wood and enjoyed both.

    I look forward to sometime picking up Vinegar Girl and Commonwealth, as I enjoy both of these author's books. Take care.

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    1. Glad u enjoyed Ink & Bone and In a Dark Dark Wood as well. Have a great August Rita and thanks for the well wishes.

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  7. How wonderful that you received the new Patchett and Koch books! I, too, received Magical Jungle which I love. I hope you feel better spins, perhaps coloring will be the ticket?

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    1. Magical Jungle looks marvelous, can't wait to try this one (new pencils have been purchased)

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  8. I'm sorry you're so under the weather. I haven't had strep throat since middle school (despite a coworker I am close to getting it no less than three times a school year) and I chalk it up to the fact that I had every strain of strep once school got out each year. Once the end of May approached, I always got strep. I hope you get some rest and feel better!

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    1. Ugh, I agree being sick is miserable. Glad your strep bouts have lessened.

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  9. We hope the all better finds you soon! That's an impressive list, but it's hard to believe that July is over.

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  10. Sorry to hear you are sick. Feel better soon!

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    1. Thanks Kaimana, I'm getting cabin fever - 4 days in the house but starting to feel much better today.

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  11. Sorry you've been sick... it's awful to be feeling under the weather this time of year. Lucky you to get a copy of Commonwealth. I can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks JoAnn, I'm a long time Patchett fan so looking forward to that one. Hope to leave the house tomorrow finally.

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  12. I'm sorry to hear you are not well. I hope it breaks soon. The Commonwealth seems to be getting a lot of attention. I hope you enjoy all of your new books.

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    1. Thank you Pat, I do like Patchett. I hope you have a nice August.

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  13. Oh I hope you feel better soon! Nothing worse than a fever in the middle of hot weather. The weather's just been brutal. Glad your reading in July was great!

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    1. Thank you. I am starting to feel much better finally and will venture out to bank and library tomorrow,

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  14. Sorry to hear you've been unwell - I hope you feel better soon!

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  15. Diane,
    Not to be an alarmist, but do, no matter what, get a Lyme test. (Actually there are two to get.) We can pick them up now even when walking across a well-clipped lawn. I hope you're feeling better very soon!

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    1. I have tested positive for Lyme disease about 8 years ago but, took the heavy doses of antibiotics and haven't had any problems since. Thank goodness no more fever and a bit peppier today.

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  16. Feel better soon. I hope you can read at least. So many great novels this summer and fall. Isn't it great?

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  17. Thanks Judy, I actually went to the library, bank & market today so I am better; thanks

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  18. Hope you are feeling much better now Diane!
    Looks like you had a great reading month and what a great book haul too!

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