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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 20 August 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

I should not be surprised that using my free time to read instead of waste time online would improve my reading. That and being sick in bed over the weekend helped too. For the first time in a long time, I actually feel like I am making progress although I still have a long way to go.


The Dying of the Light by Robert Goolrick The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen The Romanov Empress by C. W. Gortner

I do love Robert Goolrick’s writing style and his ability to create pictures with words. His newest novel may not be the best example of his storytelling ability, I was sufficiently charmed by his characters and the setting to thoroughly enjoy it.

Lauren James’ latest novel is quite literally unputdownable. I started it late Tuesday night, read a little at lunch on Wednesday, settled into it after work on Wednesday and did not get up until I was done. Intense, emotional, scary – it was a fun read that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The Kate Christensen novel is an interesting one. Slow to get started, the tension picks up about halfway through and never stops. The captive setting allows you to get to know the characters and all their foibles. The ending though is neither what I expected nor what I want in an ending of a novel. I am going to have to spend some more time thinking about this one.

The new C. W. Gortner novel about Nicholas II’s mother is absolutely fabulous. As always, the attention to detail is stunning, but it is the historical figures in which the story truly shines. He brings the last three Romanov czars back to life and allows us to see a different viewpoint of the fall of imperial Russia. I loved every minute of it.




Eden by Andrea Kleine The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight The World of All Souls by Deborah Harkness


Changeless by Gail Carriger


July Review Copies:

The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage Contagion by Erin Bowman Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

August Review Copies:

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood Nine by Zach Hines These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil Temper by Nicky Drayden The Kill Jar by J. Reuben Appelman Vox by Christina Dalcher Playing to the Gods by Peter Rader Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

So, what are you reading?

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