August Reading Challenge – The Halfway Mark

It’s almost halfway through August and I realized yesterday that I hadn’t posted my August Reading Challenge. I have an ambitious list this month that includes a lot of my favorite genre, cozy mysteries. Most of these are NetGalley books I’m set to review (I’ve got some serious catching up to do, but it’s so hard not to just click request on one more book, then another…). So, starting at the top:

Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman

Just finished this book a few days ago about a Parisienne woman who becomes an American citizen after WWII along with her daughter. She’s got secrets and has to reconcile them to move on with life.

Can’t wait to share about it next month!

Courtesy of NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin

Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

I just downloaded this ebook from the library yesterday after watching a book tour talk with the author about her latest Jane Austen inspired book Recipe For Persuasion. I’m a completist, so I’m starting with the first book in the series.

Peachy Scream by Anna Gerard

The first of several cozy mysteries this month, this one set in Georgia, where an actor at the local Shakespeare Festival is murdered. Should be a juicy one (see what I did there? Huh? Ok, never mind. Mom joke.)

Courtesy of NetGalley

One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak

This is the perfect summer read, but I just keep getting distracted by shiny new ebooks. But it sits on my nightstand as my “daytime read” about three women who discover they’re sisters and meet at a Lake Tahoe vacation home to discover their history and their next steps.

The Waffle House on the Pier by Tilly Tennant

This summer read centers around Sadie, who moves home to Sea Salt Bay to help run her grandparents’ waffle house after her grandfather dies. Will she find love with newcomer, Luke?

Courtesy of NetGalley

A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlynn Dunnett

This cozy mystery centers around Mikki, who is seen arguing with a deceptive developer shortly before he’s found murdered at the demolition site of Catskill Resort Hotel. Mikki is a book editor who must uncover the truth before she ends up locked up.

Courtesy of NetGalley

Tea and Treachery by Vicki Delany

This first book in the Tea By the Sea Mystery series centers around the owner of a traditional English tea room whose grandmother is accused of murdering a developer who had been trying to rezone nearby land for a golf course that would have driven them out of business. Lily must get to the bottom of things before it gets too sticky.

Courtesy of NetGalley

From Beer To Eternity by Sherry Harris

The final cozy mystery for this month is the first in the Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon mysteries series. Chloe moves to Emerald Cove, Florida after she promises to help her late friend’s grandmother run the Sea Glass Saloon. Soon, grandma Vivi is in hot water after a cranky regular is found dead. Chloe must find out the truth before Vivi is served up in court.

Courtesy of NetGalley

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

I’m reading this book (and Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors) as part of the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club’s Austen in August selections. I love all things Jane Austen, and this book is set just after WWII in the English village of Clawton, where Austen’s final home is. A group that forms The Jane Austen Society must come together to save Austen’s crumbling home and her legacy while dealing with loss and trauma of their own as a result of the war. Austen’s writings affect each character and, in this quiet story, redemption is possible.

So, there ya have it. Nine books in one month, with only half the month left to read. I’ve got some down time through the weekend, so I’m going to try to get through three or four by Sunday. That’ll only leave four or five for the two weeks after this. The cozy books are usually pretty quick reads, so hopefully that will speed things along. Hoping I can get through my entire list this month. That would be a feat for me. And, I would catch up (mostly) on my NetGalley reads.

July Challenge Results

I originally set out to read Rodham, Hello, Summer, One Perfect Summer, Summer by the Tides, Nacho Average Murder, and Peachy Scream. I set aside Rodham for the murder mystery The Guest List. I finished that, along with Hello, Summer, Summer by the Tides, and Nacho Average Murder. One Perfect Summer is in progress Peachy Scream is on this month’s list. Four out of six isn’t too bad.

What are you reading this month? Still working on those summer reads or are you moving on to something else? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

–Amy

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