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Month in Review: July

July was not a good month for reading here at My Book Retreat. I did almost get caught up on reviews, so that's good. But reading took a back seat to many other activities. I'm hoping that changes in August, although I don't think I've picked up a book yet! That's not a good way to start the month. You would think summer would be the time to read more, but for me, it's a busier time with lots of family time and travel. That takes me away from reading.

BOOKS READ IN JULY: 3
REVIEWS PUBLISHED IN JULY: 4

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - reviewed
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - reviewed
  3. Love and Miscommunication by Elyssa Friedland - read and reviewed
  4. The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi - read and reviewed 
  5. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger - read


TOTAL FOR 2015

Total Books Read: 34
Total Reviews: 34


Historical Fiction: 3
Middle-Grade Fiction: 4
Elementary Fiction: 1
Young Adult: 0
Contemporary Fiction: 8
Mystery/Thriller: 9
Science Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 2
Memoir: 2

For review: 17
For book club: 7
For me: 10


2015 CHALLENGES

Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge - 9/10
Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge - 6/10
Library Challenge - 6/6
Finishing the Series Challenge - 3/7
Follow my progress here

Comments

  1. Good job for catching up a bit on reviews! I desperately need to do the same... Here's to a better reading month for you in August :)

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  2. I am impressed you managed to catch up on reviews during the summer! I just posted my JUNE summary, to give you an idea of how far behind I am! lol

    I also read The Girl on the Train in July - thought I was the last one to get to it! ;)

    Hope August is a good reading month!

    Sue

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  3. Looks like you read some good one though! Enjoy your family time, that will always be more important than books. :-)
    Happy August reading!

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