July Reads and August TBR

I am a little disappointed because I didn’t read as many books as I read last month. I think I read 10 or 11 last month. I only managed to finish 5 books this month, but I started reading several that I will finish in August that will of course count for books read next month.

There is a reason why I only finished reading 5 books this month. I blame Kindle Unlimited! I could NOT focus on one book at a time beginning after the 18th (the day the service became available) because there were so many to choose from and I also got an Oyster subscription this month, too. So, that was practically over 1,000,000 books and audiobooks just a download away for me to enjoy. With that said, I’ll get into what I’ve read this month, what I plan to finish next month, and the books I plan to read next month.

Books Read (Finished) In July

  1. Zombies: The Year of Infection by Don Roff
  2. Revolution 19 by Greg Rosenblum
  3. Every day by David Levithan
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  5. I Murdered My Library by Linda Grant

Books I Started Reading In July, But Will Finish In August

  1. Splintered by A. G. Howard
  2. Legend by Marie Lu
  3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  4. The Gift of Magic by Paul Sobal
  5. The Selection by Kiera Class
  6. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
  7. Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
  8. The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie

Books I Plan To Read In August

  1. Breakfast With Buddha by Roland Merullo
  2. 3 a.m. by Nick Pirog
  3. Salt by Colin F. Barnes
  4. Forever by Judy Blume
  5. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

If I read more new books in August, that is awesome! I couldn’t put more than 5 books on my August TBR list because I have 8 to finish! I would like to read more books, but it’s possible that I won’t be able to.

What’s on your August TBR list?

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What A Great Deal….. from Apple iBooks? Shocking!

I received an email this morning Apple’s iBooks, an ebook service by Apple, and they finally have a special sale on books that caught my interest. Then it leads me to wonder if Apple is slowing trying to win over a ton of readers from Amazon? Well, let’s see what they have to offer.

You get a special offer through iBooks. 5o books from 50 great authors for $1.99 and it is only valid for 24 hours. I’ve been seeing offers like this from Amazon and other popular book websites, but never from Apple!

Here’s some of the titles that caught my eye that are only $1.99 for a limited time:

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Green Mile by Stephan King
  3. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  4. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

However, after skimming through the genres they have available, I began to notice that most of the books are a few years old. Ok, more than a few years old, but I guess you have the chance to buy the book you’ve always wanted and didn’t buy when it was popular for only $1.99? That is the upside to this. …if there’s an upside. I try to keep a positive mind! Apple always has a catch and this time is the books are several years old. *sigh*

 

Save Yourself

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Patrick Cusimano’s life can’t get much worse. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has pushed their friendship to an uncomfortable new level.  On top of all that, he can’t shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand, and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing Patrick to his breaking point.

Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school.  She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, and not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents. Layla’s bad-girl rep casts a shadow too heavy for Verna to bear alone, so she falls in with her sister’s tribe of outcasts. But their world is far darker than she ever imagined…

Unless Patrick, Layla, Caro, and Verna can forge their own twisted paths to peace—with themselves, with each other—then they’re stuck on a dangerous collision course where the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Review

I got through this book in no time! The beginning started off pretty slow, but I got through towards the end of the book. I loved how the lives of the characters in this book somehow got entangled and they were struggling with their own internal demons.

The cover of the book looks very interesting and it turned out to be an equally interesting read. It was a gripping tale. I loved it. I’m glad I decided to request it and I can’t wait to read more books from the author.

 

 

About the Author: Kelly Braffet is the author of Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Colombia University, where she received her MFA. Kelly lives upstate New York with her husband, writer Owen King.

 

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Kindle Freebie: Shattered

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What would you sacrifice to learn the truth? That is the question Alex Bowen, a headstrong college student from Beaverton, Oregon, must ask herself when she learns she’s being watched. But who’s dong the spying? And why have they chosen her? Thrown from her world of comfort, yet determined to discover the truth, Alex soon finds herself cut off from family and friends and forced to make allies wherever she can find them. With dead ends at every turn, and more than one pursuer closing in, she quickly learns some questions are best left unasked. Now, with her life and sanity on the line, Alex must resist her enemy’s mind games if she wants to expose every dark secret. To succumb would result in her true identity being lost forever and countless others suffering the same fat. But to succeed, would shatter everything she knows.

 

Status: TBR

Source: Amazon Kindle

I found this book on yesterday in the Kindle bookstore along with a few others. I was going to post a totally different book I found, but it isn’t free anymore! So, if you want to read this book I would suggest you download it whenever you get the chance. Some books are only free for a limited time. It is a mystery/thriller.

New books!

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I just received a new order of books today! I cannot wait to place them on my bookshelf. As always, I never know when I’ll get to them because I still have so many to read. Being a reader AND a book collector can be overwhelming at times. I bought a total of seven books this time from bookoutlet. I will only list the title and author now. I will give more information when I start reading them. So, here’s what I bought..

1. After The Snow by S. D. Crockett

2. Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

3. The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson

4. Rush (Book 1) by Eve Silver

5. Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth

6. Bun Heads by Sophie Flack

7. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Obsidian (A Luxe Novel)

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When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. (shortened)

If you love Jennifer L. Armentrout, then you will love this Kindle Deal! Obsidian is currently free in the Kindle bookstore! I own Don’t Look Back by Armentrout and loved it, so I didn’t hesitate to download this book. It is book one in the Luxe series (YA). Judging from reading the synopsis, it’s a cross between True Blood and Vampire Diaries, but with aliens…

Even if you haven’t read a book of hers or just love to own free books (and you may get to reading it later), download it! Why not? It’s free!

The Selection

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxton.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxton. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Status: Currently Reading

Source: Oyster

This book is very different than what I normally read and blog about. I’ve been apprehensive about reading very popular YA novels, but I gave in to reading The Selection and I must say, it’s a good story line and I love Kiera Cass’ writing style.

Mortal Danger

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Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I really enjoy reading horror, psychological suspense, and paranormal novels. I love watching them equally. Mortal Danger releases on August 5th. I haven’t read Aguirre’s Enclave, but I’m sure I will if I find her writing style is pleasant. Mortal Danger is book one in the Immortal Game series.

By the way, I’ve never seen an author’s site more beautiful than hers! Check it out here.

 

Are there any new releases you’re looking forward to next month?

BOGO Kid’s Educational Books!

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Get ready for amazing reads available for babies to young adults at bookoutlet.com! Over 3,000 books are available to choose from! You buy one book and get the second one of equal or less value for FREE! Make sure the books you choose are under the BOGO link. However, if you find a book that you feel should be available for BOGO, you can contact them through the ticket system on the site, live chat, or email at help@bookoutlet.com. You can browse their collection by clicking on the image above. The sale ends on Monday. Get your books while they last!