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message 1: by Jennefer (new)

Jennefer (jenneferpracticex3) | 247 comments Before we look forward to another month of reading challenges let's take a few minutes and look back at July. Tell me about it all, the good the bad and the DNF! Get a great rec this month? Find a new author you enjoyed? Any wallbangers? I want to hear all about your month of reading!!! :)

message 2: by Jennefer (new)

Jennefer (jenneferpracticex3) | 247 comments Finally got around to reading Casino Royale this month. It was just about what I expected so no complaints. I think I will read the next in the series sometime soonish. Also finally got around to reading Miracles from Simple Gifts : Four Heartwarming Christmas Stories : Just Curious / Miracles / Change of Heart / Double Exposure wich is Niki's story from Whitney My Love. It was great! Just wish it were a full length novel, but I still loved it! And even tho it took me 3 weeks to read it I really enjoyed Lady Vixen! There were some others but these are the highlights! No real big disappointments so that is nice :)

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming Simple Gifts Four Heartwarming Christmas Stories Just Curious / Miracles / Change of Heart / Double Exposure by Judith McNaught Lady Vixen by Shirlee Busbee

message 3: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments loved Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3) by J.R. Ward Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) by Chloe Neill Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs (although i'm not quite done with it yet); DNF'd Lucca by Jens Christian Grøndahl and temporarily set aside The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (just not feeling it right now)

message 4: by Nikki ♥ (new)

Nikki ♥ Favorites for July One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2) by Jeaniene Frost and One Summer by Karen Robards .

I had a hard time finishing Sins of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #8) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

message 5: by Macwolf01 [Elise] (last edited Aug 01, 2010 10:11AM) (new)

Macwolf01 [Elise] (macwolf01) | 1012 comments July Fav's The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder & Megan’s Mark by Lora Leigh

least fav: Carpe Demon ~ Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner (it wasn't bad I just found that I thought it would be funnier and faster paced)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder Megan's Mark (Breeds, #7) by Lora Leigh

Carpe Demon Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Kate Connor - Demon Hunter, #1) by Julie Kenner

message 6: by Desperado (new)

Desperado (lethallovely) | 822 comments Favorite Reads of July: Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1) by Stacia Kane Fire (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #2) by Kristin Cashore Married By Morning (The Hathaways, #4) by Lisa Kleypas Twilight Fall (Darkyn, #6) by Lynn Viehl
Big Disappointments of July: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5) by Richelle Mead Eve of Darkness (Marked, Book 1) by S.J. Day Hunting Julian (Gatherers, #1) by Jacquelyn Frank Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund Under Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #2) by Jo Davis

message 7: by Amy ~Lover of Books~ (last edited Aug 01, 2010 10:25AM) (new)

Amy ~Lover of Books~ | 957 comments Favorite Reads: Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2) by Lisa Mantchev One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2) by Jeaniene Frost The Scent of Shadows (Sign of the Zodiac, #1) by Vicki Pettersson At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3) by Jeaniene Frost

message 8: by Fran, Moderator (last edited Aug 01, 2010 11:28AM) (new)

Fran | 11272 comments Favorite Reads of June- Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas Married By Morning (The Hathaways, #4) by Lisa Kleypas Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1) by MaryJanice Davidson Raising Kane (Rough Riders, #9) by Lorelei James Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Books I really liked- You Don't Know Jack (NY Girlfriends, #2) by Erin McCarthy The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) by Gena Showalter This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper Lisa's Gift by Mackenzie McKade The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins A Kiss to Remember (Fairleigh Sisters, #1) by Teresa Medeiros

The only one I thought was just ok, not so good, was Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

message 9: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments I gave up on summer sisters...I tried but just couldn't get into it...

message 10: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 11272 comments Delicious Dee the book slut wrote: "I gave up on summer sisters...I tried but just couldn't get into it..."

I made myself finish it b/c it was the bonus book I picked for read "SUMMER" and Judy Blume was "IT" for me growing up. As a kid I always felt that she was an adult that could see right into a child's soul. But what happened with this one? A miserable read and a pretty miserable ending- not much happiness there.

message 11: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments I think I have another book with summer in the title..if not, well then I just won't do the bonus...

message 12: by D.G. (last edited Aug 01, 2010 01:12PM) (new)

D.G. | 4477 comments This was actually a pretty good month for me. ;)

Not Quite a Husband by Sherry ThomasLord Perfect (Carsington Brothers, #3) by Loretta ChaseBeyond Heaving Bosoms The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah WendellSavannah Blues by Mary Kay AndrewsDark Angel/Lord Carew's Bride (Dark Angel #1, #2) by Mary Balogh

The Frog Prince by Jane Porter

message 13: by Chloe (new)

Chloe West (chlxee) | 61 comments The Bride and the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2) by Teresa Medeiros
I absolutely loved that book!

Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments My ONLY read for July was WICKED by Sasha White. A D/s themed romance. I loved the characters and the author always amazes me =D.

Wicked by Sasha White

message 15: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments Favorite reads for the month of July are:

Vengeance in Death (In Death, #6) by J.D. Robb Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul Series, Book #4) by C.L. Wilson Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Disappointing Read:
Smart and Sexy (Sky High Air, #1) by Jill Shalvis

message 16: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (Smiley1881) My favorite reads of July would have to be
Black Ships by Jo Graham Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead

Worst read
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

message 17: by Erin (new)

Erin H | 758 comments No hesitation when I say Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean , I would recommend that to everyone!!

message 18: by Nita (new)

Nita (gillnit) Loved:
Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax, #2) by Ann Aguirre Dreamveil (Kyndred, #2) (Darkyn, #9) by Lynn Viehl

Naked in Death (In Death, #1) by J.D. Robb Forged of Shadows (Marked Souls, #2) by Jessa Slade Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews Abandon the Night (Envy Chronicles, #3) by Joss Ware

Heart of the Wolf (Book #1) by Terry Spear

message 19: by N.L. (new)

N.L. Riviezzo (nlriviezzo) Most Enjoyed:
13 to Life (13 to Life, #1) by Shannon Delany Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Dance With The Devil (Dark-Hunter, #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon Water Bound (Sisters of the Heart, #1) by Christine Feehan The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) by Gena Showalter Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Most Disappointing:
The Embers A Novel by Hyatt Bass Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #2) by Joanne Fluke

message 20: by Fani *loves angst* (last edited Aug 01, 2010 11:20PM) (new)

Fani *loves angst* (fanip) | 67 comments Best reads:

Beast by Judith Ivory Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, #2) by Lisa Kleypas Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)  by Richelle Mead

Dark And Stormy Night by Anne Stuart

message 21: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments I didn't read a bad book this month!

Best light read -
Something About You by Julie James
Best new author (to me) -
Atlantis Rising (Warriors of Poseidon, #1) by Alyssa Day
Hottest contemporary -
Extreme Exposure (I-Team, #1) by Pamela Clare
Best from a favourite author -
Running Hot (Arcane Society, # 5) by Jayne Ann Krentz
Best PNR -
Covet (Fallen Angels, #1) by J.R. Ward (unlike some I loved this one and cannot wait for the next in the series)
Best continuation of a series -
Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian
Best of trilogy -
Stolen Seduction by Elisabeth Naughton
Absolute standout -
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures, #1) by Jennifer Ashley

message 22: by Bella (new)

Bella Foxygobble (dcrain02) | 77 comments Favorite reads:
Devil's Embrace (Devil, #1) by Catherine Coulter Yeah, I'll admit it. I liked it... alot. Kept me on my toes. It was my first hard-cored bodice-ripper and lived up to all my expectations.

Best new to me Author book:
The Hostage (Chicago Fire Trilogy, #1) by Susan Wiggs This author is new to me. Not the fastest read at first, but as the story developed I really got sucked in. 3/4 of the way through I went on to add the rest of this series as well as started a contemporary romance series from her.

Best in a series:
Dream of Me/Believe in Me by Josie Litton This is my 2nd time reading this. Still love it. I wish there were more by Litton at there. This series and her Akora are stand-outs for me.

Best Love-Inspired:
The Rancher's Promise (Steeple Hill Love Inspired (Large Print)) by Jillian Hart - new to Jillian Hart, but will read more by her.

Best TRAIN-WRECK of a book:
Satan's Mistress by Rachel Cosgrove Payes Although I only rated it 2 stars I have to say this book was hard to put down and it was so bad I read on so I could pick it apart. It was just wrong on SO MANY levels.

Worst book of the month:
The Guardian's Honor (Love Inspired) by Marta Perry - this book just tanked for me. It actually provoked my first negative review on GRs.

message 23: by KimKirt (new)

KimKirt | 1638 comments My favorites this month were:

Summer Breeze (Coulters Historical #3) by Catherine Anderson I just love Catherine Anderson's sweet style of writing.

Simon Says (SBC Fighters, #2) by Lori Foster Working my way through this series. This was the second and loved it.

Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard Another great read by Linda Howard, I actually wanted the storyline to go on, it ended too soon for me.

Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins Cute little romance.

Didn't like:

Just A Taste (Blades, #7) by Deirdre Martin Didn't like the heroine at all in this book.

Naked Edge (I-Team, #4) by Pamela Clare Widely popular, but I got it into my head that I just didn't like the hero about halfway through the book, and it killed the rest of it for me.

message 24: by D.G. (new)

D.G. | 4477 comments LibraryLass wrote: "I didn't read a bad book this month!"

What good luck, LibraryLass!

message 25: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 1339 comments I also had good luck this month (out of 62, lol):
And.. I discovered a new favorite author, Diana Palmer:-) Yay:-)

Fave books
Lawless by Diana Palmer Lawman by Diana Palmer Renegade by Diana Palmer Heartless by Diana Palmer Lionhearted (Long, Tall Texans) (Silhouette Romance #1631) by Diana Palmer Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders, #1) by Lorelei James Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick Gentle Warrior (Tapestry Romance) by Julie Garwood Trial by Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #1) by Jo Davis

Liked (3-4*) but expected better:
Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10) by Charlaine Harris

Books I wouldn't have read (didn't hate, but just didn't do anything for me):
Wanton Angel by Linda Lael Miller

message 26: by Ann (new)

Ann Noell (fantasyannie) my favorite reads:
Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros Charming the Prince (Fairy Tales, #1) by Teresa Medeiros
and also Everything and the Moon by Juila Quinn Everything and the Moon (Everything, #1) by Julia Quinn

I hated The Devil's Web by Mary Balogh The Devil's Web (Web, #3) by Mary Balogh

message 27: by Julianna (last edited Aug 03, 2010 05:45PM) (new)

Julianna (authorjuliannad) | 1749 comments It was another good month for me. My favs this month, all 4.5-5 stars:
Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
Maverick's Black Cat by Maggie Casper & Lena Matthews
Don't Tell by Karen Rose
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8) by J.R. Ward Maverick's Black Cat by Maggie Casper Don't Tell (book #1) by Karen Rose Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling

Only disappointments:
Sex, Straight Up by Kathleen O'Reilly
Sugar on Top by Leigh Ellwood
(At least both of these were very short)
Sex, Straight Up by Kathleen O'Reilly Sugar on Top by Leigh Ellwood

message 28: by Kim (last edited Aug 02, 2010 08:17PM) (new)

Kim (catmommie) From July:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Murder is Binding were both 4-star.

ARC Hailey's War: A Novel was a 3-star. It had a good storyline, but it just wasn't my type of suspense.

I started my current book on Thursday, so that will be an August book.

message 29: by Heather (last edited Aug 03, 2010 12:02AM) (new)

Heather Young (heyo4ever) | 37 comments wow I'm really enjoying all your good reads (no pun intended) and can't wait to try some new authors that you guys enjoyed!

I had an eventful good month and can't say that I had a bad read although I'm pretty lenient andall around enjoy a lot it's basically got to be the Grapes of Wrath for me to not like it. lol

Read some new to me authors:

One for the Money..Janet Evanovich! LOVE HER !! (while everyone has pretty much already read all her Stephanie Plum novels this was my first and I have to admit I've really enjoyed it and laughed and will find time to work my way through the whole series)

Her Majesty's Dragon and Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik ... I fell in love with the Dragons in this series and will also make my way through it to find out more!

Naked in Death.. JD Robb .. while I figured out the 'who dun it' early on I enjoy Nora Roberts so much that I'm sure I'll keep at this series although I did find this one a bit predictable ... I like the characters enough to stick it out.

Hidden Fires..Betina Krahn...while I'm not normally a typical bodice ripper reader I have to admit I have a weak spot for Highlanders and this was no exception. I enjoyed every sultry minute of it and I probably would read her works again although I did have a moment half way through where I just wanted them to quit fighting already and tell each other they loved the other. lol It was entertaining and the ending round out nicely with some great descriptive scenes that again make me woosey for a man in kilt!

The Lost Symbol .. Dan Brown ... really love Dan Brown's work and this was no exception. I really felt right online with the subject matter in this book and enjoyed the read and adventure. I love the connection in our consiousness and can't wait to see what's up his sleeve next!
(note: sorry I don't know how to get the bookcovers to show so I'm just notating them :)

can't wait til next month!

message 30: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) I know, I'm late... again ;o).

My absolute favorites for July were:
Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts -- I'm really enjoying this series
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen -- I've loved all of Allen's books so far, but this one's my favorite! It has magical books in it -- what's not to love ;o).
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins -- This YA dystopian series has caught my imagination. I just pre-ordered the third, and last, book in the series last night.

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2) by Nora Roberts The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins

My only disappointment --
The Fifth Victim (Cherokee Pointe Trilogy, #1) (Griffin Powell, #2) by Beverly Barton

message 31: by Bella (new)

Bella Foxygobble (dcrain02) | 77 comments Kristi (Passion for the Page) wrote: "I know, I'm late... again ;o).

My absolute favorites for July were:
Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts -- I'm really enjoying this series

I really need to start this series - I'm usually on top of NR, but I'm probably about 2 series behind right now with her...

message 32: by Denise (new)

Denise | 318 comments My two 5 star reads for July were Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber whose books I just adore, and Parting Gifts by Lorraine Heath. I have never read any Lorraine Heath books before but this one was really good.

In another group we are doing a buddy read on the old Trixie Belden girl's series from the 1940s and 50s. I aread the first two: The Secret of the Mansion and The Red Trailer Mystery both of which brought back fond memories of Trixie and I gave them both 4 stars.

My other 4 star book was A McKaslin Homecoming by Jillian Hart. This was my first read as a Harlequin Ambassador. I would probably have given it a 5 star if I had known it was one of a series and there are many books before it. Also I had never read Jillian Hart but I definitely will in the future.

Going down in ratings was If I Stay by Gayle Forman at 3 stars and

My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares, Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde and The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman all at 2 stars.

I read more books than that in July but those are the ones I would specifically comment on. I have written a review on all of them if you want to see why I rated them the way that I did.

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