August Update

August Favorites.

August Favorites.

Dang. 

So August went by so fast.

I somehow read a total of 35 books. How? I have no idea… Especially since I had overtime at work for the past few weeks and felt like I read nothing… Am seriously baffled with how much I have been able to read this year, considering now I have passed my record for amount of books read in a year. And I still have 4 months left :0

Oh and also, I finally switched my Goodreads challenge to what my real challenge is (Because, I was so sure I wouldn’t be able to do it…). So now my challenge has been upped to 365 books. Eap. If I’m able to make it I will be so excited! Especially since I know that this will probably be the only year I can do this. Eak. 

Also starting to get excited because; 1. I only have 18 books left on my Must-Read-Or-I-Have-To-Donate-Pile, which is amazing since I think I was at like 100-150 at the start of the year.  2. If I complete the challenge before December I’m letting myself have a reread month (and at this rate should be done in November). .and 3. I only have about 20 books left to read that I got at TLA so now all my book piles are slowly shrinking. A first in a long time.

So yeah, it is finally started to show on my tbr piles how much I have read. And in a way helping that I have been in a slight book buying ban since February. Which is helping me keep on top of the piles, since I know I’m going to the same thing as this year that any books I got before this year I have read by the end of the year or getting rid of them…  So yeah.

Anyways.

So this probably has many sentence errors but honestly am just to tired to fix them so yeah…

So here is to another month of reading 😀

-S

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The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry

“The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver’s new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he’s decided to keep his distance. After all, he’s in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn’t include working hard to get on Mackenzie’s good side—no matter how intriguing she may be. His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go…, well, the humans must follow! It doesn’t take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcomes….” -Goodreads.com

 

The Other Side of Us was really cute! At times Mackenzie and Oliver would get a tad annoying but overall was good. 🙂

 

3 stars.

Read on July 29, 2013.

Bought.

SYLO by D.J. MacHale

“Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.

It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late.” -Goodreads.com

 

I feel like I went into SYLO with too many expectations, and it really felt flat for me.

While reading it for the most part was getting very annoyed with the main characters and also felt if they were just a few years (even a year!) older I would have liked it a bit more. It just didn’t feel believable at all to me with what they were doing.

The only reason it got bumped up to 2 stars was that the end I really liked and might read the next book to see what happens…  Because I feel like if that was close to the beginning I would have liked it a whole lot more (while reading it I kept thinking now it’s getting interesting and then it would get really boring again on the next page).

 

2 stars.

Read from July 13 to 28, 2013.

Received a copy at TLA.

Temporary Fiancee by Judy Rogers

“Haley Marchand needs money. So when a request comes for her to be both temporary secretary and fiancee, she jumps at the chance. As luck would have it, she falls on her face in the driveway. Entrepreneur Rand McNeil naturally says she won’t do. Things take a turn for the worse when he degrades her elfin face and wild hair. Now Haley’s on the defensive, and heaven help “Mr. nobody-should-look-this-good.

Because he lied to his former fiancee, Rand needs someone who, in addition to having topnotch secretarial skills, can pose as his fiancee for one evening as he finalizes a pivotal business merger. He needs someone tall and classy, and instead gets someone perky and cute. No way his high-and-mighty ex and her father will believe he’d be engaged to someone like her.

Can Rand keep the unpredictable Haley from turning his life, and emotions, into total chaos? Can Haley keep her attraction to hot-and-cold Rand under control as she challenges his diehard conviction that marriage is only for idiots?” -Goodreads.com

 

Temporary Fiancee was a really cute short romance book. Predictable, but I was ok with that. I sometimes feel like these type of books I like to be predictable, just not to predictable.

 

3 stars.

Read on July 28, 2013.

Bought.