Monthly Round Up: July 2014

Okay, over half the year is gone. My reading goal for the year = A Lot of Books.  I am not a big fan of goals or numbers unless they measure carats or net worth! But I also like to know where I stand. What can I say I am a complex, often contradictory, woman.

This month had two TV shows I typically review come back on (TRUE BLOOD and THE MASTERS OF SEX), plus, I occasionally review a movie with them — but I usually do them all together. That means over 4 weeks replaced four book reviews and it did lower my book numbers. I only added the following 17 to my read and reviewed listing. That takes me to a measly 129 for the year. Not bad, I guess.  Look, I admit it, I have resorted to a few ideas like the Sunday meme, the weekly TV/movie reviews and guests because I simply couldn’t keep up the pace to beat myself for last year. Also, reading a 45 hour long audio book WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD) early in the month threw me off.

Up here in the Northeast, I find summer is like the holidays are in warmer climes. We all want to do stuff and get together when we know a blizzard won’t leave us with a sheet cake for 35 people. So we do get together, and we travel.  Where in the winter I have no problem staying in, reading, for days on end, in the summer I itch to be outside.

As much as I love reading, and books they are no substitute for living: traveling, visiting friends, and all the activity I have to pack into 2 to two or three gorgeous months. It’s just how it is.

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  1. RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT by Laura Viera Rigler
  2. THE SCENIC ROUTE by Devan Sipher
  3. SUMMER RAIN for R.A.I.N.N. Anthology  Partial read, not counted in tally
  4. WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD by Dianna Gabaldon
  5. THE HUSBAND HUNT  by Lynsay Sands
  6. POISON PROMISE by Jennifer Estep
  7. THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis
  8. THE BARON NEXT DOOR  by Erin Knightly
  9. A GOOD DEBUTANTE’S GUIDE TO RUIN by Sophie Jordan
  10. BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS by Molly Harper
  11. FLYING by Megan Hart
  12. HOW TO REPRIMAND YOUR ROCK STAR by Mina Vaughan
  13. TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD by Lynsay Sands
  14. NAUGHTY BITS, PART 1: The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. Hill
  15. STRADDLING THE LINE by Jaci Burton
  16. THE GAME AND THE GOVERNESS by Kate Noble
  17. BLOOD GAMES by Chloe Neill

Blogging takes time: Reading/Listening, writing, networking, formatting, giveaways, daily “marketing” and designing graphics all take time and money. As long I keep this in mind, I won’t freak out about my bottom line. And, I may (gasp!) even miss a day But – rest assured, I will be here almost 365 days a year.

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