Monthly summary

August Summary


Have had a lot of hit and miss this month. I’m now at my end of my “not to buy any books” ban and I think that’s why I have had such a rocky month. Several of the books I read are those who have been on my shelf for a lot longer than it should. Still I did read some great books in genres I not normally read in. Like for an example Hex by Heuvelt and You by Caroline Kepnes.

September will be the “caching up” month I think. Since I don’t have been able to buy books, I have a lot of series I follow and new books to read. So I will have to get that boll rolling. I’m going to try not to go overboard and buy to many books again. Do NOT wish to be put on another ban in the near future.

Favorite book this month: Hard choice this month but I think it is Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. That one was wonderful.
Least favorite book this month:
The undomestic goddess – Sophie Kinsella. Not happy with that one. 😦

Number of physical books: 7
Number of e-books:
Number of audiobooks:
Total pages: 5178
Female authors: 7
Male authors: 5

17325157Spirits in the trees – Morgan H. McDonald
Settings: Washington, USA Pages: 410 Published: 2012
Genres: Horror, romance, mystery, thriller and suspense
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The spirits series.
18775247Mr Mercedes – Stephen King
Settings: USA Pages: 436 Published: 2014
Genres: Fiction, thriller, mystery, crime and horror.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Bill Hodges series.
35535454The Child – Fiona Barton
Settings: London, England Pages: 448 Published: 2017
Genres: Mystery, fiction, thriller, crime, suspense.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
31560400HEX – Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Settings: USA Pages: 384 Published: 2013
Genres: Horror, fantasy, paranormal, fiction, thriller.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
20512384Sudden response – R.L Mathewson
Settings: USA Pages: 260 Published: 2011
Genres: Romance, contemporary, funny.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The EMS series.
13147460Flesh & Bone – Jonathan Maberry
Dystopia USA Pages: 469 Published: 2012
Genres:Horror, dystopia, young adult, science fiction.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 3 in The Rot & Ruin series.
20821614You – Caroline Kepnes
Settings: New York, USA Pages: 424 Published: 2014
Genres: Thriller, fiction, mystery, contemporary.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The You series.
23492589Finders Keepers – Stephen King
Settings: USA Pages: 431 Published: 2015
Genres: Horror, thriller, crime, mystery.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in The Bill Hodges series.
21412207Hush – Karen Robards
Settings: Huston, USA Pages: 407 Published: 2014
Genres: Romantic, suspense, thriller, mystery.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
18656253Sweet Dreams – Kristen Ashley
Settings: Carnal, Colorado USA Pages: 562 Published: 2011
Genres: Contemporary, romance.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in The Colorado mountain series.
23129712The red notebook – Antoine Laurain
Settings: Paris, France Pages: 159 Published: 2015
Genres: Contemporary, romance.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
18332155The murder bag – Tony Parsons
Settings: London, England Pages: 384 Published: 2014
Genres: Mystery, crime, thriller.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Max Wolfe series.
33722The undomestic goddess – Sophie Kinsella
Settings: England Pages: 404 Published: 2005
Genres: Contemporary, chick lit, romance.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review


Chick Lit · Contemporary · Romance

The thing about love – Julie James

27246123| GOODREADS | MY RATING: ♥|

Goodreads synopsis: Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .


My thoughts: Damn it, I went in the chick lit trap again. I was scrolling in my book list on my kindle (I have like 70 books on it) and stopped at the title. It was one of those titles that I have had in my kindle for a long time and just kept scrolling past and now I thought that “Now I have to get it read”. I wouldn’t had bought it if I didn’t want to read it at some point. Often when I do that, read a book that I have had for a long time but never really come to read, I just do it and more often than not, find the book wonderful. Well not this time.

James is a new author for me. Never read anything by her but several of my GoodReads friends have and many of them have given her books high scores. So I was not prepared for the boring hours to come. The book is about Jessica and John, who hated each other in the FBI Academy, and now six years later have to work together in an short undercover ploy. I had extreme problem with connecting to the characters and already two chapters in the book, I was bored. But it was too early to DNF it so I kept going. There is nothing exciting with the story and it’s pretty predictable. They hate each other and then they don’t. They do their work, not much is happening, it is a pretty boring case and then the work is done. No suspense, no angst or heavy love. No history or old girlfriends/boyfriends who come forward. No great writing or a story that you think about while not reading. It was quite a relief when I was done and I was so ready to move on.

I did finish the book instead of DNF it and that was only because of the one thing I liked with the book. The banter and jokes they kept throwing back and forth. When they talked to each other or other characters, it actually was pretty funny and I liked the way those parts was written. But it was all the other things in between that totally ruined the book. SO, I give it a one star rating. As a whole, I did not like the book at all, but bits and pieces I did and that saved the book from a DNF. That has to count for something. Now that I’m done with the book, I do however, realize that I should have DNF it. Just a waste of time in my opinion but done is done. Time to move forward.