Sunday, August 8, 2021

July 2021 Wrap Up

In July, I was able to read 53 books. 10 were audiobooks and the rest were mostly ARC Kindle books with a few library books. This brings me to 333 books read for 2021 so far. I also finished four diamond paintings in July, and, since I use text to speech or audiobooks while diamond painting, I am including them in this post. My stats are included in a screenshot, but my average book length was 328 pages, and I read an average of 561 pages per day.

My favorite reads for this month were The New York Secret and The Lost Girl of Berlin by Ella Carey. I am slowly working my way through Christina Lauren’s backlist, so this month I read and loved Roomies. I finished the Sacramento trilogy by Karen Rose by reading Say Goodbye.  This was an excellent book and a great end to the series. I all but inhaled Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult (11/30/21).  Sajni Patel’s books were great - The Trouble With Hating You and First Love, Take Two ( 9/21/21). I read the last two the Aurora Cycle series, Aurora Burning and Aurora’s End (9/21/21). I am glad that I read the second book in the series just before the third because it ended on a cliffhanger. The series ended with a bang and I can’t wait to read more by them. 

Iris Johansen has a new series and a new protagonist, this time a male, and that book was High Stakes. It was a fast paced, exciting read and it will be out on September 7th. I also really enjoyed Lisa Jewell‘s latest book, The Night She Disappeared. The only book that I didn’t really enjoy this month was Cold Case, True Crime by Denise N. Wheatley.

From the Goodreads Challenge group - all covers are clickable  

Monthly # pages: 17,359
Books read this month: 53
Running total # pages: 113,088
Running total # books read: 332

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell The Husbands by Chandler Baker Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult Gone Too Far (Devlin & Falco, #2) by Debra Webb Can't Go Back (Devlin & Falco #3) by Debra Webb The Long Call (Two Rivers, #1) by Ann Cleeves The Heron's Cry (Two Rivers, #2) by Ann Cleeves Aurora's End (The Aurora Cycle, #3) by Amie Kaufman Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid High Stakes by Iris Johansen Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron Courage Under Fire (Silver Creek, #2) by Lindsay McKenna Strength Under Fire (Silver Creek, #3) by Lindsay McKenna Silver Creek Fire (Silver Creek, #1) by Lindsay McKenna Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2) by Amie Kaufman Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1) by Linda Castillo Say Goodbye (Romantic Suspense, #25; Sacramento, #3) by Karen Rose The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa First Love, Take Two (The Trouble with Hating You, #2) by Sajni Patel The Trouble with Hating You (The Trouble with Hating You, #1) by Sajni Patel The Engagement Arrangement (Boots and Bouquets #2) by Jaci Burton Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Fast Girls A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team by Elise Hooper Mystery at the Abbey Hotel (Eve Mallow Mystery #5) by Clare Chase Mystery at the Church (Eve Mallow Mystery #6) by Clare Chase Roomies by Christina Lauren Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel The Little Island Secret by Emma Davies Peril on the Ranch by Lynette Eason Cold Case True Crime (Unsolved Mystery #5) by Denise N. Wheatley Guarding Colton's Child by Lara Lacombe Missing in the Desert (Desert Justice Book 2) by Dana Mentink Framed in Death Valley by Dana Mentink Safeguarding the Surrogate (Mercy Ridge Lawmen, #2) by Delores Fossen Trouble in Big Timber & Twelve-Gauge Guardian by B.J. Daniels Double Action Deputy (Cardwell Ranch Montana Legacy Book 4) by B.J. Daniels Iron Will & Justice at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels Steel Resolve (Cardwell Ranch Montana Legacy, #1) by B.J. Daniels Building a Surprise Family (Butterfly Harbor, #10) by Anna J. Stewart The Marine's Mission (Rocky Mountain Family #3) by Deb Kastner Opening Her Heart (Rocky Mountain Family #2) by Deb Kastner The Black Sheep's Salvation by Deb Kastner Courting His Amish Wife by Emma Miller Her Small Town Secret by Brenda Minton The Cowgirl's Sacrifice by Tina RadcliffeA Duke in Time (The Widow Rules #1) by Janna MacGregor The Woman in the Water by Kelly Heard One Left Behind (Gina Harte #9) by Carla Kovach Other People's Marriages by Kerry Fisher The Lost Girl of Berlin (Daughters of New York, #2) by Ella Carey A New York Secret (Daughters of New York, #1) by Ella Carey Her Sister's Secret by S.E. Lynes Just Married by Kiersten Modglin

Clickable titles with ratings:
The Night She Disappeared 7/30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Husbands 7/30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wish You Were Here 7/28 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Gone Too Far 7/24 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Can't Go Back 7/27 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Long Call 7/23 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Heron's Cry 7/24 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Aurora's End 7/23 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Malibu Rising 7/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
High Stakes 7/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Just One Look 7/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Courage Under Fire 7/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Strength Under Fire 7/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Silver Creek Fire 7/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Aurora Burning 7/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sworn to Silence 7/19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Say Goodbye 7/19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Travelling Cat Chronicles 7/17 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
First Love, Take Two 7/18 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Trouble with Hating You 7/17 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Engagement Arrangement 7/17 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ugly Love 7/17 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team 7/16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mystery at the Abbey Hotel 7/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mystery at the Church 7/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Delia Suits Up 7/13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Little Island Secret 7/13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Peril on the Ranch 7/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Cold Case True Crime 7/12 ⭐️⭐️
Guarding Colton's Child 7/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Missing in the Desert 7/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Framed in Death Valley 7/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Safeguarding the Surrogate 7/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Trouble in Big Timber & Twelve-Gauge Guardian 7/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Double Action Deputy 7/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Iron Will & Justice at Cardwell Ranch 7/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Steel Resolve 7/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Building a Surprise Family: A Clean Romance 7/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Marine's Mission 7/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Opening Her Heart 7/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Black Sheep's Salvation 7/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Courting His Amish Wife 7/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Her Small Town Secret 7/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Cowgirl's Sacrifice 7/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Duke in Time 7/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Woman in the Water 7/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
One Left Behind 7/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Other People's Marriages 7/3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Lost Girl of Berlin 7/3 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A New York Secret 7/2 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The One to Blame 7/1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Just Married 7/1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stats from my spreadsheet:

Completed diamond paintings for the month of July 

Since the first week of August has already rolled past
 I am sharing what I have read this month so far. 

I am also participating in a group Buddy read of Les MisΓ©rables by Victor Hugo.



  1. Gorgeous diamond paintings! I've just gotten into them, as well. Quite relaxing!