Recapping My Books Read in July and August’s Proposed Reads!

The Killing Season - Mason Cross the final book read in July 2017

Okay, it is now August 6th and I still haven’t recapped the books I finished in July or provided an update on my Reading Challenges.. So, I hope to do just that with this post.. I read five books in July, which brings the total number of books that I have read in 2017 to 33. That leaves me about 2 books off the pace I need to maintain to reach my very high goal of reading 60 books in 2017.

Four of five of the books read were books in a series that I have read. One The Killing Season is the first book in a series that is new to me. The other was a very good self-help book.

Title Author
The Killing Season (Carter Blake #1) Mason Cross
The Seventh Plague (Sigma Force #12) James Rollins
Exit Strategy (Nick Mason #2) Steve Hamilton
A Puzzle to be Named Later (Puzzle Lady #18) Parnell Hall
Energize: Ignite Passion and Performance with User Friendly Brain Tools (Positive Change by Retraining the Brain) Bob Faw


You can check out the reviews of the four series book at the new July 2017 Reads page. You can also check out where I stand on my various 2017 Reading Challenges at that the new 2017 Reading Challenges page!

My Proposed August Reads:

Now let’s get to my proposed August Reads. I should let you know that this list may potentially change quite quickly. The reason is that I have requested to books from the library from two authors that are favorites. The first is the latest for Michael Robotham The Secrets She Keeps and the second is Paradise Valley C.J Box’s latest. I am next in line for the Robotham book and 5th in line for the Box book!

With that said – here are the initial four books I plan to read in August.

A Fool for a Client - Parnell Hall A Fool For A Client – Parnell Hall –

After reading A Puzzle to Be Name Later Hall’s latest Puzzle Lady book, I discovered a book from his Stanley Hastings’ series that I haven’t read yet. In this book, a young woman is found dead in her apartment. The prime suspect is Richard Rosenberg, who just happens to be Stanley’s boss.So Stanley sets out to find out what really happened. The Stanley Hastings book are always a good time! They’re full of snappy, funny dialogue!

The Samatritan - Mason CrossThe Samaritan – Mason Cross (Carter Blake #2)

In this episode Carter heads to Los Angeles to help catch a serial killer, who targets women in distress. Since I just started reading the book I haven’t  reached the point where the story has really hooks me yet. But I know it’s coming!! Well, at least I hope it is!

Okay so I have started reading both of the above books. I may well, be able to finish one or both of them before I read either of the two books I’ve requested from the library. My three other projected reads. are as follows…..

Every Night I Dream of Hell - Malcolm MackayEvery Night I Dream of Hell Malcolm Mackay

From the book jacket -“A dark and thrilling crime drama, Every Night I Dream of Hell takes us deep into a world of violence, fear and double crosses,” Sounds good to me!!

Every Night I Dream of Hell was long-listed for the Theakston Old Peculiar  Crime Novel of the Year Award. Again for the book jacket this time the book of the book..

“Unrelentingly dark. Streaked with black humor and a fast=paced plot” Library Journal (starred review)

“This is Malcolm Mackay’s fifth novel…. If you like your crime fiction boiled to within an inch of its life, this morally complex, twisty-turny tale won’t disappoint! – Irish Examiner

Sign me up!!

#republic - Cass R Sunstein#republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass R. Sunstein.

My final projected read is #republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass R. Sunstein. From Amazon….

From the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, a revealing account of how today’s Internet threatens democracy—and what can be done about it

As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy. Social media companies such as Facebook can sort us ever more efficiently into groups of the like-minded, creating echo chambers that amplify our views. It’s no accident that on some occasions, people of different political views cannot even understand each other. It’s also no surprise that terrorist groups have been able to exploit social media to deadly effect.

Welcome to the age of #Republic.

In this revealing book, Cass Sunstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, shows how today’s Internet is driving political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism—and what can be done about it.

Once again it sounds good to me. I have also started this book and have found it very, very interesting it causes you to take pause and think about your time spent on social media.

Ok so there you have it a recap of the books I read in July and a look at my projected reads for August. Wish me Luck!!