The Best Reads of July to Read Now or Later

It’s that time again when I share what I read during the previous month. I had a decent month in July as far as reading goes and read/listened to eight books. It was a bit heavy on the chick lit, but it’s summer and the perfect time for those light reads. I’m a bit crunched for time so I”m not going to review them all in great detail. I’ll pick my top three and then list the rest with my rating in case you want to check them out.

It Ends With Us by Coleen Hoover- This got a 5 star rating from me. I read and listened via Scribd. Lily has a chance meeting with Ryle on a rooftop and then another strange meeting. The attraction is strong but Ryle has made it clear he’s not a relationship type of guy. The story drifts back and to between Lily and Ryle and Lily and Atlas, who was Lily’s best friend and first love from high school. A chance meeting with Atlas brings things with Ryle into question. Warning: you will need tissues and if you have ever been in an abusive relationship, you might want to skip this one. Hoover does an excellent job diving into the dynamics of domestic violence and family abuse. This one gets very deep and raw.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr I picked up a hardback copy of this at the thrift store a while back so I alternately read the book and listened to audio on Scribd. About a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. The historical fiction novels get me every time! They never quite turn out the way I want for the heroes or heroines and there is always heartbreak, but this is such a great story of strength, determination, survival and perseverance. 4 stars

Lock Every Door- by Riley Sager. This is my first by Riley Sager and I’ll be looking into more. I listened to this one completely on Audible and it makes a great audio book. It would be a great page turner to in print. Jules takes an apartment sitting job in a high profile apartment building that is home to some elite people. There are strange rules about what you can and can’t do as a sitter. Then a fellow sitter goes missing and she discovers others have gone missing before as well. She begins to dig into the dark mystery of this apartment building and finds herself in danger. 4 stars

Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude by Candace Cameron Bure – Actress Candace Cameron Bure shares how she balances faith, family and career and shares her tips for looking stylish. 4 stars

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey – Romance/ chick lit 3 stars

Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino 3 stars. Romance/ chick lit. A decent read but not my favorite Carlino book.

The Honey Don’t List- Christina Lauren- Romance/ chick lit. My first Christina Lauren book. I’ll read more. 4 stars

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self Discovery– A great explanation of the enneagram and the personality types but I have yet to go take the test and see where I fall.

Linking up with Show Us Your Books. I can’t wait to hear about what you read.