Great Ending. In the conclusion to this trilogy, we finally get the story of the most outspoken girl of the group paired with… the most silent guy of the group. As was the case throughout this series, some great laughs, some biting heartache, some miscommunications common around the HS age, and very little actual sports play. (Indeed, there is no scoring of any kind specifically mentioned – much less shown – in this particular tale.) Very fun and fast read, highly recommended.
Surrounded by balls, can she find love? This is a very fun, very light, very breezy read about two friends who happen to be excellent at their chosen sports – softball and baseball – coming together after one of them tries to drive the other away. Excellent book, and I can’t wait to see more in this series.
+1 or ++? Again, math geek/ former math teacher… and current programmer. In programming, a + 1 can be written as a++, and that is definitely the rating this book deserves. Fun, hot, funny, romantic… everything you want in a lighthearted romance book. Absolutely pick this one up, it really is an fun read. (And ignore Goodreads telling you it is just 83 pages. It is roughly similar in length to the other two books in this trilogy.)
Math Teacher Love! Ok, so in addition to being a math geek… I’m also a former math teacher. So this one was a particularly fun read for me – how often does the geeky math teacher get to be the lead in a romance book? (Answer: In my experience, just in this book!) Yeah, yeah – the math teacher here is the girl, not the guy. Who cares. Still. Math. Teacher. Another excellent tale from Maggie Dallen, and now I’m really looking forward to seeing where she goes with the third book in this trilogy!
Not A Math Book! I’ll admit, I picked this book up thinking maybe it had to do with numbers. I’m a math geek, sue me. 😀 What I got instead was a very fun, very sexy introduction to Maggie Dallen’s writing. Very much looking forward to the next book in this series, and very highly recommended. 🙂
This is the middle book of a short series of high school romances centered on different high school sports, in this case soccer. And in this particular book, we actually get the most sports of any of the three books in the series, though that isn’t really saying much. The book steers away from the couple featured in the first book – neither Callie nor Noah show up very much at all in this book. Instead, this book uses Callie’s friend Maddie as the real glue between The Perfect Catch and The Perfect Match, even though all six people that feature as the couples of this trilogy were introduced in The Perfect Catch. But that allows us to focus more on the high school drama side of things, which can be entertaining. When you’re no longer in high school.
Overall, the tale of Kate finding a way to be more expressive while Levi struggles to feel at home in his new environment was great, fun, and mostly light. Very much looking forward to Maddie and Ox’s story to finish the trilogy.
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The highlight of this month – and easily in the running for highlight of the year – was finally meeting Jeremy Robinson in real life at Robinsonfest 2018 after having known him online for a decade. I flew into Boston for the first time in my life, for a weekend of firsts as far as locations, some modes of transport, and even some activities. I mean, how often in your life do you get to cosplay as yourself AND “cause the Apocalypse” while doing so? (Which is what is happening in the pic – here, I’ve just “planted corn”. When I did that in the book Jeremy wrote that I appear in, I wind up accidentally causing the Apocalypse.) I covered all of it in a post here both before and after the event, along with a couple of YouTube videos.
The end of August also marked a new review strategy for me – YouTube Book Reviews. The first was for The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker, and I’ve since shot videos for Sleepyhead by Henry Nicholls and The Perfect Catch by Maggie Dallen.
Overall, I read just 9 books in August 2018, per Goodreads. But this was all unknown territory for me as far as overall annual count goes, as I busted my previous record there at the end of July and now I stand at 90 books on the year, with four more ARCs already on deck. Of the 9 books on the month, only three were from the same series – Lisa Clark O’Neill’s Sweetwater Trilogy. Only four of the books were from the 2018TBR project – the first three (the aforementioned trilogy) and the last one, The Postman by David Brin. The remaining five were review copies (four of them ARCs), with only one of those being from an author I’m not connected to at all on Facebook.
The 9 books accounted for over 3100 pages of (Kindle) text at an average length of 347 1/3 pages per book.
As I mentioned above, I only read one series on the month, so best series of the month goes to the Sweetwater Trilogy by Lisa Clark O’Neill.
Most interesting book of the month goes to Sleepyhead by Henry Nicholls, which was a fascinating look at the neuroscience of sleep and sleep disorders.
There wasn’t much humor in the list again this month, just a couple that could really be considered humorous at all, and I’ll give the edge on those two to Christine Nolfi‘s The Comfort of Secrets, mostly because her Sweet Lake Sirens are frakkin hilarious old broads.
Best book of the month? Emily Bleeker‘s The Waiting Room, for reasons that can only be discovered by reading the book – it would be a spoiler to discuss them openly.
Below the break, the entire list, in date completed order – with links to my Goodreads reviews of each.
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