July 2018. The month I finally gave up politics completely and embraced something I’ve loved for far longer – reading.
It was the month I started this very blog just a few short weeks ago, and the month I finally read a series that I’ve had at least one book from for nearly 5 years, and whose author I’ve known for 6 years – we share a small book club on Facebook where he is one of about 70 or so author members and I run the monthly Group Read subgroup. And those two things pretty well dominated my month in reading.
Overall, I read 14 books in July 2018, per my Goodreads list (which I’ve become devout regarding updating when I finish a book). This pushed me into unknown territory at 81 books on the year – a new personal record. Of the 14 in July, 7 were from Brett Battles’ PROJECT EDEN series. Of the remaining books, 5 were Advance Review Copies (and 3 of those were from Lake Union Publishing) while the other two were new releases from friends – including Jeremy Robinson, who I will be meeting for the first time in just 16 days.
There 14 books accounted for over 3700 pages of (Kindle) text at an average length of over 260 pages each.
I only read one series on the month, so best series of the month goes to PROJECT EDEN by Brett Battles.
Most interesting book of the month I will give to The Same Blood by M. Azmitia, for the simple reason that it was good, yet very far out of the norm for me in virtually everything about it – particularly with it being a long form narrative poem.
I only read one book that was remotely humorous in tone, so funniest book of the month goes to #SecondCivilWar – Letters: Letters from America’s Second Civil War by U. Ray Moran (a pen name of a friend for this effort, though I’ll not reveal who it is). If you’re already sick of politics and political news and 2018 Election coverage, this book is for you.
Overall best book of the month, I think I’m going to have to give to The Space Between by Dete Meserve. It was simply a very wild ride, and I loved the fact that a female NASA scientist got to play a lead role, even if her job wasn’t the main plot of the book.
Below the break, the entire list, in date completed order – with links to my Goodreads reviews of each.
The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal
Dancing With The Sun by Kay Bratt
#SecondCivilWar – Letters: Letters from America’s Second Civil War by U. Ray Moran
The Space Between by Dete Meserve
The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace
The Others by Jeremy Robinson
Sick by Brett Battles
Exit 9 by Brett Battles
Pale Horse by Brett Battles
Ashes by Brett Battles
Eden Rising by Brett Battles
Dream Sky by Brett Battles
Down by Brett Battles
The Same Blood by M. Azmitia