Nook Book Wrap-Up #7

Posted August 5, 2018 by Kathy in Wrap-Up / 12 Comments

Nook Book Wrap Up is my monthly version of The Sunday Post hosted by Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Kim’s Sunday Post is a chance to share news about your blog, books and life. It is also a perfect opportunity to meet bloggers and add more books to your collection.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week.  July went by so fast and it’s hard to believe it is time for school again. My daughter is starting her sophomore year of high school in a week and it’s time for back to school shopping. I will be spending my weekends at the mall, but I have ordered somethings online. I love online shopping and dread spending the day at the mall. Are your kids getting ready for school?

July was another hot month for us (as it usually is in Sacramento). Northern California is hit again with fires. We are far from the fires, but we have had bad air quality days due to the smoke. We also see the ashes covering our cars. I can’t imagine what the fire victims are going through but I pray they get these fires get under control.

Here is news from last month:

  • I’m still having internet issues but so are people in my area. It is frustrating but we will being receiving a new router soon, so hopefully this will solve our internet issues. Until then our family takes turns using the internet. I let my husband play his video game first and then I get a turn to use the internet for blogging. I’ve been using my work cellphone to visit blogs or read on Bloglovin, and so far, this is going ok.
  • I posted a Book Looks this month! I’m excited to have this feature back on the blog. It’s been a while because the site I used to create my looks, Polyvore, had shut down earlier this year so I was stuck without a site to use AND I lost my draft versions that I had created for this year. Now I’m using ShopLook, which was created after the wake of Polyvore’s shutdown, and it’s taking me some time to learn the site. But I’m having fun with ShopLook and hope to create more Book Looks for the blog.
  • I had another great reading month. I finished Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series and I loved it! It felt good reading these books one after another and I love it when a series captures my attention. I also enjoyed listening to Ten by Gretchen McNeill. I don’t like scary movies but I took a chance on this and really liked it. So now I want to read more thrillers. Do you have any suggestions?


Last month’s posts:


Currently reading or listening to:

  • Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (Audiobook) – Young Adult Fantasy
  • The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (ebook) – Adult Historical Romance (this is a re-read)


Reviews coming soon:

  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand (ebook)
  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil (audiobook)


Reading challenges update:

  • 2018 New Release Challenge – 10 of 20 books
  • 2018 Audiobook Challenge – 22 of 30 audiobooks (5 books ahead of schedule)
  • Goodreads Challenge – 34 of 50 books (5 books ahead of schedule)
  • COYER Summer Challenge – 8 of 10 books


New books on my shelf

I rarely go on Netgalley so I was so excited to get approved for the following books:

  • The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa


Thank you to Tantor Audio for the following audiobooks:

  • Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg


Movies and TV

We saw 2 movies in July:

  • Incredibles 2 was a cute movie. I love Edna Mode so I was really excited to see this movie. The scene of Mr. Incredible trying to help his son the new math is hilarious and was exactly how I felt with my daughter.
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was a fun movie with action (just like the previous movies). Chris Pratt is fun to watch and with the way the movie ended I’m sure they’ll be making another movie soon.


What was your favorite part of July?  I hope you have a great week!



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12 responses to “Nook Book Wrap-Up #7

    • Kathy

      Ten was really good and I liked the suspense of it. I found a new genre to read lol. Thanks Kim!

  1. Those fires are crazy! My heart goes out to all those people affected, and people like yourself downwind or whatever getting the ash. Unbelievable. And yes how on earth did it get to be school time already?

    Ten was fun. Have you read People Like Us by Dana Mele? That was pretty good. Or Truly, Devious which was REALLY good.

    That fan pic cracks me up!

    • Kathy

      I’ll check out People Like Us and Truly, Devious. The Simpsons always make me laugh lol. Thanks Greg!

  2. Those fires are awful. I hope they’re put out quickly. We have a lot of grassfires around here, so I can relate to the bad air and ash rain. I’m glad you had a good reading month. Have a great week!

    • Kathy

      More fires have started so I hope they’re put out soon. I hope the fires stop in your area too. Thanks Aj!

  3. Frustrating about the internet issues. Hopefully the new router will fix that. I see really intended to see Incredibles 2 in theaters because we all loved the first movie but somehow never did. The fires are so scary and I imagine the smoke is making the air quality miserable. I hope you have a great week.

    • Kathy

      The internet issues are really frustrating and I feel so behind with blogging. I hope a new router will help. I loved the Incredibles 2 movie so I hope you get a chance to see it. Thanks Katherine and I hope you have a great week!

  4. OMG, the heat is so bad. We’ve had it bad here in Ohio too, though it is the humidity that is the real killer. For suspense/thriller recommendations, I would recommend Before the Fall by Noah Hawley or Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta (both I picked up because I loved the narrator, Robert Petkoff). I really loved both stories. And both were new-to-me authors.

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    • Kathy

      Right now we have the heat and the ashes from the fires. It’s horrible to be outside. Hopefully it will cool down for both of us soon! Thank you for the recommendations. I love Robert Petkoff so I’ll definitely check these books out.