My Favorite Books from July 2015

I didn’t read nearly as much in July as I did in June – a combination of just being busy with the kids and being sick half the month (some pesky little bug that wouldn’t go away!), but I did still read a few really good ones.books


What a great compilation of productivity experts and their best tips.  Each short essay is written by a different business or lifestyle expert sharing their favorite and most useful methods for creating a productive life.  I really liked the way at the end of each chapter there was a tip sheet with a short description of the tips included in the chapter.  I also loved the quotes throughout the book!  My rating 4 out of 5.


Biggest tip for this book – DON’T read ahead – it will ruin the story for you.  Dara and Nick are two sisters who used to be extremely close.  But due to a relationship, Dara starts with Nick’s best friend and neighbor Parker, and an awful car accident that leaves Dara scarred, their relationship has fallen apart.  When Dara disappears on her birthday without her phone or car, Nick begins to worry and starts to investigate what Dara was doing before the accident and what truly caused their rift.  At the same time, a local 9-year-old girl disappears.  Nick becomes convinced that the two are linked.   Young Adult fiction, but still a book I enjoyed reading – I found some of the twists a bit predictable, but some surprising.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

What an interesting story – definitely unlike any I have read recently.  Arden is a turn-of-the-century woman magician – in other words, VERY unique.  At the beginning of the story, she is fleeing a murder and is caught by a small town policeman.  He locks her into his small quarters and asks for the truth – did she commit the murder?  Arden answers by sharing the tale of her life – what brought her to this moment.  The officer must decide if she is guilty and he should turn her in (which might help save his career) or let her go as innocent knowing that if she is caught she is likely to be punished regardless of the truth.   And as a master of illusions, how truthful IS Arden’s story?   The story she shares is amazing and engrossing and the details of the ending a bit unexpected.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

What have you enjoyed reading this month?  Any favorites I should add to my list?  Please share in the comments!

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