I read five books in August. Two mysteries (on audiobook), one cozy mystery, and two nonfiction.
One of the nonfiction books was Lara Casey's "Make It Happen." I enjoyed it but I'm enjoying her more recent book, "Cultivate" better. I'm about halfway through that one.
I read book two of the Knight & Moon series by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton. I have to say that I'm torn on that series. I love the main characters a lot. In fact, Emerson Knight is a great character and a lot of fun. And Riley is a great partner in his escapades. It's the supporting characters who bother me. Emerson's cousin is written just like a male version of Lula from her Stephanie Plus series, which would be okay except for two reasons: he's in the book too much, and the audiobook reader is the same person who reads the Plum series. So even she makes him sound just like Lula. It seems a bit lazy on both the writer and the audiobook reader's part and a quite distracting for me as a reader.
All the other supporting characters in books one and two feel familiar, like they're just recycled characters you've seen before. The bad guys seemed really implausible and that's saying something because you don't read an Evanovich book for a realistic look at crime. You go into it with the attitude that you'll have fun and just go with the weirdness. So when you start thinking, that's TOO odd, there's a problem.
With all those issues, I did enjoy the main characters and the storyline enough to read the next book, although I think I'll skip the audio version. Not hearing Vernon speak in Lula's voice will be easier when I'm reading it on my own.
I think five books this month is a respectable number, but I'm really hoping to kick that number up a bit this fall. I used to read over 200 books a year and this year, I'll be lucky if I can get 75 read. In fact, if I hit 75 I'll be really surprised. I'm going to be looking for ways to get more reading in as I have a lot of nonfiction I'd like to get to in the next few months.
I'm going to start posting about some of my favorite books each month on Instagram. I got the idea from a journal spread I saw and realized the size would be perfect for an Instagram photo. I'm going to work up a template and start posting about books more often.
How about you? DId you read anything good in August? Is there anything you tried to read that you didn't like? Share in the comments!