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If you were to ask me what my favorite thing to do is, I’d say reading. It’s the ultimate case study of writing but it’s so fun to get caught up in someone else’s story. So it’s not shocking that as the pandemic goes on and on and it’s too hot to sit outside on my patio and write, I opt to cuddle up under fan and on the couch to read a book.
August started with me finishing up the third book in the Unsub Series, The Dark Corners of the Night. I’m not sure what the author’s plans are for the series but there definitely has to be another book in the works! And Amazon has apparently bought the rights to turn the series into a TV show, so I’ll be excited to see that when it comes out.
I’ll be honest y’all, that feels so long ago when I finished that book! Much longer than a month. But after that, I dove into The Right Swipe, which is a cute romance novel about online dating and the swiping-culture. If you haven’t read it yet, I would definitely recommend it.
If you’re wanting to read books with more diverse casts, this story features a black lead – and she’s a black lead who started her own business. There’s a second book in this series, and I’ll be picking that up sometime in the near future.
Because one romantic book wasn’t enough, after that, I dove into Finding Freedom – the book about Meghan and Harry, the Sussexes. I’ve been a fan of the British royal family for a long time so I’ve been listening to Omid Scobie’s #Theheirpod for almost a year now and when this book was announced, I knew I was going to pick it up.
It’s a heartwarming story, how those two go together. Some of the early days are detailed really well and I was fascinated how they were able to include information as recent as the beginning of the pandemic in the book.
In traditional publishing, it takes a long time to publish a book. It’s not instantaneous like indie publishing is where once I’m finished, I can publish any day I want.
It’s a totally different process, and I’m impressed they got that in there.
After two stories of love and romance, I needed a pallet cleanser, so I read The Girl from Widow Hills. I had read a previous book by the author and was less than impressed (she tried to do a reverse story line which doesn’t really work in a mystery, at least in my opinion). This story worked a lot better and while I guessed the twist probably 30 pages ahead of time, it was an easy read in the unreliable narrator sub-genre. At some point, I would love to write a book in this sub-genre, but I’m not there yet. Gotta finish a few different books first.
I finished The Girl from Widow Hills earlier this week when I was at my parents and I’ve started One to Watch, another rom-com. I guess when this world is kind of crazy, it’s nice to have a love story where the main love interest can actually hug her man. Cause I’ve been waiting to do that a lot this year.