I exceeded my goal for July, partly because the reads I chose were quicker and partly because I had a weekend “away” (that means alone in a hotel downtown) which gave me some extra time!

Blink and We’ll Miss It by Ginny Kochis

This is a YA novel, the author’s first, and I am proud to say that she is a friend of mine. The story is an intriguing blend of Southern charm, teenage angst, family drama, and mystery with a hint of the supernatural thrown in.  And there is already a prequel in the works.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

I can’t remember how I came to read this. I know someone recommended it and I’m glad, because I would not have picked it up otherwise and it was really good.  I’d never heard of Amanda Palmer, even though she’s a well-known performer, and if I had heard of her I would not have thought I’d be interested in her book which is part memoir, part  . . . I don’t know . . . words of wisdom? self-help? Suffice it to say that I was constantly talking about it while I was reading it. It was uplifting and her philosophy resonated with me.

The Closers by Michael Connelly

I do love Michael Connelly novels. This is another one about his LAPD detective Harry Bosch, and like all of them, I couldn’t put it down.

Hornet’s Nest by Patricia Cornwell

This Patricia Cornwell novel does NOT feature the intrepid forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta, but rather on an entirely new cast of characters including a young reporter, Andy Brazil. I don’t even know how to explain this novel and its sequels except that it seems like Cornwell is having a little fun and I though it was hilarious.

Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan

I’ve probably written about this one before, as it is a frequent re-read. Pre-fire, we had collected every Start Trek novel written up to a certain point. Most are forgettable but not this one, which is a great piece of world-building and would be a compelling read even without the beloved characters.

Strangers We Know by Elle Marr

This is a freebie I got for being an Amazon Prime member which I read on my phone during my weekend away. It’s a thriller which is what I primarily choose for my free book. I enjoyed it enough at the time but a few months later I had to google it to remember what it was about at all.

To Die For by Lisa Gray

This is the same kind of read as the book above it except I do remember this one a little better–it’s about cut-throat characters in high-end real estate in L.A.  And, naturally, a murder and a mystery, which kept me guessing until close to the end.

Time for Yesterday by A.C. Crispin

Another favorite re-read, this is a sequel to Yesterday’s Son, itself a sequel to the episode in which Spock and McCoy are temporarily stranded in the Ice Age of the planet Sarpeidon. The first novel’s premise is that Spock had a dalliance resulting in a child born after he left whose existence he discovered, requiring a trip through the Guardian of Forever (from another much-acclaimed episode) to rescue.  But I like this book, in which a much-older Spock is able to encounter his son again. Great story and world-building and wonderful new characters.

Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline writes unique legal thrillers that often center around Bennie Rosato and her female-only law firm. I never tire of her books. This one features a completely different character whose closet promiscuity threatens her career as a judge not to mention her life.

Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo

This is a graphic novel about the youth of the antagonist in the Grisha series, a YA trilogy my daughter had me read some years ago, I am not a particular fan of graphic novels but this one was well done and also horrifying.

And that makes ten for the month of July!

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