I'm back with another month of what I've been reading lately, in July 2018. It was a slow month of reading as I had family in the house for most of the first couple weeks of the month then I was scrambling to read. Read. Read. So maybe I didn't read as many as other months; a couple of the books, however, will be going on my best of the best lists for sure. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl may just be the best book of the year. I loved it! And, the non-fiction Christian book, my favorite genre by the way, Soul Keeper by John Ortburg is a - keeper! Of course, I'm fully entrenched in re-reading my all-time favorite book series In Death, by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts; although I'm not necessarily a fan of Nora Roberts books, I have read a few that were good).
I created the 2-page 6 x 8 scrapbooking page - again - for my All About Me album 2018.
Here are ALL the books I've read so far this year: 100 Books in 2018
Without further ado...July 2018 what I've been reading lately.
Born in Death by J. D. Robb. This was a really intriguing story line and murder mystery. Robb wound together and overlapped two seemingly unconnected mysteries, one a murder and the other a missing person, seamlessly and continued the ongoing saga of Eve and Roarke and the ever-growing cast of characters. 53/100 books in 2018
Force of Nature by Jane Harper. Deep into the isolated forest, over the rough and tangled web of personal and professional terrain, and into the frigid temperatures and murky waters of betrayal and back woods wilderness where the disappearance of a colleague on a corporate retreat unfolds into a spell-grabbing what really happened to Alice and brings Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk, the flawed and brilliant character first introduced and developed in The Dry, Harper's stunning and brilliant debut novel, into the investigation once again. Along time to get there in a short amount of time, Harper - and Falk - tease the reader and fleshes out the mystery surrounding the disappearance and all the while you're on your edge of the seat. Not as perfect as The Dry, but pretty darn close. 54/100 books in 2018
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. Stunning - and delicious! As a lover of food who also loves to cook with flavors this novel was perfectly infused with fascinating characters - oh my! so fascinating! - a savory, delectable work of art. Without a doubt this will be on my top ten books of the year and may even claim top billing. I hung on every word, every character, every piece of the story, weaved and fashioned in perfectly. Such a true delight! This is one of those masterpieces that when you finish you wished it wasn't over. 55/100
Soul Keeping by John Ortberg. A couple gentlemen I think highly of mentioned this book on Facebook. These guys are the type of people 'when they speak, you listen' - I have that kind of regard for their opinion. Honestly, I'm not sure I would have picked this up on my own anytime soon for not their recommendation. I was not disappointed! In fact, this book is going on that stack of life-changing books that I keep and return to, reference, think about, and ponder often. Just a couple thoughts to ponder: "Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day...you must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life." "Your soul is what integrates your will, your mind, and your body into a single life. A soul is healthy - well-ordered - when there is harmony between these three entities and God's intent for all creation. When you are connected with God and other people in life, you have a healthy soul." Ortberg speaks of gratitude and generosity is essential for a healthy soul. The more we focus on our selves (self-care, self love), the more we neglect our souls. 56/100
Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie. This is book three in the murder mystery starring Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James of Scotland Yard. While I wasn't on the edge of my seat, biting my nails (not that I bite my nails - but you get the picture), but, Leave the Grave Green is a solid murder mystery, cut into puzzle pieces and offered up to Kincaid and James to investigate. Crombie takes her readers step by step through the twists and turns of the investigation along with intricate character and a fully British ambient scene development. I feel like I have a personal connection with the persons and places, and that I'm not just on the outside looking in. 57/100
Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb. I have a love hate relationship with this book. The murder mystery is crazy good. Scary, in an I did not see that one coming sort of way. But, the personal storyline weaved within the book is what drives me crazy. Because I've read the book before and because I'm personally in a different place I was able to escape the to personal and read a good story. And, even though I'd read the book catching the murderer still blew me away! 58/100
Creation in Death by J.D. Robb. I am enjoying my re-read journey of the J.D. Robb In Death series this year. It has been awhile. While I remembered the premise of this book, the intricacies were a delight and the murder investigation was jam-packed intriguing. New York City, 2060: Lieutenant Eve Dallas never forgets a corpse. Her new case will resurrect the memories of women she couldn’t save—and the killer who slipped out of her grasp…When the body of a young brunette is found in East River Park, artfully positioned and marked by signs of prolonged and painful torture, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier. The city was on edge from a killing spree that took the lives of four women in fifteen days, courtesy of a man the media tagged “The Groom”—because he put silver rings on the fingers of his victims. But this time, it becomes chillingly clear that the killer has made his attack personal. The young woman was employed by Eve’s billionaire husband, Roarke, washed in products from a store Roarke owns, and laid out on a sheet his company manufactures. Chances are, The Groom is working up to the biggest challenge of his illustrious career—abducting a woman who will test his skills and who promises to give him days and days of pleasure before she dies: Eve. - Amazon. 59/100