It is time for that halfway check on your reading progress! My Reading Challenge for 2022 is 120 books by the end of the year. I know, what the heck is wrong with me right? Ha! I think this might be my most ambitious reading challenge yet. And Goodreads is doing a wonderful job at reminding when I am way behind on my reading. Although, it does seem to make me want to read more when I see my “you’re 3 books behind schedule” or whatever number I’ve managed to rack up. In that regard, great job Goodreads! You are keeping me honest about my own personal reading goals. And that is really helping me try to keep up!

I am at a whopping 59 books at the moment. I was so freaking close at hitting that 60 books by mid-year too. That would have been perfect being halfway at the halfway mark. But since this is a long weekend in the USA with the Fourth of July on Monday, perhaps I can get ahead this month.

Also, I am happy to say that last month’s challenge of letting another person pick out my books turned out well. I found a few that I was not a fan of, but the rest of them were pretty good! I think my favorite one was The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec. I really liked the mythical history and stories the book used and the creative liberties the author wrote to fill in the “behind the scene” moments from Norse Mythology. I highly recommend it you guys!

Hope you all have a GREAT JULY! I see plenty of cookouts and sun time for me in the upcoming weeks. All with a cold drink and a good book to pass the time with!

My Reading List for July 2022:

Assassin’s Lullaby By Mark Rubinstein

In every life, there lurks catastrophe. So believes Eli Dagan, a thirty-nine-year-old man whose traumatic past led to his service as an assassin for the Mossad. He now lives in New York City, where under various assumed names he’s a contract killer. Anton Gorlov, the head of the Brooklyn-based Odessa mafia, has a new and challenging assignment for Eli. Gorlov wants to leave the country permanently, so all loose ends must be eliminated. He’s willing to pay $1 million for a task divided into two parts. The job involves extreme measures along with unprecedented danger for Eli, who has lived a ghostly existence over the last ten years. Is accepting Gorlov’s offer a subliminal death wish? Or is it a way to reclaim part of his damaged soul? For the first time since his pregnant wife and parents were killed by a suicide bomber years earlier, Eli Dagan faces challenges that will reconnect him with his blighted past and may yet offer hope for a new and better life.

Remembrance By T. K. Eldridge

I was three when I watched my mother die.

Now I’m back in Muckle Cove digging into her murder.

They say coming home is never easy, but what I’m finding goes so much deeper than anyone could have imagined.
Ancient magic, modern politics, and my mother’s ghost all point to some truth in the past that could change my present forever.

If it doesn’t kill me first…

The Curse of The Pharaohs By Elizabeth Peters

Book 2 in Amelia Peabody Series

Victorian Amelia Peabody continues to journal her Egypt adventures, toddler Ramses left in England. Husband Radcliffe Emerson’s old friend Lady Baskerville fears a curse killed her husband Sir Henry, and soon engages the attentions of American Cyrus. The will funds continued excavation. But a lady dressed in white floats, flutters, spreads fear, and more death.

Dead Until Dark By Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, doesn’t get out much, and tends to mind her own business – except when it come to her “disability” Sookie can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. Then along comes Bill Compton. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…

But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. And when a string of murders hits Bon Temps – along with a gang of truly nasty bloodsuckers looking for Bill – Sookie starts to wonder if having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

Serpent & Dove By Shelby Mahurin

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

It is the month to catch up to those reading challenges! Read Read Read!

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