Hey! Into August we go you guys! I hope that the first half of the year was kind to everyone! I was finally able to catch up on my Goodreads reading – made it to 70! There was a serious read-a-thon happening in July so I could catch up. And of course, that prompted me to start the huge undertaking of reorganizing my library. The 1,000 plus books I have are really starting to seem real as a work through all my shelves. There is even a (still in progress) list on Goodreads of my books I physically have. The list is as accurate as I can get considering the vastness of my library. I’ve worked on it for 2 days and I have officially made it past the 500 book line and I’ve made it through 3 of my 6 bookcases. Ha! What have I started?! 😅

Some might call me crazy, but it is actually a lot of fun despite the small complaints I might spout here and there. I am re-finding books that have been tucked onto my shelves for years that were a blast to read! The shelves are looking great though! Plus, some books that I haven’t read that have made it onto my shelves too. Don’t judge lol!

This month’s reading list is a throwback to the early 2000s. I was feeling a bit nostalgic while picking the leading line up. Probably because of the rearranging I’m doing with my books. I was able to find a little bit of everything in these books though, I’m pretty excited about that. We have some mystery, high fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and some YA fantasy too. These are some Oldie but Goodies that I have found and for some of them this is a second read through.

Have a wonderful August Everyone!

My Reading List for August 2022:

Prey By Michael Crichton

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles — micro-robots — has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

Shadow Game By Christine Feehan

The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter, Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something goes wrong. In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying-victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he is next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered, Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily. Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland’s every new fear, every betrayal, every growing suspicion, and every passionate beat of the heart. Together, they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father’s past and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.

Copycat By Erica Spindler

Five years ago, three young victims were found murdered, posed like little angels. No witnesses, no evidence left behind. The Sleeping Angel Killer called his despicable acts ‘the perfect crimes.’ The case nearly destroyed homicide detective Kitt Lundgren’s career – because she let the killer get away.

Now the Sleeping Angel Killer is back.

But Kitt notices something different about this new rash of killings – a tiny variation that suggests a copycat killer may be re-creating the original ‘perfect crimes.’ Then the unthinkable happens. The Sleeping Angel Killer himself approaches Kitt with a bizarre offer – he will help her catch his copycat.

Kitt must decide whether to place her trust in a murderer – or risk falling victim to a fiend who has taken the art of the perfect murder to horrific new heights.

The Amulet of Samarkand By Jonathan Stroud

Book 1 in The Bartimaeus Trilogy

Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the “ultimate sacrifice” for a “noble destiny.”

If leaving his parents and erasing his past life isn’t tough enough, Nathaniel’s master, Arthur Underwood, is a cold, condescending, and cruel middle-ranking magician in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The boy’s only saving grace is the master’s wife, Martha Underwood, who shows him genuine affection that he rewards with fierce devotion. Nathaniel gets along tolerably well over the years in the Underwood household until the summer before his eleventh birthday. Everything changes when he is publicly humiliated by the ruthless magician Simon Lovelace and betrayed by his cowardly master who does not defend him.

Nathaniel vows revenge. In a Faustian fever, he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills, all the while trying to appear subservient to his master. When he musters the strength to summon the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to avenge Lovelace by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, the boy magician plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine.

Gardens of The Moon By Steven Erikson

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand…

What books are throwbacks for you? Time to dust the books off and crack those spines!

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