July Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone!

July is always a busy one for me, and the last couple weeks had me busy with preparing for (virtual) poetry therapy programs!

This activity meant that I hadn’t done a lot of reading for July. I read only 7 books. I had an enjoyable time reading them though!

July Reading Stats

Pages Read: 1,518
Genres: 4
1 Historical Fiction
3 Children’s Fiction
1 Contemporary Romance
1 Fiction
1 Non Fiction
Book Formats
5 paperbacks
2 ebooks

July Wrap Up
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Link: https://i0.wp.com/i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1552334367l/44318414.jpg?w=620&ssl=1

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Historical Fiction)

A revealing novel about siblings holding on to the past. Click here to read my full review!

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When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten
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When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten (Middle Grade)
Review coming in mid August

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Non Fiction)
Re-read for research

Owl Diaries: Eva Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott

Owl Diaries 1 & 2 by Rebecca Elliott (Children’s Fiction)
An adorable book series…my niece will love them!

The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva
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The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva (Fiction)
Absolutely intense and emotional. Click here for my full review!

July Wrap Up
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
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Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
I just finished reading this book, and will have my review up soon. I’ll just say that I enjoyed it!

What books did you read this month? Feel free to share down in the comments!

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Goodreads Monday | July 13

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme started by Lauren’s Page Turners. You select a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it. Whether it’s a book photo or description (or both!), share why you love them! You can find Lauren’s Page Turners’ link here.

This Week’s Post

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I ordered ‘The Vanishing Half’ through Book of the Month in June. I’ve heard many wonderful things about this story of sisters with divided lives. I can’t wait to get to this book!


From The New York Times -bestselling author of The Mothers , a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

Are you excited to read The Vanishing Half? I know that I can’t wait to read this!

Love and Light, Cathleen

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WWW Wednesday: June 3

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
We Hunt the Flame is a re-read for me, as part of a Readathon led by Star is All Booked Up&The Reading Book Fairy. I love reliving Zafira and Nasir’s story!

Heir of Ashes by Jina S. Bazzar
I just began reading the first couple chapters of Heir of Ashes. So far I’m really liking this supernatural story!

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Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
I had some mixed feelings about this story! While I loved the New York City element about this tale, I felt a disconnect. I will share more about this book in my review!

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
I can’t to begin reading this story about friendship and unexpected romance!

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann
I can’t wait to begin reading this thrilling tale!

How is your reading progress this week? Feel free to share!

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‘Kiss and ‘Telle?’ by Nadine C. Keels/Book Review

Kiss and ‘Telle? by Nadine C. Keels
Length: 100 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Novella Acquired from the Author
Release Date: April 29, 2020

My Thoughts

Thank you Nadine C. Keels for providing me a complimentary copy of Kiss and ‘Telle?, in exchange for an honest review!

This was quite a lovely, romantic story! Kiss and ‘Telle? follows Chantelle and Dennis, the maid of honor and best man at their friends’ wedding. Both characters have feelings for each other, yet don’t exactly know how to express their feelings. When a collaboration begins between Chantelle and Dennis, things become even more unexpected!

While both characters have clear feelings toward one another, the book is clean romance. It’s great for readers who love playful, romantic banter and flirtations in their stories, yet wholesome displays of affection. Both Chantelle and Dennis work hard to have success in their work lives, and each turn to writing as an outlet for their creative hobbies. Although they are aware of the risks and pitfalls that come with relationships, the journey toward personal happiness is a bit more complex. This novella also has warm side characters (Alexis and Arthur) who offer supportive guidance when complications arise.

Kiss and ‘Telle? is listed as a novella, featuring characters from Keels’s novel Hope Unashamed. A sneak preview of the novel is included. You will love Kiss and ‘Telle?, as it has romantic chemistry and the valuable life lesson of patience through adversity.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


If only this type of thing were as easy as it looks in chick flicks.

Ever since her college days, Chantelle has had growing feelings for Dennis, a swaggering and smart geek-at-heart who’s got romance coming out of his ears. At least, he talks as if he’s mastered the art of dating, but how would Chantelle know if it’s true? She’s never gotten to experience Dennis as anything more than a close friend.

But wait! A huge opportunity comes along that could impact both their personal and professional lives. This may lead to the perfect time for Chantelle to tell Dennis what he means to her.

It may also be time for some of Chantelle’s own words about love to come back to bite her.


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WWW Wednesday: April 15

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

Silent Shadows (Harbored Secrets #3) by Natalie Walters
I received a complimentary copy of Silent Shadows from the Revell Reads Blogger Program. This book takes the point of view of Pecca Gallegos, who had a minor role in the last book.

Lobizona by Romina Garber
I’m so happy that NetGalley and Wednesday Books gave me this digital ARC! It covers all of the current events that’s making headlines (immigration, family separation), with a supernatural twist!

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
I can’t wait to begin reading this story for the Literally Dead Book Club!

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Friday Reads: April 10

I’m about halfway through Lobizona by Romina Garber. I’m just swept away by the reality of the Miami, Florida setting and the Argentinian folklore woven into the story. I’m sure it’s going to be quite a ride once things pick up!

I did discover one thing that I’m not too thrilled about…nothing story related, but the face that the publication date is pushed back to August. I should have expected it, considering the pandemic we’re all experiencing has caused delays and postponements all around. I was surprised about the news, but I can wait. It will just build up the excitement!

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Reading Blog: April 9

Today I began reading ‘Lobizona’ by Romina Garber. It’s a YA novel handling the relevant issues of immigration and family separation intensely. Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me a digital copy!

I’m about 30% through, and it’s revealed quite a lot about Manu and her existence. She’s lost so much and gained so much knowledge within a 24 hour span. I’m curious to see what happens next as the book progresses!

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