Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Books You Loved: July Edition

It's the first Wednesday in the month again – how incredible that it is now the second half of the year.  So, it's Books You Loved time.

Books You Loved: June was the gift that kept on giving.  Some reviews that caught my eye were:

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13D by Teresa Toten.  Diva Booknerd said 'The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is a beautiful, poignant and an incredibly playful read that's written with a loving hand, dealing with a very serious and very real issue of obsessive compulsive disorder.'

Beyond Suspicion by Catherine A Winn.  Wall-to-Wall books said 'It was very suspenseful, kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. I couldn't wait to find out what had really happened. I was hooked right from the very first chapter. There were lots of twists and turns, and a few OH MY GOSH! Moments'

The Martian by Andy Weir.  I so agree with Doing Dewey that 'If someone had to be stranded on Mars, Mark Watney was a great choice. Only someone with his mad botany and engineering skills could possibly stay alive, with no way to communicate with Earth and too few supplies to wait on a rescue mission. And only someone with his phenomenal sense of humor could survive the solitude without going insane. These two traits also made him a wonderful protagonist to read about. Being stranded on Mars could make for a depressing, hopeless story. Instead, I spent the whole book laughing or on the edge of my seat rooting for Mark to survive each new challenge.' Read this book – whether you think you like sci-fi or not!

Villa America by Liza Klaussmann. Guiltless Reading said 'Filled with gorgeous descriptions of the coasts of Cap d'Antibes in southern France, art and literary musings of Picasso and Fitzgerald, and a feeling of a being in the inner circle of the charmed Murphys, this existentialist historical fiction tale will be sure to intrigue those of you who are familiar with these real life people or those who love 1920s art and literature.'

George's Grand Tour by Caroline Vermalle.  Words and Peace said ' Hilarious and serious novel on rediscovering the joys of daily life at any age, and on how modern technology can help rebuild bridges of communication and sharing between generations.'

Now for the new collection.  Remember the post doesn't have to be a recent one and the book doesn't have to have been recently published or read.  The only requirement is that it is about a book that you loved.

To add to the list just pop the name of the book (and your name/blog name if you like) into the first Mr Linky box and then copy and paste the url of your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning your links to this Pinboard to make it easier for you to check them out at a glance.

I hope you discover some great books to read – I always do!


  1. Tiny Little Thing ~ It may have "tiny" in the title, but there's nothing small about this novel. Smart & sophisticated, a riveting summertime (or anytime, for friends in the So. Hem!) read.

    1. I agree....Tiny Little Thing was excellent.

  2. I have three titles to enter this month, Carole. Thanks as usual for this meme.

  3. I picked The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett - amazing! :)

  4. I could not possibly decide among three great books I read in June, and so I have linked to all three, one classic and two of more recent origin: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope, The Children Act by Ian McEwan, and The Martian by Andy Weir. They are three very different books but all thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended for your readers.

  5. Lots more great books here! Thanks for hosting as always :)

  6. Thanks again, Carole! Just added a Cold War espionage novel I loved - The Saltzburg Connection.

  7. I know that one of my additions wasn't a review but I thought everyone may be interested in my updated list of book bloggers. My favorite book in June was Erika Swyler's The Book of Speculation. I think it will be one of my favorite books of 2015.

  8. I absolutely enjoyed The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck. And I get to meet him Monday night at my bookstore for a discussion and signing. A great book that's part travel, part humor, part history, part biography. Perfect for everyone.

  9. I absolutely adored The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, anyone else read it?

  10. Always love your lists and the contribution of the other readers. Thanks for giving us the chance to get to know other books and other bloggers.

    My favourite last month was a re-read, an oldy but goody from New Zealand: "Pippa in Paradise" by Mary Scott

    I have loved her novels since I was a teenager and reading them again always makes me feel good.

    Marianne from Let's Read

  11. I've made my choice of my 'Best Book For July', which is by an Australian author who is new to me! :) See you next month, Carole!


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