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The Books I Read In July


Thanks to an extended July 4th weekend and great weather, I was able to blow through three books this month and get a sizable chunk of my first book for August out of the way. In case you need a refresher, here's my summer reading list. I am trying to stick to it as closely as possible, but sometimes I get books from friends and I need to read that one as soon as possible so that I can pass it along to the next friend in our book group. Two of the books I read last month are on my summer reading list, and the other one was a book I picked up on sale that once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.

Here are the three books I read in July:

1. California Girls by Susan Mallery    3/5 stars
This book is an entertaining read about three sisters who are jilted in the same week by their respective boyfriends/husband. While I loved the characters, the storylines were a little drawn out and flat at times. Each outcome was more or less predictable, but it was still an enjoyable read never the less.

2. Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes    4.5/5 stars
This was a very enjoyable and quick read about a young woman who finds herself traveling alone to Paris with the expectation that her boyfriend will join her eventually. He never shows up, she befriends a Frenchman, and she has a wonderful experience in Paris despite having the lowest expectations. This is a heartwarming read and a fun walk through Paris for either those who have never been as well as those who have.


3. In the Darkness by Mike Omer     4.5/5 stars
This is the second book in the popular murder/mystery series by Mike Omer. I read the first book, A Killer's Mind, and I wrote about here. I don't usually fall prey to books that are part of a series, but this one had me from the very first line of the very first book. It's fast paced and thrilling, which are two qualities that every psychological thriller must have. It also has good character development. Zoe Bentley is a forensic psychologist working with the FBI. Her specialty is serial killers, and in this book, she's been summoned to Texas to help stop a killer who buries his victims alive. I love getting inside Zoe's mind and seeing things from her perspective as a forensic psychologist. Zoe and her partner must think fast to prevent another murder and unravel the mystery and get inside the mind of the killer.

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