Thursday, 1 August 2013

The Reading Queue: August

The Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty and Books: A true story.
Recap on July
Woohoo, this is my third post for The Reading Queue, and I am quite proud of the fact that I am still participating in this, as my only consistent meme is Stacking the Shelves.  Wow I can't believe it's August already, this year has flew by...anyway lets get to the nitty gritty and take a look at what I have read.
I managed to read six books from my July Reading Queue with a few marked as DNF, but we'll get to them in a bit.  I also read Mystic, Friday Night Alibi, The Rithmatist, See You At Harry's, Nomad, and Scissors, Sisters & Manic Panics, which are all review books but didn't make the list in my July post.

White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert [review]
Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover [review]
Surfacing by Nora Raleigh Baskin [review]
Stung by Bethany Wiggins [review]
This Northern Sky by Julia Green [review]
The Arrivals by Melissa Marr [review]
Mystic by Alyson Noel [review]
Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae [review]
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson [review]
See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles [review]
Nomad by J.L. Bryan [review]
Scissors, Sisters, & Manic Panics by Ellie Phillips [review]
Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines (*****)
Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines (****)
Facade by Nyrae Dawn (****)
Easy by Tammara Webber (***)
My Everything by Heidi McLaughlin (****)
Breathe by Abbi Glines (*****)
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (*****)
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire (****)
Past Perfect by Leila Sales (***)
The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles [review]
Because of Low by Abbi Glines (*****)

(* is worth a star on goodreads, these books are my own 'just for fun' reads that may not get a full review, but deserve a star rating.
None starred books will be getting a review soon)

The following books were a DNF for me for different reasons, not being able to get into the story, characters not capturing my attention, or just not what I expected the book to be like.

Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Never List by Koethi Zan
Wickedness by Deborah White

I'm beginning to see a pattern with my reading, just like last month I did not stick to my plan and read only review books, I am far too easily distracted with pretty covers and sexy guys.

My August reading queue is...

Gated by Amy Christine Parker
In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader.

Will is her Intended.

The end of the world is near.

Consume by Melissa Darnell
Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert's joy and despair. By changing the Clann's golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat, a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives.

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Returned by Jason Mott
Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time ... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

Undertow by Leigh Talbert Moore
Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination--and become a billionaire in the process.
Alexandra "Lexy" LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist.
Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.

Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.

2 Busy 4 Love by Lucy Hepburn
Christy prides herself on her efficiency as a personal assistant, fueled by her ever-present iPhone. When she loses the phone on the train on the day of her sister’s engagement party, Christy is sure the day is ruined – until she borrows a phone to reach Will, the cute guy who picked up hers for safe keeping. Dealing with family emergencies of his own, he can’t meet her until the evening, but maybe there’s still hope. Christy enlists Will as her own personal assistant, feeding her addresses and schedules throughout the day.

The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns
It's the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don't need to; your parents tell you when you're first learning how to say your name. It's drummed into you whilst you're taking your first stumbling steps. It's your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don't tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for someone else - someone other than the name on your wrist?

Soul Storm by Kate Harrison
Someone is stalking Alice Forster. She's sure it's her sister's murderer, but her parents think she's cracking under the stress of Meggie's death. Only in the virtual world of Soul Beach - an online paradise for the young, the beautiful and the dead - can Alice feel truly free. But there's trouble in paradise . . .

Clouds are gathering.

A storm is brewing.

The killer is about to strike.

Cruel Summer by James Dawson
A year after Janey’s suicide, her friends reunite at a remote Spanish villa, desperate to put the past behind them. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Jane was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. Only one thing is for certain, surviving this holiday is going to be murder…

Rolling Dice by Beth Reekles
They say that the higher you climb, the harder you fall - and Madison Clarke will do anything to keep her new life from crumbling to pieces. Moving from a small town in Maine to Florida, Madison grasps the opportunity to reinvent herself, to forget about those days of being a lonely, loser outcast, and jumps at the chance when the popular kids decide to take her under their wing. A hot boyfriend, parties, friends... If only there wasn't the slight problem by the name of Dwight, a cute, funny and totally nerdy guy in Madison's physics class who she can't help but enjoy spending time with. Running from her past and stumbling through the present, who knows what lies ahead in this new life in Florida?

Smash Into You by Shelly Crane
Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

I am on holiday for two weeks, the last week in August and the first week in September so I am hoping to be able to read all of these books and also some of my TBR books, books I received from blogger events and ones I have won.


  1. I'm glad you're still participating too! I haven't read Brandon Sanderson, but I really should. Your review made me want to read it. I'll take a world similar to Harry Potter any day :) Aw sad that Doll Bones was DNF. I wanted to read that. You've got an awesome list for August! I haven't seen any of them before, so I can't comment but they all look good!

  2. Wow that's a lot of books! You go! I'm so happy for this new meme. It will really help me remember which books I wanted to read next.
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  3. Ohhh I really want to read Arclight! You amaze me at the number of books you read each month! You're like the queen :P


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