Reading Challenge Update: August 2020

Hey friends! Welcome to another Saturday. I’m calling this the last Saturday of summer (yes, yes, I know it’s still summer until September 22nd) which means hopefully I’ll have more time to read soon. I had a great month–I managed to get 4 books read, getting me to 26/30 books! As always, I receive no compensation for reviewing these books or you purchasing them. I’ve included links to purchase the books on Amazon, but feel free to support your local library (if they’re open, or you can find it as an ebook) or bookstore (if you can order it). But please, don’t go out if it isn’t safe!

Beasts Beneath the Flesh by Joe Colomban

Ok, so I had to buy this book initially because of the cover. I couldn’t turn this down. The author specifically hired someone to do artwork hearkening back to the golden age of sword and sorcery, when women wore chainmail bikinis. Overall, this was a good book, though it was a little confusing sometimes. There are three different plot lines, and I’m not sure how they relate to each other. This is the first book of a series so I guess we’ll find out in subsequent books. My biggest issue with this book was just how many typos were in it. Even with all the typos, it was still a fun and enjoyable book.

You can purchase this book here.

Skelly’s Square by Stephen Black

I absolutely loved this book. I wasn’t sure where this was going when it started, but I loved where it went. Kirkwood Scott lives in a post-Troubles Belfast, working a dead end job and struggling to scrape by with his OCD. His OCD isn’t at all what it seems, as he discovers on one fateful payday weekend. His whole world is turned upside down and meets a street urchin named Meredith, who is seeing the same person Kirkwood’s OCD appears as in his head. My only complaint is that it might be a little too long, but not by much. Can’t wait for the second one!

You can purchase this book here.

Tell Me Every Lie by PJ Stanley

Emily’s daughter, Blair, is home after a year studying abroad in Greece. When Blair goes missing shortly after her return, ugly secrets are unearthed not only about her daughter’s life, but everything and everyone Emily knows. Overall, this book was great! I did not see the ending coming, and there was definitely at least one moment I gasped and covered my mouth in shock, which is difficult to get me to do, so well done PJ! Only reason this isn’t perfect was that everything felt like it developed too quickly, so it felt a little forced. Still an enjoyable read, definitely recommend!

You can purchase this book here.

From Garden to Grave by Rickie Blair

This was a fun, quick cozy mystery I managed to read in about a day. Verity Hawkes receives a call her aunt has gone missing in a strange accident, and she has to trek out to Leafy Hollow, Canada, to wrap up her personal affairs. Once Verity arrives, not only does she have to solve the mystery of what happened to her aunt, she has to help clear her name of murder! Overall, a fun book. Not the best one I’ve ever read, but still good. I thought Verity was too defensive when speaking with the police, but it could be that she’s a recluse and hasn’t left home for two and a half years.

You can purchase this book here.

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One thought on “Reading Challenge Update: August 2020

  1. Good job keeping up with your goal. Looks like you’re going to beat it again this year! A couple of these look good! Disagree with you strongly about covers—wouldn’t have touched that one because of the cover! But then typos? Three are my limit and then I’m done!


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