Quick Lit: July 2022

There’s been a surprising trend to my reading the past few months. I’ve always been primarily a fiction girl, but this year I’ve found myself reading a lot more nonfiction. I’ve read two nonfiction books in the last month and I’m in the middle of another one. Here’s what I’ve read the past month:

I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet by Shauna Niequist

Is there an author whose books always seem to be exactly what you need, every single time? Shauna Niequist is one of mine. We’re about the same age, so maybe that’s part of the reason, but each time she writes a book, we seem to be walking a similar road at the same time. I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet carries on that same tradition as she writes about life in your 40’s, health scares, kids growing up, and more. I’m so glad I was able to get a copy from our library!

When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom From Toxic People by Gary L. Thomas

This was a really emotional book for me. To my knowledge, there aren’t a lot of books on this topic, and there definitely aren’t many written from a Christian perspective. The author handles a difficult subject with love and grace.

To Love a Viking by Heather Day Gilbert and Jen Cudmore

Viking historical wasn’t a genre I’d ever thought about until Heather Day Gilbert released her novel, God’s Daughter. It was so well written and so interesting that I was hooked. I’m thrilled about this new series and I absolutely loved book one. The characters were so good, and their struggles were relatable to a modern audience.

Fallout by Carrie Stuart Parks

Carrie Stuart Parks always writes such unique characters! Fallout was no exception. The story kept me guessing. I figured out part of the mystery by the end, but there were quite a few surprises.

What did you read this month? What did you think of it?

Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the Second Half of 2022

The second half of 2022 is going to amazing for this book lover! I have so many favorite authors releasing books, plus some brand new authors I can’t wait to try. I’ll be ready for the shorter days of winter so I can devour all these.

The Wonderland Trials by Sara Ella (July)

For someone who really doesn’t care for Alice in Wonderland, I love books inspired by it, like Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m so excited for this book from YA author Sara Ella.

You’ll Be Mine by Rachel Hauck and Mandy Boerma (August)

Y’all know from previous posts that I absolutely adore the fictional town of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, and I can’t wait for the newest HB book. I love this series from Sunrise Publishing! These are the perfect sweet, small town romances.

The Bride of Blackfriar’s Lane by Michelle Griep (September)

The first book of the series, The Thief of Blackfriar’s Lane, was such a fun historical fiction read! I’m looking forward to new adventures with these great characters.

To Win a Prince by Toni Shiloh (September)

I’m so excited to be on the launch team for this book! I get to read it early and I can’t wait. The first book, In Search of a Prince, was great. I’m a sucker for a sweet royalty romance. There’s so much meanness in the world today, and a sweet story like this is exactly what I need sometimes.

Fallout by Carrie Stuart Parks (September)

This cover is so creepy and perfect! Carrie Stuart Parks writes great suspense with unique main characters. This will perfect for a rainy fall night.

Wishtress by Nadine Brandes (September)

My boys got me hooked on Nadine Brandes’ books. When they first read Fawkes, they insisted I needed to read it, although “historic fantasy” wasn’t a genre I thought I’d enjoy. I was wrong. I was hooked! Her book Romanov was just as good. There will be a battle at our house over gets to read this one first.

The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jaime Jo Wright (October)

Jaime Jo Wright is my favorite suspense author! Her books are the perfect level of creepy with the best cast of characters. I’m on the launch team for this one, too, and I’m so excited that she released two books this year.

The Lost Melody by Joanna Davidson Politano (October)

This is another great historical novel! I love Politano’s unique, emotional stories.

The Bookshop of Secrets by Mollie Rushmeyer (October)

This debut novel from the new Love Inspired Trade line sounds amazing! I’ve read one book form this new line and if it’s any indication of what’s to come, this might become a new favorite publisher.

Within These Gilded Halls by Abigail Wilson (October)

Regency and mystery? You can’t go wrong with that combination! Abigail Wilson has become a favorite author since I read The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, then proceeded to binge everything she’s written. I’m excited for this one and was thrilled to score an early NetGalley copy.

The Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green (November)

Green’s debut novel, Things We Didn’t Say, is a book I recommend to pretty much everyone. She told such a beautiful story from a unique angle. I’m excited about this one. Books about books and reading are just so perfect.

Authentically Izzy by Pepper Basham (November)

Once again, books about books and reading are the best! From the description, this sounds like it’s along the lines of Sarah Monzon’s Booknerds and Boyfriends series, which I loved. I got approved for a NetGalley copy of this and I’m so excited to read it!

All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes (December)

Amanda Dykes ins another author whose debut blew me away. Her books leave me feeling all the emotions and usually have me in tears at least once. They are so beautifully written!

The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen (December)

Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors. I’m reading her books in order, so I probably won’t get to this one for a while. I know it will be great, though.

Hat books are you most excited about for the rest of this year? Are any of my picks on your list?

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