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Groundbreaking Reads - July

Books read during July

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Teens

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray “Hilarious insightful satire.”

All American Girl by Meg Cabot “4/5 shovels”

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare “5/5 shovels”

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare “5/5 shovels”

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare “5/5 shovels”

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare “5/5 shovels”

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare “5/5 shovels”

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare “5/5 shovels”

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare “5/5 shovels”

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins “5/5 shovels”

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins “5/5 shovels”

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins “5/5 shovels”

Reached by Ally Condie “It was an amazing book. A must read.”

Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy “5/5 shovels”

Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy “5/5 shovels”

Sharpshooter in Petticoats by Mary Connealy “5/5 shovels”

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George “Best book ever! Fiction, magic & everything!”

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix “5/5 shovels”

The Life Cycle of a Lion by Bobbie Kalman “Ok. Good.”

Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: No Messin' With My Lesson by Nancy Krulik “4/5 shovels”

Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: Who’s Afraid of 4th Grade “4/5 shovels”

Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: A Whirlwind Vacation by Nancy Krulik “3/5 shovels”

Katie Kazoo Switcheroo” On Thin Ice by Nancy Krulik “4/5 shovels”

Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers “5/5 shovels”

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis “It is a fun book. It has good creativity and has good imagination”

Frostbite by Richelle Mead “A very good book”

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead “Great book.”

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson “It was a great book. It has lots of interesting things. I can’t wait for the next one”

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson “I just love these books.”

Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever by James Patterson “I can’t wait for the 4th book.”

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan “5/5 shovels”

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan “5/5 shovels”

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan “5/5 shovels”

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan “5/5 shovels”

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan “5/5 shovels”

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan “5/5 shovels”

The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman “A time-traveling book that is really good.”

My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours by Kristine Springer “3/5 shovels”

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart “3/5 shovels”

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart “3/5 shovels”

I So Don’t Do Mysteries by Barrie Summy “4/5 shovels”

I So Don’t Do Spooky by Barrie Summy “4/5 shovels”

Cheetahs by Anne Welsbacher “Ok. Good.”

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey “Wow. Amazing.”

Adults

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman “Very good.”

Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland by Ace Atkins “Approximations of Parker”

The Broken Places by Ace Atkins “Good read – the tornado scene made you feel like you were really there!”

Death of Yesterday by M.C. Beaton “Weak/simplistic writing.”

The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson “Good read, believable super spy.”

The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry “Good fast read mystery”

The King’s Deception by Steve Berry “Another great book by Steve Berry. Fascinating Mix of modern and historical mystery.”

Winterkill by C. J. Box “Great – typical Box”

Breaking Point by C. J. Box “Wonderful book – very suspenseful – great read!”

Shadow of the Crown by Patricia Bracewell “Well written. Holds your interest.”

Into the Fire by Suzanne Brockmann “Low in intrigue, high on romance”

Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody “I really enjoyed this book. It kept me in suspense until the last page.”

Inferno by Dan Brown “Good read. Facts check out on Google.”

Inferno by Dan Brown “Real scary plot because you think that this could actually happen. Good read.”

Swine Not? By Jimmy Buffett “Cute Story. A single mom, her two children and their pet pig live in a 4 star hotel where mom is the pastry chef. An incredible happy ending for all.”

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke “Kepps you interested – lots of twists and turns”

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns “Story told by a 14 year old boy (Will) – it is very good. Very descriptive of the times and lives of the character.”

Leaving Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns “Unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. Will is twenty five now. Good – leaves you wishing for more.”

A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell “Excellent mystery based on the horrible true facts of the pre-WWII – Excellent read. Need more like this.”

A Wanted Man by Lee Child “Good read – typical Jack Reacher book”

Without Fail by Lee Child “A little wordie but very intense and action packed. A good read.”

Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark “4 on a scale of 5. Intricate, twisted storyline.”

Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark “Written in an honest, gutsy style – not boring at all and she tells it like it was!”

Lonestar Sanctuary by Collen Coble “Entertaining – suspensful with a twist”

Me ‘n Tad by Bruce Coffer “Interesting.”

Matched by Ally Condie “Really great read! If you liked The Hunger Games and Divergent you will love it. Reached by Ally Condie “Really great series. Must read for Hunger Games and Divergent fans.”

If The Hunger Games was a little hard to swallow this might be for you – not violent.”

Bombshell by Catherine Coulter “Always enjoy her books. This one had a lot of different characters.”

Suspect by Robert Crais “Great for dog/animal lovers”

The Sentry by Robert Crais “Joe Pike (the hero) wins again. Action packed etc.”

The Two-Minute Tule by Robert Crais “The Hero is a ex-convict hard to identify with; but his persistance grows on you! Fast moving/good read.”

The Gift of Life by Henry Denker “Very good – a true story”

The Old Gray Wolf by James Doss “Could not get into it. Too folksy, too slow, etc.”

The Heist by Janet Evanovich “Fun! Shades of Ocean’s Eleven. Stephenie Plum and Kate O’Hare are night and day but readers will love Kate every bit as much. Sparks are flying – can’t wait for the next one!”

A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans “Great, as always!”

The Lone Star Showdown by Tabor Evans

The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon “Gives great background on the Outlander series. Extremely helpful.”

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman “Strangely engrossing. Captivating and haunting.”

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl “A fun story for all ages. Well written with a  fast paced story.”

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham “Good read! Just the right amound of suspense!”

Harmony is a Place to Call Home by Philip Gulley “Deals with the life of a small town pastor. Interesting and true to life.”

House of Memories by Merle Hagard and Tom Carter “Great bio of life and times of ‘The Hag’”

Bud Barkin Private Eye by James Howe “It was ok. The children would like the mystery book.”

Howliday Inn by James Howe “It was a good mystery book. It had me thinking who the culprit was during the whole story.”

Judgment Call by J.A. Jance “Typical mystery story but entertaining”

Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen “Was a great book but is a cliffhanger.”

The Brothers O’Brien by William Johnstone “Western”

Crusade of Eagles by William Johnstone “Western”

At the Stroke of Madness by Alex Kava “Too gruesome for me!”

Stand Proud by Elmer Kelton “Excellent! Touching.”

The Green Mile by Stephen King “Great Read. Not what I expected.”

Joyland by Stephen King “Page turner. Lots of suspense.”

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver “Explains global warning”

Cape Light by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer “An enjoyable read. A Christian romance novel.”

A Gathering Place by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer “Another Cape Light novel about family and life’s problems and solutions. Enjoyed!”

A Christmas Star by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer “An enjoyable and easy read! All of the Cape Light novels are good.”

Home Song by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer “Enjoyable!”

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen “Wonderful. Intriguing.”

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz “Third best of the Odd Thomas series. A little slow to start but picks up midway. Very deep – philosophically.”

Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger “Twisted – great!”

The Little Sparrows by Al and Joanna Lacy “Grade A. The books will stand on it on – do read you will enjoy.”

All My Tomorrows by Al and Joanna Lacy “Great book – If you read it, you will enjoy it.”

Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen “Poor and tasteless. Killing for the thrill. Dumb.”

The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart “Excellent. Very entertaining.”

The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroat “No comment.”

The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroat “A good who dun it.”

Logan’s Outlaw by Elaine Levine “Western”

204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber “Absolutely wonderful”

16 Lighthouse Rd by Debbie Macomber “Charming – hard to put this book down – this reader felt like she was there in Cedar Cove.”

The Last Lion by William Manchester “Very good”

The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell “A good read as all the Wallander books have been.”

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews “Good read, but I didn’t like all the Russian words.”

The Son by Philipp Meyer “I didn’t know if I would like it but I could hardly put it down. A look at Texas history.”

The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels “Of no interest to me.”

Weird U.S. by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman “A really interesting read filled with legends and stories I had never heard.”

Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still by Kent Nelson “Very good but sexual descriptions.”

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger “Concerns two sets of twins, several historians, a kitten, and a cemetery.”

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson “A little different from most of his novels but very good.”

Choke Point by Ridley Pearson “Lively action and a good look at Amsterdam”

Cezanne’s Quarry by Barbara Corrado Pope “Hard to keep your interest.”

The Missing Italian Girl by Barbara Corrado Pope “Very good/interesting about France before World War II”

The Waiting Time by Eugenia Price “Very good – slightly historical”

To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn “This one is really good.”

When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn “Pretty sexy but good.”

It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn “Another in this series – exciting”

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts “Typical Nora. Fast read.”

All the Colors of Darkness by Peter Robinson “A murder mystery set in England. A little different storyling and twist. I enjoyed it.

Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson “A+ A very good mystery!”

Silken Prey by John Sandford “Good solid Lucas Davenport mystery”

Double Death on Black Isle by A.D. Scott “Lots of Scottish landscape description”

Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline “Different from her usual – starts a little slow, but grabs you soon to the end.”

Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline “A riveting book – very emotional and it moves fast.”

Foxfire by Anya Seton “Good historical novel. Very descriptive and interesting.”

Devil Water by Anya Seton “I could not get into it.”

Dragonwyck by Anya Seton “Good book. I wanted answers before she gave them to the reader.”

Katherine by Anya Seton “Great historical novel. Detailed, rich, engaging.”

The Turquoise by Anya Seton “Really enjoyed!”

The English Girl by Daniel Silva “Really good read. Lots of susprises along the way.”

Texas Justice by Mona D. Sizer

Defiant by Bobbi Smith “Western”

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout “Olive is one of the most unlikely and unlikeable characters I’ve ever ‘met.’ Makes you think!”

Widow’s Strike by Brad Taylor “Very suspenseful and interesting”

Hidden Order by Brad Thor “Excellent. Educational.”

A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace “It was a good book. It was sad in some parts. It did have a happy ending though.”

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls “A great story! Engaging and even funny at times.”

Blindsight by Peter Watts “Interesting Sci-Fi, with good science background”

A Thousand Voices by Lisa Wingate “All right but I wanted more Choctaw history.”

Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate “Interesting book. Well written.”

The Stonecutter’s Daughter by Janet Woods “19th century soap opera”

Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods “Simplistic and unrealistic, but an entertaining read. It’s kind of like a James Bond plot without all the cool gadgets.”

Chiefs by Stuart Woods “His first novel and one of his best.”

Dirt by Stuart Woods “As usual, the book was very good.”

White Cargo by Stuart Woods “Different from most of his books but very enjoyable”

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede “A mostly fast paced read filled with fantasy. The story almost came to life.”