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I made it to this link up a second time this year!  I am impressed with myself.  Not that I'm not usually reading, but that I'm terrible about remembering to write things down and actually participate in this link up.  Anyway, here's what I've been reading this summer:


A Life Less Throwaway.  This one is all about stopping shopaholic behavior, because it's a vicious cycle of overspending and then discarding items that aren't at the end of their life cycle yet.  I already simplify and buy quality and avoid shopping, so there wasn't new information in this book for me, but I'm okay with that.  I like reading books in this general genre because they reinforce my worldview.  I think we all like that.  If this is not currently your worldview though, then I definitely recommend reading it.

All Things Laini Taylor.  I just got addicted after reading Strange the Dreamer, which I talked about during the last time I linked up.  I read the sequel, Muse of Nightmares, and then started and finished the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.  My reading list is probably most filled with non-fiction like the organizing/declutterings books, but fantasy is a close second.  I always like the first book the most but Muse of Nightmares was a fantastic follow up to Strange the Dreamer.  It's so well-written and detailed, just a great story.  I'm not sure if I like those two more or less than the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, because it's also amazing and I highly recommend it.  I'd say the same things about it that I did with my review of her book in the last link up (beautiful, detailed, can make the pacing seem slow but totally worth that sacrifice) so if that's your jam too, these books sure will be.

Jar of Hearts.  I had this done almost in time for the last time I linked up (March), but not quite.  I finished it right after that though.  The only reason I didn't finish it in one sitting was because I started on a bad day, meaning that I had to go to work.  My own fault!  You know how I enjoy my dark and twisty thrillers about horrible people doing horrible things, so of course this was right up my alley. (Also this is pretty much the quote in the author's Amazon biography, so I knew she was for me.)  It's got that jumpy, excited, terrible things are happening pacing that I like from thrillers, so you'll fly through reading this.  It's disturbing, but realistic.  Disturbingly realistic, maybe.  But if you like that sort of thing, this is well-written and top of the line in terms of thrillers for me.

Verity.  Steph said to read it so I did and she's clearly never wrong because it's fantastic.  Like I said, creepy is for me!  Do not read this at night because not only is it super creepy, it's also got that really fast-paced, wild energy that good thrillers have, so you won't be able to put it down.  You also might question your sanity, like watching The Shining, but that's the fun of it.  I love that you don't see the ending coming like is often the case in books like this.  Steer clear if you don't share my love of twisty, disturbing books but if you do, highly recommend.

Thanemonger Because my LLBFF Tara started up a new podcast where she reviews a book once a month so I had to check out the first one she did.  Co-sign on her review, so go listen if you're curious!  It's more her speed than mine in terms of type of book, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

In progress: The Huntress and The House Witch.

Have you read anything on my list, or plan to soon?  Don't forget to link up your own posts with Steph and Jana.

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