Morning Meanderings….The Best Books Of July


Good morning and Happy 4th of July!  😀  Day 8 of the cleanse and I am holding strong.  Last night my son from the Navy (WOO HOO!) was over with three of us his good friends.  Two of them are his best friends from High School and I love that they all stay close.  All three of them are in the Navy.  A 4th friend, Adam, lives in ST Cloud now but is also in the reserves and will be here this weekend to hang out.  While I have no pictures from last night (I know, I know I should have!) here is that high school grad picture that still graces my refrigerator to this day.


I can’t even tell you how cool I think it is that they all still hang out together.   I love my friendships and its cool to see strong lasting friendships in my sons as well.


Anyway, on to books.  Amazon posted recently what they say are the best books of July.  Normally when I post a list like this I can usually point out 4 or 5 that I have read…. not this time.  I have read none of the books below, and in some cases have not even heard of them.  😀 

My question to you is, have you read any of these books?  Would you recommend any?

Best Books of the Month
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows by Brian Castner
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Absolutist by John Boyne
Paperback  |  Kindle book
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
Paperback  |  Kindle book
Office Girl by Joe Meno
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
Gold by Chris Cleave
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
Broken Harbor by Tana French
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean
Hardcover  |  Kindle book


46 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings….The Best Books Of July

  1. I haven’t read ANY of these! I’ve heard good things about Shadow of Night and The Absolutist. What a word that is!

    If you keep staying off coffee, Sheila, you might have to rethink your blog name…just saying. lol

    1. LOL…. well, I have thought about the coffee cup widget for the morning meanderings… 😀 I think I will go back to morning coffee… I am just so close to finishing this thing that I want to see that I can. I get to add chicken and fish starting on Saturday. I am going to finish up next Thursday because I am going to the cabin with a friend, but may go back on it that following Monday….

  2. Happy 4th of July to my American neighbors! It is so nice Sheila that you get to spend time with your son while he is on leave, you must be very proud of him. I checked out the list of hot July books and only Tana French is familiar to me. Haven’t read any of her books yet, but heard she is very good. Enjoy your day!

    1. I have read Tana French and She is pretty good. It is fun hanging out with Brad, his schedule is busy catching up with friends and today he will be out at the beach all day, but we get time with him too.

  3. What a nice group of handsome young men to have looking out at you from your refrigerator!

    I haven’t read any of those books yet but I’m starting The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry today, and The Last Policeman and The Violinist’s Thumb later this month. I have Shadow of Night in audio but I should listen to Discovery of Witches first. And Shine Shine Shine is on my ‘get-a-copy-of-it’ list.

  4. I have a vague recollection of hearing about Harold Fry but haven’t heard of the rest. I’m so far behind on my TBR list it’s beginning to feel hopeless. 😀

  5. I’ve already read The Last Policeman, I have to get the darn review written, and I loved it. I’m not normally a fan of apocalyptic ficiton, but I really enjoyed it.

    I’m almost done with The Absolutist and it’s breaking my heart, but I love it anyway.

    The only other one on here that I would like to read would be the Tana French book.

    Hope you guys have a safe 4th.

  6. How cool that they are all still friends. My friend from 2nd grade just came to visit me about two weeks ago and it was amazing to see her.

  7. There is only one of the above on my must-read-as-soon-as-it’s-released list and that is Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I loooved the first book (A Dicovery of Witches) and the second will *hopefully* be even more amazing. That would be my suggestion to add to your list. 🙂 Happy Fourth of July lady!!! 🙂

  8. I have not read any of these either but Shadow of Night is one I am waiting for. I have preordered it. The first book in this trio was GREAT! I am hoping to go see Chris Cleave at our library next week when he comes. His book Little Bee was one I will never forget. Tana French is an author I have been meaning to get to I have all her other books on the TBR pile. She will also be coming to our library and I hope to get to see her as well.

    Happy 4th!

  9. Another month and our reading hasn’t overlapped. I’m going to have to read one of the books you’ve reviewed very soon.

  10. Nope, haven’t read a single one, but I thought Tana French’s In the Woods was really good. Haven’t gone on to read her others yet, though, so I won’t get to this new one for a while. Unless it’s some kind of follow-up to In the Woods??? I did hear something about that somewhere.

  11. I haven’t read any of them, but have The Violinist’s Thumb and plan to read it within the next few weeks. I also have Gold on my WL but want to read Little Bee first.


  12. I liked The Absolutist and really liked it. I haven’t read the Tana French book yet but plan to. I’ve read her previous books and enjoyed them.

  13. Happy July 4th to your guys! What a lovely picture and yes it is so nice to see our youngies develop friendships that last. I can`t help with your July Booklist as I haven`t read any of them although I know Boyle`s book is available over here, he`s rather popular.

  14. This is what I know…I have Shine and Harold Fry…readers are buzzing about them…I love Shadow Of Night and I am reading it now…but unless you have read Discovery Of Witches…the first in the series…don’t bother with it until you do…I have read good reviews of Gold but it doesn’t interest me now…you might love it though because it’s about biking…lol…I love Tana French, too…can not wait to read her newest one!

      1. This is too funny…I am almost positive that bikes are involved and again…if you haven’t read or listened to Discovery…Shadow Of Night will not make any sense at all…the books are so connected…

  15. How wonderful that your son has stayed close with his friends. My son is 18 and has a few friends that he’s had since Kindergarten. It seems like they will be life long friends and I always think that is so special.

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