Month in Review: July 2013

The Book Vixen's Month in Review

I only read 4 books in July. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Plus my mom is here on vacation so that’s where my mind is at. This month (August) I’ll be reading Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber, The Derby Girl by Tamara Morgan, and Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep.

TOP PICKS for July: J9’s top pick is Parting Shot by Mary Calmes, which she gave 5 frogs. My top pick is The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers, which I gave 4 frogs.

J9 got me a Netflix gift subscription (thanks buddy!!) and I got sucked into Netflix's original series Orange is the New Black. I watched season one in like two days. J9 tells me that the show just got picked up for a second season and filming has yet to start I just found out that production for season two has just started. I’m guessing season two will premiere next summer, which is soooo far away. Huge cliffhanger at the end of season one so consider yourself warned. I did pick up the novel (the show is based on the memoir of the same name penned by Piper Kerman) from the library. I'm curious to see how the show differs from what actually took place.

I’m also watching Under the Dome, the TV series adaptation based on Stephen King’s novel. It’s interesting but I’m wary. I’m taking it one episode at a time and I’m not sure if I’ll keep watching. My biggest fear is that aliens are involved/responsible (don’t tell me!!!) and I don’t do aliens. I’ll keep watching for now, until I get bored, but I may decide to drop the show and read the book instead. I really hope the show doesn’t drag on but with it being picked up for a second season, I think that’s what’s going to happen.

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Books Reviewed on TBV:

  1. The Wicked by Thea Harrison – 3 ½ frogs
  2. Pickup Men by L.C. Chase – 3 frogs
  3. The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers – 4 frogs
  4. Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley – 5 frogs
  5. Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville – 4 frogs
  6. Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon – 4 ½ frogs
  7. Operation: Endurance by Christi Snow – 3 ½ frogs
  8. Freefall by Jill Sorenson – 4 frogs
  9. American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane – 3 frogs
  10. Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes – 3 frogs
  11. Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery – 2 frogs
  12. Heart of Stone by Ari McKay – 4 frogs
  13. Deputy Joe Series by James Buchanan – 3 ½ frogs
  14. The Hostage Bargain by Annika Martin – 4 frogs
  15. Side Line by Ben Ryder – 1 frog
  16. Parting Shot by Mary Calmes – 5 frogs
  17. Directing Traffic by Charley Descoteaux – 2 frogs
  18. Promises Made Under Fire by Charlie Cochrane – 3 ½ frogs
  19. Pick Your Pleasure by Jayne Rylon – 3 ½ frogs
  20. Bending Over Backwards by Samantha Hunter - 3 frogs
  21. Shattered Emotions by Carrie Ann Ryan – 3 frogs
  22. Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell – 4 ½ frogs
  23. Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley – 4 frogs
  24. SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows – 4 frogs
  25. Idaho Battlegrounds by Sarah Black – 3 frogs
  26. Waiting for Ty by Samantha Ann King – 4 frogs
  27. Three Little Words by Susan Mallery – 3 ½ frogs
  28. Diversion by Eden Winters – 4 ½ frogs
  29. Improves with Age by Lavinia Lewis – 3 frogs 


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2013 Reading Challenges/Goals Status Report:


How was your July? What are you planning to read in August? Watching any good shows? Do you Watch OITNB or UTD?

About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.


  1. I freaking LOVE Orange is the New Black! Such an awesome show, I watched the whole season in a couple days too. I still can't believe that last episode! Biggest cliffhanger EVER! I can't wait for the next season to start!

  2. I love OITNB too!! Can't wait for it to return!
    4 books are better than none, by the way!

    Happy August reading!

    1. I'm behind on my reading goal :/ I don't even want to look to see how far behind I am now.

  3. Netflix is awesome! I started watching the show 4400 on it. I'm done the first season, and keep meaning to start the next. It's a bit creepy, but really thrilling.

    1. I watched 1 season of that and stopped. Let me know if I should continue!


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