Hello August! (Fictionophile updates and July’s #bookhaul)

August in Nova Scotia is a lovely month in which I spend most of my time at our cottage in beautiful Cape John, Nova Scotia.  Located on the Northumberland Shore, it is just yards from the ocean, I spend my days puttering in the garden, entertaining friends and family, and of course… reading.  It is in the summer when I truly appreciate being retired.  A few nights ago I captured the beginnings of what was a stunning sunset and thought I would share it with you here.

(photo taken from our cottage front steps – Cape John, Nova Scotia July 25, 2017)

I continue to work on my #20booksofsummer challenge.

I am now reading #14 of 20

I received the following five titles from NetGalley in July

I received “Path into darkness” from Midnight Ink (I have auto-approval for their titles)


I requested this title from Grand Central Publishing, after reading glowing reviews from my fellow bookbloggers:

Jackie Law at NeverImitate 

Jen Lucas at Jen Med’s Book Reviews

Joanne at Portobello book blog


I requested this novel from Harper after reading the following reviews:

Dee-Cee at It’s all about the books

Emma at Damppebbles

Liz at Liz loves books

Kaisha at The Writing Garnet

I accepted an invitation to read “Crime song” from Mulholland Books. It is the second in a series and I enjoyed the first novel “The second girl“.

I accepted an invitation to read “The missing twin” from HarperCollinsUK
I received one title via Edelweiss during the month of July.

I purchased the following books in Kindle format from Amazon.ca


$ 1.72

$ .99

$ 1.29

Total expenditure $ 4.00

I know… last of the big spenders. LOL

So only six more review commitments for July. I am valiantly trying to get my TBR under control and I’m working toward my 80% NetGalley badge.  There have been many tempting titles listed on NetGalley recently, but until I get that danged 80% I refuse to request them. My ratio is now standing at 74%

Fictionophile just passed the 1800 followers milestone.  Thanks all!

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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22 Responses to Hello August! (Fictionophile updates and July’s #bookhaul)

  1. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    Congrats on your huge following! Well-deserved! I am also reading The Missing Twin. I already started it and I am Loving it so far!!!


  2. WOW! that pic is just too beautiful! re your TBR–yeah, I’ve really had to take a hard look at it. started saying no, and getting downright picky. currently two behind (that’s not too bad) and TBR for aug/sept is growing. I’ve also gotten myself into several scheduled releases for next year–won’t do it that far ahead again. enjoy Nova Scotia–long been a destination hubby and I have talked about (years ago on our bikes), now happy if we could just drive there! 😉


  3. skyecaitlin says:

    A neat haul, Lynne and some of these books sound incredible. Enjoy every moment of Nova Scotia and all the books.

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  4. I sure would love to spend a summer in Nova Scotia. 😎 ☀️ 🏖 🌊 ⚓️

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  5. Good job with the NetGalley ratio! Although, if I would have 70 unread titles on NetGalley, I would get so anxious! Big TBRs are definitely not for me. When I have more than 10 unread ARCs, I already start panicking. 😀

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  6. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous photo, love the reflection of the sky in the water 💖

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  7. Joanne says:

    Oh my goodness, what a stunning view! Not sure I’d get any reading done, I’d just gaze and admire!

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  8. Nice haul!

    I totally get your NetGalley struggle. I’ve been ignoring all those beautiful books because I want to get my rating up first as well. Currently at 67% but only three more ARC’s to go, haha.

    Beautiful picture on top of your blog! Seems like a perfect place for relaxing, reading and getting away from everything.. 🙂

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