Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best Books and Covers of August 2015


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Best Books and Covers of August 2015

Looking back at our August 2015, never have I seen so many wonderful books as we read and reviewed this month.  Normally I would include those books with a 4.5 or higher rating, but we had so many excellent 5 star novels this month that I had to stop somewhere and left those off this time.

Did you miss out on any of our reviews listed below?  Give them and the books another look now.  These stories are too amazing to be missed.  And don’t forget the covers that we loved just below that.  Does it match your own lists this month?  Write us and let us know!

Best Books of August 2015 – ★★★★★

Get Your Shine On by Nick Wilgus (A Stella Review on 8/5)
Redemption by Eden Winters (A MelanieM Review on 8/7)
Evolution by Lissa Kasey (An Aurora YA Review on 8/8)
Definitely, Maybe, Yours by Lissa Reed (A Mika Review on 8/11)
Diamond Edge by Laura Harner (A MelanieM Review on 8/12)
The Harder They Fall by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau (A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review on 8/13)
The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune (A Stella Review on 8/14)
The Pillar the Kim Fielding (A BJ Review on 8/14)
Lucky Linus by Gene Grant (A Mika Review on 8/ 15)
The Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth on 8/21 (A Paul B Review)

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Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan, narrated by Iggy Toma (A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review on 8/17)

End of a Series:

A Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes (Jory and Sam) (A MelanieM Review) on 8/14


Favorite Covers of August 2015

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Shadows and Ink by Rhys Ford, cover art by Anne Cain
Definitely, Maybe. Yours by Lissa Reed, cover art by Buckeyegrrl Design -made Mika want to read the story,
The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune, cover art by Paul Richmond, powerful and unique
The Pillar by Kim Fielding, cover artist is Shobana Appavu.  Stunning and rich as the story
Lucky Linus by Gene Grant, cover art by Paul Richmond, photograph is again the reason Mika wanted this book
The Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth, cover art by London Burden, Paul thinks its one of the most gorgeous covers he’s seen all year.

Special Mentions to Kate McMurray’s The Rainbow League Series, cover art by Aaron Anderson.  Wonderful.

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The Long Slide Home cover

Thrown A Curve cover

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of the Summer of 2015 Reads – Part I


 STRW Best Books of Summer 2015

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Best Books of Summer 2015- Part I

The approaching end of summer and the list of stories I was compiling of the books we loved to read this summer of 2015 made me think of several things.  First it brought back all those memories of those past summer best sellers. Perhaps you might even remember them. Those stories that we (of a certain generation) gobbled up with a ferocity now saved for certain cable and internet shows.  We read them, discussed them and then read them again.  All against the backdrop of the laid back and at the time endless atmosphere of summer – vacations, to die for romances, and a autumnal seriousness that we pushed as far away as we could manage.

Now I look at the New York Times Best Seller List and notice that seasons don’t make the impact they once did.  And I think, perhaps its due to a revision in peoples reading habits.  We read on the go now. I do it too.  My Kindle’s has made that much easier (I’m on my second one at that).  But I can also read on my iPhone or computer.  Doesn’t matter.  I still do have my hardcopies, shelves of them.  ( I will never give those up.  That’s along the lines of dying with your boots on or bookmark behind your ear…or something.)  And I will continue to haunt bookstores because I love them and that’s an addiction of mine.  Don’t judge.  But ebooks have changed my reading habits, made it easier for me (enlarged fonts sigh) in so many ways as I suspect they have for others.

I especially love that I can carry hundreds of books in a itty bitty device in my purse and reading whatever whenever.  *blinks innocently* That’s amazing, wonderful and just darn light…as in weight.  No, I don’t miss those heavy tote bags of books to the  beach let me tell you.

So I asked this of my reviewers:

Is there such a thing as a summer book anymore?  It used to be the big book everyone lugged to the beach to read, like Stephen King’s It ,Alex Haley’s Roots or Frank Herbert’s Dune.   Or maybe just a ton of  books you had been wanting to read and now had a chance to over “the vacation”.  Does the summer book exist anymore?

Here are some of their answers.

From Barb the Zany Old Lady:

“I don’t think of books as “summer reads” anymore because, when I pick up my e-reader and get into a good story, I go on vacation in my mind.  In other words, I don’t physically have to go away somewhere to enjoy a good book.  Just picking the right story and having the ease of an e-reader allows me to escape to my own version of “Fantasyland.”

From Mika:

“For me, I think the summer fad of books has definitely faded. Since e-books are so easy to bring around, I never see myself waiting to read a certain book, or carrying any books around. I think it also might be a generation thing as well. I haven’t stepped foot in a library since I was in elementary school, and I know some of my older friends still check out library books. The only books I purchased from stores are cookbooks, and sometimes I order them online.”

 From Melanie:

For me?  I have to agree with them.  I look for favored books to release all year long, not just at certain times, like the summer or Christmas.  My reading habits have changed and not just because of the blog.  There are other considerations as well. So for me, my summer reading blockbusters are wonderful memories of all genres.  Now I just don’t have to shake the sand out of the tote bag or off the books after I get home!

 How do you feel about it? Email us and let us  know. Your replies will appear in Part II of our Best of 2015!

Now on to some of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words  favorite Summer of 2015 Books!

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From Mika

who says “surprisingly 4 new authors to me as well as a favorite and someone who I’m liking only their contemporary novels.”

Definitely Maybe Yours, by  Lissa Reed
Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Dangerous Spirits by  Jordan L. Hawk
Out of the Blue by R.J. Jones
Red Dirt Heart 4,  by N.R. Walker
Trust the Focus, by Megan Erickson
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

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From Jeri:

Repaired Melissa Collins
Boss (Boss #1) by Ashley John
Against the Grain (THIRDS #5) by Charlie Cochet
In the Middle of Somewhere (In the Middle of Somewhere #1)by Roan Parrish

From Barb the Zany Old Lady:

 (more from us coming in Part II)
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