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Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first love...how about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself as prime suspect. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her present destroy her?

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Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2
Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2

We're all just one pain away from lunacy. A seaside inn. An elegant party. A black dress. What could go wrong? For Delilah Duffy, just about anything. With her bookstore failing, the last thing she needs is a party or another mystery to solve. With nightmares, anxiety, and panic intensifying, Delilah doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her head. With everything at risk, Delilah discovers what’s worse… becoming a lunatic or facing one.

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Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3
Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3

Some secrets are kept to be kind. Torture, pain, misery - that’s all someone else wants for her. When a dinner party turns deadly, Sam goes missing, and Delilah realizes she's being watched, the “book queen with a thing for crime scenes” must battle to get her life and love back. Can love and determination save them or will dark secrets ruin her chances for a normal life? With mysterious messages taunting her and a killer eluding her, what lines will she cross to get to the truth?

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Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4
Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4

Everything can change in seconds. Bookstore manager and crime-solver, Delilah Duffy knows that better than anyone. When her Happily Ever After Valentine’s Day Bash ends in fiery destruction, everything she’s worked for burns with it. Pregnant and brokenhearted, Delilah fans the flames of her anger toward what she’s good at: solving crimes. Hot on the trail of an arsonist while her nemesis is on hers, Delilah fights to get her life back. Will she turn ash to treasure before the pyromaniac strikes

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Water World
Water World

After a tough move with his Mom and sister from his beloved country home, Ethan isn't adjusting well to city life. In trying to escape his problems in this world, he opens another, dropping him and his sister, Abby, into Water World. This trip is no vacation, not with legendary monsters and deadly sea creatures to battle. But teaming up to help the merpeople through their home-related crisis might help Ethan and Abby navigate theirs, if they survive long enough to make it home.

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  • Jessica Sherry

Reading List: July 2022

What's read... and to be read... that is the question.


And for July, it's a long answer. To support our growing reading habit, I'm sharing thoughts on our latest reads and what's on our TBR lists moving forward.


Stack of books

Here are the books we finished this month:


From our local library...


Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt. Joe and I both read this book, and benefitted greatly from his SMARTER goal-setting techniques and overall encouragement. We are implementing many of Hyatt's practices, so that'll probably be its own blog one day. From someone who's read many self-help books, this one's a keeper. I may buy a copy for the household.

"One intentional choice at a time, you make the world around you better." - Michael Hyatt

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. This is a quick read, and there's a quiz at the end, so... fun. We learned that I thrive with words of affirmation followed a close second by acts of service and physical touch. Joe enjoys quality time most, followed closely by words of affirmation and physical touch. Understanding your spouse better is always a good thing, and it's changed our thinking. That Joe values quality time most, encourages me to carve out more time for it, even if it's just sitting in the backyard and discussing our gardening plans. And he's been quicker to offer positive remarks, especially when he edits my writing--he used to only point out mistakes or problems. Even after twenty-five years, Joe and I are still upping our marriage game. :)


From Audible...


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Am I happier for reading this book? I'd say... yes. In this book, Rubin focused on an aspect of her life she wanted to improve each month, like January was energy, February was love, and so on. Though I didn't do all the lists or monthly goals that she did (like I could've skipped the parenting chapter as that no longer applies to me really), I enjoyed the wealth of information and statistics she provided. She shared life insights from herself, her readings, and her social media friends and encouraged me to "act the way I want to feel." I also felt more aware of my interactions with people, especially Joe, and more present generally.


The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens. Joe and I enjoyed listening to the first book in this series last year on a road trip (The Life We Bury). So, when another road trip came up, it was an easy choice. In the first book, Joe Talbert uncovers the mystery of a dying convicted felon for a college English assignment, English homework turned life-changing caper, while caring for his autistic brother and befriending his neighbor Lila. In the second book, Joe's a journalist chasing the story behind his father's murder. Both stories offer compelling mysteries, action, and intriguing interpersonal relationships between Joe, his brother, and Lila. We'll definitely listen to more from Allen Eskens on our next trip.


Bookstore Books...


When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole. So, I was in Barnes & Noble, buying coffee, and noticed this book featured on the counter. $5 with a purchase. So, yes, totally an impulse buy, but that's perfectly okay when it comes to books. It ticked many of my boxes anyway... best seller, psychological thriller, mystery, cool cover. What I loved first about it was Cole's conversational, often funny voice, which really made her characters pop to life for me, especially Sydney as she struggled to keep her precarious footing in her beloved neighborhood while dealing with a bunch of... well, entitled, sinister assholes. It had a roller coaster ending that kept me guessing. It helped me understand the damn devious underbelly of gentrification, something I've never experienced firsthand. And made me long to read more books by minorities, marginalized voices, and stories from a perspective much different than mine.


When No One is Watching book

Here are the books on our reading list now:


From Prime Reading...


Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. After reading and loving Horowitz's novel The Word is Murder, I jumped at the opportunity to try another for free with my Prime Membership. I didn't realize until reading that book that I've been a fan of Horowitz's TV work for ages, including his screenplays for Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War, and Poirot. And since my current writing project is a mystery, it keeps me in a mysterious mood.


Bookstore Books...


Joe's reading Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus which covers a long list of healthy practices for working, learning, exercising, and living. Last night, he got through four chapters and started an outline of things we should remember, so I won't have to read it, too. Hmm, an act of service... bonus points, Joe.


Own the Day Own Your Life Book

I'm tackling the Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. Not exactly a spine-tingler, but I'll be querying agents in August (another goal I've set thanks to Your Best Year Ever), and this book'll give me a targeted list. My latest work in progress, One Thing Better, is almost agent-ready.


From Audible...


After receiving an email about a 2 for 1 audiobook sale, I cashed in my July credit for two promising reads. Missing Molly by Natalie Barelli & Run Away by Harlan Coben who's been popping up on many promising Netflix series lately (check out descriptions and rankings for those here). Run Away not only looks exciting but sold me on its narrator, Steven Weber. He also narrated parts of another recent fav If It Bleeds by Stephen King.


All that said, I just started Missing Molly and I'm already hooked. It promises to be a mysterious month.


If you're looking to develop a reading habit like us, then check out my last post on How to Read More Books.


Not to sound like a Capital One commercial (What's in your wallet?) but what are you reading? Share your latest reads or book recommendations below!

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