What I’m reading in Q3 – August Update

About a month ago, I shared what books I was hoping to read in Q3. With 30 days of reading under my belt, I thought I’d be fun to give an update on how I was doing.

No real surprise, the reading didn’t go exactly as expected. I got some of my intended reading done, but some new Facebook Parties popped up and a couple great books got moved up into the rotation.

Books for upcoming Facebook Parties

I love hosting Facebook Launch Parties for authors. I read the book for each party I host so that I can customize the party around the book’s main themes. As of the last post, I had three Facebook Party books over the next three months that I was planning to read for.

Penne Murder by Catherine Bruns – Book completed! My review can be found here.

Molded 4 Murder by JC Eaton – Book completed! I read this one on a family camping trip to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota. Review still to come. 

I was able to kick back and relax and read Molded 4 Murder while camping in Northern Minnesota.


Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan

And two more Facebook Parties were added (and held) since I wrote the last post. Thus I also read, reviewed, and threw Facebook Parties celebrating the following two great books.

Grave Expectations by Heather Redmond – Book completed! My review can be found here.

I had the rare opportunity to read part of Grave Expectations while enjoying dinner by myself while on a recent trip to Ohio. It was such a great way to unwind!


Desolate Shores by Daryl Wood Gerber – Book completed! My review can be found here.

Non cozy mysteries

I was hoping to read one non-cozy a month. Due to the influx of Facebook Parties, this has not happened. I started both Free to Focus and Do It Scared, but neither are complete. I’ll keep working through them this month.

Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt

Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

Books I’ve committed to reviewing

There are so many great new releases out there. I’ve committed to reading and reviewing several in the coming months.

A Charming Misfortune by Tonya Kappes – Book completed! My review can be found here. 

Something Borrowed, Something Mewed by Bethany Blake – Book completed! My review can be found here.

Let’s Fake a Deal by Sherry Harris – Reading this one now!

Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower

Just because I want to

These are books I REALLY want to get to this quarter, but sadly have made no progress. Fingers crossed I’ll get there soon.

Protocol by Kathleen Valenti

Poirot Loses a Client by Agatha Christie

Murder and Mayhem on Ohio’s Rails by Jane Ann Turzillo

Still Life by Louise Penny

So not bad!

I read six books over the past month. They were all cozy mysteries (no surprise). Since one of my goals with these posts is to hold myself accountable for branching out with what I read, I still have work to do, but I really enjoyed everything I read this month and feel very blessed to have so many authors reaching out and wanting Facebook Parties.

What have you read this past month? Anything you’d recommend? 

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Beth Schmelzer
Beth Schmelzer
3 years ago

Lucky to have received a few ARCs at ALA in Washington, DC and at my local Indie Bookstore! “Never Have I Ever,” a thriller by a fav author I recommend : Joshilyn Jackson. Also read some MG mysteries which will be shared on my blog. Planning to re-read “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett which I found on a swap shelf at hairdresser ‘s place! Thanks for fun FB parties!