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Summer Reading Roundup

Today is National Read a Book Day. I was already planning for a post like this at some point, but I could not decide which day would be best until I found out this was coming up.

Without further ado, here is the short list of books I will admit to having read this summer.

The Excalibur Alternative, David Weber 

My mother lent me this one in the spring, but I did not really start it until this summer. You can read what I thought of this one in the review above.

Imprudence (The Custard Protocol #2), Gail Carriger
Read the review!

Yes, I'm behind on this series, and Competence (The Custard Protocol #3) just came out in July, but I finally got to it. The review posted last week, so hop to it for all my thoughts!

Pinterest for Authors: Use Pinterest to Find New Readers and Sell More Books, Mark Dawson w/ Pip Reid

Another book I picked up when it was available for free on a limited basis. While I knew a lot of the tips mentioned, there were definitely some things worth implementing. 

Steampunk Carnival (Steam World #1), Cassandra Leuthold
Review coming soon

A second steampunk book on the list - say it ain't so. I've been curious to see what other current steampunk authors have been putting out lately, so I stuck my nose into this one after I read Imprudence. Look for my review in the next couple of months.

Successful Self-Publishing: How to Self-Publish and Market Your Book
Joanna Penn

One of the craft books on my list of books to read. I started it awhile ago, but finally pushed through and finished it last month.


Zombie Playlist, K.J. Chapman
Review coming shortly

I follow K.J. Chapman on Instagram, and when I saw her post there that this was free for a weekend, I jumped on it. Look for my review later this month.

5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel that Stands Out
K.M. Weiland

The third practical writer tips book off my list of books to read? Check. I haven't counted how many are left, but it felt good to get through three in one summer. 

How much reading did you get done this summer? Do you have any recommendations for the fall? Let me know in the comments.

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