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Here is a recap of the reviews posted on during the month of July. Click on the book title to go directly to each review.

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July has turned out to be the toughest month ever for keeping MostlyFiction up to date.  But with our productive team, I had no choice but to try my best to keep posting an update a day or else I'd fall so behind that I'd probably give up hope.  

Why was it so hard?   It started with my MacBook having display problems 3 days BEFORE AppleCare ran out.  Lucky for me, actually. Except that the closest Mac repair center is 2+ hours from here.  Regardless, Carl hopped in the car and brought it to Peoria.  Then he set up the iMac so that I could continue to work on MostlyFiction for as long as the Mac was missing, which was very handy since I had a lot of work to do. (Carl has developed good defenses over the 18 years we've been together... )

And, as it turned out, my MacBook had a bigger problem and Apple required that it be sent to Cupertino... since it was sent just prior to the 4th of July weekend, who knew when it would come back, which meant that I could not count on bringing it with me on my vacation to NH.  Fortunately, Wordpress lets one preschedule updates and I took full advantage of this... I formatted almost 20 reviews over the long weekend. Probably not the healthiest way to spend 3 days!

Then, the power went out in Quartzsite.  Twice.  The first time started at 10pm on the 6th and was out for about 30 hours.  I worked half day at the bank on Wednesday (yes, with no lights, no air and no computers) and then Carl and I headed to Blythe, CA for an air conditioned room. (Remember it is well over 100F this time of year!) With no MacBook, I was forced to just read a book the whole time... hmmm, I have to say I was having a hard time missing my MacBook. The second time was on Friday... during lunch.  My last chance to communicate, cut off without warning.  So I simply put my luggage in the car and went back to work... waited for the power to come back, which it did, finished off the work day and then Carl drove me to Phoenix so that I could catch a red-eye to Boston.

I discovered that traveling without a computer makes getting through security that much easier.  Not sure I ever want to lug another computer again, in fact. I can't remember the last time I went through a security check WITHOUT a laptop.  It had to have been a good fifteen years.  It seems like a small thing, but not carrying it and not taking it out of the bag to put in a tray, did make traveling easier.

Fortunately Mom's computer worked and I was able to sneak in a few tweaks to updates whenever we spent more than an hour awake when at her home.  Which was rare.  Mom has more energy than me -- and she keeps us on the move.

The week was fantastic fun (including a short visit with our reviewers Poornima and Sudheer Apte!).  And, to be honest, I enjoyed not working on MostlyFiction for a whole week.  I never get a break from it normally since it is the thing that I do when I'm not doing anything else which means I am ALWAYS working on it.

When I came home, my MacBook was here - Carl took advantage of the car's air conditioner during yet another power outage to pick it up.  I had over 500 e-mails to waiting for me... a daunting task... and one I have yet to complete.

It's now the end of the month.  We are still in the middle of monsoon season (as I write this it is thundering, lightening and ferociously raining - the electric has blinked out twice already so I better be done and send this); I fully expect that we will lose power again in August -- the infrastructure here is a bit fragile -- but at least I have my MacBook back and as long as I keep it charged, I should be able to make it through anything.  

I know I promised another book giveaway last month, but as you can see I never got to it.   I have a copy of SWAMPLANDIA by Karen Russell to give away.  Leave a comment either on the Bookreview.MostlyFiction.comwebsite, on FACEBOOK or even forward one of our reviews on Twitter.  This will automatically enter you for a chance to win this book.  Let us know if we have helped you find at least one good book to read this summer!

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Happy (Summer) Reading!

       Judi Clark
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