#Julybrary Challenge & The Furious Hours

I’m celebrating libraries this month with 31 days of #Julybrary reads!

One of my favorite days in elementary school was the day our class went to the library! The promise of a new adventure and new characters inside the pages of a borrowed book was such an exciting prospect.

Even now, just entering the library gives me flutters of excitement. And not just because of all the books. Libraries offer so many programs these days, community outreaches, group games, STEM projects, crafting lessons, and more. Plus, never forget the amazing library book sales!

So, in July, I thought I would celebrate my local county libraries and libraries in general by picking out all of my July books from their stacks. And I used a great library tool to line up books for my whole month – the library hold! In June, I added some new release titles to my request list and waited patiently. By July 1st, I was getting notifications to pick up some excellent reads.

Following are the titles I requested, received, and have already started enjoying for my Julybrary challenge:

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

After the End by Clare Mackintosh

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

Waiting for Tom Hanks

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

My first #Julybrary book is the audiobook version of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Author: Casey Cep

(3.89 stars – Goodreads rating)

Genre: Nonfiction / True Crime / Biography

Published May 7, 2019by Random House Audio Publishing Group

Format: Audiobook

Pages: 336 (Hardcover)


…the people of Coosa County kept wondering and worrying—not just about what Willie Maxwell had done, but about whether he was done doing it.

Unpopular opinion alert! This did not live up to my expectations.
It was well researched, layered, and fact-heavy. But it wasn’t the true crime-focused thriller I felt was represented in the blurb. The crimes of Willie Maxwell served as more of a long-winded introduction to a biography of Harper Lee, which the author was obviously more interested in sharing.

If you’re into bios, you’ll really enjoy this brazen peek behind the curtains of this famous author’s life. But, if you’re like me, and picked this book up because of the lure of a gritty Alabama true crime story, you’ll only have the length of the front portion of the book to enjoy it.

Casey Cep

Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her first book Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee was an instant New York Times bestseller, and comes recommended by David Grann, Helen Macdonald, and Michael Lewis. Cep graduated from Harvard College, then earned an M.Phil. at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times, and The New Republic, among many other publications.

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