The time has come around again to do the monthly wrap up.
I swear every month seems to pass faster than the one before because it didn’t seem that long ago since I did my June Wrap Up.
July has been quite good in terms of my reading. I managed to get through ten books and that is with a couple of little blips (aka DNFs). There are no audiobooks but I did listen to a few chapters of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor the other night when I couldn’t sleep.
Before I get to the main books, the two DNFs were:
Once I started reading these, I no longer felt in the mood to do so. I really wanted to read more of On The Other Side but DNFing it was one of the best reading choices I made this month.
Moving onto the books I did actually read, and there is a mix of genres which I quite liked. I needed the mix as it helped to stop me falling into a reading slump.
The Surgeon, Tess Gerritsen – 5/5
The Apprentice, Tess Gerritsen – 5/5
The Sinner, Tess Gerritsen – 4/5
A few weeks ago I started rewatching the Rizzoli and Isles TV programme (one of my favourite crime shows) and it spurred me to re-read the books, which I haven’t read for a couple of years. Also, the 12th book in the series (I Know A Secret) comes out in 11 days and I cannot wait! I love Tess Gerritsen’s writing style and she has this amazing knack for getting me sucked into her storytelling and varying crimes. She is one of my favourite medical/crime thriller writers and none of her books can disappoint me. My joint review for The Surgeon and Apprentice will hopefully be up within the next week or so!
Because You Love To Hate Me, edited by Ameriie – 4/5
This was a good anthology although I found the quality of stories mixed. However, my favourite tales were Death Knell by VE Schwab, Marigold by Samantha Shannon, Jack by Ameriie, and Indigo and Shade by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas – 4.5/5
If there is one current YA Contemporary I feel will become a classic, it is this. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it is a story full of incredible strength and power. It also has amazing family relationships that helped to bring some lighter moments to the story.
Rebel of the Sands, Alwyn Hamilton – 4/5
It has taken a couple of years for me to read this book and now I’ve finally read it, I love it! It was a little predictable but the story was highly enjoyable and I can’t wait to get into Traitor of the Throne. On the subject of this book and series, the cover for Hero of the Fall was released today at YALC and it is amazing!!!
Sawbones, Catherine Johnson – 3/5
I liked the story and the medical insights but I didn’t feel compelled enough by the characters. I expected more from this book so I am a little disappointed by it.
A Conjuring of Light, VE Schwab – 5/5
The review for this will be up tomorrow but I absolutely loved it! It is one of my favourite fantasies that I’ve read all year and it made for a great finale.
Journey’s End, R.C.Sheriff – 4/5
A very powerful read and one that won’t leave me anytime soon. To me, the shortness of this play is indicative of how short a life some soldiers had on the WWI front line. There’s not much plot, but it is very character driven and the emotions you feel are real. To read this before the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele just brings all of it home to me and I feel very appreciative of those men who risked their lives to help make the world a better place.
And I Darken, Kiersten White – 4/5
This is my most recent read and it surprised me a lot. I knew a lot of people liked it but I didn’t realise that I’d eventually become one of them. Lada as a no-nonsense female protagonist is brilliant to follow, and I have a found a new all-time favourite male character in Radu. I love him!
As well as reading books, I also bought a few books this month.
Although as Murdoch Mysteries is the newest purchase I have made, I won’t receive it for a few days.
I get the feeling though that I’ll end up purchasing Now I Rise, and Flesh and Blood in their physical format too.
With only two physical books – not including Daughter of the Burning City that came in my FairyLoot box or the pre-order of Because You Love To Hate Me – I’ve done well in limiting the number of books I buy.
And that is that.
What has your month been like?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!