I love July! Those lazy, hazy days of summer start tantalizing me as the craziness of work and life slows down, and spending a day under the sun with a book is one of my favorite things.
All in all, July was quite the month of reading for me! I took the first week off for vacation and read over five books in that one week alone. Which is exactly what vacations are for, right? Resting, relaxing, and reading! After that, I still completed another five books, making this a record month. And I thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of them, so July is really a win through and through as far as I’m concerned.
Let’s take a look at everything I read and reviewed now, shall we?
Books I reviewed:
The book and movie versions of Annihilation complemented each other, coming at the story from slightly different perspectives and uncovering its secrets in their respective manners.
Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword, the second book in this series, continued the fun middle grade adventure that began in the first!
The Never Dawn was a unique take on the young adult dystopian.
Read, Write, Love at Seaside was a light summer romance that was easy to breeze through.
A Double Life was a suspenseful character driven story that was completely absorbing.
Winter, a young adult fairy tale retelling of Snow White, rounded out The Lunar Chronicles nicely.Our House was a domestic suspense that was so engrossing, I sped through it over the course of a weekend.
Books I read but haven’t reviewed:
After letting it sit for a while, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about The Perfect Nanny.
I tried listening to Life After Life on audiobook but it just wasn’t working for me. I plan to pick up a print copy when I’m more in the right mindset.Bringing Down the House was an interesting and entertaining account of a group of students who came up with a system to win blackjack, and they won BIG.Tell No One, one of Coben’s standalone thrillers, delivered an exciting mystery/thriller, as expected.Not Her Daughter was an emotional story that explored mother-daughter relationships and their many forms and facets through the lens of a kidnapping.
Other posts this month:
In 8 Great Books That Have Gone Under the Radar, I focused on books published prior to 2018 that currently have approximately 500 ratings or less on Goodreads, each of which I rated a four out of five. See these books I really enjoyed HERE! Back in January, I set five bookish goals for myself for the year. Halfway through the year seemed to be a good place to regroup and see where I’m at in 2018 Bookish Goals: Mid-Year Update. I hosted a stop on the blog tour for Renegade Skyfarer, by R.J. Metcalf, where I interviewed the author of this debut steampunk fantasy series full of magic, dragons, and sky pirates.
On the stack for next month:
I’m super excited for the next set of books on my TBR! There are a few review copies I’ve been chomping at the bit to pick up but have been holding off until closer to their publication dates, and I cannot wait to pick them up, along with some newer review copies as well. Then I picked up some library books recently that I’m also eager to read, so basically it’s one big enthusiastic pile that’s constantly calling my name. I probably won’t be making any progress on all the books I own that I still have to read, but that will be September’s problem…
What are you reading or planning on reading next?