July Reading Wrap Up

July 2018 Reading Wrap UpI 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:

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

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.
dotted line separatorZaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword, by Keira GillettZaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword, the second book in this series, continued the fun middle grade adventure that began in the first!

dotted line separatorThe Never Dawn, by R.E. PalmerThe Never Dawn was a unique take on the young adult dystopian.
dotted line separatorRead, Write, Love at Seaside, by Addison ColeRead, Write, Love at Seaside was a light summer romance that was easy to breeze through.
dotted line separatorA Double Life, by Flynn BerryA Double Life was a suspenseful character driven story that was completely absorbing.



dotted line separatorWinter, by Marissa Meyer Winter, a young adult fairy tale retelling of Snow White, rounded out The Lunar Chronicles nicely.dotted line separatorOur House, by Louise CandlishOur 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:

The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani

After letting it sit for a while, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about The Perfect Nanny.
dotted line separatorLife After Life, by Kate AtkinsonI 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.dotted line separatorBringing Down the House, by Ben MezrichBringing 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.dotted line separatorTell No One, by Harlan CobenTell No One, one of Coben’s standalone thrillers, delivered an exciting mystery/thriller, as expected.dotted line separatorNot Her Daughter, by Rea FreyNot Her Daughter was an emotional story that explored mother-daughter relationships and their many forms and facets through the lens of a kidnapping.

separatorOther posts this month:

8 great books that have gone under the radar

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!dotted line separator2018 Bookish Goals: mid-year update 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.dotted line separatorRenegade Skyfarer, by R.J. Metcalf 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:

August 2018 TBR

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?

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