So after the whirlwind reading month I had in June, things returned to a more normal pace in July! Not only did I return to work after my time off, I was then informed that I was going to be relocated within my job (cue anxiety). I had family members visiting for four days to celebrate a special birthday in the family (cue more anxiety). My grandmother has been unwell and I’ve been taking care of her (anxiety overload!) Overall, there has just been a HECK of a lot going on. So I’m delighted that I managed to not only stay afloat but also read 9 books in my spare time 🙂
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I only read one classic this month as I think I’ve sickened myself of them a little bit! I didn’t want to force myself through them just for the sake of reading more books. So while it took me longer than it normally would, I did enjoy this one and the interesting issues it raised. I found the story surprisingly poignant and much less dull than I had anticipated!
Review Books/Books I was sent
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
I didn’t connect with this one as I’d hoped, finding the timeline confusing and the narrative voice very young in tone. If you’re interested, you can read my full spoiler-free review here.
Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
There was a stark beauty to this book that reminded me of The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. The dreamlike quality of the narrative will probably not work for everyone but I enjoyed it. I’ll be reviewing this one in full within the next couple of days!
Books from my TBR
The Mermaid by Christina Henry
This was my first read of the month and it certainly started July off on a positive note! Henry created a multi-layered story with a wonderful protagonist – I highly recommend this one! You can find my full spoiler-free review here.
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Having reread Caraval in June, I felt ready to dive back into Garber’s magical world. Legendary actually had quite a different feel to the first book and I’m not sure I loved it quite so much, but it was still an enjoyable and magical read with divine purple prose and I will certainly be picking up the last book in the series!
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
This was gorgeous magical realism that tackled a heavy topic with sensitivity and grace. I loved Leno’s writing and her diverse cast of characters. For more of my thoughts, see my full spoiler-free review.
The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley
You may remember me gushing about this series earlier in the year. I’m trying to drag it out as long as possible because the next book won’t be available to me until next Spring (screams into the void) but, this month, I couldn’t resist picking up the third instalment. I am so fully invested in this story it hurts and, as usual, Riley’s attention to detail was superb. Now I only have one book left before the excruciating wait begins…
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews
This book could not be more at home than on my blog. The music nerd in me was flailing continually and I had an abundance of feels for the characters. For more of my fangirling, here is my spoiler-free review.
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
A couple of months ago, I read Scythe with my book club and we all really enjoyed it so we decided to pick up the sequel. This was a great final book of the month, as it was action-packed and had a crazy ending! I can’t wait to see where things go in book three.
Total pages: 3464
Average pages per day: 111.74
Longest book: The Shadow Sister (682 pages)
Shortest book: The Scarlet Letter (203 pages)
Favourite read of the month: The Mermaid/A Thousand Perfect Notes
Biggest disappointment of the month: Monday’s Not Coming
Male authors: 2
Female authors: 7
Books read towards Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 1
So that was my July! I hope you all had a wonderful month and discovered lots of new favourites. Wishing you all loads of 5-star reads for August! x