Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great July, honestly mine hasn’t really been all that exciting, I’ve been working pretty much non-stop all month, but I did get the weekend off to go to YALC last weekend, which was awesome, and definitely the highlight of my July, as it always is.
Anyway, for those of you who are new to the blog since I last did one of these, this is a challenge started by Sarah K over at the YA Book Traveler, that I’ve kind of borrowed for myself over the past few years. It’s a really nice, low pressure challenge, you just pick a list of backlist books that you want to read, and read them over the course of a year. I always do 12, one for each month. July was a bit of a weird reading month for me, I read 3 books, but because of how busy I was with work, I didn’t find any that I really LOVED. Here is what I read in July:
Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay:
This was my Netgalley read for July, and well really for June as well, it took me a LONG time to read! It was an okay retelling/sequel of Alice in Wonderland, but it was so slow paced, the characters were really flat and it was kind of confusing to follow because there were a ridiculous number of subplots. I read this one from 27th May-13th July (I told you it took me a long time to read). Here is my review of it:
The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon:
The book group I’m part of on Goodreads had this as their monthly read for July, so I finally had an excuse to squeeze it in. I read the audiobook, because that 800+ page behemoth is not exactly portable. I enjoyed this book, it took me a while to get into because of the sheer number of places and characters, but once I got into it, I really enjoyed the characters and their stories. I also loved how awesome all the female characters were and how much agency they had! I’m looking forward to seeing what Samantha Shannon has up her sleeve for the companion novel. I read this one from 1st-16th July. Here is my review of the book:
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor:
This was my July #RockMyTBR book, and I was really excited for it because I’d heard such good things from my friends, but I was sadly disappointed. I found the story slow and confusing, and I just couldn’t connect to the characters at all, which no amount of Laini Taylor’s writing could save. It also took me forever to get through, I read this from 28th June-28th July, so exactly a whole month, which is very unusual for me! Here is my review of the book:
So that’s what I read in July, here’s what I have coming up for August:
AGH, I AM ACTUALLY KICKING MYSELF THAT IT TOOK ME THIS LONG TO GET TO THIS BOOK. I’m loving this so much, it’s everything I loved about the first book, but with 10x the BAMF women, which pretty much makes it the perfect book. I’m about 200 pages into this, and so excited to see what happens next.
An Ember In The Ashes-Sabaa Tahir
This is my #RockMyTBR book for August, which I would have started as my first August book, but I was really desperate to read Vengeful, so I’ve pushed it back slightly. I’m really excited to read this one, as I’ve heard such good things, and by and large, my #RockMyTBR books have gone well this year, so I’m hoping this will be another good one.
The Diviners-Libba Bray
I’ve been reading this as an audiobook since I finished Priory last month, and I’ve been enjoying it. It’s a bit strange, but in a good way and it took a while for me to get into it but I’m really enjoying it now and I can’t wait to find out who the killer is and how Evie, Sam, Jericho and Will defeat them.
Speak-Laurie Halse Anderson
This is going to be my Netgalley read for this month as they are re-releasing it for its 20th anniversary. I know this book has been very important to a lot of people, so I’m hoping that I enjoy it just as much.
My reading progress this year is still ticking along quite steadily, I’m still 7 books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, and I’m hoping that if I push it, I might be able to make the elusive 40 books this year. How did your July reading go? Let me know in the comments!