My Month in Books: What I Read July 2019

What books did you read in July?

June was an awesome reading month for me. I listened to some audiobooks and read awesome books physically. July started off a touch slower and at one point I didn’t know if I’d even read two books for the month. Glad to say I did pass that point and while I didn’t check out an amazing number off books for the month of July, I still consider it a success. If you’d like to know what I read as well as a small, spoiler-free review of the books, keep reading.

My Month in Books: What I Read in July

Check out my Month in Books recap for last month.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The reason why I believe my month of reading started off slow may be due to this book. I read the e-book and was really excited to read about Lillian Boxfish’s life and experience in New York City. As a New Yorker, I was excited to read about the history of New York.

Unfortunately, this book fell very flat. Lillian herself had potential to be a very interesting character, but her rambles often felt pointless. Plus, the people she met and how they went about telling her their life stories wasn’t believable to me. I found myself wanting to skip more pages than I wanted to read them. I did finish this book but ultimately felt underwhelmed and that I wish I didn’t buy it.

Rating: 2 stars

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you keep up with the reading community you’ll know this is one of the most hyped books of the year. I am happy to report that it’s for good reason. I read this book when I was in Denver at the Tattered Cover Bookstore. I went there several days in a row in hopes to complete this book before my trip ended.

This book details the rise and fall of a fictional rock band, Daisy Jones & the Six. There was so much angst, the characters were so well developed and I feel like this would be the perfect book for a book club. Not a surprise coming from me, but the only reason this isn’t a 5 star is because of the romance.

I am not one to re-read books often but I have heard raving reviews of the audiobook and that is has a full cast. So perhaps that will make it on my reading wrap-up list in the future.

Rating: 4 stars

Fun fact: I love to write! After I read this book, it re-ignited my energy to plan for this one story I have been toying around with. Don’t you love when books inspire you?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

My favorite book of the month! Caraval is a fantasy book that to me is a mix between Alice in Wonderland and The Night Circus. The world was fantastically built. Similar to how I felt when I read TNC, I felt like I was there with the protagonist.

This book has a romance that is quite important. And I am not one for romance in books. But I didn’t mind this one. Sure, I didn’t care too much about it but I wasn’t taken out of the story. I definitely have plans to read the second book.

Rating: 5 stars

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The second-to-last book I completed this month was Alice in Wonderland. Like many people, I love the movie adaptation (the 1951 Disney version). Thus, I thought it’d be proper to take a look at the source material.

Glad to say that the book lived up to the magic found in the movie. I enjoyed reading about the characters and events not present in the film. This is definitely one of the cutest, unique books I’ve read!

Rating: 4.25 stars

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Super late to this party because The Hunger Games books are extremely popular. But before July, I only read the first one. I do love the movies and with word that Suzanne Collins is writing a fourth book, I think now is the time to finish the series.

Catching Fire is my favorite movie of The Hunger Games franchise, so I was also expecting to love the book. Which I did! Knowing the movie made it easier for me to visualize everything, including the characters’ mannerisms and expressions that were different from the audiobook narrator. Overall, definitely enjoyed this one.

Rating: 5 stars

LAST MINUTE ADDITION! – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I published this blog post not thinking I’d add another to the list, but here we are. It’s not too impressive though considering I began skimming a LOT of this book by the end. Unfortunately, I was majorly disappointed with this book.

The premise was interesting but the plot was so boring to me. The two main characters aren’t interesting at all, maybe Citra a tad more. Additionally, although I’m not a fan of romance I have a hard time seeing how ANYONE, even those who gave this book 5-stars, believed this romance. The two protagonists hardly felt like they had platonic chemistry let alone romantic chemistry.

Sad to say I didn’t like this book and I won’t be picking up the next one.

Rating: 2 stars

That’s my reading wrap-up for the month of July. I didn’t read a ton of books this month, but I am still glad I got some reading done. One book is better than no books!

Here are some of the books I’d like to read in August.

  1. Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar
  2. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
  3. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  4. Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
  5. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I’ll be moving (hopefully) in September and would like to bring as few books as possible with me. And after a Book Outlet haul, I have a lot of books in my collection! Hoping to tackle the majority before then.

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