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.
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.
- Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar
- The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
- Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
- 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.