Usually July is one of my best reading months, but this year its probably one of my worst, if it wasn’t for the Reading Rush read-a-thon I don’t think I would have read anything. There has been a lot of controversy with the Reading Rush this year and it’s not platform that I no longer want to support. I’d rather participate in read-a-thons hosted by or that celebrate marginalised voices and themes; I’ve already got a few lined up for later this year. I don’t want to go into too much detail but I am disappointed by the insensitivity and carelessness that surrounded this years read-a-thon but I’m glad that it’s an issue that is being widely discussed and highlighted.
Anyway here is my July Wrap Up and August TBR!
July Wrap Up
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I was worried that Iwasn’t going to love this book as much as I did, but luckily that wasn’t the case. It’s a very different reading experience when you know the outcome of a major plot twist, nevertheless I flew through this book and I’m eager to carry on with this series.
The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater – I love these characters so much and it was sad to say goodbye to them! I’ll be posting my series review soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
Life on the Refridgator Door by Alice Kuipers – I read this book eight years ago and it still breaks my heart. I didn’t love it as much as I remembered, as I kept get getting annoyed at the characters and their inability to communicate, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t finish the book in heaps tears!
Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning – This was our July book of the month for my bookclub and it was everything I wanted it to be! There’s just something wonderful about a historically trashy highland romance that never fails to make me smile (and swoon!).
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This has been on my TBR pile for months and I can’t think of a better time to read it than now! I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so I think it’s fair to say that I’ve got high expectations.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – I’m really enjoying this series and I’m looking forward to carrying on this adventure!
Where I Was From by Joan Didion – I want to make it my mission to read as many Joan Didion books this year, her writing and craftsmanship is heartbreakingly beautiful and is an author I just adore. I picked this book up when I visited Hay-on-Wye last week so keep your eyes peeled for a blog post about that soon!
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Another book I picked up in Hay, and one which I’m very eager to read. I fell utterly in love with Circe, so I can’t wait for some more Greek mythology!