July was a month where I took part in so many ReadAThons which means I was able to read a good amount of books.
First, TBR Jar Update:
At the start of the month I picked out four books from my TBR. I was able to read two of them. Unfortunately I didn’t get to I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing Maya Angelou and I decided poetry definitely is not for me so I won’t be reading Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith.
Sweet Home by Carys Bray –
I did a full review of this short story collection, which you can find here: Sweet Home Review.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter –
This book I read as ‘a book set in a country I’ve not read much about’ which is Italy. Although a lot of it is actually set in America which was a fail on my part. This book started off strongly with a nod to 1950’s Hollywood following a beautiful film star who is dying. But then jumps to current day Hollywood and it just didn’t flow and unfortunately it ended so badly I was glad to be done with it.
Soo yeah, first month of the TBR Jar was not very successful unfortunately. I have high hopes for August’s picks though.
Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turtan –
One of the most unique books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend, here’s my full review: Evelyn Hardcastle Review.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson –
This was a reread and it was actually so much better than I remember it. I think the first time I read this book I focused too much on the mystery but it’s not really about that. This follows Emily whose best friend Sloane disappears one Summer and leaves behind a list of fun and crazy things for Emily to do and it’s great.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
I listened to the audiobook of this and I am still loving them. Again, I noticed things in this book I’ve never noticed before. Just two more to go!
Bibliothon Wrap Up:
The first readathon I took part in this month was the Bibliothon where I was able to read 3 books. As you can see from the ratings, it wasn’t a very successful week.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
I gave this book 2 stars but I definitely don’t think it’s a bad book. I just really don’t think it was for me. I just didn’t find the story of the characters interesting.
The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen
I’ve done a full review of this which you can find here: William Woolf Review. But basically, I really liked the premise of this book but I wish more was done with it.
Sweet Home by Carys Bray
Again, I’ve done a full review of this which you can find here: Sweet Home Review.
24 in 48 Readathon Wrap Up
This weekend long readathon also wasn’t too successful. I ended up DNFing 2 books but I did finish 1 book and start another.
Books I DNFed:
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – I’ve never been so uninterested in a story before.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Second time trying to read this book. I just don’t like it. I won’t try again.
Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Finally making my way through the last books in this series. I’m not hugely loving them just because his book do kind of feel like the same thing done again and again. But I really want to finish the Heroes of Olympus series.
The Help by Katherine Stockett
I started this during the readathon but finished it after. This was a second read for me and I loved it just as much as I did last time, if not more. Hilarious but heartbreaking. It’s close to a perfect novel.
Deweys 24 Hour Readathon
Dewey’s did a spontaneous Summer ‘reverse’ readathon where it started at 1am for me. I was so looking forward to this, however, there ended up being a lot of distractions that day.
I was however able to read 3 books and one of those books was read during the craziest thunderstorm I’ve ever experienced, and it ended up being the perfect book to read during a storm.
The Mist by Stephen King
This was the one I read in a storm and I’m still not sure if that was a good idea or not. It’s a sci-fi about the aftermath of a ferocious storm that brings in a Mist. That Mist brings along something deadly.
It’s got a very classic monster book feel to it and I really liked the writing style so I’ll definitely read more by King. However, the ending annoyed me. I get why authors do it and I get it leaves it open, but when an author does that and has no intention of continuing the story, it just feels lazy. That definitely didn’t dampen my enjoyment of it though.
Five on Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
I read this for nostalgic reasons as I loved the Famous Five books as a kid. It’s not a great book and I can now understand why Blyton gets a lot of criticism. It was very average.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
I read this book a few years ago and I remember not liking it, but I wanted to give the book another go because I already own all of the books. Thankfully, I really liked it this time around. The writing isn’t great at times and it is very cheesy but it’s what I want it to be. It’s a quick read that gives me the Summer vibes.
Those were all the books I read in July. Next up is the BooktubeAThon so I’ll be doing daily updates on here and then a full wrap up at the end of the week. Then the rest of August is the NEWTs Readathon which so a lot of books are going to be read in August.
Thanks for reading,