July Wrap-Up Part 1

I am aware that we are now nearly a week into August, so this wrap-up is a little bit late! However, I’ve been really busy and unfortunately just haven’t had the time to write this until now. Better late than never though, I guess.

July was a very hectic month for me, but I still managed to pack a lot of reading into it as I read 22 books. For this reason, I’m going to split this wrap-up into two parts.

If you’d like to see a week-by-week progression, I’ve recently started sharing what I’ve read on a weekly basis including the 6th13th and 21st of July.

So, without further ado, let’s get into a bit more detail about each book, with a quick review and rating.

All The Books I Read in July:


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  1. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

The YA and more grounded version of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (which is a fantastical Agatha Christie meets Doctor Who adult mystery that I loved). Exciting, dark and throughly enjoyable. Four stars.

2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

It was a fun and enjoyable read, but I didn’t know if I was intrigued enough to continue the series, until that ending hit. That ending was the best part of the book for me; the insta-love and cliched stuff was not. Three stars.

3. Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

Just such a feel good, mood-lifting read. It was perfect for lifting me out of a slight reading slump, as it was so engaging and relatable. Funny, adorable and all about loving books, so what more could I ask for? Four stars.

4. Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla has got something special. His writing feels so atmospheric that it almost creates a sense of claustrophobia. Tense, gripping, exciting and so, so relevant. I know it’s cliched, but I couldn’t put this book down. An exciting and much-needed addition to UKYA. Four stars.

5. Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

Funny, insightful and moving all within a couple of pages. You’ll move from an article on living on benefits to a piece about getting drunk with Lady Gaga. Bonkers but brilliant. Three stars.

6 and 7. The Extinction Trials and The Extinction Trials: Exile by S.M.Wilson

An new series that I seem to keep raving about, so much that my reluctant reader of a sibling picked up and became totally engrossed in it! It’s this brilliant combination of dinosaurs, dystopia and madness in one hell of a series. Action packed and simply awesome. Definitely another one of my new favourite series. Five stars.

8. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

I’ve been on somewhat of a fantasy kick lately and Furyborn served as another great book to whet that appetite. There was action, deadly trials, fantastical politics and some kick-ass women: so everything I’m looking for post Three Dark Crowns. My only problem was that it took a while for me to really get into the story, but the sequel is certainly on my TBR. Three stars.

9. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

A beautiful, devastating and gripping look at police brutality, family and racism. It opens with a bang and Coles never lets up afterwards. It was important, relevant and unapologetic. I also loved the casual LGBT+ side characters and the ethically diverse group of characters. Four stars.

10. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

For ages, I’ve heard all about Leigh Bardugo’s excellent writing, particularly from Issy at The Glass Typerwriter and I finally caved in. Boy, am I glad I did. The writing was fast-paced and it just felt so slick, but the world felt very well crafted. I couldn’t put it down and I knew I would have to get myself a copy. Four stars.

11. Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

I adore seeing what Ahdieh does with her diverse and powerful female characters as they are allowed to be strong, but without falling into the “strong female” trope where that’s all they can be. Mariko was a prime example of this, as she was allowed to be romantic without having to give up everything for her love interest and she could still be a strong person but also show her flaws. Four stars.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for Part 2 very soon.

Which books did you read in July? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned and what did you think of them?

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