I’m creating a few of these ‘weekly’ wrap-ups and backlisting them, as I was a bit scatty last month! This feature is also being renamed to Recent Reads, as I feel like that is more accurate for my posting schedules.
As ever, I will be briefly reviewing all the books I’ve read since my last weekly wrap-up in about fifty words and will incorporate all the books I read in the first two weeks of July.
1. Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman🧠
I really wanted to love the new offering from the joint authors of the Illuminae series, but I just didn’t. The characters didn’t really come across as strongly, the plot felt slightly unremarkable and the ending was slightly predictable. I did enjoy it, but it felt more meh than anything. Three stars.
2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 🧠
I really loved how Moriarty takes this veneer of middle class drama and perfection and slowly tears it to pieces. I really enjoyed her writing style and the preciseness of each character, as well as the compact structure and plot, not to mention the interesting twist. Four stars.
3. I Am Not A Number by Lisa Heathfield 🧠
Lisa Heathfield absolutely knows how to tackle tough subjects with such care, which I’ve loved in her previous work. This is a scarily relevant, powerful and gripping book tackling nationalism and concentration camps, whilst also discussing the power of ideology through Ruby’s younger sister. Four stars.
4. No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter 🧠
Full review here, but let it be known that I absolutely love this book. It is so necessary, empowering and everything I needed to hear. Four and a half stars.
5. The Hormone Diaries: The Bloody Truth About Our Periods by Hannah Witton
I’ve learnt so much from this book and I think all those who have periods could benefit from reading it. Her writing style is just like her: friendly, humorous and educational, shedding light on some topics that I’d never even heard of. Clearly, she is passionate and that adds to the accessibility and tone of the book for the better. Four stars.
6. Find The Girl by Lucy and Lydia Connell
I reviewed this series as part of the blog tour! Four stars.
7. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia 🧠⭐️
The artwork in this graphic novel is just beautiful and as a fan of Raven, I enjoyed this super speedy read that focuses on her origins in a way. I loved the relationship with her and her foster sister, while also be pleasantly surprised by the romance. Four stars.