It’s already August, and i don’t know where the years going but it’s making me incredibly happy that i passed my Goodreads challenge months ago! The little time i’ve had to read in July is showing in my wrap-up this month, so it’s a good job i read non-stop at the beginning of the year!
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Tweet Cute is a book that’s been floating around for a good few months now. I’ve had my eye on it for a while and wanted to pick it up. I finally borrowed it from a friend and read it in July, and whereas i enjoyed the ease of the story, i was a little disappointed. I think my expectations were a little too high for this book, and i definitely was imagining a slightly older character range. It was cute, and it made me smile, but i can’t say Tweet Cute is the most memorable book i’ve ever read.
Love Is The Higher Law by David Levithan
Yes i’m still working through my back catalog of David Levithan. Yes i still have plenty more of his books to read. Yes i still adore him. David has been one of my favourite authors for a very very long time, and there are quite a few books of his that i just haven’t gotten around to yet. I felt like finally picking up his novel based on the 9/11 tragedy, in July, and he’s possibly one of the only authors i think that would give this tragedy the grace it needed in a novel. I was very unsure on the topic becoming fictionalised. But i learnt a lot from these characters, and about the situation.
Stargazing by Jen Wang
The only graphic novel i read this month was Stargazing and i absolutely adored it. It’s been a while since i read The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang, which i loved, so i knew i would most likely love the rest of her work. These graphic novels are definitely aimed towards a younger audience, but they’re so easy to read and a complete joy. I love the stories, and the meaning behind them including the depth of the characters and their situations. I loved this as much as her previous work.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
I co-read Pet with some of my friends in July, in an effort to read more trans representation and books by black authors. I loved the story of this and the magical, fantasy elements which i didn’t expect. Admittedly, i went in to this book with very little knowledge of what it was about, and i’m so glad i went in surprised. It’s incredibly different and unusual, and has some excellent discussion on topics that can be difficult to bring up in YA novels.
People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
This was my first dive in head first to a new genre this month. I love true crime stories, and i spend a lot of time watching true crime documentaries, however books about true crime is something i never really picked up before. I borrowed People Who Eat Darkness from a friend as we swapped our favourite books, and i enjoyed it a lot. It’s the story of Lucie Blackman who was murdered in Japan in 2000, and the case that followed that murder. I’ve never read anything like it, and i have to say it was one of the most interesting things i’ve ever read.
Those are all the books that i read in July, it feels like nothing, but at least i managed to get a few whole books in! I just wish i hadn’t started so many books at the end of July, but keep an eye on the blog in a month for an update on that. Stick around for my stats below!
Books read: 5
Books read this year: 56
Pages read: 1,380
Pages Per Day: 44
Average Rating: 4
New to me: 5
Off my shelves: 3
Review copies: 0
Library books: 0