It’s time for my July Wrap Up, and I can’t tell you how happy I am with how much I managed to read this month! It definitely didn’t feel like an abundant amount of books, but it was a lot more than I usually read!
I hope you all had an amazing reading month as well, be sure to comment below which books you decided to pick up this month and if you had any stand out reads!
Let’s jump into it!
☼ Night Film by Marisha Pessl ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This novel is one that I’ve been meaning to read for quite a while but never picked up until now. I am so glad that I decided to read this book because it quickly became one of my favourite novels, for many different reasons. This book featured such a weird array of characters that you couldn’t help but want to learn more about. Everyone had their own secrets and it was very easy to fall into this novel trying to figure them out. Additionally, I loved the twists and turns featured in this novel. You never really felt like you knew all the information, and I know sometimes that can be frustrating, but with this novel it just drew me in more.
☼ The Anomaly by Michael Rutger ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This was a BOTM pick for me and I was very interested to see how I would end up enjoying it. The concept seemed incredibly interesting and the follow through just kept shocking me more and more. To be honest I went into this novel not really remembering what it was entirely about, and I recommend that if you’re going to read this novel, you do exactly the same. The fact that I didn’t know what this novel would be about going into it made my experience so much better than I think it would have been had I read the synopsis. It was a very different read from what I usually go for, but I’m glad I decided to pick it up!
☼ An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I decided to re-read this novel in preparation for my read of A Reaper at the Gates, and I’m so glad that I did. I’m the sort of person who will forget quite a few plot points about a novel the farther I get from the time that I read it, so going into this novel again I was surprised to see how many things I didn’t remember. Obviously the characters in this novel are amazing. I found myself feeling exactly how I did the first time around and it was quite a treat to pick this book up!
☼ Red Sister by Mark Lawrence ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This is another book that I’ve been desperate to pick up but have been a horrible procrastinator and never did. That being said, I thought this book was incredible. It had so many cool and interesting elements to it and there wasn’t a moment in which I found myself bored with the plot or characters. I loved seeing the school years play a part in the timeline as well as some magic. I cannot wait to pick Grey Sister up!
☼ A Torch Against the Night ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I read this via Audiobook pretty much right after I finished An Ember in the Ashes and it was almost as amazing as the first novel. I’m a sucker for the school environment, so when the setting changed for this book I found myself becoming a bit disinterested with the goings ons of the novel. That being said, the characters and story line keep growing and it just makes me even more excited to pick up A Reaper at the Gates!
☼ Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton ☼ ⭐ ⭐
I’m embarrassed to say that I have no recollection of what this novel was even about. I remember a tiny bit, but that’s about it. I’m giving it two stars because I do think that whilst reading it I was engaged enough to finish it quick, but other than that… not much to say.
☼ Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This was the very first Vancity Reads book club pick of the month. Vancity reads is a book club that I started for bloggers and readers in the Vancouver, BC area! This book was interesting, it definitely had the Marisha Pessl touch to it. I found myself very confused throughout the novel and it had a whole lot of twists that I definitely didn’t really see coming or totally understand. That being said, I flew through this book and enjoyed the process. It was definitely a YA book in the sense that it was a super quick read.
☼ That’s Not What Happened by Kodi Keplinger ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This novel was one that I got sent by Scholastic Canada. It was definitely a topic that is very prevalent currently. It was a pretty harsh read with quite graphic scenes, but I think it did a great job at creating a setting for the reader in which they can really have a small glimpse into what a school shooting may look like. Obviously you don’t know how it feels unless you’re actually there, but this book made it very real.
☼ Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I loved Scythe, so I’m surprised it took me this long to finally pick up Thunderhead. What more can I say than wow. This book was as good as or maybe even a bit better than Scythe. It had all the same elements that I loved from the first novel, but the way that the plot thickened throughout this novel was utterly addictive. I cannot WAIT for the next book.
☼ The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman ☼ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This is a novel that I was expecting to be pretty light hearted, due to my not reading the plot summary and just assuming it was an easy going summer contemporary. This novel also featured an active shooter situation and it was definitely something I was not expecting. Another thing I wasn’t expecting was for it to be so light-hearted after the active shooter situation was brought up. That’s where a lot of my frustrations with this book lie, but other than that it was a pretty quick read for me and wasn’t entirely horrible!
That concludes my wrap up for July! I hope you all enjoyed and had a wonderful July reading month! Can’t wait for August and more books!
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