We’ve made it to a new month, which means it’s time to wrap up my reading for the last month! July both flew and dragged by and, though I’m happy we’ve moved on the August, I’m also shocked that it’s already the eighth month of the year. I will say, though, that July was definitely a much better reading month than June! I ended up reading 11 books and I found myself really enjoying all of them! I also got away from the weird reading mood I had been in all of June. I think the fact that I was, for the most part, reading whatever I wanted certainly helped with that. I even picked up a couple books that weren’t for blog tours or buddy reads!
But enough rambling. Let’s take a look at what I got to read in the month of July.
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Book: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
Thoughts: My Rivers of London readalong with some of the TWR gang continues! This was the most recent full-length novel I read in the series since we’ve started diving into the graphic novels and novellas. I really liked it, though I wish there had been more Nightingale. What can I say? He’s my favorite! Still, this was a solid addition to the series.
Book: Rivers of London: Night Witch by Ben Aaronovitch
Thoughts: Speaking of Rivers of London graphic novels, this was the next book I completed in July. Though I found myself not loving this one as much as Body Work, I still had a fun time with it. The story just felt a bit disjointed, but, once I got into the flow, I enjoyed the ride. Also, it was interesting learning a bit more about a certain Night Witch.
Book: Gargantis by Thomas Taylor
Thoughts: Aaahh, I loved this book!! I honestly can’t decide whether I enjoyed this one more than the first book in the series, Malamander. It was such a fun, eerie, exciting read and it made me anxious to snatch up the third book once it comes out. I need more Herbie and Violet adventures!
Book: Red Blood by Kaitlyn Legaspi
Thoughts: This book was a wild ride! It’s a young adult fantasy that has an intense Hunger Games feel. I thought it had a great main character and the magic was interesting. I thought the secondary characters were a tad one-dimensional but, overall, this was a fun read. You can read my full review here.
Book: Rivers of London: Black Mould by Ben Aaronovitch
Thoughts: I think this is my favorite Rivers of London graphic novel so far! I liked the plot, I liked seeing Peter and Nightingale at work, and it was cool “seeing” certain characters for the first time! The only issue is that it resolved a lot quicker than I felt it should. It was like there was all this build up and BAM story over. Still, I had a good time with this one!
Book: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Thoughts: Y’all already know I loved this re-read. This was my favorite book of 2020, after all! This time, I listened to the audiobook and it was freakin’ glorious. The narrator did an incredible job bringing the story to life! Re-reading this made me even more excited to read the sequel, Redemptor, in August! You can read my full review here.
Book: The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson
Thoughts: This was the first book I’ve read by Sophie Anderson, but it certainly won’t be my last! I really enjoyed the folktales in this book and it, once again, makes me realize I need read more books based around Slavic tales. I just love the wintery feel and this book especially had some great lessons. Now I need to go back and read The House with Chicken Legs!
Book: Hydra by Matt Wesolowski
Thoughts: This is the second book in the Six Stories series and, I have to say, I liked this one more! It was creepier than the first, though the reveal at the end was just as shocking. I’m really loving this series and I’m excited to continue. I want to check out one of these books on audio because I’ve heard it’s fantastic. It is based around a podcast, so I can only imagine listening to the audiobook would be a great experience.
Book: Black Coffee by Agatha Christie/Charles Osborne
Thoughts: This was an interesting Christie to read. It’s adapted from a play that she wrote and you can tell that it would translate better on stage than it did as a book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it! But it didn’t have the same feel as a Christie novel. I was happy to see Hastings again, though!
Book: The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Thoughts: This book was an experience, lol. We read this in TWR gang classics book club that’s not a book club. Having finished it, I can understand why Disney changed some things 😂 It was interesting reading the source material and comparing it to the movie. The story itself was intriguing, but I definitely think it could have been cut shorter. And it’s not even a long book!
Book: Kings and Daemons by Marcus Lee
Thoughts: I read his book for a The Write Reads blog tour. It’s a dark fantasy that definitely leans into the dark! I loved the main characters and I thought it was a fascinating world. I would have liked a bit more world-building, but it is just the first book in a new series, so I forgave it. You can read my full review here.
Book of the Month
It was tough choosing my favorite book for this month! My only five star read was Raybearer, but that’s unfair competition, ya know? Of course I loved it! So, going through my four star reads, there were so many that I really loved. I ended up going with a sequel that, I though, blew the first novel out of the water! The Book of the Month for July is…
This was such a perfectly creepy and completely engrossing read! Though I enjoyed the first book, this is the one that has made me want to continue with the series. The atmosphere was incredibly well crafted, especially when you consider most everything is built through “interviews” on the podcast featured in the book. I will say check trigger warnings on this one because it gets pretty dark. That being said, this book has certainly gotten me hyped to read the next one in the Six Stories series!
Well, though I didn’t love all of the books I read this month as much as I loved the books I read last month, I’m so happy to be out of that weird reading mood! July saw me eagerly grabbing books and finding it much easier to fall into them than it was in June. I don’t know if that’s because I had less bookish obligations, but it felt nice. August is going to be a month filled with tours, so I’m hoping this good reading mood lasts.
I talked about this last month a little bit, but I think the fact that I had the room to fit in some books I wanted to read just because I wanted to read them really lifted my reading spirits! I was eager to read Gargantis after loving Malamander the previous month and it felt nice to have the room to do so. I really need to work on keeping more room in my monthly reading to slip in a mood read or two. I also need to embrace audiobooks more because I feel like I fly through them! The thing is, I usually only listen to them at work, and that’s only if it isn’t super busy. Work has been ramping up lately, so I don’t know how often I’ll be able to slip the earbuds in.
As for August, I am genuinely excited about what I’m planning on reading! I always love participating in the Trope-ical Readathon, so I’m looking forward to digging into that TBR. And I’ve ended up with quite a few thrillers on there which I’m excited for because I can feel myself leaning towards that genre. Now I just need to decide which one I want to read first!
How was your reading in July? Did you find a new favorite? Make any progress on some challenges? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!