July 2022 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

I’ve once again waited until it was almost next month to wrap up my reading for last month. This has become a trend πŸ˜¬πŸ˜… Still, let my lateness not reflect on how my reading went in July. I read a ton of incredible reads last month and I’m excited to share them with you! Last month is also the first time I think ever that I read more audiobooks than physical books. I suppose I’m officially in my audiobook era.

Alright, let’s get to the post!

Books Read

  • Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes: This book was everything I wanted it to be! It was space horror at it’s most spine-tingling. I loved the atmospheric writing, the characters you don’t know if you can trust, and how everything was explained in the end. I will say there were moments that dragged a teensy bit and the ending wrapped a little too neat, but I still had a great time with this one. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: Well, this book is definitely going on my list of ‘favorite classics’. This was such a weird, horrific time and I loved every minute of it! I enjoyed Oscar Wilde’s writing style and how he created such a compelling character that I also wanted to kick. The descriptions of things that I did not care about could get a bit out of hand, I have to admit. Still, this was an engaging and excellent read. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint: I finally read Ariadne and it was just as good as everyone has been saying! As Greek mythology retellings go, I thoroughly enjoyed how Saint centered Ariadne and her sister in a myth that usually sweeps them under the rug. I was completely engaged throughout the story an, even though I knew how it would end, I was riveted. I’m certainly interested in reading whatever else Jennifer Saint writes next! I need to get my hands on Elektra. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie: I continued my Poirot reading last month and this was the first book I read. This was an interesting story with a intriguing mystery. I enjoyed all the characters, though never as much as Poirot himself. There was no Hastings, however, so that made me a little sad. But I liked the twists and turns in this story and how it all wrapped up in the end. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid: In an attempt to knock some books off of my Netgalley shelf, I picked up this gothic horror that sounded like I was going to love it. While I enjoyed it, overall, it definitely wasn’t the hit that I thought it was going to be. It was graphic and horrid and gave off immaculate gothic vibes. But I just found myself so bored! The plot was pretty meh, but the characters and the beautiful writing kept me reading. You can read my full review here. β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie: This is probably one of my favorite Poirot books and I can pinpoint two reasons why. First, Hastings is back! Any Poirot book that has my favorite sidekick instantly makes me love it more. Second, there’s a dog! And the narrator had to read for the dog and it was just magic πŸ˜‚ Seriously, though, this was a great mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. It has great characters, great storytelling, and was over all a great time. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert: Talia Hibbert really saved the best story for last! I loved this last installment in the Brown Sisters trilogy! Eve Brown is an incredible character who I found super relatable. Perhaps that’s a youngest sister thing? Either way, I instantly connected with her, which made me very invested in her story. And then there’s Jacob. Omgggg, JACOB. I loved Jacob! And the two of them together? Absolute magic. It makes me sad that the trilogy is over, but I can’t wait to read whatever Talia Hibbert writes next! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: It’s always nice to have two five star reads in a row. I started this book awhile ago and kept shuffling it back for higher priority reads. Finally, I decided to pick up the audiobook and that was the best decision ever. The audiobook is spectacular! The story it tells is just as incredible, as well. There was a lot going on in this book, a lot of potentially triggering content, and it was all superbly well-written and heart-wrenching. I adored the main character, the writing, and the fact that it touched on quite a few hard-hitting topics. I can’t wait to read more from this author. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I don’t know why I doubt Taylor Jenkins Reid. I wasn’t at all interested in reading this because it sounded like ‘rich people drama’ and that’s not my favorite when it comes to books. I somehow forgot that TJR has a way of writing rich people drama in a way that makes me truly feel for the characters and get invested in their lives. She’s also good at making me tear up πŸ₯Ί This was an excellent book and I will never doubt TJR again! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • These Deadly Games by Diana Urban: This was another Netgalley read that I waited so long to read that I ended up getting the audiobook πŸ˜… Look, I request these books with the best intentions, I swear! This was an engaging and twisty young adult thriller that definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to shake the main character numerous times, but I still had a great time reading this. It helps that the audiobook was quite good! You can read my full review here. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett: I’ve finally picked up another book in the Discworld series! It’s been a minute since I’ve read the first two books, but it felt easy to slip back into Terry Pratchett’s world. This was a fun, fast read that focused on a young woman who wants to become a wizard in a world that tells her only men can be wizards. The humor is perfectly matched to mine, so I found myself smiling throughout this strange little book. Now I just need to make sure it’s not another year before I pick up the next Discworld book! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Book of the Month

Like I said, I read quite a few fantastic reads last month. I even had two five stars back to back! That’s always a wonderful feeling. Of course, it makes narrowing down a choice for my favorite read of the month a bit difficult. In the end, though, I have to go with the book that I just can’t stop thinking about. The Book of the Month for July is…

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Challenge Update

22 Books in 2022:

I managed to read one of my 22 in 2022 books in July. So, ya know… progress! Slow and steady may not win the race this year, but I’m certainly trying πŸ˜‚

  • Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

12 Friends, 12 Recommendations:

I also managed to read one book off my 12 friends, 12 recommendations TBR! And it was my favorite of the bunch, so far.

  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Popsugar Reading Challenge:

  • A book with a reflected image on the cover or “mirror” in the title (Firekeeper’s Daughter)
  • A book set in the 1980s (Malibu Rising)
  • A romance novel by a BIPOC author (Act Your Age, Eve Brown)

Read Your Shelf Challenge:

  • A book about 2 generations (Malibu Rising)

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:

  • Read a book in any genre by a POC that’s about joy and not trauma (Act Your Age, Eve Brown)

How was your reading in July? Did you find a new favorite? Make any progress on some challenges?Β Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!


2 thoughts on “July 2022 Wrap Up

  1. This was a fab wrap-up Kerri. OMG so many great-looking books! I want to read them all now!! And well done for completing more parts of your challenges, you’ve got this! xx

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