WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S ALMOST JULY?
Is it just me, or has this month flown by? 😳
I’m just happy I can post a wrap-up this month because I managed to get out of a mini reading slump, and read something that wasn’t a comic or graphic novel 😂
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – ✭✭✭✭✭
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – ✭✭✭
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (RE-READ) – ✭✭✭✭✭
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – ✭✭✭✭
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – ✭✭✭
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – RANT REVIEW – ✭½
Overall, a very mixed month with some books I absolutely LOVED and some I loathed *cough*ACOWAR*cough*. I’m so behind on reviews at the moment though, so none are posted yet, but I’m planning on doing one for Strange the Dreamer and a series review/wrap-up for Always and Forever, Lara Jean 😊
Strange the Dreamer set such a high standard for the rest of the month because it is an absolute work of art. I’m so pleased that I picked this up because everything about it was incredible, and the writing was beautiful. I’m sure you’ve already heard about Strange the Dreamer, or have read it already, but if not you should really add it to your TBR pile pronto!
I also managed to read Always and Forever, Lara Jean (The final book in Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy) which I found a bit underwhelming. I think the series could have done with just being a duology, but it was still a nice read anyway!
Next I caught up with Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series, but I had to re-read An Ember in the Ashes first and I’m so happy I did! I enjoyed it much more the second time and changed my rating to 5 stars. The Sequel, A Torch Against the Night was also another favourite this month.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a spontaneous read whilst the weather was nice for once, and it was too sunny to read my kindle outside (
Which is a miracle in the UK) It didn’t blow me away, but it was still a lovely afternoon read ☀️
On theme with catching up with book series, the final book I read this month was A Court of Wings and Ruin – and what a disappointment it was! I was planning on writing a full review, but I don’t want to spend another minute thinking about it! 😂 I’ve linked to my mini-review/rant on goodreads though if you want to know why I didn’t enjoy it.
- Rat Queens – Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery
I’m all caught up with my stack of unread graphic novels now, so I only had one left to read this month! I think graphic novels are such a good way to keep reading interesting and give a fun break between reading heavy books, so I’ve definitely missed them this month!
Rat Queens was really great though, I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a graphic novel with some bad-ass female lead characters! It reminds me a bit of Saga in terms of tone and humour and I’ll hopefully pick up the next two volumes in July!
I’m definitely on the look-out for some new graphic novels to start, so let me know if you have any recommendations! 💗
My sister was really kind and gifted me a 20th anniversary, Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for finishing my second year at university (I’m a little bit heartbroken that I now realise I am a slytherin 😂). But it’s so beautiful, and I feel a HP re-read is long overdue.
Because I was a bit disappointed in some of the hyped up books I read this month, on a whim I went through goodreads and picked out Ten Tiny Breaths and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things that were recommended to me, I don’t know much about them but there’s a lot of positive reviews from my GR friends, so I’m excited to give them a go!
I also picked up Tiger Lily because I saw it on Sam’s (Thoughtsontomes) video recommending standalone sci-fi and fantasy books, and it sounded right up my alley!
- The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick – July 4th
- The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy – July 4th
- Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tale of Villainy Anthology – July 11th
- Final Girls by Riley Sager – July 11th
- Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – July 25th
There are a lot of great releases coming up in July, but these are the ones I have my eyes on 👀
What’s your favourite book you’ve read this month? What are you most looking forward to reading in July? 😁