I’m so sorry for how late this is. It’s laughable, really. My excuse is that I went to Austria (alone for the first time! Whoo!) and was ridiculously busy after I got back. Anyway, I thought I better get this up before my August wrap up!
Books read: 10
Pages read: 3122
5 stars: 4
4/4..5 stars: 4
2 stars: 1
❀ Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen
I read this while organising the primary school library and had to contain my tears to save me embarrassment in front of 50 under eleven year-olds. It’s heartbreaking but important for children going through the stages of grief. Accompanied with beautiful illustrations by the amazing Quentin Blake, this little book packs a huge emotional punch.
❀ Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
This poetry book broke my heart and made me shudder so many times with how beautiful and simple the writing was. I thought Rupi Kaur was so clever in how she put it together and I believe that this can resonate with many people more than it did with me.
❀ Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
I loved the conclusion to his duology so much. It was utterly heartbreaking and beautiful. The message was perfectly done and the writing was stunning, as I expect from Victoria Schwab. I can’t wait to move onto her Shades of Magic series next! Review here.
❀ Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
I just couldn’t get through this one. I listened to the audiobook and decided halfway through to return it to the library. I couldn’t get past the fact that this girl was drugging her boss, was so derogatory to religion, and called her sisters ‘sluts’ whenever she mentioned them. I’ve heard she goes through a redemption arc but I didn’t want to stick it out, really. Others have enjoyed however, so go check out some positive reviews before making your decision maybe?
❀ Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I loved this book so much. I read it in one sitting while in the garden and got quite badly sunburnt but it was totally worth it! Simon is one of my favourite characters of all time and I’m sold on the Becky Albertalli hype!! Review here.
❀ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Another amazing book this month! I have to say this one is my favourite I’ve read not only this month but possibly of the entire year. If there’s one book to read from this list, let it be this one. It is so powerful and painfully relevant in the world today. Read my review here.
❀ The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Though I didn’t enjoy this as much as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I still really liked it. The diversity in this book is amazing and Molly is such a relatable character. Becky’s writing was just as good as it was in her debut and I can’t wait to read whatever she puts out next! Review here.
❀ A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
I really, really enjoyed this one. I received this for my birthday from my librarian aunty (hell yeah, guys, hell yeah), so I knew it was going to be good. I love the plot and setting of this book. Half of the novel is set in Japan, which was so interesting as I’ve always wanted to go there, but it wasn’t Japan through the tourist lens. I go into more in my review but this book is atmospheric, thought-provoking, and definitely addictive. Review review.
❀ Plank’s Law by Lesley Choyce
This book felt rushed and under-developed, and some parts made me quite uncomfortable to read. Love the cover though! Review here.
❀ Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I loved how dark and whimsical this book is, and how interesting all of the characters are. And asexual and trans rep, hell yeah!
There we are! I read some really amazing books in July. I know I won’t be able to read as much in August because I go back to college and they’ve upped the hours of classes per week. I also have a couple of books I need to read for lit and my TBR for the #thereadingquest read-a-thon, which you can check out here.
What were the best books you read in July?