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July Wrap Up

Ahhh July, I want to thank you because for me you’ve been a good reading month. You’ll notice there was no June wrap up, that’s because I didn’t read a single book in June. But thankfully I came back strong in July. To be fair, even reading one book would’ve been an improvement but let’s not dwell on the negative.

I read some fantastic books in July. I found a new favourite. I read diversely, I read to learn and all in all it was a great reading month. I also returned to work after lockdown ended here in the UK, so I was definitely looking for an escape.

So let’s talk about the books shall we?

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. This should be required reading. I can’t explain how much I loved this book. As a member of the queer community this book made me feel seen. Please read this book if you haven’t. It’s out now.

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune. I really enjoyed this one. More than I thought I would. I did find it a little tedious at the beginning but I grew to love it. And the characters. There’s a sequel which I can’t wait to read so that’s always a good sign. This one is out.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron. This one was good, but there was something missing from it that would’ve made it great. I don’t know if it was the plot or the pacing. Or maybe the romance. But it was good and definitely worth a read. It’s out in the Uk August 14th.

Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze. I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like this. It was so immersive and brutal. It’s truly a unique novel. I can honestly say I’ll never forget this book. It’s also just been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It’s out in September.

The Black Kids by Christine Hammonds Reed. Damn this book was good. This one of those books that you get wrapped up in and learn something from. So good. So important. I loved it. It’s out in August.

Girl in the Walls by A.J. Gnuse. Oh this was so good. At times terrifying and heartbreaking, it really was a captivating novel. I couldn’t turn the last few pages fast enough. It’s not out till March 2021 but definitely keep an eye out for this one.

That’s it for this month. I definitely didn’t read as many books as I usually do, but it was nice to be reading again. And so many of the books were excellent. Truly excellent. It’s was quality over quantity this month and I’m ok with that.

I hope you had a good reading month.

Until the next review

JTH

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July Wrap Up

Well, another Month has come and gone once again. We had a little heat wave here this July, but I wasn’t out enjoying the sun. I was reading, which in my opinion is much more enjoyable.

Now, last month I managed to read 8 books. It was my personal best. And I sooooo wanted to match it this month, but alas I haven’t quite done it. I have read 7 books, which I’ll take. I was so close to matching my personal best, I’ll try again next month but I don’t mind that number.

I also completed my Goodreads challenge of 40 books read this year. I’m not as slow of a reader as I thought. But I’ve decided to up it to 60 books! So I’ll see how get on.

Anyway, here are the books I’ve read:

First up was ‘On My Life’ by Angela Clarke. This is not my usual genre of book but I really enjoyed this book. Such a great story, with a clever twist. It was gripping! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Second Up was ‘The Woman in the White Kimono’ by Ana Johns. Loved this book, it was evocative, sweet, heartbreaking. Just a really nice read. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Third was ‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo. Had this on my shelf for ages, wasn’t sure if I would like it! I’m an idiot! Loved it. Why did I wait so long? Although it did start off a little slow. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Fourth up was ‘Crooked Kingdom’ by Leigh Bardugo. Could this one be better than the first. Yes it can! I loved it! Such a great conclusion! I was crying at the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fifth this month was ‘Follow Me To Ground’ by Sue Rainsford. This was an ARC. Not my type of book usually but I absolutely loved it. One of my favourite reads of the year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sixth was ‘Secret Keeping for Beginners’ by Maggie Alderson. Without being to harsh this book was just meh. Something of nothing. It was the worst book I’ve read this month. ⭐️⭐️

Seventh up was ‘The Song of Peterloo’ by Carolyn O’Brien. Such a fantastic book. Great historical fiction. Excellent writing! Had me turning the pages so first at the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Well that’s my monthly wrap up. Roll on the next month, more reading and more books! How did you do this month? Let me know.

Until the next review

JTH