I hope you’re all doing well. I can’t believe we’re already so far into 2022 – autumn is just around the corner!
July was, for the most part, a good month! I got to take a break from work and also see some friends. I also read a lot, surprisingly! I read 8 books in July, which means I’ve read a total of 75 books this year so far.
★ contemporary ★
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
This was just so cute. I loved how fun and fast-paced it was. It was such a cute rivals to lovers story, all taking place in the span of 24 hours. I started my month off with this novel, and I’m so glad I did because it made a really good start to the month.
Everyone Dies Famous In A Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one! The novel is a series of short stories about different characters in small towns. I enjoyed seeing their different experiences, and how their experiences were influenced by their small town surroundings/upbringing. There were some stories I enjoyed less than others, but overall it was a wonderful read.
The Heartbreak Bakery by A. R. Capetta
This was teatimelit’s book of the month, and I absolutely adored it. It was such a cute novel, and just so sweet. I adored the main character Syd, and seeing Syd’s journey throughout the novel – and Syd’s love story was just beautiful. It was the perfect pick-me-up novel.
Aces Wild: A Heist by Amanda DeWitt
I was so excited when I got this ARC, this one sounded so interesting! Its so rare to find a book with an asexual protagonist, much less a whole group of them. I really loved the representation and their close bonds and friendship. The heist was unfortunately not the biggest factor in the story, but it was still fun to read.
★ sci-fi ★
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
I had tried to read this before with the audiobook but it was so slow in the beginning and hard to get into. I remember seeing that Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner liked the novel, so I thought I would give it a second chance by picking up the paperback – which the best decision because it made the story much easier to follow.
I thought the story was so interesting; I loved the sci-fi and space, and these young characters trying to find footing in this team. It felt very Lord of the Flies but in outer space, with how they struggled with teamwork and how things with teeter on becoming very dark. While some of the characters were frustrating, they were also young adults/teenagers going through a lot and dealing with a lot of mental health issues, which were handled very delicately in the book. I did have to suspend disbelief about these young adults being sent to outer space on such an important mission, but overall I loved reading their perspectives on this big bright journey.
★ horror ★
Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton
This… wasn’t the best, to be honest. It was a lovely quick read, but there was hardly any horror. It was pretty predictable, and it felt hard to believe that these characters were big youtubers when they were making such silly mistakes while trying to film this spooky documentary/youtube video.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
I absolutely adored this novel. It’s been a while since I read a horror novel that really got to me and made me feel uneasy. Jones had such a way with words, forming such an intense story with high stakes. For a 330 page novel, Jones managed to develop all the characters in such a short period of time, and I worried for all of them. I look forward to reading more of his work.
And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin
I really really wanted to enjoy this one, but… it just wasn’t for me. The premise of the story was so interesting – a virus that, instead of turning you into a zombie, makes you think that everyone else has turned into a monster and you’re one of the only survivors – but the story itself didn’t feel entirely compelling to me. I would still recommend it for a quick read!
Okay so I didn’t do much blog hopping this time round because I took a mini hiatus, but hopefully I’ll catch up on posts soon!
- Maddie shared so many books with disability rep
- Julieanna wrote a wonderful review for What Moves The Dead
- Lotus discussed her favourite book-to-film adaptations
- Georgia reviewed + recommended some great romance novels
July was overall a good month! I got to go on a little holiday to Edinburgh for a few days, and it was really fun and just lovely to get away from responsibilities in general, haha.
I also bought a few books while I was there, and I’m excited to jump into them (I’ve actually just finished my reread of Pride and Prejudice, and I’m glad I bought my own copy so I could annotate it).
The end of July was… okay? Getting back into working was a struggle, especially because I came back to a heatwave and that was a lot to deal with. I also barely read anything in the last week of July, which isn’t typical for me. I have a feeling I won’t be able to read much in August because of work responsibilities, but you never know!
I don’t really have any plans for August other than seeing my friends and enjoying the nice weather (and maybe doing a beach trip!). As for reading goals, I’m hoping to finish reading Persuasion by Jane Austen this month, and later seeing if the Persuasion 2022 movie is as bad as everyone says.
Thank you for reading!
How was your July?