The month of July seemed to be against me when it came to reading. There were a few reading slumps in the middle of the month. Maybe the 16 books from last month left me a bit worn down or maybe the hectic hustle of Comic-Con left me needing more time to recover. I am still happy with my results for the month. I read a total of 10 books including 7 full length novels, 2 shorter novellas, and one short story. That’s a total of 3,405 pages read. More than 75% of the pages read last month, meaning a few of the novels I read had higher page counts than the average one. This averages to about 2 1/2 books a week. Still pretty hefty for the average reader.
This month has been pretty dry when it comes to reviews so I will add links to all the reviews as they are completed. Time to get serious about book review catch up.
So here is the break down for my July reads:
This was one of those hyped reads that I was so eager to get my hands on. I devoured it in one day and was left pretty speechless by the ending. I still have not reviewed it and I blame my reading slump. Look out for the review in the next few months.
This was another hyped book that I picked up at the library. The cover is so alluring that I almost bought it. Seriously, it sat in my Amazon shopping cart for three weeks and I debated buying each time. I am kind of glad I didn’t because it was a bit too Disney for me. I know it says Disney, i just expected more depth to it and it wasn’t there. A review on this read is coming as well.
The Remnant Chronicles series took up most of my month. The Kiss of Deception was an intense read and it hooked me from the first chapter. I just had to read all three books before starting anything else. The author creates a fantastic new world for me to explore and I love the mystery and attempt at women power in this read. You have to understand that there is a build up to a true strong woman throughout the series otherwise you may struggle with the first book in the series.
This is the second book in The Remnant Chronicles and I devoured it. I enjoyed learning about the so called “barbarians” that Lia and Rafe’s people have shunned for so many generations. I love the bond that Lia creates with the common people. One thing that has left me with the need to buy this series is the reading of the old tales of Venda. I love books that have old script that the main character needs to learn and decipher.
The final book in this series left me with so many emotions. I don’t want this series to be completed. I need more Lia and Rafe. This final book gets five stars not only because it was excellent but because I had over 11 hours of audiobook to live in for a while. Sometimes large books tend to be overkill but this one was worth every page.
This was my first printed short story purchase ever and I am so happy with my purchase. I got to meet the author during a panel signing at Comic-Con and grabbed several of her books including the first two books in this series. I loved this read and know it will be one that I keep coming back to. There is so much going on between the pages and Nnedi’s writing reminds me a lot of Octavia Butler’s writing. Both authors I highly admire.
This is the second book in the Binti series and I loved it just as much as the first one. It is about 76 pages longer and takes the reader through life at the University and back at Binti’s home. I am still in awe of Nnedi’s world building. I love both reads!
This was an impulse buy simply for the cover. I mean look at it! And maybe for the title as well. I did not read the synopsis until after I had read the book. This is another favorite book simply for the concept and that ending! If you have read it then you will understand it’s connection to my blog name. I highly recommend this read!
This was another cover purchase as well as a hyped up book that I felt the need to buy. I just finished it a few hours before this wrap up so look out for the review and rating to follow.
I picked this short story up for free through a recent Amazon promotion. It was a great little read and another recently finished read, so stay tuned for the rating a review.
What about your July wrap up? Any good book recommendations? If so comment below and feel free to send me any links to your reviews!