I must say, July was simply wonderful for me in terms of reading! I was starting to get scared for my reading abilities this year (I was like 15 books behind my challenge on gr at some point!) but then finally a true blessing happened. 17 books in one month? I’d say that’s spectacular.
I started the month with The Gentelman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee which I’ve been anticipating for months & which exceeded my expectations in every way and ended it with a reread of one of my all time favourites: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (you can read my review here).
There were more rereads for me last month though: 9 out of 17 books I read, a whooping 53%. Apparently I’m a sentimental kid. And that’s not taking into the account that I read 2 of those 17 books twice in July…
The (new) books I loved most were already mentioned The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue & The Bedlam Stacks. Both Mackenzi and Natasha rapidly became my new favourite authors and I cannot wait to read more by them! On the other hand the most disappointing of the lot was Mask of the Highwaywoman simply because the premise was so ridiculously gay & cute but it turned out to be badly written and horribly boring.
A list because I’m a lover of lists actually:
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – 5/5 🍑 (mini-review)
- The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison – 3/5 🍑 (mini-review)
- Mask of the Highwaywoman by Niamh Murphy – 1.5/5 🍑 (mini-review)
- Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat – 3/5 🍑 (reread; mini-review)
- Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat – 4/5 🍑 (reread; mini-review)
- Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat – 4/5 🍑 (reread; mini-review)
- Green but for a Season by C.S. Pacat – 3/5 🍑 (reread)
- The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat – 4/5 🍑 (reread; mini-review)
- The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – 4/5 🍑 (reread; mini-review)
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – 4/5 🍑 (reread; mini-review)
- The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault – 3.5/5 🍑 (mini-review)
- Sunblind by Ramona Meisel – 4/5 🍑 (mini-review)
- Sunchoked by Ramona Meisel – 4/5 🍑 (mini-review)
- nuclear kids by S. Mardon – 4/5 🍑
- Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – 5/5 🍑 (reread; mini-review)
- The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – 5/5 🍑 (mini-review)
- Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta – 5/5 🍑 (reread; mini-review)
Of course if we’re talking about books in any given month, it’s also important to mention what one bought, right? I’m not actually a big spender but, once again, July was very good to me. I finally got my own copy of the softest book in the world: Ari & Dante. It came in mail exactly on my name’s day (we celebrate that in Poland, yes) so that was the best present I could have ever hoped for. It’s already all orange with my highlighter because we all know every line of that book is Beautiful.
I also bought 2 books of poetry, though those sadly only digital. Sunblind & Sunchoked by Ramona Meisel are a tragic love story between Icarus and Apollo told in various kinds of poems. They were honestly lowkey the best poetry collections I’ve read in a long time and I still catch myself thinking about them a lot. You can buy them both on Ramona’s payhip for a silly 8.5€!
I really hope August will be as good to me as July has been.