Goodbye July, and hello August!
I cannot believe how quickly this summer is flying by. One minute my kids are getting out of school for summer break, and the next I am gathering lists for back to school shopping! July was a crazy month for me, but despite all the craziness I did manage to read 9 books & get a good amount of blogging done! Yay for productivity! My biggest news this month is that we bought a new house. Unfortunately this isn’t a simple move… we are completely renovating the house over the next few months before we move in. My husband flips homes for a living, and assures me that he can get this done in 2 months. I’m not holding my breath lol My goal is to move in before Christmas. Please send me good vibes for my sanity throughout this process 🙂
Let’s see what I got accomplished in July, shall we?
*Book titles link to Goodreads
» Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
Feelings in a few thoughts: hard to follow at times – possibly due to audiobook format?; love this piece of history; because this is nonfiction it felt cold – would love to read a fictional account; want to see the film adaptation now
» Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Feelings in a few thoughts: took a little while to get into; strong female lead – strength drawn from her mind; feminist thoughts; political intrigue; HOT love scenes; confusing fantasy elements; will definitely continue on with this series
» Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Feelings in a few thoughts: felt like a bedtime story; perfect book to read aloud to kids; short & sweet
» Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Feelings in a few thoughts: bad-ass female lead; example of how to do the hate – love trope well; witty banter; good concept with fantasy elements; wanted more action out of a PIRATE book; solid read but could have been more
» The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Feelings in a few thoughts: outside my reading comfort zone; very much a western; play format? didn’t really understand the intermissions; dry humor – which I appreciated; journey where characters must face adversity along the way; enjoyed how everything panned out in the end – but wasn’t the dramatic ending I was anticipating; slower paced; struggled with my rating – possibly a 4 star book; won’t be for everyone
» Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Feelings in a few thoughts: went in with low expectations, but pleasantly surprised; gave me Wizard of Oz vibes; enjoyed the overall plot – darker than anticipating w/ good mystery elements; writing felt forced at times, like the author was trying a little too hard; too much sensory description – particularly smells; wanted a little more visual world building; wonder if I enjoyed this more because I haven’t read The Night Circus yet?
» This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Feelings in a few thoughts: gorgeous writing as per expected with Schwab; what makes someone a “monster”?; liked how Kate was rough around the edges; a few YA tropes & clichés; didn’t connect to the story like I did with Schwab’s Shades of Magic series; definitely think this book is leaps and bounds above many of the YA books out there
» Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Feelings in a few thoughts: One of my top reads of 2017; completely mesmerized by this story; Lazlo Strange is my new book boyfriend; unique & fantastical; moral questions; what makes someone a hero? a monster?; NOT a fan of the insta-love but this was my only issue with the book; the ending! how will I wait for the second book?!
» Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Feelings in a few words: this book is a gem – I wish more people would give it a chance; technically WWII historical fiction, but doesn’t go into the war much; fictionalized life of real person, Frances Conway; explores different types of relationships & love; espionage story, but not exactly action packed; more drama than I was anticipating; would make a good book club selection
I am super excited that I *should* be able to hit 100 books this year! This will be my biggest reading year EVER 🙂
» The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
» The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
» A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
» Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (20th Anniversary – Ravenclaw Edition) by J.K. Rowling
» The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
» Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
» The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
» Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
» Euphoria by Lily King
» We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
» The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller
Which books did you read this month?
Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month? If so, what did you think?
Did you buy any books? If so, which ones?
Comment below and let me know 🙂