July 2020 Wrap-up

It seems like July passed in a heartbeat! Honestly, I am kind of happy about that since I am eagerly awaiting fall book release season (and just fall vibes in general). August is a nice in-between of summery warmth and the beginnings of cozy, so I think it will be a nice reading month. Anyway, I just wanted to give a quick overview of what I read this July and what I rated each one.

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor): Lawrence, Mark: 9781101988855 ...

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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A Cathedral of Myth and Bone by Kat Howard

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Unsouled by Will Wight

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Soulsmith by Will Wight

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Reviews:

My favorite was definitely the Ancestor series by Mark Lawrence. I’m currently reading the last book in the trilogy. The most unique was Gideon the Ninth. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the sequel comes out in about a week, so I’m super excited about that! I also think I did a good job with actually reading sequels at all this month. I have an unfortunate tendency to prioritize different books rather than finishing a series. Definitely something I’m working on though.

What were your favorite reads this month? Do you have any new releases you’re looking forward to in August?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The theme for this week is Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree. Unfortunately, with my university being on the other side of the country from my hometown (where I celebrate Christmas with my family), it is very hard to ask for physical books for these reasons: 1) I can’t bring heavy books in my suitcase, which wouldn’t be a problem except that 2) I couldn’t possibly finish the books before I have to go back to school. For that reason, these books will probably be purchased on my Kindle, as a gift from myself to myself (you are welcome, self).

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  1. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

I still have yet to read this graphic novel, and I’ve heard great things about it.

 

 

 

 

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2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Look how pretty this is! I couldn’t really get into The Bone Season, also by Shannon, but this one looks like its up my ally. Also, it is THICK.

 

 

 

 

Circle of Shadows | Evelyn Skye3. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

I absolutely adored Evelyn Skye’s first series, and this one also sounds really good!

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

Okay, so this one hasn’t been released yet. But! The prompt only calls for what I want to find under the tree… not what will really be there.

Also, I know people absolutely loathe Maas. Had I started reading her at a later date, maybe I would be one of those people too. But, growing up with Aelin since I was 11 years old has created a special place for her in my heart. I will read whatever this lady writes.

 

 

5. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

This book sounds really wacky. Magical realism, fantasy, and sci-fi wrapped up in some absurd feminist short stories? Yes please.

 

 

 

 

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6. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

This one is actually waiting under my tree! For my sister though, because I bought it for her (Not that I bought it with any intention of stealing it for myself…).

 

 

 

 

 

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami | Waterstones7. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

I’m slowly making my way through all of Murakami’s work. So far my favorites are still Sputnik Sweetheart and After Dark. We’ll see where this one ends up!

 

 

 

 

'The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack ...8. The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

How did I not know about this?????? I am fascinated by Jack the Ripper, but this story actually returns the focus to his victims. Also, it won a Goodreads choice award. What’s not to like?

 

 

 

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag – rimpysreads9. The Name of the Wind (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition ) by Patrick Rothfuss

I’m really due for a reread of this and LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van ...10. Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Johnathan Van Ness

Preferably signed.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! Link your TTTs below! Do we have any in common?

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Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

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Immediately upon its publication in Ireland, Claire-Louise Bennett’s debut began to attract attention well beyond the expectations of the tiny Irish press that published it. A deceptively slender volume, it captures with utterly mesmerizing virtuosity the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, a young woman living a singular and mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village. Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, it focuses on the details of her daily experience—from the best way to eat porridge or bananas to an encounter with cows—rendered sometimes in story-length, story-like stretches of narrative, sometimes in fragments no longer than a page, but always suffused with the hypersaturated, almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world that we remember from childhood. The effect is of character refracted and ventriloquized by environment, catching as it bounces her longings, frustrations, and disappointments—the ending of an affair, or the ambivalent beginning with a new lover. As the narrator’s persona emerges in all its eccentricity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help but see mirrored there our own fraught desires and limitations, and our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known.

Shimmering and unusual, Pond demands to be devoured in a single sitting that will linger long after the last page.

Read below for my spoiler-free review.

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Reading Update

Hello everyone! I’ve been settled at school for about a month now so I figured that it was time to post a little update.

Living in Boston definitely has its perks for finding books. I recently got a library card at the Boston Public Library, which is not only aesthetically beautiful but has hundreds and hundreds more books than my library back in Vegas. I’ve recently checked out Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson, and Twisted Palace by Erin Watt.

PictureI also went to the Boston Teen Author Festival (BTAF) where I may have *accidentally* spent like $80 on books. Oops. I got to see some great authors like Heidi Hielig, Mary Pearson, Sasha Alsberg, S. Jae-Jones, Holly Black (!!!) and a lot of other cool people that I don’t have room to name. Unfortunately I had to leave before the signing, but I did get to see some pretty interesting panels.

So, what have I finished this month? Well I am kind of ashamed to say that I hardcore binged the Paper Princess series by Erin Watt. For those of you who don’t know, Erin Watt is the pen name of two erotica authors. Let’s just say this series is as cheesy as Riverdale and as explicit as Game of Thrones, which makes for some super-addicting soap-opera-esque trashy fiction. I highly recommend for anyone who’s looking for something with high entertainment value at the cost of style, and realism, and subtlety, and brain cells…

29283884I’ve also read Year One by Nora Roberts (4 stars, but huge cliffhanger) and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (3.5 stars, also huge cliffhanger). I might be reviewing these in the future. I listened to Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (4 stars), and am currently listening to Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker through Kobo Books. Right now I’m reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, but so far it isn’t living up to the hype. Reagan at Peruse Project highly recommended it, so I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt even though I’m almost done.

That’s it for now! In October I plan to attend another book festival. I’m also going to NYC with my roomie, and I’m incredibly excited to visit the Strand while I’m there.

ALSO. OCTOBER IS THE HEART OF BOOK RELEASE SEASON. WE’RE GETTING A MUSE OF NIGHTMARES AND KINGDOM OF ASH THIS MONTH. PREPARE YOURSELVES!!!