It’s a new month, and a new Bookish Roundup for the win! I read some great books in July, some not-so-great books, re-visited an old favorite, and found a new fave author to follow. All in all a good month, I would say. I also participated in two separate readathons in July, and had a blast both times. While I didn’t get as much reading done during the readathons as usual, I had much fun interacting with other participants via social media, and I even won a prize!!
This “writer’s pack” includes the three current titles of the quartet – signed!! I will also receive Renee Adieh’s newest title, as well as multiple other goodies. I’m on a streak, y’all – maybe I should go out and buy a Powerball ticket… but let’s take a look at my July reads first:
Books I Read In July:
- Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
- I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- Playing With Matches by Hannah Orenstein
- Beauty by Robin McKinley
- Act Like It by Lucy Parker
- A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
- The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Ayiti by Roxane Gay
- All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan
- The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams
- Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris
- Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
By far the best book I read in July was Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. This rich, haunting, powerful fairy tale is absolutely brilliant, and I didn’t want it to end. Another big fave was The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams – a book about book lovers by a fellow book lover? What’s not to love about that? Honorable mentions go to: Jandy Nelson, Ashley Herring Blake, and Hannah Orenstein.
I have to say that I was sorely disappointed after reading Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. I didn’t connect with the characters at all, and at times it felt as though it was almost written for a middle-grade audience instead of YA. All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan was also a let-down after the hype I’d set my high expectations upon. But you win some, and you lose some, and then you move on and keep on reading, amirite? That’s exactly what I plan on doing in August, y’all – I hope you will, too. Happy Reading!!