July 2018 Wrap Up

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I am surprised by how much I actually read this month, thinking back on the month I don’t feel like I read a lot but as I was counting through this book, no I did read a lot. And I read some big books! I read a lot of books that have been on my tbr for a while now and I caught up on a series and finished another series which makes me so happy!

 

 

Warbreaker
by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this, loved the magic system, loved the characters and all the directions it went in. The only thing I didn’t care about was the political conflicts, they felt really basic.

Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I had quite a few issues with this and there were things that I did like. I enjoyed the writing and the Russian high society setting, Tolstoy’s descriptions really make you feel like you are part of the world.  I did not like most of the characters and I don’t understand why its thought of as a love story, because I didn’t see a lot of love, there was passion and lust, and they were reflected with jealousy and insecurities. I don’t know maybe this just wasn’t for me.

Never Fade
by Alexandra Bracken
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this, it took me a while to get into, but once I got past chapter 6, I was hooked. I thought the story was told at a nice pace, I really liked the new characters that were introduced.

Eliza and Her Monsters
by Francesca Zappia
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

OMG, I LOVED THIS!! I loved everything about this, the anxiety was so realistic and relatable for me, I loved the comics and the fanfiction. I really loved how Eliza was super flawed, she was not perfect. The friendships in this were super amazing and supportive. One of my new faves.

 

Persuasion
by Jane Austen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was fine overall. I do already feel like I need to reread it because I wasn’t super into it, a lot of the plot was a bit boring, I also straight up spaced some of it right out.

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was different from what I thought it was going to be, I was hoping for more action instead of multiple narrations telling the story to other characters. There were a lot of letters that explained the backstory. It was mostly just Frankenstein and the Monster telling their stories, and that just wasn’t the set up I was expecting to go into this.

My Plain Jane
by Brodi Aston, Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Another book that I really really enjoyed. Now you don’t have to read Jane Eyre before reading this but I will say that reading Jane Eyre before adds a special enhancement to the pop culture references. And its also fun to compare the plot points between the two books, or at least it was fun to me. But even if you haven’t read Jane Eyre, this book is still funny and super enjoyable.

They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I knew there was a reason I put this off for so long.
I don’t even know what to say about it.
Honestly, I don’t really want to say anything. Just read it, yes it’s sad, yes it will break your heart, is it worth it? Yes. Go read it and then come back and we can cry together.

 

A Reaper at the Gates
by Sabaa Tahir
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

There’s a handful of series, that I own, where I waited until the last book was out or I’m continuing to wait until the last book is out. This is not one of those series and I kinda wish I had waited BECAUSE LEAVING OFF AT THE ENDING IS JUST CRUEL. This was also amazing and if you finished A Torch Against the Night and for some reason you were feeling meh about everything, I urge you to at least give this a try.
But I don’t know how I’m going to wait for the next book like I need answers and I need them now.

My Lady Jane
by Brodi Aston, Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

While I did enjoy this, I also felt like the ending was a little cop-out, I loved Jane though and finding her to be so relatable. The magic and animal shifting was a super fun twist to everything and the humor was great.

Bright We Burn
by Kiersten White
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed how this wrapped up, I ended up feeling satisfied with where things left off and felt like I didn’t have any questions left unanswered. Overall a great ending to a fun trilogy.

Girl Made of Stars
by Ashely Herring Blake
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh, my heart! I cried so much while reading this. It just broke my heart several times. But I loved this characters and I loved the writing and the use of the stars. It’s hard because I don’t want to say too much about it but if you’re sensitive to topics like sexual assault and rape, I would encourage you to proceed with caution, if at all, because the story does get hard to read at points.

 

Moxie
by Jennifer Mathieu
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow four book that I’ve given 5 stars to this month, it has been a great reading month for me. I did write a non-spoiler review for this book so I will leave that here. This has great writing and amazing characters. I will warn that it does talk about sexual assault and rape, so trigger warning if you are sensitive to those topics.

The Moon and More
by Sarah Dessen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This one is hard, to sum up, my feelings on, for the most part, it was very slow paced even though the main character was constantly busy. I also felt like I never got a solid feel for her personality, one scene she was very smart and the next scene she was upset with everything, next scene she was pretty bossy, the scene after that was a little clueless. It was like that for Theo as well, it was hard to nail his personality down, it also felt like it was always changing. I do love this town though and I wish Colby beach was a real place for me to go visit.

Saint Anything
by Sarah Dessen
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I ended up really enjoying this, I loved the pizza place and Mac’s family. It’s one that I don’t feel like I have much to say about it, yet I enjoyed it.

Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was incredibly well done. Ruta’s writing style is fantastic, her characters are so fleshed out and flawed yet loveable. The way she writes history is better than any classroom I’ve ever sat in. Yet at the same time, this was heartwrenching! You can just feel and absorb the fear and desperation that everyone was feeling trying to flee from the threat of the Russian army, I was swept up with so many emotions. And to know that this was a real event that not many people know about! I was researching more about the history of this ship and was enraged to discover that all four captains survived the sinking. Absolutely enraged at that fact.

 

The Truth About Forever
by Sarah Dessen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was again very slow paced, I was drawing a lot of similarities between this and Saint Anything, they both have incredibly similar plot lines with grief, family drama, the main character feeling a need to fit herself into a mold, finding new friends that her family doesn’t approve of, and a guy that makes her feel safe and secure, also the main character doesn’t ever seem to stand up for herself. Seriously these plots are so similar.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Omg, this was so funny and I love how its written, it feels like a friend is telling you about their day. Loved all the commentary, I just didn’t particularly like any of the characters. Except for Marvin, Marvin is everything.


Favorite book of the Month: Moxie
Least favorite: Anna Karenina

Did we read any of the same books over the month?

2 thoughts on “July 2018 Wrap Up

  1. Wow!!! You read a lot of books this month! So jealous as I’m in a bit of a slump. Most of the ones you read I still need to read, but I loved Salt to the Sea and I’m a huge Jane Austen fan even though Persuasion is not one of my favorites. I hope you have another great month of reading in August! 🙂

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    1. I’m surprised that I havent hit a slump yet and a bit worried for when I do lol. I imagine a slump is going to hit me hard! I dont know what it is but I’ve just been in a huge reading mood. I hope your slump eases up soon.

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