July turned out to be an amazing reading month. I read a total of eleven books. I’m proud that this month I read not only physical books but also eBooks and audio books. I have so many books in my e-reader that get neglected because I often reach for my physical books. Though I wish I could say that my TBR pile is getting smaller, the truth is, it’s not. I keep adding more books to the pile.
I kicked of July with a lighthearted contemporary
Kaleidoscope Heart by Claire Contreras
I thought this book was a cute contemporary book. This was an easy read for me and I read it in two days. I picked this book up after reading a lot of fantasy and I was looking for a break. I found all the character to be relatable. The plot was a little predictable but I was in the mood for a no fuss, fun and easy read and this book did the job.
Continuing with the theme of contemporary, I picked up Colleen Hoover and Tarry Fisher Never, Never pt. 1 and 2
You could never go wrong with Colleen Hoover. I love these novellas and can’t wait for the third part to be released. I like books that are written in dual perspective and I loved being in Silas and Charlie’s head. I really liked part one much more than part two, even though I rated them the same. We didn’t get, as much of Charlie in part two and I really want a little more of hear story. I really wanted to be more in her head. I have never read anything from Tarryn Fisher and now I really want to pick up some of her books. Overall, I’m hooked on the mystery and I need to see how this story is going to end.
Another author I discovered this month and can’t wait to read her other book is Katie McGarry. I pick up Crash into You. Yes, I know, out of order but I heard this is the best book from the whole companion series.
I liked everything about this book. The writing was good, the characters were interesting and the plot kept the story moving at a good pace. I loved the dual prospective and being in both Rachel and Isaiah head. I really felt for Rachel and found her character to be sympathetic. This book had all the feels and once again it was a good, easy and fun read.
After reading some fun and easy contemporary, I decided to pick up You by Caroline Kepnes
This book was very creepy and fascinating all at the same time. It made me look at social media and what we put out there in a different way. Sometimes we really are careless with our personal information and lives when it comes to social media. This book grips you from the start and even though you don’t like Joe something about his character and being in his head is fascinating. I love that this book is told in second person. It felt different to me and I found that refreshing.
Another book I also found interesting was Black Iris by Leah Raeder
I don’t always read dark novels, not because I don’t like them but because sometimes they are not written well. This is not the case for Black Iris. Once again our main character isn’t likable but I like that. She was interesting and complex. I had no clue how the story was going to unfold but I enjoyed the ride. This book is dark and twisted and might not be for everyone but I sure loved it.
Needing a break from the dark and twisted I decided to listen to I, Justine: An Analog Memoir by Justine Ezarik
This was a light read for me. I picked this up while on vacation and listened to the audio version by the pool. I always find it hard to read non-fiction books and I’m hoping I can fix that problem by listing to non-fiction books more.
Following my audio book and being back from vacation I wasn’t ready yet to jump into anything heavy. At the suggestion of a co-worker I decided to pick up the Selection Series by Kiera Cass.
At first I was annoyed by America but as the series went on she kind of grew on me. I read this series in three days. It was easy and fun. The writing or the series didn’t blow me away but I like the idea of “the selection” and how the story unfolded.
I ended July with a bang by reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My first post-apocalyptic novel and it has set the bar high for other books of its kind. The hype surrounding this book was well deserved. The writing is beautiful and the pacing of the plot was well done. I loved how everything comes together. There are multiple character perspectives but you are never loss. St. John Mandel did a wonderful job weaving each piece of the story together. In the end it all comes together beautifully.
Well there you have it guys, July was a pretty good reading month and I am hoping that I can keep the momentum going in August. August because a very busy month with back to school and work but I’m hoping to read five to six books. Leave a comment below and tell me how you did in the month of July.