July was a weird reading month. I started off with a bit of a slump, I didn’t read anything for almost two weeks straight, but at the end I got into a huge reading mood and finished three books in three days which helped a bit. In total, I’ve completed 5 books this month and I adored every single one of them. This might be my best reading month in terms of my enjoyment of the stories!
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
This YA, contemporary novel destroyed me. I read it in 24 hours because I physically couldn’t make myself stop. Not only is the story incredibly hard-hitting and heart-wrenching, but it’s also very tender and soft at the same time.
The relationships were the star of the story for me. From the friendship, to the romance, to the complicated and damaged sibling relationship.
This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year and I cannot wait to read more from this author. Keep in mind if you’re planning on reading it that it tackles sexual assault and rape.
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
This is the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series, which is a YA, sci-fi, fairytale retellings. It’s hard to talk about this since it’s the end of a story and I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say that I loved how all of the story arcs merged together in this last installment, I adored seeing everyone interact with each other. I also thought the stakes were really high and the battle was very satisfying.
Even though this is an 800-page book, it reads very quickly because of how fast-paced and engaging it is. I really flew through this in no time, I’m so glad I finished this series and is one I see myself rereading in the future.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
This 2020 YA-contemporary was recently featured in my 5 Star Prediction post. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a full 5 star read for me.
I still thought this was great. The characters were fleshed out and very likable, the romance was adorable and it did have very cute and funny banter. I also liked the complex family dynamics that were explored and how school-focused one of our MC was, since I could relate to her in that aspect.
There was nothing wrong with the book or that I didn’t like, but for some reason I can’t explain it wasn’t a full 5 star read for me. It didn’t emotionally impact me as much as a 5 star story should.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
This book was phenomenal. It’s a YA, contemporary story, told in verse and it narrates the life of our protagonist Michael, as he explored gender, sexuality and identity throughout his childhood, teenage years and ending at his college where he discovers and falls in love with drag art.
I thought the writing was gorgeous. I listened to the audiobook (which is narrated by the author and did an incredible job) as I physically read my ebook because it has illustrations sprinkled throughout the pages that add an extra layer to the story.
I fell in love with these characters and the storytelling, and I cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennet
Another YA, contemporary that was also featured in my 5 star prediction post, and this time I did give the expected rating.
I adored this book with my entire heart. I still think about it to this day. It was such a cute story, I was smiling the entire time I was reading it and it’s another book I binge read in 24 hours.
I thought the characters were incredible. Lennon especially was so communicative. There is miscommunication in the book, but we don’t see it happening since it takes place before the story starts, so what we see is communication and I adored it. The setting was also incredible, the families were also great (especially Lennon’s, who has two mums who couldn’t be more adorable), and Zorie’s adoptive mother. Their story arc was so precious and well done. I cannot recommend this enough.
Olivia gave us 12 recommendations base off TV shows that made me add a ton of books to my tbr, as well as a ton of shows to watch.
Ash and El recreated their favorite book covers and they turned out stunning! Some of them I even prefer to the original ones. They are so incredibly talented and their post deserves all the love in the world.
Jessica reviewed Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon and made me add it to my tbr and wait in anticipation at my door for it’s arrival.
Leelynn created an Original Tag based on The Cinderella is Dead book that was released earlier this year and it looks like so much fun to do.
Kate talked about How to Blanace Blogging and Working From Home and I didn’t know how much I needed to read her thoughts and advice.
Aditi discussed Whiteness in the bookish community and made some amazing points.
Silvia recommended more Queer Shows and Movies. I always adore this posts by her and end up binging a few of the shows she recommends. I can’t wait to get to some of them during August.
How was your reading month? Did you read any of these books? Let me know!
Until next time,