July Reading List – Fantasy and an American Classic

My reading list for July is a bit ambitious, mostly because I will be (hopefully) reading a really intimidating classic and a lengthy fantasy novel. And there are quite a few books coming out this month that I want to read. I also finish finals on July 31, and I have relatives visiting from Jerusalem the last two weeks of the month. So… it’s going to be a very busy month. Still, I’m hoping to read these books:

1. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I don’t think I can wait much longer to read this one. I loved The Name of the Wind so much. It’s already one of my favorite books, and I need to keep reading. Rothfuss’s writing is amazing, and I can’t believe I waited this long to read his books.

2. Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples. Saga is one of my favorite graphic novel/comic series, and the sixth volume comes out this month, so, naturally, I will be reading it. I’m excited to see where it goes!

3. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. I love Ben Franklin. He’s one of my favorite historical figures. I’ve studied him in school, and read books about him, but I have yet to read his autobiography. So I’ve decided to make it my nonfiction book of the month (one of my goals for this year – and hopefully beyond – is to read at least one nonfiction book a month).

4. Smoke by Dan Vyleta. I got an ARC a month or two ago – can it be called an ARC if I got it after the publication date? Either way, I got a copy from the publisher – and I need to read it. The story is really intriguing: it’s about an alternate England in which people’s sins manifest in smoke that spews from their bodies. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I’m still curious enough to see what it’s about.

5. The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling. Do I even need to explain this one? (Realistically, I probably won’t finish this until August – it comes out on the 31st – but I couldn’t not put it on here.)

I am also participating in the Reading New England challenge, which I’m really enjoying so far! The theme for July is Massachusetts, which is one of my favorite places in the world (I went to college in Boston). I’m not sure if that’s why I’m being a little overambitious with this, or if it’s the fact that I was supposed to read this book in college and didn’t, but my pick for this month is:

6. Moby Dick by Herman Mellville. I feel like this is one of those classics that everyone has to read at some point. Like War & Peace. I’m actually really looking forward to finally reading it (it’s been on my list ever since I was a kid and watched Matilda). I also know that it’s going to be a challenge for me, so I’ve purchased it in literally every format I can, so I don’t have an excuse to not read it. I think I’m going to be primarily listening to the audiobook, but I’m hoping to read at least some of it in physical form.

Finally, my TBR jar pick for the month is “a dark book,” for which I will be reading:

7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I’ve already preordered this, and will probably start it the second I get my hands on it. I’m obviously really excited about this book. I love V. E. Schwab, but I also think this story sounds incredible!

I also want to briefly mention that I decided to no longer participate in the Song of Ice and Fire readalong. Forcing myself to get through A Game of Thrones almost triggered a reading slump, so I decided to take my time with the series. I’ll still be reading it, just at my own pace. I have too many other things to get through to be able to read one of those books a month.

What’s on your July TBR?

3 thoughts

  1. Moby Dick is pretty good. I read it earlier this year and was really dreading the book. There are sections of the book that are spellbinding, and Captain Ahab is an unforgettable character. Parts of it are pretty dry, but some of the quotes are marvelous.

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  2. The Cursed Child! Ah, I’m so excited for this to be released. I haven’t actually put together a TBR for July, I definitely want to tackle my TBR and the books that have been on my bookshelf for so long but I find if I actually name them my brain goes ‘your forcing it’ then I don’t feel like I want to pick it up. haha i’m strange!

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  3. I’ve read Ben Franklin’s autobiography! I remember a description of a piece of bread he ate that for some reason really stuck with me. I felt like I could taste it. There’s a recent non-fiction book by Jill Lepore which explores the life of Ben’s sister, who came from the same family (obviously) and corresponded with Ben all her life, but who ended her life alone, having given birth to twelve children who all died before her. Pretty interesting…

    (Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin)

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