July was a pretty great reading month! I read a total of eleven books, all of which I enjoyed. I read a good mix of new releases and backlist books, and even knocked a few off of mount TBR. This is going to be a fairly long post, so I’ll just get right into it:
What I Read:
A Paris All Your Own ed. by Eleanor Brown – ★★★☆☆. This is an anthology written by bestselling female authors all about Paris. I enjoyed most of the stories in this book, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. If you’re interested, you can read my full review.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – ★★★★★. I’d heard quite a bit about this book over the last year or so, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. Fortunately, I decided to pick it up on a whim, and ended up really loving it! It’s different than a lot of YA I’ve read, and I thought it was really well done. It also made me an instant fan of Mindy McGinnis.
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt – ★★★★★. This book completely blew me away. It’s a historical thriller about the Borden Murders, which you may already be somewhat familiar with. I thought it was brilliantly done, and I reminded me of why I find the story so fascinating. You can read my full review of See What I Have Done if you want to hear more about this book.
Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen – ★★★☆☆. I received this book for review, and I enjoyed reading something that was a little different from what I normally pick up. I liked the diversity of characters, especially since it is set primarily in New York. If your curious, I wrote a review of Moving Kings as well.
Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra – ★★★★☆. This book has been calling to me ever since I picked up a paperback last month. The cover is just beautiful. I was a bit wary since this book has pretty mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it a lot! It kind of kicked off an obsession with historical YA that have to do with medicine (random sub-genre, I know), which you’ll see down below.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – ★★★★★. This one’s been sitting on my shelf for a very long time, and I am so glad I finally picked it up this month, because it is incredible! I wanted to read it before the movie came out, and, this time, I actually did it!
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore – ★★★★☆. I really enjoyed this book about a man who gets reincarnated over and over while trying to find a way to be with his true love, Death. Who also goes by Suzie. I’ll have a full review up later this month if you’re interested in hearing more!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – ★★★★★. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read this book – I have an aversion to über-hyped books, particularly those of the YA variety – but I picked it up on a whim, and I loved it.
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – ★★★★☆. After TGGtVaV, I was in the mood for something specific, and this book turned out to be exactly that. It was dark and interesting, and it completely drew me in. I’d actually picked up a copy a while ago on a whim, and I’m glad that paid off. And that I own a copy of this incredible novel.
Out of the Fire by Nathanael Green & Evan Ronan – ★★★★☆. This is another book I’ve been meaning to read for months, and finally got around to. It took me a while to get in the mood for this one, but once I was, I really enjoyed it. I’m a huge fan of Green & Ronan’s writing, and I will keep reading everything they write. I’ll have a review of this one up soon!
Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole – ★★★★☆. Finally, I read this book about an actress, her mother, and her mother’s friend as they embark on their own journeys. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this one, but it was so much more than I was expecting. It was wonderful. I’ll be publishing my review next week.
What I’m Currently Reading:
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Yes, I’m still reading this. It’s good, but it’s also really long and dense. But I am almost done, and will definitely be finishing it in August. (Hopefully, this week.) Don’t let the size of this one intimidate you, it is entirely worth the read.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang. This has been on my TBR for ages, and I finally decided to pick it up. I’m not very far into it at the moment, but I am enjoying it. It’s super weird, but I like it.
What I Watched:
Younger. This month, I started watching this show, and I am obsessed. It’s brilliant and funny, and I love Sutton Foster. Highly recommend it! (I’m currently binge-watching it on Hulu if any of you were wondering where you can check it out.)
Friends from College (Netflix). This is a Netflix original show, and it looked really interesting. The cast is great, and I enjoyed the first season a lot. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but it was really great, and I’m looking forward to season 2
What I Did:
I think the most exciting thing I did this month was drive out to Palm Springs (about 90 miles from where I live) to be there when my cousin’s baby was born. She’s the first of her generation, and it was really great to be there when she came into the world. Especially since a lot of family members weren’t able to. (Even though it was 120 degrees outside.)
This month, I also started a new WIP and I am very excited about it. I was tempted to save it for NaNoWriMo, but I really just want to write it now. And, it’s probably going to be fairly long, so I might end up working on it during NaNo anyway. (I actually started two new projects, but one of them needs a lot of work on the plot, so I’m putting it on hold for now while I come up with more ideas.)
Bullet Journaling. I talked about starting a bullet journal for blogging and reading a while ago, and I’ve gotten really into it. I am still planning on doing a post all about it, but I’ve learned quite a bit along the way, and I think I might wait until I start my journal for next year. I just think it’ll be cleaner and more helpful. Also, I bought a lot of new journaling supplies, so the past couple of months look SO MUCH BETTER. It’ll be worth the wait, I promise. I might even make a video.
Reading Shakespeare | New Goals. This month, I decided to finally get on my goal of reading all of Shakespeare’s plays. I’m hoping to read one a month until I’m done. And I might be doing some update posts every couple of months or so.
5 Books Worth the Hype. This seemed to be a pretty popular post, and I’m glad to have encouraged a few of you to read some of the books on this list you were on the fence about. (And it I’d written it a few weeks later, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue would definitely have made the list. And The Glass Castle.)
That’s it for July! I hope you all had a great month! What was your favorite book release this month? Is there anything you’re looking forward to in August?