Hello my fellow book lovers! I didn’t post a wrap-up last month because I only read two books and I didn’t really like them, but I thought I’d combine them with this month’s wrap-up. In July, I read a total of ten books.
I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.
While I was rooting for Bianca Del Rio in the sixth season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, I can’t say I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. There’s a fine line in comedy between being funny and being offensive and in my opinion, Bianca Del Rio crossed that line. There are numerous ableist, anti-fat, … “jokes”. Additionally, there’s a lot of gatekeeping bullshit that isn’t unusual for allo cis gays. You can read my full review here.
Need to Know didn’t live up to the hype for me. While it was entertaining and I never thought “I don’t want to finish it”, the many twists and turns were rather bland. Additionally, the book lacked depth. The characters weren’t very fleshed-out, so I didn’t care about what would happen to them. You can read my full review here.
Exit West is an incredibly popular novel, but unfortunately, I was not fond of the writing style. It created a distance between the characters and me as a reader. I understand why this novel is so well-loved, but sadly, it didn’t really work for me. You can read my full review here.
I thought I was going to love Her Body and Other Parties, but I didn’t understand the majority of the stories. I don’t blame the book, I’m clearly not intellectual enough to read books such as this. It’s why I struggle reading poetry and magical realism, so I decided not to rate this book as it wouldn’t be fair. You can read my full review here though.
Young Jane Young was an entertaining and fast-paced read. That said, this wasn’t a memorable nor intersectional read. There were plenty of feminist moments, but it was very focussed on slut-shaming and not approached as a broader topic. A trans female character is mentioned, but she is treated as an oddity and not involved in any of the conversations. if you are looking for feminist literature, this one is entertaining, but it’s not the most inclusive one. You can read my full review here.
Inside Out & Back Again is a diverse middle grade novel about a girl named Hà who needs to flee Vietnam as a result of the war and immigrate to The United States. Many aspects of this novel are inspired by the author’s life: she too immigrated from Vietnam to Alabama. This was an incredibly fast-paced read – it’s written in free verse – and I would absolutely recommend it as it is nonetheless a thought-provoking novel. You can read my full review here.
I’m very happy I decided to continue this series because I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook! I enjoyed reading The Darkest Minds as well and was surprised by how much I liked it, but I’m terrible at continuing series. That said, I definitely want to pick up In The Afterlight soon because I adore these characters and want to see how it ends. I haven’t written my review yet as I only finished it last night, but you can expect one soon.
Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors so naturally, I had to read her middle grade debut. It took me a while to get through Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World because I was in a massive reading slump, but I still enjoyed it. I’m certainly going to pick up The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James when that’s released! You can read my full review here.
The Night Diary is a wonderfully complex middle grade novel about the independence of India. It’s told from the perspective of Nisha, whose mother – who died in childbirth – was Muslim and her father Hindu, so the family is torn between two new worlds: India and Pakistan. The Indian representation is #OwnVoices and the author’s note was brilliant. You can read my full review here.
I re-read Everything I Never Told You by listening to the audiobook and it’s still one of my favourite books of all time. I like the narration, so I would recommend picking up the audiobook as well. You can read my initial review here.
This was also a re-read. The audiobook is AMAZING! When I first read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo I binge-read the hardcover copy in one sitting, but the audiobook is just as good. You can read my initial review here.I finally picked up Radio Silence and it did not disappoint! I cried multiple times while reading this and I absolutely love the characters! You can read my full gush review here.
Have you read any of these books yet? Which books did you read this month?
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