You guys, I have no idea what is going on but July is officially the third great reading month for me? And I am not going to include the books I read during the booktube-a-thon in this post, as I have a separate one going up next week all about my experience and what I read. But before I ramble on too much and this post gets way too long – I even had to take out my book haul for this month because I kind of went a bit overboard and bought too many books – let’s jump into the six books I read before the booktube-a-thon started the last full week of July!
Books I Read
The Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long
I was approved for an eARC of The Nearest Faraway Place pretty last minute (aka about two weeks before the release date) so I was just a little bit stressed about getting to it, but luckily I finished this book really quickly! This ended up being such a nice start into my July reading month – I couldn’t be happier that this book started things off for me! I did write a review for this on the blog, so please click here to check it out and if it sounds interesting to you, make sure you get it too! Show the author some support!
Every Heart A Doorway By Seanan McGuire
Every Heart A Doorway was my second read this month and a really quick one too since the book comes in at just under 170 pages! While I did enjoy this story, I really wanted to explore all of the different worlds the characters had traveled to before ending up at the school! But I am still very interested in reading Down Among The Sticks And Bones (which is a prequel) and I hope that we’ll get to experience at least one of the fantasy worlds in that book! You guys can check out my review on Goodreads where I talked a little bit more about my feelings regarding this book!
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Some of you guys might know that I read Becky’s The Upside Of Unrequited earlier this year and that I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to, which originally lead to me not being interested in any of Becky’s other works. But then I decided to give Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda a try on Audible and I fell absolutely in love with this book! I quickly found myself unable to stop reading the story! I had developed this need to know immediately who Blue would turn out to be (even though I had somewhat spoiled myself unknowingly) and the payoff was so worth the night of no sleep! And now that I’ve finished this? I am definitely open to reading more of Becky’s books in the future and I’m actually excited about her book revolving around Leah! I did review this book on Goodreads, so please click here to check it out!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
The beginning of July was definitely rather heavy on contemporary books as I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi on Audible once I finished Simon! After hearing so much about this book earlier in the year I was definitely super excited to finally get started on this and I was not disappointed! I really loved Dimple and Rishi as characters and seeing their opposite personalities come face to face was really fun! As with Simon, I pretty much finished this book in one day because I just couldn’t stop listening to it! I was absolutely hooked and so in love with all of the rom-com elements, this story threw at me! And the Bollywood references! I used to love watching Bollywood movies so it was definitely great to see them in this story too! I also reviewed this book on Goodreads, so please check that one out here!
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
To be quite honest, I shouldn’t even have picked up The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue because I have actual ARC copies waiting to be read but I just didn’t feel like picking them up and instead wanted to read something I chose. I’ve seen this book pretty much everywhere since it was released and wanted to know what the hype was all about, so I randomly picked it up and read it. To be honest with you guys, I was a bit disappointed by it though. This book started out so great and I really loved reading it and Monty was just hilarious but the closer I got to the end the less I seemed to enjoy it? And I still don’t really know why? I did try and make sense of it in my review on Goodreads but I didn’t get too far there either. Maybe time will tell! But I’m still really glad I read this book!
Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Eliza And Her Monsters was such a spur of the moment decision to read and I am really, really glad that it happened! I wasn’t feeling like watching Netflix or YouTube, writing blog posts or do anything else really, so I figured I would see if I was in the mood to read. Turns out, I was absolutely in the mood to read and I didn’t stop until I had finished at 1:30 AM! I really loved the writing, I was a big fan of the art work that is included in this book, fandom was portrayed so, so well in this, internet friendships were done so right and explained so well to the reader and lastly, I really liked the journey Eliza went on throughout this story. This was definitely 7 hours very well spent and I would absolutely suggest you pick this book up – especially if you love fandom and the internet in general! Please, if you think about picking this book up, be aware that suicide is brought up multiple times in this book – both in the past and present.
As with a couple of other books this month, I reviewed Eliza And Her Monsters on Goodreads, which you can check out here!
What I Posted
July was another really fun blogging month and I want to share some of my favorite posts with you guys in case you haven’t seen them yet!
- 8 Tips For New Bloggers – Sandra and I have been blogging for quite a while now and I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I’ve learned on the way
- Monthly TBRs And Why You Never See Me Do Them – I talked a bit about my problems with set TBRs
- How BookTube Influenced My Blogging – I got a bit more open about the things that have influenced my blogging – mainly BookTube
- On The Insta-Love Trope – I read a book that got me all worked up about insta-love, so I decided to blog about it!
- 8 Best Books Of 2017 – So Far! – With 2017 being more than halfway over, I figured it was about time to reflect on my favorite books so far
- 5 Popular 2017 Releases I Haven’t Read Yet – And since I was already reflecting on my reading year, I figured it was time to have a look at all the popular books I haven’t read – yet!
What was you guys’ July like? Did you read some books you just couldn’t get enough of? Did you read books you just wanted to throw across the room – for whatever reason?
What were some of you guys’ favorite posts you’ve written this month? Share them in the comments below – I feel like I missed out on quite a few this month!