Hi bookish friends,
I had a fun bookish July. I read some really fantastic novels and purchased way too many new ones! I’ve also hit the 200 followers mark on my blog, had a Top Ten Tuesday post that garnered so much discussion and feedback that I am stoked to participate in TTTs again more regularly, and prepared for Women in Translation month (#WITMonth) as well as Dewey’s reverse readathon. July also officially marks the second half of 2020 and I think I am fairly on track with my yearly goals (see my wrap-up for the first half here and my top books so far here). I hope everyone had a great July as well!
Books read: 10
Books listened to: 0
Total pages read (includes “pages” from audiobooks): 2679
Hex (Thomas Olde Heuvelt) ♠♠♠♠♠
So, I straight up loved this book. It takes quite a bit to get me genuinely frightened and this novel accomplished that. It was such a slow burn that I didn’t even notice my fear until I finished the book and then had no clue what to do with myself. The witch was amazing. Yes, she was creepy and unpredictable. Yes, she acted chaotic and exacted revenge. But humankind were the real monsters here! And that is always something that scares me badly.
I recommend this book if you loved a good witch tale.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown (Talia Hibbert) ♠♠♠♠♠
Did we just become besties???? This romcom had everything: strong women, woke men, a lot of steamy scenes without making it cheap, conflict, banter, and an interesting plotline. This was entertainment pure. The Brown Sisters trilogy is life, people! I loved book #1 and I loved the sequel even more!
If you love romcoms, this series is a must read.
Whose Waves These Are (Amanda Dykes) ♠♠♠
Long pause …. more pausing … and … even more silence. So, um, I, um, ….. accidentally read a Christian lit book and only caught on about halfway through. By then, I was totally invested in the characters, the town, the sea, and the rocks that make this story magical. Amanda Dykes spins a beautiful tale with her poetic writing. I truly enjoyed her prose and storytelling. I just disliked the overt Christian undertones that sprang on me and grew with every chapter around the mid-point of the novel. I had a really hard time rating this book. Writing and plot are easily 5 spades but got badly overshadowed by the preaching and steadily increasing scripture sections. I honestly don’t mind if the characters in a book are religious or if a god plays an important role. But I really don’t want to read Bible verses in dialogues or inner monologues. Do people really think in full Bible phrases?!
I recommend this book if you’re looking for a Christian read.
Saga, Vol 5 (Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples) ♠♠♠♠♠
I finally was able to continue this comic/graphic novel series. This installment was a whirlwind, full of action and interesting characters. Lying Cat is so fun!
Anyone should read this series if you don’t mind a bit of adult content.
What You Wish For (Katherine Center) ♠♠
This was July’s ARC that I needed to review. I’ve read two Katherine Center novels prior to this one and enjoyed them. What You Wish For didn’t hit that mark. The tropes were trite, the main characters were unrelatable, unidimensional goody two shoes or empty, one-track-minded villains. Bleh! Read my full review on my blog here or on Goodreads.
I do not recommend this book.
Akata Witch and Akata Warrior (Nnedi Okorafor) ♠♠♠ and 1/2♠ and ♠♠♠♠
I really enjoyed this duology. 1) The world building was incredible. 2) The characters were quirky, unique, and had depth. 3) The plot was super cool. I found the pacing a bit slow but specifically in book 2 that helped me getting lost in Sonny’s life and probably enhanced my reading experience. I think this is a wonderful middle grade series and an excellent alternative to Harry Potter.
I recommend this series.
One False Note (Gordon Korman) ♠♠♠
This was another read with my friend’s daughter as part of her summer reading list. One False Note is technically book #2 in this series but I was able to jump into the story fairly quickly without any prior knowledge despite its crazy fast pacing. It read like a good mix between A Series of Unfortunate Events and a spy novel. I would’ve devoured this in my youth. In addition to solving mysteries the reader also gets to know several historical figures across the globe and gets to travel along with the main characters to many different countries.
This seems to be a fun series and I recommend it.
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora) ♠♠♠♠♠
A children’s book about overcoming diversity and learning how to read? Yes, please! This was so cute, but also emotional, and empowering. The illustrations are spot-on and the text will allow for critical discussions. This would be a great book to read to or with (your) kids.
I highly recommend this book.
Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice (Mahagony Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, Olivia Gatwood) ♠♠♠♠♠
I am always looking for poetry collections for young readers. This is such a fantastic book. Each poem tackles an important issue. They’re incredible representative, diverse, and inclusive without sounding lecturing or being too academic. They’re fun. They’re relatable. They’re deep.
This is a must read.
HOW WAS YOUR JULY? DID YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOK? MY FAVORITE IS A TOSS UP BETWEEN HEX AND TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN.