Reading Queue is a monthly meme hosted by Books: A True Story and Book Tasty where we can get together and talk about the books we hope to read in the coming month and the books we read last month. So write up your own Reading Queue post and then go check them out!
Wow, July was really terrible for me in terms of following my Reading Queue. I feel like I have one great month, then one terrible month. And the cycle repeats. I just can’t stay on track for long. This month it was because I received a bunch of ARCs that I was borrowing for ARC tours and needed to send on again. Since I can’t put those books off, everything else on my list was pushed back. I also didn’t read as much this month as I usually do. So now I’m behind on both my list and the number of books I wanted to read this summer. But, lucky for me, August is full of readathons! I plan on reading a bunch, especially once the kids head back to school at the end of the month.
Here are the books I did read in July and then we’ll look at the books I’ll need to read in August. I’ll need to finish 12 books in August if I’m going to reach my goal for my Summer Reading Challenge. Wish me luck!
Boomerang by Noelle August and Take Me On by Katie McGarry: I read both of these and was very happy with them. I think I enjoyed Boomerang a little more because Take Me On felt very similar to Crash Into You for me, but I still love the Pushing the Limits series and I can’t wait for more from the Boomerang series!
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang and Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis: I was also really happy with both of these books. I had high hopes for Falling Into Place and while it wasn’t the easiest book to read, it was definitely worth it. Stitching Snow start out really slowly for me but picked up quickly once the characters started their real journey.
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin and The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris: These were two surprises that showed up that I needed to read. The Walled City was great and unexpected and I can’t wait for more people to read it. TFAoP was okay for me. After reading so many great contemporary romances this summer, it just didn’t really compare to the best. But it was still fun and cute.
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: I definitely enjoyed getting to revisit the Starbound world. And while the sequel doesn’t follow Lilac and Tarver and wasn’t as good for me as the first, it did have Lee and Flynn and was definitely a worthy follow-up. My son and I have been reading the Harry Potter series together and this monster 870 page book took us a long time to read out loud. But we got through it and he loved it and it was so much better than I remember it being. Then he decided to kill me and wants to wait to read the Half-Blood Prince so he can read a few other books before we start. That’s when I disowned him.
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall and Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre: These two were bumped from last month but I’m looking forward to both of them. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to them early on in the month.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost: I’m excited for both of these books. I was lucky enough to be sent the paperback of The Bone Season from Bloomsbury and can’t wait to read it. I got The Beautiful Ashes from BookCon. I’ve read Halfway to the Grave so I’m excited to what Frost does with a NA book.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini: I’m beyond excited, nervous, scared, hopeful for Heir of Fire. People seem to mostly be loving it but it’s so long and I haven’t yet forgotten the ending of Crown of Midnight. I’m also interested in Trial by Fire and it’s another one people seem to be enjoying. I hope it’s good. I have not read her other series.
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts: I’m so intrigued by this Black/Clare novel. No matter what I think of Clare’s writing, I can never help being sucked into her stories and characters’ lives. She’s always so dramatic but I can’t help being caught up in all of it. I haven’t read any books by Black, so I really don’t know what to expect with this. I’m looking forward to Zac & Mia but am annoyed that it’s yet one more “The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park”. Will there ever not be another book compared to John Green/Rainbow Rowell?
Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore and Sway by Kat Spears: Dark Metropolis was one I was suppose to read last month. And the month before. I’m really hoping to get into it this month. Sway is one I’ve been looking forward to. It’s a male POV. I really hope I like it.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins and The Felllowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien: ISLA IS ALMOST HERE!!! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy and I can’t wait for it to get here so I can read it. Also, as much as I love the LotR movies, I’ve never read the books. I’m hoping to start this month.
Okay, that’s my list for this month. As you know, it is subject to change. But I’m really hoping to have an on-track month. Also, Bout of Books is happening August 18-August 24, so that will help with the huge pile I have as well. If you haven’t signed up, you should do that! Bout of Books is the best readathon and so much fun! I hope you all have a great August! I can’t wait to see what you all will be reading as well!!
What book are you most excited to read this month?