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So I did pretty well on my July list! There were two books I just didn’t get to at all but they will definitely be first up for August! I ended up reading a lot that wasn’t on my list because I went on vacation and just wasn’t sure what I’d want to read. Turns out, it was just a bunch of romances! Not actually that surprising. So here’s what I read in July…
Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry and Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson: I was so excited for Chasing Impossible and I enjoyed it but it wasn’t quite everything I had hoped it would be. I did love Rebel Mechanics and found it fun and very interesting!
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson and A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery: AMMA was okay. I liked some parts of it, didn’t like others. It was an interesting combination. THoB was one of my most anticipated books of this year and probably because of that, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I just didn’t love it as much as I did the first and that made me sad.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown and Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon: Guys, I’m not going to lie about this one. It was pretty up and down for me. The beginning was so good! And then it slowed almost to a stop in the middle. And then the end picked up again and was so good! I hate books like these because rating them is so hard. I almost didn’t make it through but I’m so glad I did! SoS is fun so far, I’m about halfway through, and kind of intense in a middle-grade way but I’m loving the Robin Hood retelling, the things I recognize and the new twists!
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot and Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland: I think I’m just a huge grump this month because I haven’t loved much of what I’ve read, and that includes these two. I thought Mia was a pretty big brat for most of this book, though it did have it’s fun moments. And Nantucket Blue was good, I enjoyed it, I just didn’t love it. What is wrong with me?
Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham and Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: VERONICA MARS FOREVER!! That’s all. Love these books. MS was my first CH book and again, I liked it but didn’t love it. I found it a little annoying but definitely addictive. I’ll try another of her books soon.
Rat Queens: Vol 2 by Kurtis Wiebe and Bounce by Noelle August: Okay, here are two books that I definitely loved and highly recommend (if you’re old enough!)! They were great sequels, not quite as good as the first ones but still great! Read them!
I’m trying to get caught up on some fall review books this month by joining in ARC August. The only non-review book I have planned this month is a book that my son has been begging me to read for ages and I finally promised him I would read it. His favorite series ever is the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland so I told him I would read the first one because how awesome is it that he wants to share that with me?! But I’m so nervous because what if I don’t love it? I’ll have to lie and make something up. Here are the rest of the books I hope to read this month. Also, there’s a Bout of Books Read-a-Thon this month! That’ll definitely help me get through some of these…
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood and Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: Yes, both of these were on my list last month. They’re first up after I finished Shadows of Sherwood!
How Lunchbox Jones Saved me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel by Jennifer Brown and The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire#1) by Tui T. Sutherland: Lunchbox Jones has a really long name but it’s very cute so far. The kids and I are reading it out loud and we’re all enjoying it! I hope it continues that way. Wings of Fire is the book I’m reading for my son. It’s his favorite book and I really really really really hope I enjoy it as well. He’s dying to talk about it when I’m done!
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman and Everything, Everything by Nichole Yoon: I’m so excited for Legacy of Kings and I’m almost not even sure why except that it sounds completely epic! I’ve heard great things about Everything, Everything and was really excited to get a coy at ALAMW. My mom has already read it and loved it too, so I’m looking forward to this one.
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano and Stand-Off by Andrew Smith: This is almost like middle grade month for me! But I’m really excited to see what this book is about. The cover is amazing! Also, SO is one of my most anticipated sequels ever. I loved Winger and I just hope that SO is important and moving and all the things the first one was. My expectations are a bit high.
A few other options I have available are: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch, Illuminae, and Mistletoe and Mr. Right: Two Stories of Holiday Romance by Lyla Payne. Since I’m doing both ARC August and Bout of Books, I’m hoping to get through at least ten ARCs/eARCs this month. And once I get through the August ARCs I still have to read, I’ll just go along as I feel from there
What are you looking forward to reading this month?