July Wrap Up: I Exceeded My Own Expectations (For Once)

Hello again honeybees! I’m so excited about this wrap up because I haven’t read this much in forever. It’s not a ton, but it’s so much more than what I’m used to!!!

My initial goal for July was to read 5 books. I usually read a lot more in July (not 100% sure why) and this year, July did it for me again! I ended up read 6 books, surpassing my goal.

Books Read

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Unfortunately, I also didn’t check the trigger warnings before starting, and was very caught off guard (and uncomfortable) most of the time I read this. The writing was beautiful and the plot was unique and enthralling, but please please please check the trigger warnings if you’re going to read this. And if you have read this, please mention the trigger warnings when recommending it to others.

TWs: sexual assault, death, graphic depictions of violence, animal abuse (and more that I’ve missed)

Queens and Monsters Awakening by India Amare

This was recommended to me by @charmed.reader on Instagram and all I heard was “steamy” and “vampires” for me to jump to read it. Finished the majority of it in the ER (#spoonietings) and it was a fast and very steamy vampire book! It was lacking for me in actual plot, and I wish there was more movement towards the climax in book one. I tried reading the sequel but by then I was uninterested. Definitely would recommend to any of my fellow paranormal romance lovers.

The Cabin by Natasha Preston

I thoroughly enjoyed Natasha Preston’s first book, The Cellar, and was expecting a very quick and enticing thriller. While this was quick, it didn’t keep my interest and I was left unsatisfied by the plot and character development. I will be reading some of her other books because she has a charm about her writing that I do really enjoy.

The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

This was an arc sent to me by a publisher. I read the words “angry sapphic witches” and knew I had to read it. I love darker fantasy but this was a little too angry for my taste (at the time) and I shouldn’t have jumped into it knowing that I wanted something lighter–that’s completely my bad. Overall though, this story was full of twists and turns. The magic in this novel was fascinating to read about, and I was able to connect to both characters, even if I didn’t completely like them. If angry sapphic witches sounds interesting to you, I recommend picking this up.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! Ugh I know I’m going to have to write a full review at some point but I cannot put into words how much I adored this book. Fanfiction and fan culture???? A fat MC who doesn’t take anyone’s shit????? The steamy sex scenes????? The dyslexia rep?????? I loved it all and I wish I could convey that to you. Please read it. I need to scream about it with someone.

That was that! I’m SO proud of my reading month in July and I hope it continues into August. I feel like I’m finally getting back into my old groove and it feels amazing.

What did you read in July? Was there anything you were disappointed by? Any new favorites? I’d love to know!

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