Another month is over and to be honest, I’m not sure where that one went either. I start school later this month, which is kind of annoying but also very surreal, as it’s my last year of high school and school in general.
I took part in several readathons last month, one public and some with my best friend, so I think I had a great reading month. I’m in the middle of another one now (#btat18), but more on that later, or now if you follow me on Twitter. 😉 I also completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 70 books, as of July 19, so that’s exciting! I should have plenty of time to get to 100, and maybe even beat last year’s total of 128. Maybe. I don’t know what I’m going to have for dinner tonight or what I’ll wear tomorrow, much less anything as far ahead as that, so we’ll see come January 1.
(I’ll absolutely stay up until midnight on NYE to finish a book if I have to, whether that’s to get one more on this year’s challenge or get an early start on next year’s. I’m that person.)
I’m going to try something a bit different this month and make this post shorter. I think longer posts drain me and that’s what causes my infrequent posting, so I’m going to try more concise posts and see if that helps me write more often. You’ll see.
Without further ado, here’s my
(most impressive of the year so far) wrap up! Reviews for each book can be found on my Goodreads, although quality isn’t guaranteed.
- A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – 4.5 stars (CW: violence, abuse, war)
- The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – 4 stars
- If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 2.5 stars (CW: death, car accident, trauma, grief)
- All Fall Down by Ally Carter – 3 stars (CW: PTSD, panic attacks)
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik – 2 stars
- Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell – 4 stars
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – 3 stars (CW: murder, attempted murder, off-page rape, discussion of sexual assault, drug use/addiction, poisoning)
- Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George – 3 stars
- The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton – 2 stars (CW: gore, suicide, mental instability)
- The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – 3.5 stars (CW: panic attacks, anxiety, trauma, death, violence)
- Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake – 4.5 stars (CW: rape, sexual assault, victim blaming, sexism)
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 4 stars (CW: racism, police brutality, violence)
- The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – 4.5 stars (CW: torture, violence, drug addiction)
- The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness – 4 stars (CW: torture, branding, war, slavery)
- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness – 3.5 stars (CW: gore, torture, war, explosions)
- The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro – 3 stars (CW: discussion of substance abuse and rape, PTSD, self-harm)
- The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro – 3 stars (CW: drug addiction, PTSD)
- Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 4 stars (CW: sexual abuse, emotional abuse, parental abuse, anxiety, panic attacks, ableist slurs, racism, attempted suicide)
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – 3.5 stars (CW: human experimentation, torture, racism, genocide)
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – 4 stars (CW: transmisia, gore, blood, violence, murder)
Looking back, I didn’t read any fluffy books. Sixteen of the twenty have content warnings, and seven involve torture, violence, and/or gore. I don’t know when this happened, but … it happened. I swear this doesn’t reflect me as a person. I’m just an innocently sassy unicorn over here.
One thing that kind of surprised me was that I didn’t give any 5 star ratings this month, and I think that attests to the fact that I’ve slowly become a more critical reviewer. Over the past few months, I’ve been more stingy with my 5 star ratings because I look back and wonder if some books I gave 5 stars in 2016 or 2017 were really worth that rating. More and more books have been only average, or not quite good enough, good but not great. Of course, that could also mean I need to pick better books, but whatever.
Tell me: how many books did you read in July? Any new favorites? Would you consider yourself a critical reviewer? I’d love to know! 🙂
Thanks for reading! I hope you have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…