Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books I read this month because I finally kicked this stupid reading slump that I’ve been suffering from since March. Not only that, but if you remember me talking about being around nine (going on ten) books behind schedule on my Goodreads Reading Goal, then you should know that I actually caught up and am on track, all because of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. Not only that, but I am ahead of my reading goal, which is crazy! But we will get into that later. I ended up reading ten books, which is absolutely insane for me. But you know what this means? I am officially completely out of my reading slump! Oh, what a glorious feeling this is. All of these books I am about to mention I actually read in the last week and a half of July, so I actually thought I wasn’t going to be posting a wrap up. Wow, that has changed. But let’s go ahead and get into the books that I read in July!
I am going to be separating the books I read outside of the readathon with the ones I read during the readathon. So I am going to start with the ones I read outside of the readathon.
The first book I read this month was Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan.
This is the fourth book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, and I really enjoyed this. It gave me a snapshot of what The Last Hours series is going to look like. I did start out not liking this book at all, and that is totally because I was listening to the audiobook, and I hated the narrator. But I ended just reading the rest of it using my physical copy, and I absolutely loved it. While I was disgusted and appalled at the blatant prejudice in the Academy and how they were so mean and cruel to anyone who was different (see: James), I ended up loving a lot of the characters in the book, especially James. He is like a little cinnamon roll, and I just loved him. This novella ended up making me super excited for The Last Hours. I did review this, so feel free to check that out, but I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.
The next book I read was Ms. Marvel: Meta Morphosis, written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona.
Okay, I know that this is a comic book. But if Goodreads counts it, then I am counting it. This actually is not a graphic novel. I read the first single issue of the series, and I really enjoyed it. While it was short (comic book, duh), I ended up really liking some of the characters, and I thought it was really refreshing to see a Muslim Pakistani-American as the main character. The end definitely raised some questions, so I think it’s going to be interesting to see the blowback from the end of the comic. But I am really glad I enjoyed it, and I will be posting a review, but since I did not have a whole ton of things to say about this, it definitely will be in a post with a bunch of mini reviews of other comic books I’ve read (I have just been in the comic book mood). But I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.
The next book I read was Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan.
This may or may not seem familiar to some of you because this was actually a reread for me. I have just been in the mood to reread books I have loved (I heard that is one of the best ways to get out of a reading slump), and I am glad I did because I forgot how much I love this story. This is an adult novel for mature readers, and I still stand by my review from last year. If you are interested in my full thoughts, you can check that out, but keep in mind that was before I started improving on how I did my reviews and before I started writing extensive reviews. It is kind of an old one. But back then, I gave it 5/5 stars, and I still stand by that. I just really love this story, no matter how many times I reread it.
And the last book I read outside of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon was Ready to Were by Robyn Peterman.
This is another reread for me. It’s a good book with an unfortunate title. But the name of the series still cracks me up because it’s a pun. It’s called Shift Happens. But upon rereading it, I actually have changed my opinion about the story. Originally, in my initial review (another old review, but you can still check it out), I thought that this was complete and utter instalove. I actually have changed my mind about that. These two characters have known each other for years and years, they dated previous to this book and had been dating since she graduated high school, they’re mates, and they still both love each other. They have a history together. This is not instalove. I originally gave this 4.5/ stars, and I still stand behind that. I just really enjoyed this much more than I originally did.
Now let’s get into the books I read for the Biannual Bibliothon, but bear with me. This is going to take a while because I read a lot during the readathon (the most I have ever read in a readathon ever). I did end up reading 1,337 pages over the course of the week, which I am super excited about. But let’s jump right in!
The first book I read during the Biannual Bibliothon was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.
This is a book that satisfied two reading challenges, the first being to read a Banned Book and the second being to read a book that has been adapted into a film and then watch the film. This book, I think, was the reason I got out of my reading slump. It just reminded me why I love to read so much. I actually think I enjoyed this story more the second time around than the first time. I know. All of you are probably thinking that that is kind of impossible, but it’s true. I had so much fun reading this book. It just made me laugh so much, and I just loved revisiting this world and these characters. I, of course, still stand by my rating of 5/5 stars, and I haven’t written a review ever for this book (it was pre-blogging), but I am considering writing a review based on my reread experience. If that is something you would like to read, let me know in the comments down below. But again, I really enjoyed it.
The next book I read during the readathon was A Curve of Claw by R. E. Butler.
This is another reread for me, and I didn’t choose it for any of the challenges, but I read it during the week, so I am counting it. I have reread this book countless times, but I just wrote and posted a review of it, which was exciting. I have always loved this book, and every time I reread it, I pick up on something new. It is an adult novel with explicit sexual scenes, but I just love it. I love the characters, the magic, and the shifters, and so much more. It’s just one of my favorite books ever. I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.
The next book I read was A Flash of Fang by R. E. Butler.
This is the sequel to A Curve of Claw, and I actually enjoyed this one even more than the first one. This is shorter than its predecessor, but there was more action in this one and more of a concrete plot line. My review of this is up, and obviously, this is a reread for me, but I really enjoyed it, as always. I just love the writing, plot line, characters and just everything. This book is so great. I really need to pick up more books by R. E. Butler…But I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars.
The next book I read was Saga #1, which was written by Brian K. Vaughan, and it was illustrated by Fiona Staples.
This is a comic book and not a graphic novel because I read the first single issue. But I absolutely fell in love with this story. This is the first comic book I have ever read, and it is just a really beautiful story. It’s a story of love, badassery, and how much two parents will sacrifice for their child. I just loved this so much. This is what made me fall in love with the comic book world. While I loved the writing (the humor was so on point!), I absolutely loved the artwork. It was just so stunning. And I probably should mention this is an adult comic book with explicit sexual scenes, and with it being a comic book, you see the sexual scenes. Just wanted to warn you in case you decide to pick this one up. But I did review this, so I recommend you check that out. I gave this 5/5 stars.
The next book I read was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
This book satisfies the challenges in which you read a book that you have not seen or heard of on the booktube/blogosphere. This book was recommended to me by my best friend, Megan because it is one of her favorite books of all time. I am so happy to say I freaking loved this book. I don’t think there are words to describe what this book means to me, but I am pretty sure that this replaces Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell as my favorite book of all time (I know; it’s practically blasphemy!) just because it really touched me, and it really just connected me to the story. I just cannot express the love I have for it. This is a book where I cried more for this book than I have cried in my entire life. And that is the truth. I did write a review where I tried to convey what I thought about this book as concisely as I could, so feel free to check that out. But I just loved this book, and it kind of broke me. But I (as I’m sure you can guess) ended up giving this 5/5 stars. Wow, this book was bloody fantastic…
And the last book I read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon was Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor.
This book satisfied another reading challenge, which was the Throwback Challenge in which I would need to read a book from an author I have never read before. I am so glad I chose this book because I absolutely loved it. I devoured this story. I just really connected with these characters because this book is really focused on depression (as I have depression), not only because of depression being the sole focus of this novel, but also because it features a character that never had a trigger for their depression, which we like never see in Mental Health fiction, and I never had a trigger. But this book is not just about depression, and it is not a depressing book. It is at some points, yes, but this book was absolutely hilarious. I literally was laughing out loud on the first page, and I didn’t hardly stop laughing throughout the novel. At one point, I was crying on one page and laughing on the next. I just really thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I am so glad I decided to read it. My review is up, so feel free to check that out. I gave this 5/5 stars.
And there you have it! That was my wrap up for July and for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. What book of these, if any, is your favorite or that you find intriguing? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!