I love how I’m like “can’t wait for July Wrap-up” (did I even say that? I can’t remember) and then I… didn’t even write a July Wrap-Up haha – so I guess this post will also be July (in terms of posts and books read) as well as August.
I actually read some books these past two months! I realised I was in a reading slump for a good part of the year, but I’ve been reading for the past two months and actually finished!!! books as well, which is great and I’m really hoping to carry on with reading and read even more over the uhh last 4 months of this year! There’s 4!!! FOUR months left of this year, that is WILD.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – LISTEN. I actually started this audiobook like uhhh December last year. Got to about 47% in Jan and then my reading slump HIT ME I guess? and my audio copy also expired so I kept taking it out and just uh letting it expire 🤡 aaand I FINALLY got off my butt!! and finished it in early July. I do have the e-arc of The Silvered Serpents (and have started it, it is amazing) and now I’m a huge fan of the book and the author. Don’t even get me STARTED on the characters. I still need to write a review for this, so definitely watch out for that!
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune – I did write a review for it and you can see that link down below. I really liked this book. It had so much goody fanfic feelings. I did rate it 4 instead of 5, as it has a very positive view of the police (as the main character’s dad is a police officer) and it also came out during the protests… so I just sort felt that it was a bit weird? To have a book that has a positive light/praise on the police system with all the real world events. The author has mentioned that he is aware and things would probably change going forward (I think that was the gist of the tweet). It was my first T.J. Klune book and I see everyone and their dog has been reading The House in the Cerulean Sea, so I think I’ll pick this up soon.
Jennifer Strange is another book I finished in July and it wasn’t very good. There were a bunch of reasons why I didn’t enjoy this so if you’re interested in reading that, my review is linked.
I FINALLY finished reading Red Glove by Holly Black! I’m listening to the audiobook and Jesse Eisenberg – whose voice I really like. I won’t say much because this is the second book in the trilogy, but it’s set in a world where people have powers and they’re sort of feared and almost hated for having powers.
If you read just one book this month, please let it be Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. I loved the characters and the plot and just was able to totally soak myself into the story.
I won’t say much about Wild Sky by Zaya Feli as I gushed about it in my review. Definitely a 2020 fave read.
I was going to review two arcs in here… but now I think I’ll wait until I read some other books so I can put them all in a mini-review post (which – listen – if you haven’t really written a mini-review post before, I highly recommend them). But I finished The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Arthur Rackham (Illustrations) and Graveyard Wars by A.J. Lieberman, Andrew Sebastain Kwan (Illustrator). Nothing too much to say – both were 3-star reads, but like I said, I’ll wait for a mini-review post.
It’s hard – because I really do want to have like a set posting schedule – like two or three posts a week, but that’s really really hard? And I’m trying to get my arcs done by their release date or nearby – some I’m able to do, some I just… fail with. But you know, we’re trying here!
I don’t have really a lot of other news to tell you. And I’m guessing that this post is getting a bit long so I will end this here and I hope you have a happy and productive reading day! Mine hasn’t but I’m thinking of reading, which has to count for something, right? What’s been your favourite read these past two months? Have there been any posts that you’ve been really proud of? Come chat to me down below in the comments!