Hello, book lovers! 💕
I honestly feel like July didn’t even happen; that’s how fast it went by. I know I say this with every wrap up I post, but this year is seriously flying by. And this month was no different. But I don’t feel like I got that much reading done. I read three books, maybe four when the month actually ends in a couple of days. Which is relatively less than what I read last month. I just had so many on my TBR that I wanted to read but just never got around to reading.
The first book I finished this month was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I read this so early in the month that I honestly thought that I read it in June (that’s how much these months are blurring together lately). But it’s one that I remember loving so much. It’s also one that I wasn’t sure why I hadn’t picked it up sooner. It came out in 2012, and there was so much hype around it. I just never thought that it was something that I’d be interested in. Boy, was I wrong. I need to read the next book in the series ASAP because it was so good. I did a full book review on it if you’re interested in more of my thoughts.
I definitely plan on picking up the sequel in the next couple months because I really want to know what happens with these characters that I grew so attached to throughout the story.
After finishing The Raven Boy’s, I decided to pick up Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. I wanted to read something that wasn’t fantasy, even though The Raven Boy’s borderlines fantasy and magical realism. Clap When You Land is more contemporary, even if it is a more heavy contemporary. But it was one that I really enjoyed. This was the first book I gave five stars in a while, so that tells you right there that it was really good. No, even more than really good. It was phenomenal.
I honestly love all of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books. Each one is unique but also so powerful. Again, I have a full review on this book, as well as an Author Appreciation post that is mainly me just gushing about Elizabeth Acevedo and my love for her books.
The third book I finished this month was Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I picked this book up while I was in the middle of Clap When You Land because at the time, I wanted something that wasn’t so heavy. Plus, I was in the mood to listen to an audiobook, although the audiobook was 18 hours long. This is probably why I didn’t read that much this month. That, and because I’ve been sucked into video games yet again. So that takes away from my reading time, which is why I listen to audiobooks so often.
But anyway, I didn’t do a review on this book because I don’t usually write reviews for sequels. Though I will if you guys are interested in my thoughts on this book (or any other sequels I read in the future). But the compact version is that I really enjoyed this sequel, and I’ve been really enjoying books with multiple perspectives and a large cast of characters. I’m sure a lot of you have read this duology (though I think there is going to be another book in the series) since I was so late jumping on the bandwagon that is Leigh Bardugo and her Grishaverse. A lot happens in this book, and I’m still trying to fully wrap my head around how Leigh Bardugo was able to create such a complex and intricate world.
The book I’ll probably have finished by the time the month ends is Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli. This is such a short book that I’m really surprised it’s taking me this long to finish (it’s literally only 100 pages). But I’m halfway through it, and I know if I push myself over the next couple days, I’ll get through it. Even though I don’t want to rush because I want to be with these characters for as long as possible as it follows the most beloved Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah from Leah on the Off Beat.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I finished and will finish this month. While it wasn’t my best reading month, I’m not upset that I didn’t read that much. There have been so many other things that I want to do that I have to try to balance all of my hobbies in one month, and that sometimes means I don’t read as much. And that’s okay. As long as I am enjoying myself when I read, that’s all that matters.
What books did you read this month? Have you read any that I read this month? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!