All the Books I Read in July and All the Books I hope to Read in August

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As this month started off a with a pretty slow start for reading, I think I actually managed to read quite a bit and read some really good books! July was the first full month of my holidays (I've just left school so this summer is long one) and I hope I am able to keep this reading momentum going throughout August. 

Here I have my monthly wrap up for July and my TBR for August which I hope to read all of but I have just bought two new books which may take priority as I have been wanted to read them for soooo long! I hope everyone had a good month of reading and don't forget to comment below any amazing books you read this month. I really feel in the contemporary mood so if you have any recommendations for those, I would love to hear them! 


Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Released: 2018
Genre: Adult Fantasy and Mythology
Rating: ★★★★☆
Dates Read: 29th June to 9th July

Circe is a retelling of the Greek god Circe and takes you through pretty much her entire life. It is a beautifully written and interesting book to read and if you are at all interested in mythology, should be very near the top of your to-read pile. There are droplets of other stories other than Circes woven into the background which made me more and more intrigued to learn more about the many mythologies there are. As someone who knows very little on the subject, I learnt more about the birth of the Minotaur, the Trojan War and general godly going ons than I thought I would. What this book also made me realise that they are a lot darker and disturbing than reading Pery Jackson and the Lighting Theif would let one... 

Whilst it took me quite a while to read as it is a dense book with heavy topics and the pace of the story wasn't exactly rapid, I felt like that was best for the story it was telling. After all, an entire lifetime (or eternity as she is a god) banished to an island wouldn't expect to see much drama so Circe really had a much more exciting life than would be expected.  

If you want to know more about what I thought, read my full review here

Title: To Kill a Kingdom 
Author: Alexandra Christo
Published: 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Dates Read: 9th July to 13th July 

I read the first 150 pages of this very quickly whilst on my flight back from holiday, and read the rest in a similar way once I have caught up on some much needed sleep. This is a book of sirens, princes and adventure and my only real issue with it was that it was too short. 

I love the friendships in this, the reminded me a lot of the Dregs from Six of Crows. They have a similar banter and made me smile a lot whenever they appeared back on the page. The romance was good, if not completely predictable but for me a felt this was a much more lighthearted fantasy and it fit with the story. As it was so short and is a stand-alone, it is difficult to get into all the political elements that normally accompany a fantasy, which in some ways is good as it does make for a much lighter read than a normal fantasy, but in otherwise it left me feeling as though the story could be a lot more fleshed out. I also wanted to see more of the characters as I wasn't ready for it to end. 

If you want to know more of what I thought, you can read my full review here!

Title: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber
Release: 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Dates Read: 13th July to 15th July 

I wrote a review of Caraval, the previous book to Legendary and it wasn't one that raved like all the others I had seen. I felt disappointed that I didn't seem to love it as much as everyone else and it left me not too keen to get onto Legendary. This was the second time I had picked up this book, the first time I only managed to read one page before putting it down, but I am so glad I returned to it.

I feel as though I now have to same love for this book as everyone else seemed to have for Caraval. In Legendary, there is so much more depth to the world and Tella, who you find out is a much more interesting character than I would have thought previously. I loved reading from her perspective and I hope it continues from that in the next book. 

If you want to know more of what I thought, you can read my full review here

Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Release: 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Dates Read: 16th July to 17th July

After reading quite a lot of fantasy, I definitely felt as though I needed a break. I picked up Eleanor and Park at random and sat down to read it, and I read it in pretty much one sitting. About a boy Park who is the son of an ex-army soldier and a hairdressing mother, who sits next to the new girl Eleanor one day on the school bus. Eleanor is the new girl who wears strange clothes that are far from cool and who everyone avoids until park begins passing her his comics to read, and then his music.  But it isn't all so nice and happy. Eleanor comes from a very broken home, with a father that doesn't care all the much and a mother who is remarried to an abusive and neglectful man. 

I enjoyed this read and it was a nice break. Eleanor and Park's romance was very cute and the kind teenagers dream of, especially when they feel they don't entirely fit in - which I am sure is how most teenagers feel no matter what it looks like from the outside. But for me, the ended was a bit of a disappointment. The tension built for a while, but then it all just fizzled down and I was left feeling meh. I was hoping for a bit more drama (but is that me just being a bit of a pessimist and hoping something worse was going to happen? Probably!)

Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Release: 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary, LGBT
Dates Read: 24th July to 25th July

Have read History is All You Left Me and crying my eyes out, I was excited to read Adam Silvera's debut novel. Whilst I managed not to cry at this one, that doesn't mean it wasn't as filled with deeply moving and emotional topics. 

More Happy Than Not is a story about a sixteen-year-old boy who is dealing with his depression just a few months after his father committed suicide. Not only that but he is also discovering confusing feelings for his new friend Thomas and has to cope realising who he is in a society that doesn't fully accept him. 

This book has so much involved in it that I am sure I have missed things. There are so many different things to take away from it but I loved the sense of hope that I thought it portrayed, even with the many harrowing topics it dealt with. 

If you want to know more of what I thought, you can read my full review here



I have some pretty chunky books here and a very busy month ahead so whilst I hope to read maybe one or two more then these, I decided it was best not to overestimate what I could achieve. I few of these books have been on my TBR for a long time now and I really want to tick them off. 

I really want to get stuck into a series as I've been reading either a lot of stand-alone or new releases of series which I always think makes the story feel a bit more disjointed. I only have one book that is part of a series so I may change what I end up reading, but this will give me a bit of guidance when I don't know what to read next. 

The four books on my TBR are:

The Queen of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Spinning Silver my Naomi Novik 

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine 

They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera

*two books just arrived in the post this morning so I may have to read them too! They are:

A daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


So there we have all the books I read in July, and all the books I hope to read in August! What is on your August TBR?


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