Books Wrap Ups

July Wrap Up

September 16, 2020
July Wrap Up 2020

July was certainly a productive reading month, wasn't it? Well done past me. I read some absolutely outstanding books in July and found a few new favourites. I now need everything that Christina Lauren writes, okay?

Adele by Leila Slimani

Adele by Leila Slimani

Let's start with my most disappointing read, shall we? This was not a bad book. In fact in the beginning I thought this was going to be a five-star read. Adele was a nuanced and unlikeable character that you still root for. I loved how sex was discussed in this book. Ultimately the ending was what let the book down. It didn't fit the character arc of Adele. It was all very meh. I will say I loved the writing style in this and plan to try more from Leila Slimani. Let's see if she can redeem herself with Lullaby.

Rating: 3/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Children of the Whales Volume One

Children of the Whales Volume One

This was a reread for me this month as it'd been a long time since I picked up the series. I was worried I wouldn't enjoy the next as much if I'd forgotten all that happened. I still loved this volume, if not more the second time around.

Rating: 4/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Children of the Whales Volume Two

Children of the Whales Volume Two

This volume was marginally better as it built on everything from the first. We learnt so much more about the people of the Mud Whale; their origins, customs and also their eventual fate. I'm hoping in the future volumes we see more Ouni. I find him to be the most intriguing character, he's featured a lot in scenes but not much is given away about him.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I enjoyed this a lot but I was left at the end wanting more. I'd loved so many things about this book, in particular how seamlessly the Haitian Vodou culture had been blended with a contemporary western setting. I would've been happy with a lot more of that in the book. In the end, I found some of the characters a little flat and one dimensional. Occasionally Fabiola made it difficult to like her with some of the things she said, in particular about Kasim.

Rating: 4/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars is just *chefs kiss*. I loved every single aspect of this. The characters were so well constructed and nuanced, the world-building was excellent, just the right level of detail was given and the plot was phenomenal. Not once did I manage to guess what was happening however when you read it there's a moment where you think 'oh, of course, this was the way it was headed'. So well disguised. It was utterly fantastic. I adore Mare and Denna, Thandy, everyone. Just read this series.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Toni Adeyemi

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Toni Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone was one of my favourite books and I had no idea how Children of Virtue and Vengeance could live up to it. Spoiler: it does in my opinion. Whilst I've seen a lot of negative press surrounding this book I feel like it did such a fantastic job of showing how war can affect people differently. It can change them, make them want to run or consume them. We didn't see as much of other characters like Tzain which I would've liked but other aspects made up for this.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Another favourite here. I mentioned in my review that I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book. I tend to enjoy YA Fantasy more so than contemporary but this was gorgeous. Such a sweet and heartfelt love story. Think Romeo and Romeo if one was a Mormon rather than warring families. I left this book feeling so satisfied and just happy. I'd quite happily read a book about Tanner and Sebastian set ten years in the future where all they do is bake and write books. Can I have this, please?

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page her

Those are the books I read in July!

What have you been reading lately?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

    Leave a Reply