I set myself a July reading target of 8 books. That might seem like absolutely squat to some of you crazy ass readers out there who get through like 15 books a week (seriously, how do you do it? Time-turners? Magic? Idk) but to me, that’s a hella lot. I’m a slow reader as it is and I tend to let my life and emotions get in the way of my reading a lot more than I should, considering books are there to help you escape from that very thing. But, I tried my best and managed to read a total of 3 books but currently have 2 on the go. I will be reviewing 1 or 2 of them in full but here’s a re-cap of July’s reading list!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
I read this book on a whim because I quickly needed a new book to start if I was going to even attempt to complete my challenge. It’s the newest book on my shelf so I snapped it up and alas, a day later, it was finished. Wow. If you’ve not read this one, then I would beyond highly recommend it. You can find my full review of this book here.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
In my post, ‘9 Popular Books Series I’ve Not Read or Finished’ I mentioned The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve had a gorgeous set of these on my bookcase forever, as they used to be my mum’s when she was a little girl. I’d read the first one but never got around to the rest but I finally read this one and loved it. Beautiful story.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson-Walker
I bet you are all sick to the stomach of hearing me talking about this book but I don’t care, I’m going to talk some more because it is one of my all-time favourites and reading it for the 3rd time only made me love it even more. I swear, it gets more and more beautiful with each read and I instantly wanted to start it again as soon as I’d finished it. I reviewed in ages ago, which you can find here.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I borrowed this book from a work friend of my boyfriend’s as he is a magician himself. I read up about it and thought it sounded super intriguing and I’m currently (at the time of writing) about a third through and despite it being labelled ‘Young Adult’, I’m finding it quite difficult to read. I like it but it’s very wordy. It’s like a cross between Harry Potter, I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak and John Green. Very interesting!
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
I’ve had this book on my shelf foreverrrrr and my mum’s read it and she absolutely loved it so I wanted to finally get around to it because quite frankly, I’m sick of seeing it just sitting there collecting dust. I’m a Jodi Picoult fan anyway, I think her writing style is brilliant and so easy and flowing and I’m really enjoying this one so far (despite only being like 10 pages in!)