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July’s Monthly Round-Up

Ah, July! The weather was scorching, our house was turned upside down by workmen, and everything was kicking off at work. On top of all of that, the beginning of the month saw me really struggling to get into anything I was reading. I DNF-ed two books – TWO! – in the space of a week. I normally DNF two a year, if that. I also had my first 1-star read of the year – I would usually DNF if I think it’s going to be a just 1 star, but this one was short and I had nothing else with me to read at the time so I finished it. However, I made up for these with one of my FAVOURITE reads of 2019 in the form of The Other Half of Augusta Hope, and two more excellent 5-star reads: Ask Again, Yes and The Truants.

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What I’ve Read in July

  • Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Tero & Cornelia Funke (Review) – 3 stars
  • Say Say Say by Lila Savage (Review) – 3 stars
  • The Universe of Us by Lang Leav (No review) – 1 star
  • The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen (Review) – 5 stars
  • Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Review) – 5 stars
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss (No review) – 2 stars
  • The Truants by Kate Weinberg (Review) – 5 stars

All of my reads in July except The Universe of Us and Eats, Shoots & Leaves were ARCs – these were, incidentally, the two that I didn’t bother reviewing and also didn’t hugely enjoy. I had one more ARC on my July TBR that I didn’t get around to. It was from a series and was supposed to be my Unread Shelf Project read for the month but I was really busy at the end of July and in a bit of a book-hangover after my three 5-star reads. I don’t think I’ll have time to fit it in this month, what with the NEWTs Magical Readathon, so I’ll have to catch up in September.

My two DNF books of July

I didn’t finish Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson which was an ARC from NetGalley. I had really high hopes for this as it had such great reviews from other bloggers. However, there was so much fat-shaming at the beginning which wasn’t nice to read so I was immediately off to a bad start with this book. I still wasn’t hooked by about the 40% mark and so decided to give up on it. Bit of a shame because I’d heard great things, but it wasn’t for me. My other DNF was East West Street by Philippe Sands, which was just a bit too heavy and dense for me, but I may come back to this eventually. It was more of a case of ‘not for me right now‘ rather than straight-up ‘not for me’.

Upcoming Reads

The Magical Readathon has started! My full post detailing prompts, careers and my TBR is here, but the book I’m most excited about is The Strange Bird by Jeff Vandermeer – a novella set in the same world as Borne, which is one of my favourite reads from this year.

I’m also slowly reading Philip Pullman’s collection of essays on storytelling, Daemon Voices. I’ve been reading it since early July, dipping in and out here and there. It’s not a priority read for me and with the readathon in August I likely won’t finish this until September.

Missed some posts?

Here’s some other things I’ve been enjoying this month.

On the small screen

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  • On the recommendation of my housemate, I binged Derry Girls during a lazy day and I’m so hooked! It’s absolutely hilarious. I was devastated to find that only season one was on Netflix, but thankfully season two was released yesterday!
  • Love Island is officially over and so I can finally resume my routine of being in bed by 9pm. I’ve dipped in and out of this season which got off to a slow start. I’m glad I stuck with it though, otherwise I wouldn’t have experienced the gift that is Ovie Soko, whom, like the rest of the nation, I’m a little in love with.

Making (sound)waves

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  • Arctic Lake’s new track ‘Shed a Tear’ is the perfect sad summer track. It’s so soothing.
  • I’ve been really enjoying Miracle Forest’s fantasy soundscapes. They’re so soothing, if a little eerie. My favourites are the Elf Village and A Visit from the Tree God.

What was your favourite July read?
Anything else you’ve been loving this month?

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