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July Wrap-Up

Because I’m far too lazy to post individual reviews, (I know, I’m sorry), I’ve decided to jam them into monthly wrap-ups and do big ol’ long reviews for my absolute favs and for ARCs too. If I actually manage to do this every month until the end of the year I’ll be seriously bloody impressed with myself. For the first time in what feels like forever (the start of the year), I’ve had a good reading month. Is the book slump gone? I don’t know but I reaaaaally hope it is; I’ve managed to read 6 novels and 5 short stories this month and that definitely feels like progress.

1. Black Box by Jennifer Egan ● rated 4 stars
2. The Swimmer by John Cheever ● rated 3 stars
3. Okami by Renee Ahdieh ● rated 3 stars
4. Yumi by Renee Ahdieh ● rated 3 stars
5. The Five-Forty Eight by John Cheever ● rated 5 stars

1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman ● rated 5 Stars
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Shusterman brilliantly explores a world where certain individuals (Scythes) are the only ones allowed to take a life in order to keep the size of the population under control. You can checkout my full review here.

2. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman ● rated 5 Stars
Shusterman’s sequel to Scythe is amazing, heartbreaking, full of twists and turns and honestly I can’t rave about this book or this series enough. Check out my very long and rambly review of this one here.

3. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig ● rated 4 stars
Haig’s long awaited sequel (of sorts?) to Reasons to Stay Alive. It’s a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century. Again, Haig has written a book that makes me feel seen and understood. Highly recommend to anyone struggling with anxiety.

4. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White ● rated 5 stars
Deliciously dark, brutal and ruthless. Bright We Burn is a deeply satisfying ending to an amazing trilogy where LADA IS THE ONLY CHARACTER THAT MATTERS. Everyone else is irrelevant. I mean, I loved this book loads and I’m in a glass case of emotion.

5. Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin ● rated 4 stars
Deeply unsettling tale of a boy with a broken soul and a woman who lays dying in a rural hospital clinic. I’m still shuddering at the thought of this book.

6. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh ● rated 4 stars
The sequel and ending to Ahdieh’s Flames in the Mist duology. My only opinion of this series is that I need more Okami.

I am the absolute worst when it comes to deciding what to read next. Usually because I decide on a certain number of books and then spot something shiny on goodreads and automatically think ‘ooooh no, I have to read this next’ and then just forget about my actual list of books I needed to read.

So here’s the list of titles I may or may not end up reading next month…


1. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
2. The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (ARC copy)
3. Believe Me by JP Delaney (ARC copy)
4. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (ARC Copy)

How was your bookish July?
Read any of the books above or a choosing to this August? Got a book you think I’ll be interested in? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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  • Reply Tina @ As Told By Tina

    I’ve heard really good things about The Poppy War so I hope you enjoy it. It sounds very interesting. I totally understand the feeling lazy thing, I’ve been so lazy lately. I’m trying to get myself together but I’m failing. I didn’t even think of doing mini reviews in my wrap up. That’s something I’m definitely going to consider next month.

    I hope you have a wonderful August!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

    4th August 2018 at 9:05 pm
    • Reply Jess

      Thank you Tina 😁

      Yeees, I’ve seen a lot of good things and many 5 star reviews for The Poppy War so I hope I get around to it this month.

      I’m trying so hard to not be lazy with my blog anymore haha

      13th August 2018 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Reese

    I read Thunderhead in July, and it was a-w-e-s-o-m-e. I love the worldbuilding and how Schusterman is slowly showing the Thunderhead in a less positive light, how the whol concept keeps becoming creepier, just as he did with the Scythes. It’s all so cool.

    I still haven’t read Kiersten White’s trilogy, but I’m so intrigued (and the covers are great. I love a good cover!)

    12th August 2018 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply Jess

      Yes, yes, yes. I find the whole concept fascinating and seriously creepy when you consider the fact that the Thunderhead isn’t necessarily a far-fetched idea. At some point in future this type of thing could be a reality and in some senses it already is

      I don’t think I can recommend that trilogy highly enough, it’s amazinggggg! If you love ruthless female characters that don’t give a damn about anyone else then this is definitely the trilogy for you.

      13th August 2018 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Danielle Hammelef

    I still haven’t read the Neal Shusterman books yet, but I do love his writing, so I know I’m in for a treat when I do check them out. My best book in July was Anna and the French Kiss.

    19th August 2018 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Oh, man, I SO need to read Thunderhead. Glad it lived up to Scythe!!

    31st August 2018 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply Jess

      Yeeeesssssss, I hope you get to read it soon!!

      31st August 2018 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Karla Strand

    I heard good things about The Poppy War – what did you think?

    2nd September 2018 at 3:08 am
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