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.
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.