July Wrap Up


So, July was a pretty great reading month- I read 12 books (some of which aren’t pictured below), the most I’ve ever read in a month (don’t judge, I’m normally buried in college work!). Without further ado, here’s my July wrap up:

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Total books read:

A few too many to list without you all getting bored, so let’s just focus on my favourites of the month!

1.       Favourite book of the month: It’s a close call, as I also awarded Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle 5/5, but I think this one has to go to A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I’d heard how brilliant this one was, but I didn’t expect to look like this:SAD

       by the end! Given I was only finally prompted to read this one when I remembered it had a movie out soon, it’s safe to say I was impressed. I won’t say too much about this one, other than it’s a fantasy with a fantastically unique concept, and that I just wanted to hug poor Conor, as I think it’s best to go in blind and not be weirded out by the unusual storyline. Basically: GO READ IT! I took ages to get around to this one, but I am SO glad I finally did.




         2.       Least favourite book of the month: Definitely The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.  Whilst it’s undeniably well-written, the fact this one is literally about nothing more than an old man fishing means it’s…erm… just not that exciting! I didn’t dislike the book at all, I just expected something a little better from such an acclaimed author, and felt far from enthralled. 3/5 for a perfectly average novel. (On a more positive note, LOOK HOW CUTE THIS TINY EDITION IS!!)




3.       Longest book of the month: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (550 pages)



4.       Shortest book of the month: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (105 pages)



Verdict on the month:


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To expand on that, I’m happy with both the amount I read (3 times as many as  last month) and the quality of the books I read, given I didn’t rate any less than 3/5, and give two books 5/5. Those ratings are slightly harsher than last month, but that probably has a lot to do with the extra books I read- I was never going to love all 12! I should also mention that I DNF’ed The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (read this post to see why!) last month, but I’m not counting it in my total number of books, and I feel like it would be wrong to rate a book I didn’t even finish. Other than that, July was pretty great, even if I didn’t quite complete my goal of finishing everything on my Goodreads ‘currently reading’ shelf, or make too much progress with my Harry Potter reread.



August TBR:


·         CONTINUE MY HARRY POTTER reread!!


·         Review more books for The Book Bag


·         Take The Hate U Give on holiday so I FINALLY get around to reading it!!



So, what are you guys hoping to read in August? Why don’t you let me know, either in the comments or in a post of your own?


Good luck,


Em x





8 thoughts on “July Wrap Up

  1. Thankyou, A Monster Calls really is amazing, I hope you like it!!

    And I’m really excited for THUG- no doubt I’ll start it the first day of my holiday! I need to see what all the fuss is about ☺

  2. A Monster Calls is one of my favourites, so moving and I really like stories within stories. 😊 I’m also rereading the Harry Potter series so hoping to finish The Half-Blood Prince and Umami by Laia Jufresa this month – I’m a much slower reader than you. ☺️

    1. I liked that about a Monster Calls too ☺. And don’t worry, you’re beating me on Harry Potter… I’m only up to Chamber of Secrets! 😂

  3. I haven’t read The Old Man and the Sea, but I have heard from a reliable source (my sister) that it is terribly boring. Hence, I have been avoiding it.
    A Monster Calls was so good and I loved Conor so much! I always get nervous about movie adaptions because they are so prone to fail utterly, but the movie was actually really good.

    1. I didn’t mind The Old Man and the Sea, it’s just not something I could ever get excited about unfortunately.
      And I loved A Monstr Calls, I’m really excited to see the movie! ☺

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