July Wrap Up: Three DNFs, two 5-star reads

Hello readers!

Sooo July I also read just whatever I felt like, and I did have a few days off work so I ended up reading more than I thought I would. For August surely I can’t read this much again, but it’s still nice that in June and July I’ve managed to work on my TBR and get it below 115 books now! In January I was at 160 books, so I think this is good progress.

Books that were on my July TBR:

  1. Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas (4 stars)
  2. The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden (4 stars)
  3. How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue (did not read!)
  4. How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie (3 stars)
  5. Braised Pork by An Yu (4 stars)
  6. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha (5 stars)
  7. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (4 stars)

Books I picked up this month although they were not on my planned TBR:

  1. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (5 stars)
  2. The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon (4 stars)
  3. O que eu vi, o que nós veremos by Alberto Santos-Dumont (4 stars)
  4. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (4 stars)
  5. Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb – DNF
  6. Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang – DNF
  7. Brood by Jackie Polzin (4 stars)
  8. Higher Ground by Anke Stelling (4 stars)
  9. Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates – DNF
  10. A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (4 stars)
  11. With Teeth by Kristen Arnett (currently reading)
  12. She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (currently reading)

Some highlights about my reads:

  • It’s hard to choose a single favorite read of the month, I adored quite a few books! I read a bit less than last month but I enjoyed my reading a lot more. So my top reads this month were: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto, If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha, Brood by Jackie Polzin and Braised Pork by An Yu.
  • I’ve been slowly gravitating back towards lit fic, and I’m a bit less in a fantasy mood than before (I feel like the Robin Hobb series saturated me and I cautiously now started She Who Became The Sun)
  • I ended up DNF-ing three books which clearly is a side effect of my change in reading habits these past couple months, so that I end up choosing books to read based off what I’d like to read rather than any planned TBR. I still try to follow a TBR but it’s usually a very short one.
  • I read the Santos Dumont book for a book club I do with my family, and really enjoyed it! Such an interesting life he led, and such an ingenious mind.

July was a great reading month. I don’t give 5 stars easily but there were two 5-star reads this month (and a few “high 4-star” reads), so it’s been a great success.

4 thoughts on “July Wrap Up: Three DNFs, two 5-star reads

  1. It’s so interesting how your reading habits are shifting lately. I just haven’t been in the mood for high fantasy and have been gravitating towards shorter or less dense worldbuilding right now.

    If I Had Your Face looks really interesting! I’ve added it to my TBR because of you! I’m hoping to start She Who Became the Sun in the next week or two and I cannot wait. And, of course, chicken book solidarity!


  2. Seems like you had a great reading month! I’m feeling you on the less fantasy at the moment. I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction and romance, and shorter books in general too!


  3. Your July looks to have had quality reads, I also enjoyed Dial A for Aunties, it was a fun audiobook to listen to. I just finished She Who Became the Sun, EPIC! but def High Fantasy and because I also was a bit Fantasy burned out, it took me a lot longer to read. Also, I think you’re the first blogger I’ve come across with thoughts on the new Penelope Douglas, I think I may just have to get a copy. Happy reading 🙂


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