Hi friends! We’re already done with more than half the year (what a concept) and I’m so happy to tell you I’ve been loving how much I’ve read this much. It’s been my best reading month of 2019 and I read some amazing novels. Unfortunately, I lost some blogging steam halfway into the month, but July is for new beginnings!
💙 Books read: 15
💙 Number of pages read: 4,552
🏳️🌈 LGBTQ+ books read: 6
💙 Average rating: 3.93 stars
💙 YARC books read: 1
💙 Highest rating: 5 stars
💙 Lowest rating: 3 stars
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🔹 Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer 🔹 One day, I want to become a copy editor. I love the English language, but am obviously nowhere completely knowledgeable of all the little quirks. The author of this book is the chief copy editor of Random House, so obviously his book appealed to me! It’s funny in a deadpan way, informative, and enjoyable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 Hunger by Roxane Gay 🔹 This has to be one of the most painful memoirs I have ever read. Gay’s super writing abilities shine in Hunger as she tells the reader bits of her struggle with her own body. I’d been avoiding it because of my own body issues, but am so pleased now that I’ve read it. Definitely stuck with me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin 🔹 At the airport, I picked this book up before my eight-hour flight. Needless to say I flew through it. It’s such a heartbreaking and important story full of emotion and injustice. Having read Giovanni’s Room, I know I definitely want to read Baldwin’s other works. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 🔹 Wow what a ride! It took me around three weeks to read this tome, mostly because I was busy, and I still don’t really know what I think of it. I love the characters and the setting and the plot and the lore, but I was a little taken aback by the ending… Still an awesome read, though! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 Dopesick by Beth Macy 🔹 This is by far one of the best books I’ve read all year. Not to mention one of the best nonfiction books ever. Macy’s storytelling abilities take you on a voyage through dopesick rural America, always painting the landscape in sharp and surprising colors. Ugh, I love everything this book stands for. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 🔹 Up until the very end, I didn’t understand why this is such a hyped-up book. But after reading the last twenty pages or so, I’m aboard the Evelyn Hugo train. I loved the format of the book, as well as Evelyn. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum 🔹 Unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed by this collection of essays. Despite them all being about broad themes related to television, the pieces felt like they had aged somewhat. As someone who didn’t consume 90s television as if it were crack, I feel like I’m the wrong audience for this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston 🔹 This book made me so happy!!! Everything about it is pure perfection. The characters are funny, the writing is the best bit because it’s so fresh and authentic, and the romance had me weak. Worth all the hype and then some. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 The Bride Test by Helen Hoang 🔹 I was not a big fan of The Kiss Quotient, so I was a bit hesitant diving into this one. However, I liked it a lot more and had a great time reading it! The main flaw I can’t overlook is how damn implausibly and wrongfully the visa process is portrayed. Other than that, it was a hoot! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 🔹 You know, I shot myself in the foot by reading this one only a week or so after reading Evelyn Hugo. There are many similarities, but this novel is far weaker. I appreciated the documentary-like structure for its artistic and literary value, but it creates a disconnect between the characters and the reader, in my opinion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman 🔹 I buddy read this book with my friend Vinny and love how much discussion we got out of it. The story is very cute, very fluffy, but it has its serious moments too! I was surprised to have liked a young adult novel this much, but I should have known all along that Alice Oseman wouldn’t disappoint! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 Normal People by Sally Rooney 🔹 This is it: I have found a new favorite writer. This is EASILY the best book I have read all year. The writing is phenomenal, the characters are incredibly complex, the setting and the time jumps are brilliant. I can’t recommend it enough! Oh, Rooney, why didn’t I read your books earlier! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 🔹 Oh what a disappointment… I have had this book on my Goodreads TBR since it came out. The praise of it being a light sociological study into rural Appalachia promised so much. But it’s just… so mediocre? The lady at the library said she loved this book, which makes me feel sad for just having tolerated it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves 🔹 Do you ever read a book because of the cover? Because I do, and this is living proof of that. For some odd reason, I thought the author was black and this was a new-adult novel — wrong and wrong! The best way to describe this is calling it a “middle aged white woman novel.” Yeah, not my cup of tea either… At least it was a fast read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker 🔹 This was such a good book!!! The writing is so sleepy and calm and subdued but it will come for you! I loved everything about it. How calm and beautiful the framing of the story is, the infectious disease plot, and above all else the voice of the narrator. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔹 Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott 🔹 I am going to pick this one up as soon as I’m done with all my errands today. I grabbed it just because it has a cool-looking cover and the synopsis sounds fun — root for me to fall in love with the writing, please!
future July plans
I am excited for July because of all the readathons happening! I’ll be participating in the…
💙 24in48 readathon: I love this so much. Basically, you’re meant to read for 24 hours within 48 hours. In January, I managed to read for 9 hours total, so this month I want to beat my personal record! July 20th-21st
💙 The Reading Rush: Formerly known as the Booktube-a-Thon, this readathon will take place from July 22nd to July 28th. It’s a whole week and there are seven reading challenges in it. You can add me as a friend on the official readathon website so we can see each other’s progress!
💙 Traveling: I’ll be traveling around Nebraska (I am here for the summer) in July. Hopefully, I’ll get to go camping for the first time, too!
💙 Buddy Reading: I’ll be picking up Between Shades of Gray with Sofii and then, a bit later, I’ll pick up Fangirl with Vinny again! She has never read it and I’ve wanted to reread it for the longest time, so I think I’ll have so much fun!!!
💙 Library plans: I am desperately waiting for Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere to finally become available at my local library. Circe and Ask Again, Yes are also temporarily unavailable and I can’t wait to be able to sink my teeth into them! Hopefully you’ll see 5-star reviews of these books in my upcoming July wrap-up.
How has your June been so far? What books did you get to read? Are you participating in any readathons in July?