Hey everyone! How are you doing? Today, it’s yet again time to wrap-up the month and give you short reviews of everything I read. July was great for me. The summer holidays began, I hung out with friends and I traveled to both Northern-Spain and London. I’m really happy with my reading as well.
In July I read a total of 8 books. I’m really happy with that as it was a very busy month yet I read the largest monthly total of the year! In terms of quality, I’m satisfied. There wasn’t any book this month I hated.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
To start the month, I picked up Nimona. This exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed it. It had a lot more depth to it than I had expected as well as more of an impact. The lack thereof is something I often struggle with when it comes to graphic novels. I liked the characters and the plot. It was definitely entertaining! I would recommend it and gave it a total of 4 out of 5 stars.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I enjoyed reading this book. It was very fast-paced, so I flew through it. The writing style was so good. It wasn’t flower-y or so, but it came straight to the point. The author could convey human emotions so well. I applaud her for that. I didn’t predict the ending. When the plot twist came, however, I was terribly confused for a while. That lessened my reading experience. I also didn’t particularly like any of the characters. They were all so pretentious, except for Gat maybe, but I didn’t like him either. The main character was so self-absorbed and whiny. Overall, this was a super quick, yet forgettable read. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This was a disappointment, mainly because of my own high expectations. As I love Adichie’s other book We Should All Be Feminists, I expected this to land a spot on my favourites shelf as well. However, I though it was only just okay. I completely agreed with some things in this book, but other ideas didn’t impact situations I have ever been in. ( Which is okay! Feminism is intersectional, so not everything is going to be about you.) Other ideas still I didn’t agree with. I’m specifically thinking about when she outright says she assumes the girl will be straight. To me, that’s the same as assuming every girl will be ‘girly’, an idea Adichie rejects herself. That bothered me. Overall, I thought this was okay and rated it 3 out of 5 stars.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The writing style of this book is amazing. Celeste Ng can perfectly describe feelings and create vibes with her words. I didn’t like the main characters James, Lydia and Marilyn though. I did have a liking for Nath, Hannah and Jack. The plot was okay, but not overly interesting and the ending felt a bit anticlimactic. This book put me in sad mood, but not the kind that makes you cry. I can’t explain it properly. Overall, this book was just okay, but I won’t remember it for long. I don’t get why people rave about this one so much. Anyway, I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Then it was time for my yearly re-read of The Hunger Games and its sequels. The book remains one of my favorites. It’s the book that introduced me to YA. It’s thrilling and keeps me constantly on the edge of my seat. It’s very fast-paced. I love Katniss and Peeta. This story talks about so much more than just the fight to the death or the romance. This time around I especially felt for Peeta. Even more than usual. I love how praised this book is, because it really deserves it. 5 out of 5 stars!
Style by Chelsea M. Cameron
I enjoyed my time reading this book. It was different to read about an f/f relationship and I liked the change. I thought the writing style was good. I liked both of the main characters a lot. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of how they interacted in the beginning. Their banter quickly got a lot better though and in the end they were adorable. Overall, this story was just a romance with not more to it, but it was a good one. 😉 I would recommend this if you’re looking for a good sapphic love story! I’d read another book by this author and gave this one 3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars!
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
This was a re-read as well and as I expected, I loved it. Either this book or the first one is my favourite, I’m not sure. This book has a lot more going on plot-wise, but the first book has more of the constant suspense. As always, this book was exciting and thrilling. The story gets me hooked each time and the writing style is so immersive. It really feels as if you’re there with the characters. I love those characters! They’re all flawed, but so human. I gave it five out of five stars. Most of you have probably already read this, but if you haven’t I would highly recommend it!
Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee
I highly enjoyed reading this novel. I always like to learn about badass women who did amazing things. This was perfect! I liked that this wasn’t dry like a textbook, but told in a contemporary, sassy way. The art was absolutely stunning! My only negative, was that it often felt more like stories than about real life women. This book is similar to Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, which I read earlier this year. I liked this one better though as it fit more into my age range. I would highly recommend it and gave it 4 out of 5 stars!
I’m proud of myself for keeping up with my blog this month. It required a lot of pre-writing and scheduling. Here’s an overview of everything I posted:
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