July Reading Wrap Up | Books

Hey, guys! Today, I have a new type of post for you.

If you read my most recent blog update, then you’ll know that I stopped doing book reviews because they’re tiring me out and putting me into this slump.

So to make a compromise, I’ll be doing monthly reading wrap-ups.

This way, I’ll be able to share my thoughts about the books I read with you, but not burn myself out by writing content I don’t like.

I read 13 books this month, and I think that’s pretty awesome because I usually read 6-7 books a month.

Also, I wrote a BookTube-A-Thon Wrap Up, so 8 of these books I read for that, if you wanna go check out how I did on the challenges, then check out that post.

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  1. The Deepest Cut by J.A. Tempelton

I was kind of in a slump for the first week of July, and just couldn’t read anything, but then I picked up this quick Ebook which I just had laying around on my phone and started reading it while I was out.

I didn’t like this book, but at the same time, I really liked reading it.

It’s almost the same situation with Girl Online, where I know that the writing, character development, world building and basically everything else is shitty, but I can’t help but being addicted to it.

This was a YA paranormal romance. I know most of you are shunning me, but I have enough pride in my reading selection, that I can say I’m fine with reading a shitty book every once in a while.

The first half of this book was a 1 to 2 star, but when you get to the second half, it’s more of a 3 star.

One of the highlights of this book is that the love interest kinda looks like Luke Hemmings in my mind.

That’s all I have to say about it. I will be picking up the next book in the trilogy just to see what happens and if I like it, I’ll buy the third one and finish up this series.

This was a 3-star book.

3 stars

2. Death Note: Black Edition, Volume 4

This is a bind-up of volumes 7 and 8, and I’m so scared of finishing this series because I’ve been loving it so much.

It’s one of the first mangas that I’ve read, and it’s been one of the few that I actually followed up on and tried to finish.

The whole world is so complex and has so much thought put in that it makes me wonder how long it takes for these people to actually come up with the concept.

As always, I loved this book to death, and will be reading the next two bind-ups too.

I rated this 5 stars.

5 stars

3. Maximum Ride: Volume 1

I believe this is a full-length novel that was turned into a manga recently, but I’m not sure about that.

I liked the whole concept, but I felt like it was just going too fast, so we didn’t really find out a lot about the characters or the world very much.

It just really confused me, but also at the same time, it kind of was good. Not great, but okay.

The art wasn’t exactly rememberable too, so I can’t say that’s what saved this.

I think that I read the actuals books, then I would like it a bit more because I can see a lot of potential in directions where the story could go.

Overall, I think this was a meh/didn’t-really-love it kind of graphic novel, so I ended up rating it 2.5 stars.

2.5 stars

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This has been on my TBR for literally years. 

I got the box set of all three books on my birthday around 4 years ago, and they’ve been sitting on my shelf ever since.

I decided to pick this up for my read a book and watch the movie adaptation challenge for the booktube-a-thon. You can see my whole post on that here if you want.

I loved it.

I completely understand the hype around these books. I really do. I couldn’t help myself, and I actually picked up the second book, Catching Fire during the same week, but I’ll be talking about that later.

The whole world and character development were beautifully executed and AH!

I can finally say that I’ve read this trilogy. You don’t understand the shame of being a book person that still didn’t read this YA classic.

I gave this 5 stars because as you know, The Hunger Games.

5 stars

5. Parasyte volume 1 by Hitoshi Iwaaki

Now, I see that I’ve read quite a lot of mangas, but they were pretty good.

I also decided to pick this up to fulfill my read a book after sunset. 

It was creepy, disgusting, horribly gory, and awesome!

There were some times where I just looked at the book and asked myself  how could this book be so perfect for me?

It had this weird thing about it that I just adored and I can’t put my finger on it.

Really, if you’re into gore and sci-fi horror, then you should definitely check this manga out!

This was a solid 4-star book.

4 stars

6. Animal Farm by George Orwell

As I said in my Booktube-a-Thon TBR, I have to read this for school next year, so I decided to just get it over with.

I LOVED IT! This is one of the first classics that I’ve read, and I swear it’s like I was meant to read this book at that exact time because I just flew through it in one sitting.

I so understand why people rave about this book because the meaning behind it all is just mindblowing. I legit had

I legit had goosebumps from this book, and that almost never happens.

5 stars

7. I was Here by gayle forman

I was kind of hesitant about this one because it deals with hard topics, and those books usually take me longer to read, but when I picked it up, all those worries just disappeared.

It just keeps you on the edge of your seat, and don’t even get me started on the ending! Ahh, I loved it!

The characters all have this unspoken depth to them that you can’t get over, and it really does make you connected to them in a way that makes you want the book to never end.

At first, I gave this book 5 stars, but then I kind of put on my critical hat, and I took off a star because the second half kind of was a downgrade from the first half.

4 stars

8. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I just couldn’t wait until the end of the read-a-thon to pick up the sequel, so I decided to pick it up and see if it gets better, and oh boy does it get better!

This trilogy so deserves all the hype it’s getting, I mean, it’s just pure gold, and I might have to say that I was team Peeta for the first 2 books, but now that I’m on the third one, I’m kind of team Gale… You can hear more about that in my August Wrap Up.

Catching Fire got 5 stars, just like The Hunger Games, and I have a feeling that Mockingjay will get the same rating too… I don’t know yet, I still haven’t finished it.

5 stars

9. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I feel kind of bad, because I’ve only read 1 other book by John Green, and that was Looking For Alaska, which turned out to be my all time favorite book.

Yes, I haven’t read TIFIOS or Paper Towns, yes I’m going to be getting to them in August.

I was expecting this to be better if I’m being honest, I was kind of disappointed.

It was funny, don’t get me wrong, and the act of reading it was very enjoyable, but was it memorable? Not very much.

That’s why I bumped it down to 3 stars.

3 stars

10. THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS BY MARIEKE NIJKAMP

I’ve been meaning to finish this for the longest time, and I just got to it, but I finally got to reading it this month.

I picked it up and kind of put it down with only 100 pages left, so I decided to just suck it up and finish them.

I liked this because it was such a unique idea, but I felt like some of the time it was kind of lacking. Maybe it was because i picked it up and put it down, but I just couldn’t give this a 4 stars.

 

3.5 stars

11. You by Caroline Kepnes

I was really excited to start reading this because I was really in the mood for a creepy ass novel, but I think my brain is kind of too fucked to think this is piss-my-pants scary, it’s just oh-it’s-creepyish-but-not- nightmare – inducing , do you get what I’m trying to say?

I’m really into horror movies and stalker stories, so this was kind of oh ok that’s good, but I’ve seen better.

I recommend this for people who are just getting into suspense novels.

I enjoyed reading this so I’m not gonna rate it 3 stars, it’s more of a 4 stars.

4 stars

12. Lumberjanes volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson

I’ve heard so much about this comic series online, that I just had to check it out, so I picked it up on Scribd, an online library, and read the first 4 issues (so the first volume), and they were… peculiar…

It reminds me of something that would be on Cartoon Network. It lays on that thin line between funny and stupid, and it does it really well and is good for all ages (in my opinion).

The artwork was pretty awesome if I’m being honest; everything about this comic was awesome.

If you want a comic that’ll have you laughing your ass off, then check this one out. And for this reason, I rated it 4.5 stars!

4.5 stars

 

13. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I’ve been putting off reading the second book in this series for so long, so I decided to just pick this up when I was on the plane.

I loved it. I loved it so much that I picked up the third book right after.

The story went in a completely different direction. Like I wouldn’t have thought this would be where TMI was going.

Of course, I can’t say that much about it because this is the second book, but if you read the first book, then you’ll know the sibling duo that’s driving me crazy.

5 stars


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