24 in 48 recap talked about all of the following books there – Kindred Spirit, Nimona, The Prince in His Dark Days, Baba Yaga’s Assistant and Bad Billionaire.
Levar Burton Reads Podcast – a new favorite for me. When I need time to unwind or completely relax I put on this podcast. It’s great exposure to short stories I might never have read otherwise. Of the three my favorite was Empty Places.
- Kin by Bruce McAllister
- The Lighthouse Keeper by Daisy Johnson
- Empty places by Richards Park
Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell was quite possibly one of my favorite books I read this month. It’s a great stand alone novel with potential for a sequel. The world building is fantastic and the ending is satisfying with just enough wiggle room for more. I’m hopeful Mitchell writes a sequel. The kindle version is currently only 3.99 buy it. 3.5/5 stars
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco was a pick for Pancake Sex Book club. You can watch us discuss it here. This book was massive prequel. The ending is a disappointment that leaves you wanting more. The good news? It’s still a really interesting and unique world. I loved a lot of things about it. Ness said it best in book club it’s like book 1 and 3 of a 4 part series. I’m excited for book two. 3.5/5 stars.
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean – Seriously a treat. This damn book was the perfect ending to a great trilogy. Also, why is it over? This is possibly the best one in the series. We follow Seraphina who has to matchmake her soon to be ex-husband if all goes according to her plan. Well things don’t go to plan of course, but instead we journey through pain and loss. A massive amount of growth between the couple as well. This book made me cry. It made my heart sigh. It has it all. 5/5 stars read this damn book and series!
Sempre by J.M. Darhower is interesting. It was a fanfiction originally (WOOHOO! I love reading stuff that used to be fanfic.) It’s not terribly written, but it also isn’t great. It’s kind of the definition of a 3 star for me. It was interesting enough to get through and finish, but not enough to finish the series.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is a wonderful magical fantasy book. The story focuses on a girl who is fed moonlight instead of starlight on accident. She becomes very powerful because of this and learns a lot along the way. I just loved the world being built and the way in which they tear down an awful society. Just amazing and magical to read 5/5 stars.
Grace and The Fever by Zan Romanoff wrote the best love letter to teen angst and fandom. I just loved this book. It’s such a perfect blend of real life when fandom collides. It really is a great book if you love boy bands and fandoms around the things you love.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunder is the most unique book I’ve read this year. I listened to the audio and it was incredible. Sometimes hard to follow, but always interesting and intriguing. 4/5 stars be ready for something quite unique with this one.
So July was a decent month for me. I finished 15 or 16 books total. I have in my goodreads I finished Geekerella on July 1, but I feel it still counts as my June books. Kind of shocked that I managed that many books this month, but I read quite a few comics for me. Let me know how many books you read in July and which was your favorite!