July Wrap Up

Despite having a class and otherwise being pretty busy at work, I managed to read quite a few books this month! Yes, some of them were on the short-side, but I am happy to report that I enjoyed just about all of them! I even had several 5-star reads! I am on a roll!

Anyway, here’s what I read this month:

What I Read

Ancestor Approved | ed. Cynthia Leitich Smith

Pages: 320

Format: e-Audio (Library copy)

Rating: My New Favorite Thing

This book was so good. A great introduction to Native American culture through interconnected stories centered around a powwow. I think any kids who read this book will love the range of stories included in here, there’s even one from a dog’s perspective! The writers who contributed to this represent a wide range of Nations and they all did an excellent job of creating stories that fit together. I highly recommend this book.

The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang

Pages: 320

Format: e-Book (ARC)

Rating: My New Favorite Thing

This book is amazing. I loved every second reading it and it’s definitely my favorite from this series. Hoang went all out to write this masterpiece of romance balanced with serious, important portrayals of mental illness/health. I love the two main characters, plus it’s always fun to get little glimpses of Michael and Stella, too. I’ll be posting my review of this soon, closer to the pub. date, but I very much recommend it and I’ve already pre-ordered a copy.

Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga

Pages: 352

Format: e-Audiobook (Library copy)

Rating: My New Favorite Thing

This is an excellent middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who moves to America temporarily with her mother seeking asylum from Syria. The book is beautifully written and Jude such a real, relatable character. I listened to the audiobook and it was fantastic. I very much enjoyed the journey this book took me on and I definitely recommend it.

Heartstopper Vol. 4 | Alice Oseman

Pages: 353

Format: Paperback (Personal copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

Another sweet, beautiful installment to this series. This one deals heavily with mental illness/health, as Charlie struggles with his eating disorder and OCD and Nick deals how to support him. Nick also deals with how to come out to his dad. But even though all this sounds very dark, much of the book contains the bright, cozy moments that are in all the others. I really love this one and I look forward to the next!

50 Ways to Save the Bees | Sally Coulthard

Pages: 136

Format: Paperback (Library copy)

Rating: My New Favorite Thing

I read this for my “Reading Women” challenge for a book about nature, but I also wanted to read it for myself, because I’ve been trying to make my yard and gardens more bee-friendly. This book is super helpful and I learned a lot of great things from it. I am definitely looking forward to putting what I know to practice and I’ve been mentioning things I’ve learned from this book to people I know, as well. If you’re at all garden-minded, this book is a great, quick read on how you can make your home more bee friendly, which benefits everyone!

Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen

Pages: 260

Format: Hardback (Personal copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

This was my second time reading this book. I read it for a book club, and it was my suggestion, because I dearly love this book. It was just as great reading it a second time. There’s a reason it’s my favorite Austen book. There is so much humor and lightness to it. I love all the situational dramas within it. I highly recommend it if you’re looking to get into Austen, since this one isn’t very long and it’s mostly a lighthearted drama.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy | Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo (Illus.)

Pages: 208

Format: Paperback (Library copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

I don’t read too much DC, but I have usually enjoyed Teen Titans-related things. I really like Beast Boy, so I thought I’d read Garcia’s series. This one was really fun, modern, and an interesting iteration of the Teen Titans origin story. I look forward to reading more in this series. I would recommend it if you are a Teen Titans fan, like me. I haven’t read anything by Garcia before except for when I tried to read her Beautiful Creatures series, but just couldn’t get into it (mostly because I didn’t think the writing was very good). However, I think she does a good job with this story. The artwork is pretty fab, too.

How We Fall Apart | Katie Zhao

Pages: 352

Format: e-Book (ARC)

Rating: Ok, But Not My Cup of Tea

I came across this book on Book Twitter and was excited to find an ARC on NetGalley. It’s a dark academia murder-mystery at a prestigious prep school and the cast of characters is very diverse. All four (five) of the main characters are Asian American. I enjoyed the diversity of this book, but I feel like the writing and the plot were not strong enough for me to really enjoy the book. It felt like many other YA school mysteries I’ve read before. I also didn’t love that this is going to be a series, I was expecting a stand-alone, and so now I’m on the fence on whether I will continue to read this series.

Mindy Kim and the Birthday Puppy | Lyla Lee

Pages: 96

Format: e-Book (Library copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

This is the third book in the Mindy Kim series and it is just as adorable and sweet as the others. I really love this series and I plan on book talking it as much as I can. This book focused on Mindy getting a dog and how to properly train a dog. I think it’s a great read for any kid who wants to get a dog/has one and is learning about the responsibilities of being a good pet owner.

Teen Titans: Raven | Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo (Illus.)

Pages: 192

Format: Paperback (Library copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

Like I mentioned earlier with Beast Boy, I really enjoy Teen Titans, and this is actually the first book in Garcia’s series. I liked it just as much as the one about Beast Boy, and I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series where their paths cross. I like the diversity included in these books and I think all of the characters are strong, even the side-characters. Looking forward to the next book!

📖 Total Pages: 2,589

📚 Total Books: 10

How about you?

How was your month of reading? Did you meet any of your goals? What was your favorite book you read this month? Least favorite? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “July Wrap Up

  1. I didn’t really have any reading goals as I’ve been struggling a lot with reading over the last few months but somehow, in three days I read 4 Rizzoli and Isles thrillers from my Kindle. I tend to read them super quickly anyway but I’m amazed I did that amount of reading in such a short time span considering what I’ve been like.

    I also absolutely adore Northanger Abbey. I love that it is just so light and witty compared to Austen’s other books. Pride and Prejudice still takes my top spot but Northanger Abbey is so close behind it in my personal Austen ranking.

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    1. I totally have those reading drought times, but sometimes returning to an old favorite helps me get out of that rut.

      I love P&P, too! It’s always difficult picking a favorite, but it’s between that and Northanger. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 💜

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