Month in Review: July 2019

I missed a June in review post, so I’m back with July in review.  I read a lot of shorter books this month, but I also tackled Wanderers which was huge!

Books read: 9 for July, 58 for the year

Pages read: 2,831 out of 18,051

Hours listened to: 5.5

Average rating: 3.78

Female Authors: 4 out of 27 for the year

Favorite Read:

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Review here.  It was close between this and An Illusion of Thieves but this one was so much longer (800 pages total) and was a larger time investment so I’m going with Wanderers.

UPDATE: I finished Inland by Tea Obreht just under the wire for July and after writing this post.  I’ve counted it in my stats but because I haven’t reviewed it yet I’m not counting it here or in any of the categories below.  I don’t want to say I enjoyed Inland far more than Wanderers or An Illusion of Thieves, but of the three, I think Inland will stay with me much longer, and would rank it as the favorite.

AudioBooks Listened To:  

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Review here.  I enjoyed this much more than the last McCarthy I read.

Graphic Novels Read:

Stephen Kings N. by Marc Guggenheim

Review here.  Being that it’s a graphic novel, it only took a couple hours to read, but it’s worth it!

ARCs Read:


The Last Astronaut released on July 23.

The Dead Girls Club – I cheated and read this early.  Review is scheduled for sometime in November!

Other reads completed this month:


ARCs received:


The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup – A Nordic Noir thriller that I’m super excited for.

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie – A Don Quixote retelling.  I’ve never read Don Quixote or Salman Rushdie so I’m curious how this one will turn out for me.

People of the Lake by Nick Scorza – An Edelweiss read now download that I was willing to take a chance on because I love the cover and the description sounds like something out of a King novel.

Imaginary Friend by Nick Scorza – I already mentioned this one in a Can’t Wait Wednesday post.  I’m hoping to clear out some of my other ARCs and dive into this one.

Giveaways Won:


Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade – I’m so excited to have won this!  It sounds right up my alley.  It’s not due out until November… I’m hoping Tor doesn’t wait months to send it.

Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton – The author actually approached me to review this, and it’s been awhile since I read a Fae novel, so I happily agreed.  (Also- I love that cover!)

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace – Thank you to Tammy @ Books, Bones and Buffy for hosting this giveaway!  It was a total surprise when it showed up in the mail but I’m hoping to start it very soon because it sounds perfect for what I’ve been in the mood to read lately.

Currently reading:

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova – This was a Kindle steal a couple months back for 99 cents.  Currently buddy reading it with some friends on the SFF Book Club at GoodReads!

Planned reads for August:


The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – An author I keep hearing about and finally have the occasion to read!

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – A translated Japanese dystopian that I’m super excited for!

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden – A YA dystopian about a society that punishes and condemns online trolling, bullying, etc.

How was July for you?

25 thoughts on “Month in Review: July 2019

  1. Ooh I’m dying to hear what you thought of Dead Girls Club! I probably won’t get to it till November or December, but I’m hoping its it’s good. I’m also curious to hear your thoughts on Salvation Day, such a fast paced, scary story!

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    • I was being naughty and thinking to myself: I can read it now and hold off on reviewing until November… right? Lol. Dead Girls Club was pretty good! Hard to put down and kept me turning the page. I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts (which is probably the worst thing about reading early, not being able to compare notes).


  2. My July reading wasn’t so great… I aimed to read 12 books between two readathons and only read 5… Congrats on your July though! It’s exciting that you got an ARC of Imaginary Friend; can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one.

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  3. Sounds like your July was pretty good! I’m super curious now about The Memory Police, and I’m really interested to read dystopians from other cultures. I’m curious to see about Quichotte, too! I only know Don Quixote from The Man of La Mancha, but the story has interested me for a while. I’d like to read it eventually.

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  4. Hi! Sorry, I think I missed one of your posts!
    Your July seems to have been super productive – go you!
    You got an ARC of Imaginary Friends, that’s amazing!! Congratulations! Can’t wait to see your opinion of it!
    -Emma 🙂

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  5. THE MEMORY POLICE IS SUCH AN AMAZING TITLE! My mind is going one hundred a mile and comes up with crazier theories every second lol. You wrote that it’s dystopian which I love (!) but it could’ve literally been any genre with THAT title (contemporary, fantasy, thriller etc.) and I LIKE THAT FACT VERY MUCH. Best of luck for your next reads! c:

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    • I’ve been doing pretty well with GR giveaways this year. I have learned to be more discriminating though. Last year I was entering giveaways I was only mildly interested in and winning, and then GR penalizes you if you don’t read and review within like 30 days. I personally don’t like to review books I’m just not feeling at the moment, because it’s usually not a fault of the book, it’s almost always on me.


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