Wrap Up| July 2020

Yesterday you got to see our July bookhaul, which means today it’s time to talk about the books we read last month. Was our reading month good? What did we read? You’ll find out if you keep on reading our July wrap up!

Candyce

July was a good reading month and I ended up reading a total of 23 books (8 ARCs, 5 paperbacks, 4 hardcovers, 4 audiobooks, 1 graphic novel and 1 e-book. My average rating in July was 4 stars. I read a total of 7,499 pages and have read over a little more than 51,000 pages this year. Which is something I’m really happy about, because I’m up to 165 books this year and should be finishing my Goodreads challenge in September if I keep going like this.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

This month I read Fangirl for the third time (I started in June and finished early July. I still really enjoyed this book. Cath and Levi are so cute and I love the Simon Snow world. Reading books again, especially the third time around, really makes me realize how special stories can become to you.

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

I’ve been wanting to do a reread of Carry On forever! A friend of mine was looking to finally reading it, so I couldn’t say now and just had to join along. Again, it was great being back in this world. I definitely remembered bits and pieces of this, but there were also so many details I totally forgot.

The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners is a book I had on my shelf for almost a year. I loved the first book I read by this duo awhile ago and I’m happy I finally read this. I’m a big fan of enemies to lovers and this book was just so much fun. Other than the ending being a bit rushed for me, I really enjoyed this story.

The Bridge Kingdom – Danielle L. Jensen

Another book that’s been on my shelf for almost a year, haha. A friend of mine is a big fan of this author and loved The Bridge Kingdom. So another friend and I decided to buddyread this one. It took me a bit to get into this story and some things I still don’t completely understand, but the book definitely picks up and I ended up really enjoying the story and characters.

My Calamity Jane – Cynthina Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

My Calamity Jane is one of my most anticipated 2020 releases and it did not disappoint! I’m just sad this trilogy is complete. Now the wait for the author’s to release the new series is going to take forever, haha.

The Jumbies – Tracey Baptiste

I joined a middle grade group on Twitter this month (Middlegrade Marvels) and the book of the month was The Jumbies. I’m so glad I picked this up. This story is really creepy, but so good! I would definitely recommend this middle grade as a Halloween read.

You Should See Me in a Crown – Leah Johnson

I’m a big fan of contemporary books and this was on my radar for awhile. You Should See Me in a Crown finally released and I couldn’t put it down. This book really left a big smile on my face.

Wicked – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Another reread for me (that’s three this month!) and I enjoyed every second of it. This author is one of my favorites. Reading this the second time around, I was definitely able to catch details I missed the first time. I’m curious to see if that’s the same when I read the second and third book again.

Shielded – KayLynn Flanders

Shielded was such a pleasant surprise. I knew I was going to enjoy this story, but it really surprised me, but in such a good way. I loved the characters, world, plot and politics. It’s going to be a long wait before I can get the sequel in my hands.

Late to the Party – Kelly Quindlen

Late to the Party is a perfect summer read. I really enjoyed that the main character and her discovering other sides of herself. Sometimes I miss little things with audiobooks, so I need to get the physical book soon.

Love, Creekwood – Becky Albertalli

I’m a big fan of the Simonverse and was excited for this novella. It was told through emails, something else that I really love. My only complaint would have to be the ending of this novella. Even though you can find out the ending in Love, Victor I didn’t like the abrupt ending.

The Fascinators – Andrew Eliopulos

The Fascinators definitely had an interesting take on magic and even magic clubs. I enjoyed this story and the characters.

#famous – Jilly Gagnon

I have actually been wanting to read #famous since I heard it was going to be released. After forgetting about it for awhile, I was pleasantly surprised to find it on Storytel. This was such a cute contemporary and it kept a smile on my face. I’m glad I decided to listen to this story.

The Court of Miracles – Kester Grant

Unfortunately this one really disappointed me and that makes me so sad. I was really looking forward to this book and it’s so pretty! The Court of Miracles has a really interesting concept and it grabbed me at the beginning, but after some time jumps and other confusing aspects in the story it lost me again.

Giant Days Vol. 6 – John Allison

I’m slowly enjoying all of the volumes of Giant Days. I enjoyed this one as well. These characters are a lot of fun and I love reading their stories.

Wild Highway & Quarter Miles – Devney Perry

Devney Perry has quickly become one of my favorites. Her Runaway series is emotional, but also a lot of fun. All of our main characters know each other because of a car. I love how their history plays such a big part of these books and them finding their own happily ever after.

Mayhem – Estelle Laure

A mash up inspired by The Craft and The Lost Boys. I really enjoyed this story and it was definitely not like anything I had read before. Estelle Laure is definitely an author I’ll be keeping an eye out on to see what she writes next.

Shot on Goal – Kayla Tirrell

Shot on Goal was a novella written for the Love Under Lockdown anthology and was really cute. I loved this mute cute written in the Love in the Arena world. Even though I wish it was longer, I enjoyed every minute of these characters.

The Queen – Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Queen is a novella I’ve been waiting for since I read The King. I enjoyed how everything ended for our characters, but I do wish we had a bit more action in this story. Everything went kind of easy in my opinion. I still loved the novella though and I liked where all of the characters ended up.

Confessions of a Bookaholic – Joslyn Westbrook

Unfortunately this was a big disappointment for me! It sounded so good, but it just didn’t work for me. There were some fun moments, but it just didn’t meet my expectations. And I still don’t like that cover at all!

The Diviners – Libba Bray

The Diviners was such a pleasant surprise!! Isabelle and I wanted to read it for awhile, so finally got around to doing a buddy read. I loved how creepy this story was and just the time it was set in. I’m so glad I picked it up and can’t wait to read the second book!

The Ship of Shadows – Maria Kuzniar

The Ship of Shadows has become a favorite MG book of mine. I really enjoyed this story and plan on buying the physical book soon. The adventure our main character goes on is really interesting and fun!

 

Isabelle

I’m slowly getting back to reading some more and I’m happy to say I read mostly books I owned instead of audio or ebooks this month. This month I’ve read 7 books with an average star rating of almost 4,5 stars. I think you can call this a pretty good reading month!

Witch Hat Atelier 4 – Kamome Shirahama

I loved being back in this world! Luckily there are still more volumes coming out and I already own the next one. These characters are wonderful and the story is a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this manga to anyone who loves witchy stories.

The Martian – Andy Weir

Im so glad I finally read this book! While I only bought it in October, I had been planning on reading it for years haha. And now I can finally watch the movie ;). The book was super funny and I was once again reminded I need to read more science fiction.

Love, Creekwood – Becky Albertalli

This was a novella within the Simonverse. I really liked the books, the movie and now the tv show so I was excited to listen to this audiobook. It’s all told through emails which makes fr an interesting concept. Unfortunately not much happened and I did not like the way we left the story. Still a cute and enjoyable read!

My Calamity Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

I LOVED the first two books in the series so obviously I preordered this one awhile ago. Hopefully you already read my buddyreview with Candyce for this one. I would highly recommend this series to basically everyone! It’s all historical fiction stories with a fantasy twist and who doesn’t love that?!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson

As you might have seen, this month I bought the sequel to this book. I figured that also meant I should really go ahead and finally read this one. This is exactly my kind of book and I had a lot of fun trying to figure everything out alongside our MC. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

The Diviners – Libba Bray

I’ve bought this book about 3,5 years ago and I can finally cross it off my list haha. This series gets pretty high praise and I was sure I would love it but I just couldn’t find the time. Candyce and I decided to do a buddyread for it and we plan on reading the rest of the series as well. You can expect our review soon!

Slay – Brittney Morris

This is actually our current buddyread, but since I loved the book so much I just couldn’t put it down, I went ahead and finished up earlier. I really loved this book a lot and it will probably make it onto one of my favorites lists of the year! You can also expect a review for this one soon!

So that’s what we read in July! If you’ve read any of the books we had the chance to read, let us know in the comments. Also, if you read any amazing books in July you think we need to check out, we’d love to hear from you!

3 thoughts on “Wrap Up| July 2020

  1. Wow! 23 books is bloody amazing!
    I’m desperate to read Love Creekwood, I miss Simon and blue so much and I can’t wait to spend some more time with those characters again

  2. Candyce, Wow, so many good books this month! You’re also totally killing your Goodreads challenge, and that’s amazing! I love Jumbies this month, too. Are you planning on continuing with the series? I think I really need to, after enjoying the first book so much. xD

    I still need to read Carry On, but I’m glad to see you enjoy it so much! Can’t wait to pick it up myself. Same for the Jane series. I’ve heard wonderful things about it, and I really want to pick it up!

    Isabelle, yeees, I’m so glad you’re reading Witch Hat Atelier. I absolutely LOVE that so far. it just keeps getting better and better, and some of the illustrations are just absolutely breathtaking. I’m glad to hear you liked A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, too! That one’s on my TBR, and I absolutely love the title of it.

    Hope August continues to be great for both of you!
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  3. 23 books Candyce? THATS SOOOO AMAZINGG!! And all those pics are soo pretty as well!! I LOOOOVEEE THEM SO MUCH! 😍😍😍

    Awww! I am so sorry The Court of Miracles was a disappointment! And more so because the cover is actually quite nice! STILL!! YOU HAVE HAD SUCH AN AMAZING READING MONTH AND I AM SOOO HAPPY FOR YOUU!! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‡πŸ¦‹

    And Isabelle!!! I am soo glad you enjoyed The Martian! I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO READ IT FOR AUITE SOME TIME NOW. Hopefully I’ll get round to it soon! πŸ˜πŸ˜‡

    AWESOME WRAP UP! You guys ROCK! πŸ¦‹πŸ˜‡πŸŒ»

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