Coffee and… A Bookish July

It’s Wednesday, it’s nearly the end of July, so I’m sitting down with a coffee to reflect on another month of reading. Join me?

The Coffee:

This week’s coffee is the Ethiopian Derikocha, a natural filter coffee from Clifton Coffee Roasters with tasting notes of blueberry, vanilla, and kefir.

The Wrap Up:

July was another weird little month; nothing much happened but it feels like it flew by. Blogging and reading were not as consistent as I’d have liked; I’ve been exhausted and my eyes needed a new glasses prescription so I’ve had a lot of headaches. I’ve not been able to run much because of ongoing calf pain. BUT I have new glasses, a physio appointment and some leave coming up so I’m feeling a lot more optimistic about August.

July should also have been two family weddings and a trip to London with my faves for YALC, but obviously covid happened. My sister still got married and it was beautiful even if it wasn’t what they planned. There were some online panels over what would have been YALC weekend which I enjoyed, and a few publishers still put out samplers, so I’ll be able to do my annual sampler wrap up!

Other highlights included seeing my absolute fave after 130 long days and having a glorious catch up and a wander along the seaside. I’ve also been asked to help host my favourite readathon, Series Crackdown, in August. More on that soon!

Sarah chose me an amazing TBR for July, and I only deviated from it for one book that I got approved for on Netgalley and couldn’t wait to read. Reading has been slow this month though (because my eyes didn’t want to eye properly), so I have one full book and the last few chapters of another to read before the end of the month. Fingers crossed!

reading stats

Books Read: 8

Pages Read: 2591

Star Ratings:

Five Stars

  • Afterlove by Tanya Byrne: This book broke all of my feelings. I loved it so much. It’s clever, and dark, and beautiful. A new favourite and one I will be throwing at everyone I know.
  • Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang: An absolute knock-out dragon fantasy from Katie and Kevin. S and I loved this and can’t wait for book two.
  • Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief by Laura Ellen Anderson: I love this series. In this book, Amelia has to solve the mystery of everyone losing their memories. Brilliant storytelling and stunning illustrations.
  • The Birthday by Carol Wyer: Absolutely loved this. Brilliantly written and kept me on the edge until the last pages. I love the main character and am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
  • Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman: I loved the circus setting, the characters, the tension,…all of it. Akemi has written another brilliant book, and it’s a new favourite for me.
  • Dark Game by Rachel Lynch: Absolutely loved this. A brilliant thriller set in my favourite place. Can’t wait to read more in this series.

Four Stars

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: It took me a while to get into this book but then I was hooked. It is really dark and twisty. I loved the paranormal elements and am looking forward to seeing what’s next for Alex.
  • The Truth About Finding Jack by Ewa Jozefkowicz: Loved this mystery about a girl trying to find her lost brother. Lots of intrigue and kept me guessing until the last page.

challenge updates
Goodreads: 88/ 175. I am now 12 books behind schedule. At this rate I might not catch up on this year’s goal, but I’m not concerned. Next month is Series Crackdown and I always read a lot during those.

Conquering Mount Ted: I have 144 books on Mount Ted currently, although I have a few Netgalley requests in at the moment and some preorders on the way so I don’t know how long it will stay so low!

Steph’s Books: Ha. None of Steph’s books got read this month, but I did borrow another three from her so…

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The August books I am excited for and have on pre-order are:

  • Boy Queen by George Lester
  • Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman
  • Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
  • Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Space by Katie and Kevin Tsang
  • Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
  • Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

How was your month? Did you join any of the At Home YALC panels? What are you looking forward to in August?

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