Coffee and … A Bookish July

The end of July has snuck up on me. Join me in a coffee whilst I reflect on this month’s reading?

The Coffee:

This week’s Steampunk coffee is one we’ve had before: their Brazilian Fazenda Macaubas Microlot, with tasting notes of pineapple, cacao and pecan. We’ve been drinking a lot of it iced recently and it’s the cacao which really comes out in the cold brew. Thoroughly enjoying this one.

The Books:

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July has been something of a rollercoaster. We have had some really shit things going on; I’m not ready to talk about it yet, but it has been exhausting and my anxiety has been through the roof. On the other hand, my brother in law got married this last weekend after having to delay their wedding last year due to covid. It was a wonderful day and I’m so happy to see them finally get their special day. I also got to visit my Nana for the first time since Covid hit last year; it’s the longest I’ve gone without seeing her in my whole life. I also got to visit the homeland’s ice cream parlour which is the very best of all the ice cream ever.

I chose my own TBR using my TBR jar again, and this month I aimed to tick some books off my challenges. I have one book unread and one half read. There’s a good chance I won’t get both finished by the end of the month, but I’ve enjoyed what I have read.

reading stats

Number of books read: 12 Pages Read: 4581

StoryGraph Stats: In July I mostly read YA contemporary. This is no surprise since it’s exactly what I set out to achieve. I read mostly fiction books between 300-499 pages long and almost exclusively medium paced.

The moods of the books I read this month were:

Books I Read:

The Rift by Rachel Lynch – Another brilliant book from Rachel Lynch. I loved getting to know Helen and the fast-paced, tense plot that kept me guessing until the end. Hoping there will be more from these characters. 

Forever Summer by Jenny Oliver – I had no idea this was part of a series but it could definitely be read on it’s own. I enjoyed Norah’s story. She has a lot going on navigating friendships, romance, and her dad being in prison. I’ll definitely be picking up others in the series.

Trans Like Me by C.N. Lester – A thought-provoking and informative read exploring transgender identities and the misunderstanding and discrimination trans people often face. 

The Infinity Files by S.M. Wilson – Thoroughly enjoyed this space adventure. I love the idea of the Library. Very curious to see what happens in book 2. 

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – I loved seeing Alec and Magnus raising a child and navigating their lives as a Shadowhunter and a Warlock with the responsibilities of being dads. Not my favourite in the series but I did enjoy it. 

What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D Perry and Oprah Winfrey – A really informative and interesting book about trauma and resilience. Written like a conversation between Oprah Winfrey and Dr Bruce D. Perry. 

This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson – Another brilliant book from Juno Dawson exploring all things LGBTQ+ for teens. Definitely a book I wish I’d read when I was younger. I found the section at the end for parents really useful too. 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I’ve had this book for ages and glad I finally read it. Lara Jean and her sister Kitty are adorable. I loved following her relationship with Peter and the tension with her older sister who has left home. Really enjoyed this one. 

Murder on the Safari Star by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman – Another brilliant train adventure. This one takes place on the Safari Star and sees Hal trying to solve a murder. Kept me guessing until the end. I absolutely love this series and can’t wait for the next one. 

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson – I absolutely loved this mystery / thriller about a girl trying to find out what’s happened to her best friend. I loved the way it went back and forth in time. The ending shocked and completely broke me. 

American Street by Ibi Zoboi – I always enjoy Ibi’s writing and this was no exception. I loved the magical realism aspects of this, and Fabiola’s determination throughout her separation from her mother. 

Internment by Samira Ahmed – Absolutely loved this. It hooked me in and I struggled to put it down. It felt worryingly like a near future, but I loved the characters and their story. 

challenge updates

Storygraph: 88/100. I’m now 31 books ahead of my challenge. I’m still not increasing it at the moment, but we will see how it goes.

Read Diversely Challenge: 12/20. I haven’t made much progress with this one, but I am almost finished with another book on this challenge and I have added one for next week, so I am ahead of where I need to be to complete this by the end of this year.

Diverse Reading Challenge: 20/38. I’ve made good progress on this one in the last month. I have added more that count towards this one to read next month too.

TBR: I ended June with 97 books on my TBR. I now have 93. I bought books this month and they were (mostly) allowed. I counted up that I had earned 5 books and this month I completed all the ARCs that I had so I splashed out. I then gained a few unsolicited proof copies, so overall I’ve only dropped 4 books this month but I am still lowering that number every month so it’s all good!

Unread Shelf: 11/24. I am behind on this challenge. I am half way through one for this challenge and I am adding a couple next year but I will have to tick off more if I’m going to get on track with this one.

Beat the Backlist: 34/52. This one is going well, I’m over half way which I am happy with at this stage.

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Next month releases I am looking forward to are:

The Way Back Almanac by Melinda Salisbury.

As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson

Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko

Take Me With You When You Go by David Levithan and Jennifer Niven

What books are you looking forward to in August? Any that should be on my list?

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