What I Read in July ‘19 :D (and my Reading Rush wrap up!!)

Hey! So, I didn’t do as good this month as I wanted to do. But…I still did okay? Maybe? I read eleven books for the month, and then I read seven during The Reading Rush so, in total, I read eighteen books this month. Yeah, not my personal best, but it’s still also not my personal worst. I started a nineteenth book, but I didn’t end up finishing it until August.

Anyway, sadness about not doing as well as I wanted over, here is everything I read over the month of July:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gailman

I really, really enjoyed this one. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t because I’ve heard so many mixed things about it, but I’ve enjoyed everything written by Neil Gailman so far. I loved how you could never really tell if this was a real event or if it was just the way he remembered his childhood to be. I really love books like that. I gave this a 4/5.

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill
Emma Smith-Barton

I received this from NetGalley in return for a fair review, and I have to say I genuinely really enjoyed this one as well. It’s about psychosis (including hallucinations, panic attacks, depression and anxiety). You can read my full thoughts about this in my review here. I gave this a 4/5, as well.

A Nearly Normal Family
M.T. Edvardsson

I also got this from Netgalley and I really liked this one, as well. For some parts of the book, it was more of a three star, but definately as the book went on it earned the four star. It’s about this family that appears normal and happy on the outside until their daughter is on suspicion of murder. It covers a lot of important topics such as power dominance, rape culture, rape, sexual assault and domestic assault. It can be quite difficult to read at times, and has a couple of grapic rape scenes, so please be aware of that if you want to read this one.

The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick

I’ve read something by him before and after reading Goodreads reviews I’m starting to think that I’m not being stupid and his books just aren’t meant to make sense. This follows four different people in four different short stories that you can read in any order where the spiral appears in all of them, but it appears to have the same negative meaning for everyone. I enjoyed it, but I like having answers to things and you really don’t get any obvious ones here.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

I read this one on audiobook and it’s actually the first book I’ve read by audiobook and actually completed, so maybe that says something on its own. I thought it was beautiful and I really enjoyed the story, but it was pretty dark and because it was an audiobook I had difficulty paying attention so I might get around to reading this visually at some point to see if I have a different opinion.

Please Send Help
Gaby Dunn

Again, another one from NetGalley. I also really liked this one. It’s about a friendship between two girls who converse entirely through text messages and emails. I loved it, because it showed how two opposites can have such a strong relationship so far away from each other and it was so honest. They argued, which I don’t see often in young adult books. Their love for each other was adorable. This is actually the second book in a series, but you don’t need to read the first one to be able to understand the events of this one although the background information on some of the things mentioned will probably be useful so I’ll get around to reading the first one at some point.

Heartless
Marissa Meyer

This was SUCH a dissapointment and I’m so sad! I was really looking foward to this one. It looked so good, but it took me three days to read and if you know me then you’ll know that’s a really long time for me to read a 450 page book. I just didn’t care for the romance although I enjoyed the last fifty pages so if there’s a second book I might read it if it’s similar to that last part. Otherwise, it wasn’t my cup of tea and I’m super upset about that.

Whistle in the Dark
Emma Healey

This was…yikes. Like, really yikes. It pulled the “everyone is a little bit autistic” that I hate so much, which I will eventually write a blog post on why I hate it so much, and it called someone with a skin condition disgusting with nobody actually saying it’s wrong. So. It’s a no from me.

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story
Christie Watson

This is a non-fiction story from Christie who was a nurse for twenty years. It talks about how she became a nurse, and then in each chapter it covers a different segment on what being a nurse is about. It was extremely difficult to read at times, not because of her writing but because of the subject, but I would still reccomend it.

Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet
Douglas Adams and James Goss

I…can’t say I was too keen on this one? I can’t give exact reasons why, but I know it took ages to read and it doesn’t usually take me that long to get through a book. I think that I probably read it at the wrong time, it wasn’t really something that I was in the mood for, probably?

Normal People
Sally Rooney

This is by far one of my favourite books maybe…ever? I’m so glad I picked this one up because of booktube, I ended up loving so many quotes from it that I pratically highlighted the entire book orange so OOPS. Seriously, though, it was really good and I 100% reccomend you pick it up.

Reading Rush Wrap Up can be accessed from this link!

So, that’s everything I read in July! For August, I’m going to be doing the Cramathon over the weekend and then I’m also doing ARC August/the Netgalley Readathon so hopefully I’ll make quite the dent in my TBR. Fingers crossed!

Until next time,

A.W

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