Wrap-Up // What I Read in July

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I haven’t actually gotten around to posting my wrap-ups for May and June but that’s mainly because I was in a pretty big reading slump for a couple of months. I barely read anything in both May and June (only 7 books total in 2 months). Thankfully, I was able to snap out of it in July and I ended up reading 21 books! And I found so many new favorites!

1. Beauty by Robin McKinley

☆☆☆☆½ – I borrowed this from my friend Kelsey because I was in the mood for some fantasy/fairy tale feels and Beauty did not disappoint.

2. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London [gifted]

☆☆☆☆☆ – A truly delightful and body positive rom-com that left me with the biggest smile on my face. You can find my full review here.

3. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager [gifted]

☆☆☆☆☆ – I ended up loving Home Before Dark so much that it put me in such a mood for spooky/creepy content because I had such a book hangover from it. I’ve never read a book that’s been able to creep me out as much as Home Before Dark did and I wish I could read it for the first time all over again. You can find my full review here.

4. To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman [gifted]

☆☆☆☆ – I’ve been a fan of Kate Bateman’s Bow Street Bachelors series since I read and loved This Earl of Mine last year. I didn’t love To Catch an Earl as much as the first book, but I still really enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series!

5. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

☆☆☆ – I read this to try and get over my book hangover from Home Before Dark but ultimately, it just fell short for me.

6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

☆☆☆☆ – I really enjoyed about 60% of this book and I think I would’ve loved it even more if it just weren’t so long. I lost steam at a certain point, put it down, and then picked it up and finished it over a month later. Still, I enjoyed a lot of it and I love Jamie and Claire so much.

7. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

☆☆☆☆☆ – I cannot recommend this book enough. Please read it.

8. The Takeover by T.L. Swan [gifted]

☆☆½ – I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Stopover, but I found The Takeover to be VERY cringe-worthy.

9. Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel [gifted]

☆☆☆ – Musical Chairs was a good, solid ensemble story that just wasn’t the right fit for me. You can find my full review here.

10. The Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid [gifted]

☆☆☆☆½ – I couldn’t put this down. The Truth Hurts was such a fun, twisty thriller! You can find my full review here.

11. She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway [gifted]

☆☆☆ – I really think I would’ve enjoyed this more had I not found the narrator to be so frustrating. You can find my full review here.

12. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon [gifted]

☆☆☆☆☆ – I LOVED The Boyfriend Project. Absolutely loved it. I’ll be posting my full review in the coming weeks but in the meantime, READ THIS BOOK!

13. The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

☆☆☆☆½ – I didn’t think I’d end up enjoying this one as much as I did. It’s pretty gruesome but it’s so well done that it made it worth it to read through those difficult scenes.

14. The Hunter by L.J. Shen

☆☆☆ – L.J. Shen is a super reliable author and favorite of mine for angsty, new adult stories. The Hunter isn’t my favorite of hers but it was still enjoyable.

15. Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump

☆☆☆☆ – This family. Oof.

16. They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman [gifted]

☆☆☆☆ – I really enjoyed this. It takes the prep school murder trope and then adds so much more. You can find my full review here.

17. Romeantically Challenged by Marina Adair [gifted]

☆☆☆ – I really wanted to like this book but it just lacked proper context. I felt dropped in to the story and it was disorienting. You can find my full review here.

18. Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

☆☆☆☆☆ – MY EMOTIONS. Ugh. Heated Rivalry was so good and was the M/M sports romance of my dreams.

19. The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson [gifted]

☆½ – This was rough. I had such high hopes but the writing was nonsensical and difficult to follow.

20. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

☆☆☆☆½ – The Broken Girls is creepy, compelling, and unexpected. I really enjoyed this and it was what I was looking for after Home Before Dark!

21. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria [gifted]

☆☆☆☆☆ – This might be my favorite rom-com I’ve read this year. I still have to write my review for this but it was SO good and I fell in love with Jasmine and Ashton. I cannot recommend this one enough!

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I can’t pick a single favorite from this month because I read so many new favorites and so many amazing books. If I had to pick some stand-out favorites, though, I’d have to go with Just Mercy, Home Before Dark, and You Had Me at Hola.

I received gifted copies of some of the books listed above from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted or influenced my opinions.
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