I think July might just have been the quickest month of the year, as it flew by in the blink of an eye for me! Because of that, I only managed to finish three books during it, despite also starting two more, despite my aim to read so much this month, particularly with the Reading Rush taking place at the end of July as well. That said, I adored two of the three books I fully read, and am loving the two I am still in the middle of (even if one of them is a reread of one of my favourite books…), and so it wasn’t all bad in terms of my reading in July.
So here is my July Wrap Up!
I started off the month with one of my new favourite reads! I adored this book with its dark and debaucherous setting, and writing that perfectly set the atmosphere. The characters were so well written, with Enne and Levi two of my new favourite protagonists whose relationship I can not wait to see grow throughout the next books. The plot was so intriguing and was filled with so many twists and turns that I just constantly wanted to continue reading in order to figure out what happened next. It certainly won’t be long at all till I pick up King of Fools!
I actually started another book in between finishing Ace of Shades and picking this one, which was actually the first book I read for the Reading Rush, but as I knew that I wanted to read this one for that read-a-thon, I decided to put A Darker Shade of Magic down for the week. Unfortunately, I probably would have preferred to continue on with that, as I found this book pretty boring and just average in the end. I did enjoy the expansiveness of the world, but because of that often got confused both by the number of places and people we were introduced to over the course of this single book. I didn’t find the plot particularly interesting, and the ending was super anti-climatic after how long they had spend leading up to it. Overall, this just wasn’t a book for me.
This was my second, and unfortunately final book of the Reading Rush read-a-thon, as the end of the week just flew by way too quickly for me. Thankfully though, this was another book that I completely fell in love with as we follow Josie and Delia face tough decisions about both their futures, and the future of the TV show they host together. Both Josie and Delia were gorgeously written main characters, who I cared for and rooted for the entire time, and whose relationship was so fun yet supportive and caring. Jeff Zentner’s writing was once again beautiful, and I can not believe that I only discovered his books this year!
This month, I did attempt to participate in the Reading Rush read-a-thon that ran from the 22nd to the 28th July, but unfortunately I did not do nearly as well as I hoped to. I only managed to complete two books, The Boneless Mercies and Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, during the week, with these fitting into three of the challenges: Read a book with purple on the cover, Read a book with five or more words in the title and Read a book you meant to read last year. I wish I could have committed more time to this read-a-thon, but I am still glad I gave it a go, and hopefully I can give more read-a-thons and reading challenges a go in the future.
One of the first films I saw this month was Spiderman: Far From Home, the latest Marvel film to be released and the first one to be set after the events of Endgame, and I am so happy to say that I really enjoyed this second Spiderman film. It was fun and action-packed and just gave me everything I wanted from a Marvel film, especially given that end-credits scene!
Another release I was super excited about was Stranger Things Season Three which also came out at the start of July. Somehow I still have yet to finish it (so no spoilers!), but I am loving being back in Hawkins so far and seeing our gang together once again.
Finally, I also watched all of the five Pirates of the Caribbean movies this month for the first time, and its safe to say I am now a fan, particularly of the early ones!
What books did you read this month? Did you watch any good TV shows or movies? What are you reading plans for August? Have you read any of these – what did you think?