July Book Wrap Up (The Month of Many Stars)

Book covers of July reads

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

4 out of 5 Stars

Six of Crows

This was my first book by Leigh Bardugo, and I really enjoyed it. All of the characters were unique and balanced in terms of skills and personalities. I would say this is in the upper end of YA. I could tell that Bardugo had a clear grasp on the world and what she wanted to achieve. If a magical, tactical heist fantasy sounds intriguing—check this one out for sure.

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

2 out of 5 Stars

Ninth House

(TW: R) I listened to this one on audiobook, which might have been a mistake. Where Six of Crows was fully grounded in its universe, this hidden society of magic doers felt flimsy and all over the place. I also did NOT know about the rape scene, and it was hard to move past it afterwards.

When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead

5 out of 5 Stars

When You Reach Me

Picking from my bookshelf with my heart, I finally read this Middle Grade book that I’ve had since elementary school. I never even knew it was a soft science fiction story. And honestly, this book is a witty, little gem. If you’re a fan of strong family ties and a solid, slow burn, definitely check this one out.

Dreadnought – April Daniels

4 out of 5 Stars

Dreadnought

This book is about a teenage trans woman who happens to stumble into getting superhero powers. I really enjoyed learning a lot from this book and also LOVE super hero stories. I do have to say that were was a lot of derogatory language towards herself, including the r word. So just be aware of that if you choose to pick this up.

Zoo – James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

2 out of 5 Stars

Zoo

Animals turn on humans and start killing everyone. As a vegan and animal activist, I was interested to see where this book would go. But it was ultimately a let down. It didn’t speak on anything except that humans refuse to work together during a global pandemic. And well, I already knew that from my daily experience right now.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

5 out of 5 Stars

The Handmaid’s Tale

(TW: SA, R) This book somehow finds a way to be darkly humorous and viciously unforgiving of the past. I loved the realistic dystopia, but it was almost TOO real, if you get me. Even so, I loved Atwood’s writing, and I’d love to read more of her work (and also watch the show!).

The Promise, Avatar the Last Airbender

4 out of 5 Stars

The Promise

After Avatar the Last Airbender came back on Netflix, I immediately rewatched it. Even though I have it on DVD. Anyways, I’ve never read the graphic novels, and I thought it was time. This one was good but had one major flaw. Just one word: Sweetie.

White Is For Witching – Helen Oyeyemi

4 out of 5 Stars

White Is For Witching

(TW: ED) This was a recommended book by another bookstagrammer. It was like a gothic horror meets modern haunted house. The writing was stream of consciousness and had very original analogies. I will be reading more of Oyeyemi’s work for sure.

A Brief History of the Future – Jacques Attali

2 out of 5 Stars

A Brief History of the Future

This was also recommended to me because of our current political climate. It’s technically considered a nonfiction, because half of the book (with racist biases) is a summary the entire history of the world. The last third is dedicated to predicting the future. While some of the events seem reasonable, I just couldn’t bring myself to truly trusting or liking this book.

One Comment on “July Book Wrap Up (The Month of Many Stars)

  1. OMG yes, Aang and Katara say “sweetie” so much! I love the comics, and I have to remember they’re kids, but it’s lots of “Oogies” from me lol

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