Saturday, 3 August 2013

July wrap up post

It's the end of July already! Some cool stuff happened in July, not least of which was Andy Murray winning Wimbledon! That was pretty awesome.

So, this month I read:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The City's Son by Tom Pollock
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones
Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

Books acquired in July:

(reading this now)
(love mythology based books)

(not pictured)
(was so excited to see this in the Kindle Sumer Sale!)
(very excited about it)

This month I signed up to the library here. I was absolutely amazed when I looked round the books! My library at home is a small town library with clearly very little funding and we rarely had lots of new releases in. I was always envious when I saw other bloggers get so new releases from their libraries. But the library here! OMG! It had *everything* okay, not everything, but tonnes of books and loads and loads of new releases. The teen section was 3 times the size of the one in my home town! I think I will be visiting a lot.

So this time I got:
The Explorer by James Smythe  
(not my usual read but it caught my eye)
The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
(I wanted to read this for ages and I love the cover)
The Savages by Matt Whyman
(seen some good reviews and it sounds intriguingly bizarre)

Favourite book in July:

I read some pretty epic books in July, but Fearsome Dreamer was, hands down, my favourite. I wont be reviewing it quite yet, but here's a little description to whet your appetite. Guys, you want to be adding this amazing book to your TBR lists:

If you mixed Pride & Prejudice with The Black Magician Trilogy, threw in some sci-fi, a bit of alternative history, and gave the whole thing a seductive, almost surreal quality, you wouldn't have a book *quite* as good as Fearsome Dreamer, but you'd be close.

Thoughts on the month:

Reading 6 books is not great. I did actually do some reading for work which, if added, would bring my total to 8 which is a bit more acceptable. I'm aiming to do slightly better in August. That being said, I did read some amazing books in July and some (The Graveyard Book and Maggot Moon) that have been sat on my Kindle for a while, so I'm pleased about that.  I'm pleased that I didn't acquire too many books, though I did get some through work that I haven't mentioned.

How did everyone else do in July?


  1. Yay for library books! I work at my local library, and I'm always seeing the new ones as they come in. I have waaaaaay too many books loaned out at the moment- I don't know what I'd do without the library!
    I really need to read Cruel Summer and Maggot Moon at some point as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog :D

  2. So glad to see Fearsome Dreamer worked for you! I'm expecting a copy, so I should be reading it soon. I love the sound of it. :) I need to give Maggott Moon a try one day too as I've heard nothing but good things.

  3. I'm so excited to read The Bone Dragon! That Kindle Summer Sale is a dangerous thing...

  4. Firstly, you were right! Cruel Summer is amazing! I might have read it all in one go yesterday...

    Very jealous of The Elites! That one sounds incredible. You're new library sounds amazing, we've got a rubbish little one too and I've always wanted one close with loads of YA. I hope you get lots of gems from there in the future!

  5. I haven't heard of a lot of the ones you mentioned o.O but am looking forward to reading your thoughts on the Ash Mistry series. I loved Sarwat Chadda's other books, and he was generally a fantastic author to interact with (supportive of my blog even in its infancy). YAY for your library being so awesome--I'm one of the sad chaps who needs to take advantage of the library more often. And I hope your reads continue to work out, especially those like Fearsome Dreamer (love that cover!). (And and pfft no shame in only 6 books. Once I read 4? in a month o.O.).

    Do you read the Chicagoland Vampires series? New book coming out so soon! Meep!!

  6. I haven't heard much about Fearsome Dreamer, but it sounds pretty good! And I have a copy of The Bone Dragon which I have yet to read...should probably start that soon :P.


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