July Wrap Up

I’ve had a pretty great reading month in terms of quantity, the quality of the books were a little average though. There was a lot that I thought I would love that were just kind of ok. I participated in two readathons this month which went really well and I read a lot of books that have been on my radar now for a while so I am definitely satisfied with that!

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The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker⭐️3/5 stars

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski⭐️3/5 stars

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand⭐️4/5 stars

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer⭐️4/5 stars

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai⭐️4/5 stars

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert⭐️5/5 stars

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides⭐️4/5 stars

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa⭐️4/5 stars

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo⭐️4/5 stars

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller⭐️5/5 stars

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed⭐️4/5 stars

The Night Country by Melissa Albert⭐️3/5 stars

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo⭐️3/5 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn⭐️3/5 stars

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan⭐️2/5 stars

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan ⭐️5/5 stars

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Reading Rush Wrap Up

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I accomplished all the goals I set for myself and completed some great books along the way! All of my ratings for the books will be in my monthly wrap up!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

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Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

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I ended up completing all of the reading challenges plus I collected a few of the extra badges along the way!

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Clap When You Land Review

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Clap When You Land is about two sisters who didn’t know each other existed. Their father was leading a double life and would live throughout the year with one of his daughters in New York and then in the summer would go back to the Dominican Republic to be with his other daughter, until he tragically dies in a plane crash.

The tone of the book and the format was spectacular. Having the story told in verse I felt made the story that much more personal and poignant. It really connected me to the characters and made me so much more invested in them individually.

We see both Camino and Yahaira simultaneously having to deal with their father’s death and working through their grief. I loved the contrasts between the two sisters and learning how different both their lives have been even though they both have the same father. How he influenced them both separately yet they still have similar memories about his mannerisms and his overall presence.

Camino felt a little more passive and naïve to me. She is hopeful when she finds out about her sister and wasn’t as betrayed be her father than what Yahaira was. Her relationship with her Tia was wonderful to read and I just loved the fact that she chose to stay with Camino to raise her after her sister died even though she knew what her brother in law was doing in New York.

Yahaira had a bit more of that New Yorker attitude I felt. She really had to step up when her mother couldn’t cope with her grief and make sure that they weren’t being taken advantage of by their extended family. I think he anger with her father and her sister was natural but the fact that she overcame that and replied to Camino really showed her true character.

The overall theme of grief and sisterhood really impacted me and at times made me tear up a little. The scene in the rain where Yahaira, her mother and Tia went and saved Camino from El Cero was very powerful.

Overall this was a pretty fast read for me even though the pacing was a little stalled at times. I would of liked to get more time with the sisters actually together and getting to know each other a bit more as opposed to having the majority of the story with them separated.

⭐️4/5 stars Highly enjoyed, highly recommend!

Reading Rush 2020 TBR

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The 2020 round of The Reading Rush will be starting next week from Monday 20th – Sunday 26th July. I participated for the first time last year and really enjoyed this readathon, I found it to be an incredibly fun and inclusive with a great community vibe. To watch the announcement video and hear all the challenges click HERE. I am going to try my best to complete the seven books, but I know there are a couple of books on my TBR that can actually fit multiple prompts so I may end up doubling up on a few… we’ll see how I go!

The Prompts and my TBR for the Reading Rush is:

Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone

My birth stone is Amethyst: Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

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Read a book that starts with the word ‘The’

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

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Read a book that inspired a move you’ve already seen

Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn

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Read the first book you touch

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

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Read a book completely outside of your house

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Read a book that takes place on a different continent that where you live

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

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Anticipated Book Releases 2020

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020. I have a couple of sequels and continuations of series, a few first books of new series from authors I love and a couple of books that I am intrigued about and have been a little bit hyped already before their releases.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Expected publication Jan 7th

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert (Expected publication Jan 7th) 

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Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (Expected publication Jan 7th) 

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Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (Expected publication Jan 14th) 

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The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Expected publication Jan 21st) 

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Crescent City by Sarah J Maas (Expected publication Mar 3rd) 

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (Expected publication Mar 3rd) 

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The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (Expected publication Apr 30th) 

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Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (Expected publication May 5th) 

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Expected publication May 5th) 

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