I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things in regards to my reading. I had a really great reading month in July and I am really happy with what I chose to pick up! We have a mixture of new releases, romance, fantasy and a bit of historical fiction which was an interesting time for sure! I can’t wait to hopefully continue on with this bit of momentum I have and pick up some more good books!
In July I read:
Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – ⭐️4/5 stars
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – ⭐️5/5 stars
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss – ⭐️4/5 stars
Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo – ⭐️3/5 stars
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – ⭐️4/5 stars
Survive the Night by Riley Sager – ⭐️4/5 stars
Windwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Project by Courtney Summers – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – ⭐️3/5 stars
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books I read in one sitting. Since I’m a pretty quick reader its quite easy for me to finish a book in one sitting, especially if its under 300 pages, so for today these were the first 10 books that came to mind when I went back through my recent reads.
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer, Asian, adopted, and treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her. But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.
I honestly didn’t realise this was a Great Gatsby retelling. I have read Nghi Vo’s novella’s and when I seen she had a new full length novel I knew I had to read it without even researching anything about it. Unfortunately the plot of the Great Gatsby just doesn’t really interest me all that much. I can appreciate how beloved the book is and how much of a classic it has now become, but it just doesn’t do anything for me personally.
I liked Jordan’s character. She has this carelessness and frivolity about her that is engaging. She is very frank and at times callous with her words which was entertaining and refreshing in the midst of the plot and the very proper way people spoke to each other back in the 20’s. Even though she is very much apart of the upper echelon of the wealthy she does still at times feels different and ostracised because of her appearance and ethnicity which added that layer of depth and realness to the plot.
The twist with the magic and powers that Jordan has was interesting. At first I didn’t quite understand what was happening and whether or not what she could do was real or if she was hallucinating it or something. I would of appreciated if we could of learnt more about how these paper cut-outs work and what brings them to life and how it differs from what Khai is able to do. That whole plotline just somehow felt unfinished and I was left wanting to know more about it.
Nghi Vo’s prose is beautifully descriptive and lyrical. There is this fantastical element to her writing that mixes so well with a realistic setting. That alone really was able to carry me through this book and allow me to finish it in one sitting. Historical fiction isn’t my chosen genre at all and it kind of bores me but those added whimsical touches to the plot perked the story up for sure!
⭐️3/5 stars This was beautifully written, just didn’t dazzle me.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is my ten most recent books I have read and my thoughts on each book!
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – Underwhelming unfortunately
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – Just ok, will definitely be continuing on
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas – This was strange
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo – I was invested, definitely unlike anything I’ve read before
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – Poignant, relevant & impactful
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire – I really enjoyed this
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire – the series is slowly getting better as I read through
Well Played by Jen DeLuca – was an enjoyable, romantic, fun read
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – lived up to the hype
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – Just an ok one for me
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is animals from books. I have decided to just go back through all the books I’ve read from the last year and list the first 10 books that have an animal that is featured/mentioned in the plot that I can remember!
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Lightbringer by Claire Legrand
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Burn by Patrick Ness