Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: July 2019

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I would like to file a complaint. How is it already August? It’s completely baffling to me and I’d love to know when I time traveled because this is ridiculous.

The month of July was kind of crazy, as I feel like it always is. What is it about summer months and me going to tons of events and doing fun stuff? I swear I usually sit at home and read books — I’m not a particularly social person. Regardless, I had a ton of fun this month — especially at YALC!


Books I read

The Calculating Stars by Marie Robinette Kowal

Age of Assassins by RJ Barker (review)

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang 

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley Doyle

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

It doesn’t feel like it has been my strongest month for reading, but I still managed to read seven books this month! The range of ratings for this month’s reading is pretty extreme, going from 1 star to 5 stars! My favourites of the month were The Dragon Republic (of course), All the Bad Apples, and To Be Taught, If Fortunate. My least favourite book was The Calculating Stars, a book I found absolutely infuriating (a very unpopular opinion).

I’m very behind on reviews, but you should be able to see reviews for all of these books soon.  Keep an eye out!


Books I bought

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Sorcery of Thorns By Margaret Rogerson

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

The number of books I bought outside of YALC is pretty reasonable this month! If you pretend I never went to YALC, then it looks like I’m doing great for books this month, especially since I’ve already read one of the four books I bought!


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To be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund

The Black Hawks by David Wragg

Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan

Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson

What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle

I had initially thought that book post was slowing down, but no! I received some amazing book post this month, including one of my most anticipated books of the year (Becky Chambers, of course)! These are all going straight onto the TBR pile, and I’m hoping to get them all read soon.


YALC book haul


Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

A Throne of Swans by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr

Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd

Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez

A Little Hatred By Joe Abercrombie

American Royals by Katherine McGee

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods by Emily Barr

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

 A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Godsgave by Jay Kristoff

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

All Fall Down by Sally Nichols

Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu

Heartstream by Tom Pollock

The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr

Darkspell by Katherine Kerr

Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Fawkes bu Nadine Brandes

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

We Set the Dark on Fire Tehlor Mejia

An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley

Heeeey, YALC! I go overboard every year with book buying at YALC, but honestly this year wasn’t too bad. About 14 of these books were free and I picked up a couple I have already read. I did a reading vlog on my YouTube channel about YALC and have a YALC-specific haul video planned. You can see more there!


Wow. This month really has been crazy! I hope you all had a fantastic month and that I can be back here with you a little more frequently. August even more full of fun events including a talk from George R. R. Martin and VoyagerCon!  Plus I’m going to go see Sasha Valour (!!) in London. AHH!



What did you read this month? Have you heard of these books? Are they in your TBR? Let me know!

6 thoughts on “Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: July 2019

  1. Nice haul! Warrior of the Wild is something I’m curious to read, I got the author’s next book, The Shadows Between Us, at SDCC and it sounds deviously amazing. One woman trying to keep the king alive because she wants him to marry her so that SHE can kill him and take the throne. Give me some calculating villainous plotters!

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  2. Ahh that’s an awesome haul! I can’t wait to dive into To Be Taught If Fortunate (seriously, Becky comes up with the BEST titles). And I’m glad to hear you liked All the Bad Apples! I signed up for its blog tour because the premise just sounds so interesting, but I haven’t seen any reviews for it yet and I’ve been wondering what the general opinion is on it.

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  3. It looks like you read tons of amazing books in July despite being so busy! Glad you had such an awesome time at the convention–that’s what I call a book haul! (One thing I love about YA books is that they’re so colorful! They really market to that bookstagram crowd and I kind of love it.)


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