Another good month! My reading was not as prolific as last month, but I still got seven books in, leaving me eleven books ahead of my challenge. (I really think I should up the number from fifty since I’m already at thirty-nine, but I’m not sure what I should change it to. Any suggestions?)
Anyway, on to the haul!
- Wildman by J.C. Geiger
- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
- Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Geiman
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- Clariel by Garth Nix
- The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
I’ve started going back to my local library 1). because they updated their stock and 2). to show my support for local libraries in the current political climate. (Honestly, I needed to stop spending so much money on books anyway.)
Books Read, July:
Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss (4/5) — Don’t judge me for this. We all need a mindless romance novel sometimes. And this book was actually really well-written for a little kindle $0.99 book! Clear and concise and easy to follow. I really enjoyed Luke and Madison, and their chemistry was palpable. I enjoyed every second of this sappy romance, from the divorce in the beginning to the mountain scenes to the secondary characters like Susan and Jeremy and Indigo. A great read for bedtime!
Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn (5/5) — This is the third or fourth time (I can’t remember exactly) I’ve read this book, and it’s just as good this time around. The story of Des on his journey to become Bane and then Darth Bane is a tantalizing one, full of the secrecy, deceit, and betrayal common to followers of the dark side. It’s sort of like watching a car crash–you can’t look away even though you feel like you should, even though you feel like you shouldn’t be following such a horrible event.
This one has re-earned its place on my favorites shelf. Now, if only I could find the second and third book in my attic where I found this one.
Wildman by J.C. Geiger (5/5) — The story told in this books is not necessarily a new one, not on the surface. Boy meets girl, coming-of-age, daddy issues, dustings of manic pixie dream girl-ness, etc. Everything has already been said, and those aren’t the books strong points. Its strong points–strongest, even–are the writing, and the way the author outlines the human condition with his poetic prose. The characters are also the strongest point of this book. Mainly, strangely enough, the side characters. Lance burns bright, but people like James “Stone” DeWitt and Dakota and the painter-turned-mechanic (whose name escapes me now) burn brighter. I have known many Stones in my life. I have known Dakotas and people whose dreams went sideways and they ended up somewhere unexpected. I think that’s why I love this book so much.
You know when you finish a book, and the whole world seems to have shifted to the side but only you can tell? You finish a book, and suddenly your entire life is changed. That’s how I felt reading this. There were too many truths hidden within Geiger’s beautiful words, and I feel all the more shattered for having found them.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (4/5) — It’s been nearly a month since I read this book, and I’m still thinking about it. Riley Sager is a master at twisting narratives and making you think you know what’s going on when, in reality, you have no idea. That is why I loved Final Girls so much, and it’s also why I loved this book. Reality-bending at every turn, from the first page to the last, until you feel just as lost as poor Emma. The ending was even better! It caught me so off-guard when Sager resolved yet another mystery that I hadn’t even known about, leaving me reeling from the last couple pages. You want a good mystery? Read this book. Sager delivers.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Geiman (4/5) — I absolutely loved this book. It was hilarious, witty, and just all-around well done. Terry Pratchett and Neil Geiman are a force to be reckoned with. Angels and demons who get drunk together; a lost antichrist, found, who then doesn’t want to be the antichrist, because really, who wants to bring about the apocalypse?; a hellhound named Dog; a couple of rather unimaginative Satanists; and just loads of fun. I found myself laughing out loud more than once while reading this masterpiece.
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (5/5) — Yet another foray into the mind of Terry Pratchett, and the first of the Discworld series, The Color of Magic is a hilariously written story with everything I’ve come to expect from Terry Pratchett–wonderful British humor and outlandish situations, among which are a wizard who knows only one spell, a tourist from the counterweight continent made of gold, an ancient and terrible god who loves the number eight, some dragons that aren’t supposed to exist, Death incarnate, and much more. I can’t wait to really get into this series now.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (1/5) — My first low rating/DNF in a while, and I’m really sad about it. For all the body-positivity vibes this book gives off, it is anything but. I have never read a more hypocritical book in my life, and I was hoping it would get better, but at this point I just don’t care anymore. I hate Willowdean. She’s a selfish, mean, judgmental bitch, and she is constantly shaming the people around her for their body types–skinny or fat. This was such a difference from the book’s summary that I honestly wasn’t sure I was reading the right novel. Either way, I can’t bring myself to read anymore, and I’m so incredibly disappointed in the author.
I hate to leave off on a somewhat-bad note, but it looks like that’s it for the haul this month. I’m starting on the second Discworld novel now, which is sure to be much better and lift my spirits a bit.
See you all in August!