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July Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews 2019

This month was busy! but I compensated with a lot of reading and escapism too

I managed quite a few this month and I smashed the final round of the Biannual Bibliothon! 10 books in total this month. One being a picture book and one a graphic novel, and one is a book I finally finished and I’m more happy that I finish the book than about my feeling towards it 🤷‍♀️ 4 books were from my July TBR which isn’t too bad . I only missed out on Gutten (less than 100 pages left tho! Whoop!) and If I Was Your Girl which went back to the library.


But first,

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

Rules: For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month. I can move the points between the months and if I don’t use them in one month transfer them to the next month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Before we delve into the book I read this month let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month: 
    1. Gumiho (Wicked Fox) by Kat Cho
    2. Heartforger by Rin Chupeco
    3. The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco

Available credit from last month; 1

Total credit transferred to next month; 0

  • Only request two ARC’s: 
    1. To Be Taught, I Fortunate by Becky Chambers
    2. The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child
    3. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
    4. Angel Mage by Garth Nix
    5. Dragon Republic by R F Kuang

Available credits from last month; 1

Total credit transferred to next month; – 2

ops….

first time this year that I have gone over. But those titles were unmissable!


Now let’s get back to the books I’ve read and have a deeper look a look at them.


Sapiens; Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

E-book – Library

The Story:

A non fiction account of the history of humankind and how we came to rule the planet with a speculative ending for where we are heading.

My Opinion:

I FINISHED!!! Only took 6 months… I was burrowing this from the library and I kept having to return it and put it on hold again. It was frustrating but I’m immensely glad that I finished!

For the book it was an interesting story and contained a lot of information I didn’t know.


Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S. A. Chakraborty

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

Returning to Daevabad and Nahri and her struggles, this sequel starts right off the first book before making a slight jump 5 years down the line. Nahri is married but after 5 years of marriage it’s straining. Ali is kicked out, but after 5 years has found a way of life that suits him. Dara is … well … never mind. As things starts to shift and come out of control so does the people in Daevabad and the people trying to hold on to that control.

My Opinion:

I enjoyed this read. It was fun and fast paced and the setting is again stunning. I don’t think I was fully in the mood when I read it, but I did enjoy it. I did a full review here.


The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

Satoru is the owner of a cat he no longer can care for and he tries to makes his old friends care for Nana. But the cat knows better and finds a way for the friends to not take him. They travel together around Japan finding his friends and exploring along the way.

My Opinion:

I loved this read! It was sweet and funny and sad but in a sweet way. I listen to this on audio and the cat’s narration really comes through in the voice. That proud “homan is my slave and I know what is best for you” attitude really comes through.


Heartstopper (volume 1) by Alice Oseman

Graphic Novel – Library

The Story:

A queer graphic novel about a gay boy who falls in love with a straight boy, who in turn might not be so straight after all…?

My Opinion:

AAAh! This was so cute!! I need volume 2 asap! I have already requested it in the library and it’s on its way 🙂 YAY!


Storm of Locusts (Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse

Physical book – Owned

The Story:

Maggie tries to come to terms with what happened at Black Mesa and some people not talking to her because of Black Mesa. When a monster hunting job appears, she hesitates but takes it. Religion and powers never went hand in hand until a Locust brought them together. Maggie gets her böker and throwing knives, assembles she group of female avengers and off they go to save the men.

My Opinion:

I loved this! Once again Rebecca Roanhorse doesn’t fail, and Maggie lives up to my expectations 😁 I did a full review here.


A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey

Physical book – library

The Story:

Imagine a world were your soul can travel from one you to another you in a parallel universe and take over that you. Then imagine someone did something bad and skips into a different dimension. Perfect crime?

My Opinion:

I expected more from this book to be honest. I didn’t expect the romance bit for some reason, but that ended up being my favourite part of the book.


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

E-book – Owned

The Story:

A post-apocalyptic world where children either die or get special powers and their parents are very afraid of them. The children who survive and get extra powers end up in camps where they learn to be nothing and work and look down. After 6 years in camp, Ruby gets rescued by a group who knows what she is. She is the last one of her kind. She has been good for those 6 years and cept her head down. More scared of herself than others, she stays in control of it all apart for those minor slips which causes her world to turn. As a free person, Ruby just wants to get away from people to keep them safe. But when she gets friends its not that easy.

My Opinion:

What an ending! That was amazing! I want to watch the movie now. And to read the next book. I migth do the next book on audio.


The Secret Barrister by The Secret Barrister

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

A non-fiction view of the justice system in the UK. How it works, how its abused, and how its twisted to accommodate the law, not justice.

My Opinion:

This is a scary book but at the same time sad and very interesting. I really hope I never have to go to the criminal court as I’m not sure what would happend no matter if I was innocent or not.


David Mogo: Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbawa

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

A futuristic book set in Lagos, Nigeria. The gods have fallen down to Earth and is taking over Lagos. For David that means work. A demi-god hunting his own might not be the best but he is the only one in the business. Then he gets hired to kidnapp two gods, he’s world changes to the extreme; action, gods, magic and spells. It has it all.

My Opinion:

I enjoyed this book. I felt it could have been more. It could have been three separate books with more action and more details, but it also works as one book. I did a full review to come!


Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Physical book – Owned

The Story:

This is the story of Julián and how he encounter mermaids on the bus one day. When he gets home he desides to dress up like one becasue Julián wants to be a mermaid. He dresses up in Nana’s curtain, and with Nana’s fern leaves. Mermaid ready! Then Nana comes out of the bath and sees him…

My Opinion:

I won’t spoil the sweetest ending ever so you will have to pick this book up 😁 This book does not have a lot of text and will take you about 5 minutes to read. I read it in the bookstore while prusing and ended up loving it so much I bought it. Totally worth it!

Highly recommeded childrens book for everyone! It’s warm and cute and loving and welcoming to everyone 😁🥰


Have you read any of these? What was your favourite read this month?

Until next time; happy reading!

6 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews 2019

  1. That was a great wrap-up! ♥ I really want to read The City of Brass soon, I keep hearing incredible things about it and I’m sure I’ll love it. And I’ve seen Heartstopper a lot, and I’m considering reading it as well 🙂 I hope you have a great August!

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