July Reads 2019

With the end of July comes the completion of my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2019….yay!!! I am so excited to have read over 50 books so far this year and I’m looking forward to reading so many more.

July saw me read 10 books – 6 physical ‘hold in my hand’ books, 2 books on my Kindle app and 2 audiobooks:

Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner – 3/5 – I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. I think the hype surrounding it had me expecting more though.

The Cactus – Sarah Haywood – 5/5 – A quirky read; funny, somewhat romantic and full of family drama. There was an element of predicatability but that didn’t distract from my enjoyment of the story. Highly recommend.

Allegra in Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel – 4/5 – A brilliant debut novel. Beautifully written, heartwarming and thought provoking.

The Book Ninja by Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus – 3.5/5 – Written by the same authors as While You Were Reading and full of bookish stuff, The Book Ninja was a good read but not a great one. It just didn’t live up to the hype for me.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman – 5/5 – Gloriously cute with so many LOL moments. I absolutely loved it! Full review here.

Boy Swallows Universe – 5/5 – A captivating and beautifully written coming of age story of two brothers living in poverty, surrounded by violence and crime, told with humour and heart. Highly recommend!

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez – 2/5 – Disappointing, not at all what I was expecting from the blurb. As such it was almost my first DNF this year….thankfully it was only 212 pages long because it was such a complete struggle to get through.

Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 3/5 – A quick and easy read; a little repetitve going between the two timelines but the concept was good. Not one of TJR’s best but still completely readable.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – 4/5 – On my tbr since I read Little Fires Everywhere, this contemporary story of family dynamics, loss and grief was really interesting. Unfortunately just like with Little Fires Everywhere I didn’t find any real closure in the ending.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – 5/5 – Wow!! Not my usual genre, but after reading this one I’m not sure why…I absolutely loved all of the twists and turns. An absolute page turner. Highly recommend.

Want to share your thoughts and feelings about any of these books or anything else you are reading? I would love to hear from you.

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