July 2021 Wrap Up

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since my last monthly wrap up, but I’m trying to be better about posting on my blog.

I haven’t been reading as much books as I would like to be but I read a total of 11 books in July.


Shipped by Angie Hockman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve had this on my TBR for a while as I received it in a book box earlier this year. Even though I had the paperback, I decided to listen to it on audiobook so that I could get some work done at the same time. This was a cute and fun read that is marketed as hate-to-love, but really the hate part goes away very quickly.

You can purchase Shipped on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This book is so hyped that I was very excited to finally read it in order to watch the TV series. I also listened to this on audiobook with my partner Rob and unfortunately we both didn’t get on with it. It was more boring than I expected and its one of those books that doesn’t have a solid ending because its the first in a series.

You can purchase Shadow and Bone on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

Clueless in Croatia by Joy Skye

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this for a blog tour so you can read my full thoughts here. This book had its cute moments but it relied very heavily on the miscommunication trope which is one of my least favorite things of all time. The ending left me with many unanswered questions that I can only hope to figure out some day.

You can purchase Clueless in Croatia on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book that I read for a blog tour and you can find my full thoughts here. This was a cute but predictable YA contemporary romance story. It deals with toxic parent/child relationships, so it can be hard to read at times and the pacing was just a bit off for my liking. All in all though, it was an enjoyable read.

You can purchase The Right Side of Reckless on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I wanted to like this book so badly. It started off really well but I felt like it was trying way too hard. The changing timelines got old very quickly for me to the point where I was downright annoyed whenever we switched from past to present and vice versa. Also every character was a horrible person lol.

You can purchase The Guest List on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Best Man by A.S. Kelly

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was an audiobook tour that I participated in so you can read my full thoughts here. This was a character driven contemporary novel that I unfortunately didn’t feel any ties to. The beginning is completely bonkers while also being kind of hilarious, but the middle of the novel has almost no plot. This was my first audiobook tour and it was a fun experience.

You can purchase The Best Man on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book managed to be so boring but absolutely hilarious at the same time. The plot is SUPER predictable and I don’t even know if that was the point? It was basically 300 pages of me wishing the main character would figure out what literally everyone else had already figure out.

You can purchase The Extraordinaries on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

A Summer of Surprises by Rosie Green

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book that I read for a blog tour and you can find my full thoughts here. This book looks like its a romance but it’s really a cozy mystery. I found the romantic undertones very cute and this book was full of likable characters. It’s book 16 in a series, but I had no problem reading it as a standalone.

You can purchase A Summer of Surprises on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book/series is so incredibly hyped that I basically bought the entire series used before reading any of them. I’m so sad to discover that I didn’t care for Cinder at all. Almost nothing happens in the book and it’s incredibly predictable. It also doesn’t really have an ending because it’s setting up for the rest of the series.

You can purchase Cinder on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

Ink Knows no Borders edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ink Knows no Borders is an anthology of poems (some long, some short) about what it means to be an immigrant/refugee. There were some poems that I really really liked and some that I didn’t really care for. I never know how to rate poetry because its so subjective, so this one was hard to review.

You can purchase Ink Knows no Borders on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book that I wasn’t sure how to rate. It’s a very short read but again not much really happens. The plot is driven by mythology and culture in a way that worked pretty well for me. It’s definitely a book that could have a sequel but it might be more powerful as a standalone.

You can purchase The Whale Rider on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

And that’s it! How many books did you manage to read in July?


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2 thoughts on “July 2021 Wrap Up

  1. Great month, even if you wanted to get to more! So… I really disliked Shadow and Bone. I read the first two books and forced myself to get through them. I’m pretty sure I’m giving up on the third BUT my husband and I watched the show and we both really liked it!! It was soo much better than the book. 🙂

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