Hi everyone! It’s officially time for the seventh monthly wrap up of the year. This month has been a really weird one for me, I’ve had a lot going on at home so I’ve been spending a far bit of my time at home, working on my blog. I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time with my boyfriend, which has been lovely, in addition to getting ready for university. I’ve briefly mentioned this on Twitter but would people be interested in university content from me as well as my usual bookish content?
In terms of reading, I managed to read five books this month, which I think is the best reading month for me from the whole year! I’ve been blitzing through the contemporaries again for summer, and I’ve also discovered some new favourite reads of the year, which has been great. Now let’s get onto them!
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Thoughts: This was absolutely amazing – in fact, it’s up there with my top reads of the year! I know there’s been a lot of hype surrounding this one recently but let me tell you it is so worth it. The characters were really something else in this (I don’t think I’ve ever seen such developed side characters) and Shara and Chloe together own my heart. I also love how much queer positivity there was in this, which is so important – I’m so glad I could start it in June as part of celebrating Pride! Overall I would definitely recommend picking this one up.
Love And Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Thoughts: This was a really cute read! I loved the exploration of Italian history and culture, which I think was really well done, and the emphasis on family in this. I found Lina’s mum’s journal really fascinating and I was so invested in finding out what happened. I also enjoyed Lina and Ren’s friendship, which was really great. Despite that, I do have to say that the romance was a little cheesy for me in places and I didn’t understand some of Lina’s choices, but that’s to be expected in YA and I still definitely recommend!
Love And Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this! I found both Britt and Luke likeable characters and loved the connection they developed, and I thought the character development was great. Of course, the stand out of this book would have to be the exploration of the UK and its literary history, which was really interesting and enjoyable. I’d definitely recommend picking this one up!
Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter
Thoughts: This was another really amazing read – I loved this one so much! The romance in this was absolutely fantastic and the friendships were all really amazing too. I also really loved the rom-com movie quotes at the start of each chapter, which were a lovely touch, as well as Liz and Wes’ playlist. The character development and growth was also really well done, which is always a must for me. I’d definitely recommend picking this one up – it’s perfect for this summer!
Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach
Thoughts: Honestly… I didn’t love this as much as I thought I would, which sucks because I’ve been desperate to read it since it released in September. It took me so long to get into it and I came very close to DNFing, which is really rare for me! I didn’t agree with parts of the feminism Eliza was preaching (I don’t think judging other girls for wearing makeup is very feminist) and I just generally didn’t gel with her character. With that being said, there were some good discussions surrounding feminism and different races, and there was a really strong message in this, which was great to see! Len and Eliza also had their fair share of cute moments, but it was hard to fully support them due to Eliza’s actions – so overall this book was rather disappointing for me.
Have you read any of these? What books did you read during July? And would you be interested in some university content from me? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this post!