Bookish Post – July Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads
: 1
Number of physical books: 5
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 4

5* reviews: 1
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 2

We’re over halfway through the year and the days seem to be speeding up but I still feel like every week at work is twice as long as it should be. Not sure how that works. I also don’t know how I’ve managed to read so many books this month. It felt like such a hard month to get motivated. I guess it helps that I’ve been reading shorter books.

THE WATER CURE BY SOPHIE MACKINTOSH

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Kicking off with a book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Did it turn out well? I guess you can tell from the star rating that it didn’t. I think it’s time that I just give up on feminist dystopian literature. It doesn’t seem to work out too well.

THE THIRTEEN PROBLEMS BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had to read at least one Agatha Christie this month, right? This is one that I’ve been meaning to go back to for some time. It’s probably my favourite Miss Marple book and it’s definitely the short story collection that I enjoy the most. A great choice for the month

URIEN’S VOYAGE BY ANDRÉ GIDE

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’d never even heard of this book until I realised that I needed to find quite a few U titles during this part of the year. June, July and August really are difficult to spell out. So, I found this one and it sounded interested. It also sounded quick. I did enjoy this but I probably need a reread to really get my head around how I feel about it.

BELINDA BLINKED LOCKDOWN 69 BY ROCKY FLINTSTONE

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a full fledged Belinka, I was delighted to see that Rocky had written a new book for the Pandemic. What I wasn’t at all shocked by was the fact that it had nothing to do with lockdown or Covid. That’s probably a good thing though. Instead, this is the same old weird Rocky style. Too much awful sex but so funny that you can forgive it.

BLACK WIDOW: DEADLY ORIGIN BY PAUL CORNELL

Rating: 2 out of 5.

After watching Black Widow I decided that it was worth revisiting Natasha’s comic book past. I started with this run of comics that came out just before the character arrived in the MCU. It’s not the best Black Widow comic you’ll ever read but it will, at least, give you an insight into her long history.

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS BY PATRICIA LOCKWOOD

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Since writing my review of this book, it has been announced that Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel has made it onto the Booker Prize longlist. Does it deserve it? Not in my opinion. Am I shocked? Not at all. The Booker Prize hasn’t been relevant for quite some time and is becoming more ludicrous as the years go by. Of course it picked this ridiculously hyped book.

YOU KNOW ME WELL BY NINA LACOUR & DAVID LEVITHAN

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

YA fiction isn’t really my jam. Romance isn’t really my jam either. So, YA Romance definitely isn’t my jam. Still, I needed a Y book and this one seemed like an easy read. Plus, it was a way to keep my LGBTQ+ reading going even after Pride ended. After all, we don’t just want to hear these stories in June. It’s not a book I’ll ever revisit but I can at least say that I finished it once.

JAZZ BY TONI MORRISON

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I needed a J book and Toni Morrison is always worth a read. I wasn’t sure that I’d get this finished in time but I made it with time to spare. It’s not necessarily up there with my favourite Morrison books but it’s worth a read. She’s a fantastic writer and gets to the heart of the issue. She has a real sense of community and humanity.

THOR VOL. 1 BY WALTER SIMONSON

TBD

I decided to end the month with a couple of other graphic novels. I have a feeling this will be common thing for the next few months. The rest of the year has some long months. That means I have to try and finish a lot of books. Something that is proving quite tricky at the moment. This is why I need quick reads.

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY VOL. 1 FEAR ITSELF BY KIERON GILLEN

TBD

I finished watching Loki the other week and had plenty of thoughts. Not all of them good. I’m basically disappointed by what they’ve done to the character since his first appearance. So, I decided to pick up this gem. I like Kieron Gillen’s work. I like the concept of Loki. Why not see what he did with the character?

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