July seems to have been another long month but it has been a month where I have read quite a lot of books. Throughout July, I have read a total of 10 books, which is excellent for me.
So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post! I have some thoughts that I wanted to share on the books I read throughout July. Here is a bunch of mini reviews for the books I read in July.
You’re The One That I Want by Simon James Green
Freddie has a reputation as a ‘nice guy’ – inoffensive, sweet, kind – and therefore completely un-dateable.
As he starts sixth form, Freddie decides that this nice guy isn’t going to finish last any more. No more missing out on parties because he’s got to do his homework. No more saying no when he really wants to say yes. And most of all no more lusting after unobtainable straight boys who enjoy the attention but ultimately break his heart.
Freddie embarks on a series of changes designed to transform his social and romantic life, and suddenly he’s a drama darling, getting invited to all the popular kids’ parties, and hot new boy Zach is showing an interest. Life couldn’t be better!
But the path to love is never smooth – and Freddie’s about to learn that changing everything about yourself isn’t necessarily a foolproof way of finding the right person…
You can never go wrong with a Simon James Green book and his latest novel was no different. This book is hilarious, heart-warming and made me laugh out loud on so many occasions.I t will make you laugh, potentially cry and warm your heart. I would highly recommend it. I wrote a full review of this book which you can find here.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.
The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud-because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.
Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.
And Kit has a couple secrets of her own-including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.
By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.
This is one of the those books that I picked up after seeing so many people recommend it on social media platforms. Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of those authors that I have been meaning to read for a long time and this book has made me understand the hype behind them! This book was extraordinary and I could not put it down. If you are looking for a fast-paced and thrilling book then you need look no further! I cannot recommend this one enough and I cannot wait to read more books by this author.
Here is a little snapshot of 5 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed them all and definitely recommend them!
- Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins – ★★★★
- Blackout by Angie Thomas, Dhonielle Clayton, Ashley Woodfolk, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone and Nicola Yoon – ★★★★
- Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma – ★★★
- The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – ★★★
- Up All Night by Kayla Whaley, Amanda Joy, Laura Silverman, Tiffany D. Jackson, Anna Meriano, Karen M. McManus, Francesca Zappia, Julian Winters, Kathleen Glasgow, Marieke NijKamp, Brandy Colbert, Maureen Goo and Nina LaCour – ★★★★
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.
But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.
Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.
I’ve been excited to read this book for so long so I did not want to keep it on my TBR shelf for long when I got my hands on a copy. I throughly enjoyed this one, quite possibly more than her previous novel. I loved the premise of this book and how it played out and cannot wait to see what the author writes next! I would highly recommend this one.
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abíké Iyímídé
Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light.
Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power.
Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…
This book surprised me in an excellent way. I picked it up after seeing so many people discussing it online but did not know how it would mix with my reading preferences. I read it within a day and was blown away by how incredible this book is. It is thrilling, mysterious and is incredibly thought-provoking. I will be reading more books by the author in the future for sure!
This Is My Truth by Yasmin Rahman
Best friends Amani and Huda are getting nervous about their GCSEs – and their future beyond school, which they’re both wildly unprepared for. Shy, quiet Amani has an outwardly picture-perfect family – a father who is a successful TV presenter, a loving mother, and an adorable younger brother – while confident and impulsive.
Huda has grown up with over-affectionate foster parents who are now expecting a baby of their own. Both girls are jealous of each other’s seemingly easy life, without realising the darkness or worries that lie underneath. Then Huda witnesses Amani’s father hitting her mother, and Amani’s biggest secret is suddenly out. As Amani convinces Huda to keep quiet by helping her with her own problems, a prank blog starts up at school, revealing students’ secrets one by one. Will this anonymous blogger get hold of Amani’s secret too? Will Huda keep quiet?
Yasmin Rahman never fails to blow me away with how incredible her writing is. This book is hard-hitting, thought-provoking and made me cry (which not many books do these days). It is a powerful story that opened my eyes in such an important way. It deals with domestic abuse, bullying and a lot more in a honest, realistic, respectful and sensitive manner. I wrote a full review of this book which you can find here.
Books read this month: 10
Pages read this month: 3,750
Books read this year: 64
Pages read this year: 22,231
There you have it, that is everything I read in July! What have you read in July and what are you looking forward to reading in August? Let me know in the comments!