Throughout July I have read a total of 11 books! I had a lot of luck this month with the amazing books I read and wanting to pick a new book up immediately after I finished one. So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post. Here is a bunch of mini reviews for the books I read in July!
Why is Nobody Laughing? by Yasmin Rahman
Ibrahim and Dexter have been best friends forever. While Dexter is always cool and confident, Ibrahim…well, Ibrahim’s dealing with a lot. Hiding his passion for comedy from his family, dealing with the pressure of being the oldest child in an immigrant family, and now he’s started having episodes he soon realises are panic attacks.
When Ibrahim has a panic attack on stage at a local stand-up competition, he runs off to a deserted room. There he finds Sura.
Yasmin Rahman never fails to write an outstanding book and her latest novel is just that. I adored this story and its discussion of mental health. If you haven’t read a book by Yasmin yet, you are missing out because they are extraordinary. I’ve written a full review of this of which you can find here.
The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven
Ten years ago, four students lost their lives in the infamous North Tower murders at the elite Carvell College of Arts, forcing Carvell to close its doors.
Now Carvell is reopening, and fearless student Lottie is determined to find out what really happened. But when her roommate, Alice, stumbles upon a sinister soul-splitting ritual hidden in Carvell’s haunted library, the North Tower claims another victim.
Can Lottie uncover the truth before the North Tower strikes again? Can Alice reverse the ritual before her monstrous alter ego consumes her? And can they stop flirting for literally fifteen seconds in order to do this?
I picked this one up thinking I’d take my time reading it. Within a couple of chapters I could not put it down. It is such a whirlwind book full of twists and turn and I just wanted to know all the answers. If you are looking for a dark academia YA thriller then this is the one for you.
Something Certain, Maybe by Sara Barnard
Rosie is ready for her life to begin, because nothing says new life like going to university. After years of waiting and working hard, she’s finally on the road that will secure her future.
Except university turns out to be not what she hoped or imagined, and although she’s not exactly unhappy – really! – she might be a little bit worried that she doesn’t really like her course much. Or her flatmates. Or really… anything? But it’s normal to be homesick (right?) and everything will have settled in a month or two, and it’s totally fine that her friends seem so much happier than she is, and that the doctors don’t seem to know what’s wrong with her mother.
But then she meets Jade, and everything starts to look a little brighter. At least, it does if she’s only looking at Jade. But is first love enough when everything else is falling apart?
I know going into a Sara Barnard book that I am going to enjoy it. I loved this one. It was lovely to see Rosie, Caddy and Suzanne again and have the story focused on Rosie this time. If you haven’t read this book and its companion novels yet, I cannot recommend them enough.
Here is a little snapshot of 6 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed all of these ones, some more than others but I still enjoyed them.
- See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon – ★★★★
- From Little Tokyo, with Love by Sarah Kuhn – ★★★
- Seven Days in June by Tia Williams – ★★★
- My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth – ★★★★
- Very Bad People by Kit Frick – ★★★
- This Place is Still Beautiful by XiXi Tian – ★★★★
The King is Dead by Benjamin Dean
James has been a prince all of his life, and since he was born, he’s been thrust into the spotlight as the first Black heir to the throne. But when his father unexpectedly dies, James is crowned king at seventeen. Now, the secrets he could keep as a prince with no real responsibility – namely, his sexuality and hidden relationship – are rocked as his life irrevocably changes.
When his boyfriend suddenly goes missing, the royal secrets and scandals that only he knows start to leak online. And when it becomes clear that whoever is behind the messages isn’t going to stop anytime soon, James begins to question everyone around him .
After reading another thriller / mystery book this month I wanted to read more. This one is also full of twists and turns and was a lot of fun to read. IT was interesting see how the authors writing differed in this from his middle grade books. It has certainly made me more excited to read more book by him in the future.
She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet.
Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can’t deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.
As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones falling…for each other.
I was meant to read this one whilst I was holiday but didn’t get round to it. So, I wanted to prioritise it when I got home and I am so glad that I did. It is so an adorable enemies to lovers story. It had me smiling so much throughout reading and I cannot recommend it enough.
Books read this month: 11
Pages read this month: 3,984
Books read this year: 78
Pages read this year: 27,244
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!