Can you believe it’s already August? I can’t. It feels like this year is just flying by. I managed to get a few days of vacation in, spent a few nice days in Calgary with Lottie. It wasn’t long or particularly far away, but it was still a nice break.
I always forget to post these wrap up posts. I always start them, accidentally forget, and then I’ll be looking through my drafts folder and it will already be three weeks into the next month. But not this time! I’m actually on the ball for once and refusing to be distracted by other things.
So I read 8 books in July, which is not bad. Most of them were Netgalley ARCs as I was pretty focused on trying to clear out my Netgalley shelf last month. I requested a ton of books thinking I wouldn’t get approved for any of them, and then to my surprise I had a bunch come through at once. So yeah, that’s what I’ve been reading.
Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce
Yours Cheerfully is the sequel to Dear Mrs Bird which I read earlier this year and absolutely loved. I couldn’t wait to get started on this one. It was pretty good, though I definitely preferred the first book. My full review for Yours Cheerfully is here.
The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms
I had very mixed feelings about this book. It is a freaky friday type story, and I liked the concept overall, but there was a lot of mom shaming. Maybe I’m just feeling overly sensitive about that kind of thing at the moment, but both of the mothers involved could be downright petty at times. The two protagonists did reach an understanding which was nice to see. It was a fun read, and it had me craving some sangria, that is for sure. My full review of The Seven Day Switch is here.
The Clockmaker’s Wife by Daisy Wood
The Clockmaker’s Wife is a historical fiction with dual timelines. Ellie visits the UK to retrace the footsteps of the grandmother that died in London during the blitz in WWII, in order to find out the truth about the woman she knew nothing about. This was a bit emotional in parts, with a bit of mystery and adventure. This was definitely the favourite of the month. My full review for The Clockmaker’s Wife can be found here.
The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding
I had very mixed feelings about this book all the way through. It was okay. I didn’t love it, and didn’t hate it. It’s about a family that looks perfect from the outside but has a lot of skeletons and secrets hidden. I enjoyed the storyline, but I didn’t care too much for any of the family members.
And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed
This is a tiny novella with a lot packed into it. I quite liked it. It is about Jewel and Winfield who work as courtesans in a supposedly top notch House. But Winfield is murdered by a client, comes back to life, and goes on a revenge filled spree. The plot is fast and chaotic, but not a bad little read. My full review is here.
I Don’t Belong Here by Tayla Jean Grossberg
Teenager Charlotte can see ghosts. This isn’t usually a huge problem, she knows the places to avoid. But now there is a ghost following her, leaving her messages and clues, and getting more and more angry as time goes on. Now Charlotte has some decisions to make and a mystery to solve. This book has some real creepy elements to it, and gave me the shivers. Which considering the heatwave we’ve seen this July is really saying something.
Rayna’s Sacrifice by A.D. Lombardo
This is a fun and busy fantasy with a ton packed into it. It is book #3 in The Katori Chronicles. I love the character of Rayna. My full review is here.
Mr Portobello’s Morning Paper by Amanda Prowse
This is a novella that was just kind of meh to me. Sophia opens a second hand book store with a bunch of old books inherited from her parents after quitting her job as a teacher. And then nothing much really happens. It was okay, but I was bored for most of it.
Have you read any of these books? What was your fave book in July? Let me know!