July 2017 Reading Recap

July was a fairly even mix of good and bad books for me.  I would love to hear what you’re loving, hating, and looking forward to in the blogosphere and publishing world!


What I Read in July with Three Word Reviews

Kate Walker’s 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance by Kate Walker ★★★★☆ | helpful writing resource
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Release by Patrick Ness ★★☆☆ | bizarre, wasted potential
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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink ★★★☆☆ | melancholy, thought provoking
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Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman ★★☆☆ | gory, slow, forgettable
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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ★★★★☆ | fun, fantastic discourse
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I Crawl Through It by A.S. King ★★★★★ | brilliant, powerful, trippy
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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King ★★★★☆ | engaging, fresh, truthful
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The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride ★★★☆☆ | gritty, slow middle
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Posts in July

FEATURE: 2017 Half Year Recap | Five star books recap with three word reviews.

BOOK REVIEW: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys ★★★☆☆ | Fresh and fast-paced historical fiction that helped me to appreciate the genre.

BOOK REVIEW: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom ★★★☆☆ | Love smashing blindness stereotypes, but had a hard time loving the angsty female narrator.

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: El Deafo by Cece Bell ★★★★☆ | Adorable all-ages graphic memoir with awesome representation of deafness.


Currently Reading

CqiLWfZW8AA9b2W.jpg-largeExit West by Mohsin Hamid

  • Progress: 90%
  • At first, I found the omniscient point of view emotionally distancing.  Then I realised these techniques encourage me to be reflective on the discourse around war and refugees.  
  • I keep stumbling upon shocking little snapshots that perfectly capture the character’s emotions.  I love how this book transports me at the same time as forces me to consider big topics beyond my personal bubble.

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Theft by Finding: Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris1497507125012

  • Progress: 44%
  • Anyone who loves Sedaris’ whacky way as much as I do will find his hefty collection of diary entries an irresistible read.
  • I find this book easy to pick up for a few minutes at a time because each entry is a self-contained episode.  If it weren’t for its size, Theft by Finding would be my ideal take-everywhere-in-your-handbag book.

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Looking Forward to Reading in August

3a0c43609b3246acb2fd09c420562f3dFull Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers
: September 8, 2015
: Junior Historical Fiction
: 400
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It’s 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, moving to a predominantly white Vermont town is enough to make her feel alien. Suddenly, Mimi’s appearance is all anyone notices. She struggles to fit in with her classmates, even as she fights for her right to stand out by entering science competitions and joining Shop Class instead of Home Ec. And even though teachers and neighbors balk at her mixed-race family and her refusals to conform, Mimi’s dreams of becoming an astronaut never fade—no matter how many times she’s told no.  This historical middle-grade novel is told in poems from Mimi’s perspective over the course of one year in her new town, and shows readers that positive change can start with just one person speaking up. 

The blurb for this novel-in-verse sounds so flipping fantastic to me.  If this is even half as good as I’m expecting, I’ll be very happy.

ask_the_passengers_-_a._s._king__spanAsk the Passengers by A.S. King

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
: October 23, 2012
: Young Adult Fiction
: 304
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Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn’t know the passengers inside, but they’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions–like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl.  As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can’t share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don’t even know she’s there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers’ lives–and her own–for the better.

Is it obvious on I’m an A.S. King binge?  Heck, why didn’t I fall in love with her earlier?



  • What are the best and worst books you read in July?
  • What’s on your August TBR?
  • What attracts you to your next read, and where do you go for recommendations?
  • Would you be interested in seeing more regular recap posts on this blog?



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