whew, what a month! i love july, because it marks the end of school and the beginning of the summer, and it flew by so fast! i can’t imagine i’ll be going back to school soon 😦
in july, i read twenty books, and at the same time, completed my goodreads reading challenge! a large portion of the books i read were for #thereadingrush2019, and i surprised myself by reading seven books in seven days. my parents weren’t happy to know that i stayed up until 2 am to finish my goals lol. i’m pretty pleased with my progress, and the quality of the books i read, especially dear ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions by chimamanda ngozi adichie, which is now one of my all-time favorites.
these are the books i read:
and as per usual, here’s a short summary of my thoughts:
- the cat man of aleppo by karim shamsi-basha & irene latham, illustrated by yuko shimizu – ★★★★★ || a beautiful, heartwarming story, based on true events, told in pictures and simply-structured paragraphs.
- hello girls by brittany cavallaro & emily henry – ★★★★ || not what i expected, but turned out amazing ; i loved the humorous writing. [my review]
- kingdom soul by brittni chenelle – ★★★.5 || this was better than the first book, but i didn’t like the romance that much.
- natalie tan’s book of luck and fortune – ★★★★ || so many mouthwatering dishes!! and i loved the magical realism.
- pax by sara pennypacker, illustrated by john klassen – ★★★★ || a sweet book about friendship, courage, and letting go, with some similarity to the movie a dog’s way home, but with an unexpected twist at the end.
- that summer by sarah dessen – ★★★★ || a quick read about change and growing up, wasn’t as bad as i imagined it would be.
- naomi and ely’s no kiss list by rachel cohn & david levithan – ★★★ || i really liked the platonic rep in this book, but the writing style really wasn’t my cup of tea.
- not the girls you’re looking for by aminah mae safi – ★★★ || this one started out a bit slow for me, but i loved the last few chapters, and messy but amazing friendships.
- dear ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions by chimamanda ngozi adichie – ★★★★★ || a short book of essays about feminism, written in letter form ; absolutely brilliant.
- since you asked by maurene goo – ★★ || umm i didn’t really like this one ; this was unlike the other maurene goo books i’ve read and the writing was kind of weird somehow??
- moxie by jennifer mathieu – ★★★★★ || an amazing feminist novel about girls fighting back against sexism – this made me so happy!
- in paris with you by clémentine beauvais – ★★★ || the translations were a bit strange and that kind of ruined my reading experience :((
- the true confessions of charlotte doyle by avi – ★★★★ || this book has been on my tbr for over four years, and i finally read it. loved the character development in this.
- short stories from hogwarts of power, politics and pesky poltergeists by j.k. rowling – ★★★★★ || i haven’t realized how much i missed rowling’s subtle humor until picking up this book.
- café escape by 樂兒 – ★★★★★ || an adorable magical realism story about the small things different people are escaping from in everyday life
- kiss me in paris by catherine rider – ★★★★ || a super cute romance set in the city of love ; i liked it, but not as much as kiss me in new york.
- the wind in the willows by kenneth grahame – ★★★★★ || loved this, especially mr toad’s stories of stubbornness and conceitedness!
- serious moonlight by jenn bennett – ★★★★ || i love jenn bennett’s books, and this one was just as fluffy as the others i’ve read. and i really liked the setting as well – i’d love to visit seattle someday.
- when marnie was there by joan g. robinson – ★★★★★ || this story was strange, in a beautiful way. (and i was not expecting that plot twist.)
- kingdom cold by brittni chenelle – ★★★.5 || a diverse fantasy retelling of the arthurian legend 😀 i really enjoyed it. [my review]
ON THE BLOG & AROUND THE INTERNET
i wrote seven posts in july, which is a pretty good amount if i do say so myself. however, i originally planned to vlog for the reading rush, but for some reason my camera wasn’t working, so everything came out super blurry :(( i guess i’ll do it again next time when i get a better camera.
here are the posts i wrote in july:
- book review – comeback by lyn ashwood and rachel rose
- book review – the thirteenth guardian by k.m. lewis
- book review – kingdom cold by brittni chenelle
- my #readingrush2019 reading list!
- guest post by christina june, author of no place like here – ashlyn’s camp essentials
- my #arcaugust 2019 reading list
and here are some posts by other bloggers which i really liked:
- Mid Year Book Freakout Tag: 2019 Edition by nish and ngoc @ nish and ngoc’s book nook, in which they talked about the books they liked and disliked, with a party-size serving of gifs.
- #Allthereads of June by ioana @ dragon waffles, in which she talked about the books she read in june.
- Blogging Struggles: Envy by swetlana @ the caffeinated bookworm life, in which she talks about envy and insecurity on her blogging journey, and it’s such a well-written and relatable post!
- A Harry Potter-Inspired Look Book by tiffany @ read by tiffany, which features the outfits she and alexandra from twirling pages put together for potterheads from different houses!
- Comeback by Lyn Ashwood and Rachel Rose: Heckin’ Adorable, with Asian Culture Thrown In! by aimee @ aimee, always, in which she reviewed comeback, and made me see the book from another reader’s perspective.
- 7 LGBT Movies I Watched for Pride Month 2019 by ngọc @ read with ngọc, in which they rated and reviewed some lgbtq+ movies and tv shows they watched for pride month!
to be honest, i’ve completely forgotten everything that has happened in july, so i had to scroll through my camera roll and see what pictures i took to recall my memory. from what i see, not much happened, so here’s a really brief list of what went on last month:
- i got my hair cut (i haven’t gotten my hair cut since last year!)
- i went to a senior-junior student bonding camp with some of my friends
- i drank lots of boba 😀
- i went to a seven-day camp for aspiring healthcare professionals, and learnt a lot
- i met up with my friends and we played board games
- i attempted (and failed) to do my summer homework
so you see, it was a really uneventful month.
how was your july? did anything interesting happen? what did you read? let me know in the comments!