Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2021

Hi everyone! Welcome to my July 2021 wrap-up post. For these wrap-ups I include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon.

I didn’t read much in July, but what I did read was absolutely fantastic – such a hit month for me. So, I’m guessing this post will be a long one!

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read:

This month we chose to read Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. I’m currently two thirds of the way through and have mixed feelings about it so far, but I’m excited to read the last section!

Favourites

I completed my reading of the Sapphic Trifecta by picking up The Unbroken by C.L. Clark. This slow burning military fantasy was exceptionally written and I found the characters to have so much depth. There’s also loads of room to expand in the sequel so again, I’m super excited to see how this foundation is built upon. Again, you can check out more of my thoughts in my review.

I really did read a lot of good fantasy this month – this time a YA by Tricia Levenseller called Blade of Secrets. This one is close to my heart thanks to the socially anxious protagonist and found family elements. If you want a fantasy a bit lighter on the detail but with a lot of heart, Blade of Secrets is the one. You can check out my review for more info!

The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken was definitely a surprise love for me. This book has one of my favourite protagonists in it, Keeley Smythe. She’s a really powerful blacksmith with a super soft heart and I loved her instinct with animals so much. Like Blade of Secrets, The Blacksmith Queen is also a story full of heart. You can read more about it in my review.

I read one science-fiction novel this month and that was A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. This book is so unique with everything from the technology to the names of the characters. It also absolutely destroyed me, we love a sci-fi murder mystery with amazing characters at the centre. Here’s my review for more info! Can’t wait to read the sequel when it comes out in paperback.

Now onto the YA book I read. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson was one of my most anticipated books of 2020, but I only got around to reading it this month for some reason. Nothing says this book emotionally destroyed me like Grown, a book about abuse in the music industry. This one comes not recommended for young readers for good reason. Further thoughts in my review.

In contrast to Grown, Blackout is an anthology about Black joy and romance. Tiffany D. Jackson is also one of the authors! I loved this collection of stories so much, mostly because they were all interlinked in the best ways. I’m so excited that this is being adapted for TV because honestly, it’s made for it. There were no weak links to be seen, which is only to be expected when a group of great authors like these come together. You can check out my review for more thoughts.

Books to Look Out For

I read 5 ARCs this month and all of them were awesome! I was most excited when I got approved for the sequel to A Deadly Education, The Last Graduate. Naomi Novik didn’t disappoint as this sequel builds on El’s character, changes her role in the Scholomance and grows her connections with the other characters. More in my review, though not too much because it’s hard not to spoil!

The first book I read in July was She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan. I actually think this was my favourite book of the month, the characters just really had my whole heart and I loved the plot. I’m very excited to finish this duology when the sequel comes out. You can read more of my thoughts in my review!

I also read my first noir – Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I think this is my favourite book by this author! loved the blunt writing style, was totally gripped by the mysteries in the plot and really related to Maite, one of the protagonists. I loved how this book through an ordinary woman into a crazy situation. Check out my review for more! You won’t want to miss this when it releases in August.

On the YA side of things I read Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance, which is out now so go go go! This book introduced me to Kathak dancing, and I learned so much about a new culture. I loved Radha and Jai a lot as protagonists, and really enjoyed following Radha’s healing journey to love performing again. If you like dance novels, definitely give this one a go, it’s so different to anything I’ve read before! For more, see my review.

And finally, the first ARC I reviewed this month was the new Jasmine Guillory, While We Were Dating. I really liked this spin on famous / ordinary person romance as Anna, an actress, was a really lovely person who cared a lot for her family. The guy, Ben, was also really genuine and kind which gave me all the good feels. Here’s the link to my review!

Next month?

I have no idea which books I’ll be reading in August! Reputation by Lex Croucher is definitely on the list as I could do with a feel good read. I’m also going to read my ARC of The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang, an author I’ve enjoyed reading so far. Hopefully I’ll have a great time, just like in July.

So even though I didn’t read many books in July (compared to usual), all of them except one were 4 or 5 stars hence so many reviews! It made me so happy to read amazing book after amazing book and I hope to build on that throughout August. Work is still a bit crazy so might be another small reading list but I’m so excited about my to be read pile!

How are you doing at the moment? Hope you all had an amazing July and wish you all the best for August. Sending love!

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