Monthly Wrap Ups

July 2016 Wrap Up: What I’ve Read

Hello book buddies! This is the first Wrap Up I’ve ever done but I did pick a good month to do it because I managed to read 7 books this month! I’m really pleased with this but knew that the summer months would be when I’d get most of my reading done. I’m a teacher, so once the summer holidays are gone my book-reading time goes down significantly. It’s very sad, but let’s not dwell – let’s talk about the fab books I’ve read this month!

*If you’d like to see what other books I’ve read, or become friends, here’s a link to my Goodreads page 🙂 *

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets AND Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling.

Published by Bloomsbury, 251 and 317 pages.

These are re-reads for me. I’ve only read the entire series once (I know?!) and I recently felt like I needed to delve into this world again. It’s been so lovely to be at Hogwarts again and settle in with these characters once more. I’m going to try and read the others before the end of this year, too.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan.

Published by Vintage, 293 pages.

I’d heard a lot about this book before I picked it up. On the back it’s been compared to the writings of Margaret Atwood, and I would really agree. We see a world divided by those who live on land and those who live at sea. A chance meeting brings together two women with secrets and both desperate for some sense of belonging. The writing was beautiful and the plotline was so compelling – a brilliant read, especially if you’ve enjoyed works like that of Margaret Atwood in the past.

After Alice by Gregory Maguire.

Published by Headline, 246 pages.

I am always curious about retellings of classics (and this isn’t the only one in this wrap up), and with Alice in Wonderland being a favourite of mine, my interest was peaked! It didn’t quite live up to it, though. You can see my full review of this book here.

The Girl who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente.

Published by Square Fish, 248 pages.

I am slowly working my way through the Fairyland series and enjoying every minute of it. It is mysterious and captivating at every turn, and all the characters are brilliant – you can tell the amount of work the author has put in by how complex and thought-out the characters are. The reader journeys with September, an ordinary girl until she finds herself in Fairyland with missions to save the residents of these fantastical worlds. They are so easy to read and I always fly through them – I really recommend this series and will be trying to finish it before the year is out!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.

Published by Faber & Faber, 358 pages.

There was quite a lot of hype around this novel and the cover is beautiful so I thought, why not? It was such a unique premise, a mishmash of cowboy culture with an Arabian nights vibe. I really enjoyed this – read it within two days – and I’d recommend it if you are wanting something to capture your attention and read quickly. This is the first book in the series – I’ll see how I feel later on about picking up the others.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Published by Quirk Classics, 317 pages.

And yet another retelling to finish off the month! You can see my full review here, but safe to say, I really loved it! The Zombies emphasised how strong and funny the Bennet sisters are, even in the original text, and it was such a good read.

Alrighty, that’s what I read this month. What did you read? Any recommendations for me? I’m always looking for recs of good books! Look out for my August TBR – slightly smaller stack of books than this one but exciting nonetheless.

 

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