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Books I read in July

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted, and I haven’t done a books I read that month since my first one in March, due to the fact that I’ve been in an EPIC battle with seven other teenagers(eight including myself), but now the shortlist is out, and everyone, that’s right, EVERYONE should go vote on this very website, so if you haven’t yet voted, you should do so and come back to my ramblings after you have done so.

July has been a fairly decent reading month for me, and according to my Goodreads statistics, I have read 12 books, and some 7968 pages. What has been somewhat funny, is that while I have a new author to call number one, I also have two books that I only gave one star, of which one I didn’t actually finish(or rather, dnf it), so technically I only read eleven books.

Out of all the books that I read this month, five of them are classified as young adult, one was a classic, while the rest are all adult epic fantasy(some examples of books like this includes A Game of Thrones and The Lord of The Rings). Now here’s the breakdown of what I thought of each book.

The YA

1.) Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli. I’ve been recommended this book a fair bit and I finally picked it up this month. I ended up really enjoying it and for those who don’t know, it is a gay romance between Simon Spier and the mysterious ‘Blue.’ Really good, cute, fluffy and funny. 9/10. Highly Recommend.

2.) A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove, by James Moloney. This was the school book that I had to read and it was miserable. Suffice to say, I did not like it and it has become one of the worst books that I have read this year. I do not recommend. It’s about this boy called Carl Matt and him trying to save a barge from going bankrupt. 1/10. Skip.

3.) Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor. This is the second book and thought that it was alright, and I certainly liked it more than the first book, which a tad bit of a train-wreck, but decided to power through and it was not too bad a decision. Since it is a sequel, it continues after the first book in the series. 8/10. Would recommend.

4.) Wolfborn, by Sue Bursztynski. This was the book that I didn’t finish, but of what I did read, I did not enjoy it a whole lot and decided to drop it after the first few chapters. It is set in a medieval fantasy world that is filled with werewolves and is based in Celtic culture I believe. Dnf/10. Skip.

5.) Dreams and Gods of Monster, by Laini Taylor. This was the last book that I read this month, and it is the third and final book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. My overall thoughts on the series is that while it wasn’t amazing, it was still quite good and is worth a read if contemporary fantasy is your thing. 8/10. Would recommend.

The Classic 

6.) Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. I’ve been meaning to read more classics, so one book in a month in not too bad, since I don’t delve into much classics(recommendations, please!). I ended up quite liking this book, so it is quite slow and I wasn’t the most satisfied with the way the story ended. It centres on Pip was wants to become a gentleman so he can marry a lady called Estella. 8/10. Would recommend.

The Adult Epic Fantasy

7.) Gardens of the Moon, by Steven Erikson. This was one of two re-reads which happened during the school holidays since I finished all of the books that I had from the school library 🙁 It is book one in a ten part epic fantasy series and is one of my personal favourites of mine, though is not best suited towards everyone due to the sheer scope and size of this work. Still, I would recommend to fantasy lovers who are used to read massive tombs. 9.5/10. Not necessarily recommend to YA readers.

8.) Memories of Ice, by Steven Erikson. This is book 3 and my other re-read. The reason I didn’t re-read book 2 is that book 3 actually continues with the story arc established in book 1 as book 2 spends 900 pages on another continent(man, talk about scope). 10/10. Would not exactly recommend to YA readers.

9.) Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson. This book is often considered one of Sanderson’s weakest books, and maybe I’m a bit biased here since he is my favourite author at the moment, but I found it better than most fantasy novels out there. It is currently a standalone but two more books are planned. 9/10. Would recommend.

10.) The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson. This book and the next two books are the first three books in a planned ten part series called The Stormlight Archives(of which only the first 3 books are out). It takes place on the world of Roshar which is one of the most imaginative fantasy worlds out there. Do note, it is very long(it’s over 1000 pages and is the shortest of the three!) 10/10. If long books are your thing, highly recommend.

11.) Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson. One of the best books I have ever read. 10/10. Must read!

12.) Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson. Less good than book two, but was still amazing. 9.5/10. Highly recommend.

And there you all have it. One thing I would like to say, while Sanderson is ‘technically’ an adult fantasy author, his books are in fact less explicit than YA books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. He does sometimes imply things happened but does not actually write it down, so while it is adult, I don’t think most people will have an issue in terms of content. Plus, his writing is very straight forward and easy to follow and is very different from traditional fantasy such as Lord of the Rings which is very description heavy. If the size of his fantasy books scares you off, he does have a very good superhero/dystopian series called The Reckoners, a steampunk book, The Rithmatist and is currently writing and sci-fi series of which the first book is called Skyward, of which all of those books are YA.

Oh, go vote if you still haven’t!

1 comment

inky State Library Victoria

Great round up Zitong! You are a reading machine! I love Great Expectations too. So evocative and memorable.Pip, Magwitch and Mrs Havisham are all such wonderful characters.

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