I’m so excited to be able to share more of my passion for reading on my blog! I have had a lot of fun being able to actually enjoy myself again and reading is one of those things that feels good. I love being able to see someone’s idea turn into a novel and love that I get to have that moment to dive into that – whether or not I finish reading or whether or not I connected to the story and the characters.
So, I’m going to be doing another mini-series on my blog where I share books that I read that month as well as what the book is about and my thoughts. At the end of the post, you can see a list of ideas of books I want to read the next month as well as my reading goals.
If this sounds great, continue reading this blog post on all of the books I read in July and my TBR list of ideas of books I want to read for August.
The Books I Read In July
I read a total of four books in July – a goal that I was not expecting to reach but so proud that I did! I read three romance books and a summer thriller.
The four books I read are:
- Beach Read by Emily Henry
- The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther
- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
- 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The first book that I read this month was Beach Read. I have heard so many incredible things about Emily Henry and this was the first book that I chose to read – I also have her other two titles: People We Meet On Vacation and Book Lovers.
This story follows January as she navigates the grief of losing her father and learning that he was not as perfect as she thought when his mistress, Sonya, arrives at his funeral with a letter and key to a beach house that her father wanted her to have. January is distressed and this is definitely a book that you need to be in a better mindset about affairs and cancer.
Janurary is an author of romance novels and has an approaching deadline to finish another story for her contract. Well, as you could imagine, grief would get in the way of that. With no money, she decides to go to the beach house that her father left behind. When she gets there, she is confronted by not only her father’s secrets and betrayal – but a party by her new neighbor – who turns out to be her college rival, Augustas, who is another writer in the literary fiction genre – who gave her criticism for her happily ever afters.
The two come up with a deal where they switch genres to combat their writers block and agree to bringing the two on date-like adventures – she brings him dancing, he brings her to interview a cult survivor.
I absolutely loved this story; the romance, the writing, the setting – and I’m excited to read her other books. 5⭐ story for me.
The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther
The next book I finished reading in July was The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther. This book took forever to get to me as Amazon had some troubles with my local post office where my packages kept disappearing. I ordered this book three times until it got to me. I’ll be honest, I had high expectations for this one and was let down.
This story follows Meredith as she returns with her family for her cousin, Sarah’s, wedding on Martha’s Vineyard where they discover they will be playing Assasin – as they did when they were children. This would be the first year playing since the death of Meredith’s sister, Claire.
Meredith makes an alliance with the stepbrother of the Groom, a boy named Wit, and as you could imagine, there is a bit of romance there.
Honestly, I didn’t really like this one. I was hoping for a cutesy romance, or at least a bit of fun, but I was so exhausted by Meredith and the oddness of the insta-love and constant of her breakup with her ex, the death of Claire, and all of these other things.
It wasn’t horrible – but I was hoping for something more light. I honestly contemplated DNFing this book but decided to keep trying. I was disappointed.
Anyway, 3⭐ for this one.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
After being a little burnt out of romance novels, I decided to pick up one of my thrillers that would be perfect for the summertime – The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager which takes place in a summer camp! This story jumps between the past and present of a campground called Camp Nightingale – which reopened fifteen years after the tragedy of three girls who disappeared in the middle of the night and our main character, Emma, was the last to see them.
Now, the owner of the campground wants to reopen the camp for one last summer like they used to be and invites Emma to be an art instructor for the girls – who, unlike previous, goes to girls that may not be able to afford the camp admission – where it used to be deemed “camp rich bitch” by the locals.
Honestly, I contemplated DNFing this book too. I don’t typically read books written by men and Sager had… odd descriptions of the girls. I felt naseated a lot of the time. But, I was hooked – especially during the ending parts, and it had me guessing the whole time. I would definitely be wary going into this one as there is a lot of peeping toms and romanticizing of underage girls. In fact, it talks a lot of a 13 year old Emma being interested in Theo, who was nineteen. It can be unsettling for people – it was for me.
Anyways, Emma decides to return to the camp so that she could find closure and stop hiding the three girls in her paintings. She is placed in the same cabin as before – Dogwood – as she looks for clues on what happened fifteen years ago.
With all of the stuff that made me feel uneasy aside, this book was actually good in regards to being a thriller and I do recommend giving it a try. I gave this book 4⭐.
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
The last book I read this month is 99 Days by Katie Cotugno – the novel that I read during my first ever readathon where I tried to read as much as possible in 24 hours. You can read all of my thoughts here on my blog as I made updates while reading on my thoughts.
This book follows Molly as she returns from her boarding school (like Gossip Girl style) after the scandal of cheating on her boyfriend, Patrick, with his older brother, Gabe. If cheating is a trigger for you, this would probably frustrate you.
I found myself reflecting on my previous relationships and although I was annoyed a lot of the time because there was no character development. I have spoilers in my previous blog posts if you want to know more – but that was my biggest issue with the book.
Still, I decided to give this book 4⭐.
Ranking These Books On My Enjoyment.
In order, from the book I hated my time reading to my favorite – I would go:
- The Summer of Broken Rules
- 99 Days
- The Last Time I Lied
- Beach Read
My reading goals for August is to finish reading at least three books. One of these books I hope to be by Colleen Hoover as I’m gearing up the courage to read Verity this fall. I also would like to read another thriller for August, because, again, getting ready for some spooky reads soon. I may or may not start doing monthly readathons where you can “read with me” here on my blog. That will be determined in the future!
Here is a list of ten possible choices on my TBR for August
- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
- All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
- Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
- After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Setup by Lizzy Dent
- Hide by Kiersten White
- Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak
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