July Reading Recap

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I only read two books last month. Two. (Hangs head in shame.) Well I can’t do anything about it now, it was a crazy month and I just couldn’t really get into anything I picked up. This sad state of affairs is also reflected in my writing as well, which is why this blog post is a couple weeks late. So let’s get started. First off, I read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. While I usually don’t go for YA (although I seem to keep picking them up lately-what’s with that?), I actually really enjoyed this one. I honestly feel like it’s the first YA book I’ve read since The Hunger Games that I really enjoyed. I love the alternate world that she created for her Heroine and Hero. I enjoy the structure and history she’s given the world, it was intense and harsh and very intriguing. I’m very curious to learn more about it. (It wasn't a futuristic dystopia! Thank God.) I did also really enjoy her characters but I do have one beef with her on them. She writes in first person, and jumps between the two characters. To be honest, there were some chapters that I wasn’t certain who I was reading about and had to go back and check. Their voices were not as uniquely developed as I would have liked. Otherwise, I give this book a thumbs up. My enjoyment was enough to get me to pre-order the sequel A Torch Against the Night, which is coming out at the end of this month.

Secondly, I read Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Again, definitely liked the book. But I honestly didn’t know what to expect so I was caught a little off guard that it was kind of a middle grade read. I don’t discriminate on the age group of books that I read because you never know what kind of story you’re going to love (Harry Potter, duh). My hesitation with this book could be due to the fact that I kept thinking about how much I would have liked to read it when I was 12 (but it didn’t exist until I was 15…even then I missed it somehow). Whatever the case, I think the story was fun and a neat spin on sprites and leprechauns and all of the inner workings of magical society. I’m going to go ahead and say that I liked it enough that it will be a book I give to my kids to read when they get to be that age (which is a long way away haha). I will also continue reading the series to give it a fair chance.

I can promise that I will have a LOT more in my August recap as I have already read 7 books! Before you get all impressed, four of them were super short and some were re-reads. I’m still 4 books behind schedule for my goal of reading 52 books this year…but I’m flying through them this month!

Hope you all have enjoyed your summer, since I hear it’s basically over now, what with school starting this week (insanity if you ask me). I refuse to acknowledge it being over until the end of August. That’s how it was when I was growing up and that’s the way it’s going to stay! (Picture me standing all Peter Pan-like when he’s all “I don’t wanna grow up.”) Yeah, okay...Well, that's all folks!

What was your favorite read for the month of July?