July 2021 Wrap Up!

July wasn’t a half bad month for reading! I didn’t read an epic amount of books – only 5…. and two of those were novellas lol. BUT – what this month lacked in page count, it more than made up for it with quality. I read a book this month that I’m willing to bet a hundred dollars will end up being my FAVOURITE READ OF 2021! I’m not kidding. In fact, i’m even going as far to add it to my all time favourite list. Yeah – it was that freaking good! Oh wait….. Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff is still to come – so……. there’s still a chance that could take the top spot. Only time will tell I guess. Anyways, let’s get to the books I read this month:

A PSALM FOR THE WILD BUILT by Becky Chambers – 4 stars – Link to review: https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/14/a-psalm-for-the-wild-built/

If you’re already a fan of Becky Chambers, then i’m sure that this will end up on your bookshelves. It’s slightly different than her Wayfarer’s series both in setting and an atmosphere, but the “feel” is still the same and it’s still a slow moving, character driven gold mine. This was also the first book i’ve read where the main character was gender neutral! This was such a quiet, relaxing and satisfying read!

MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4 stars – Link to review – https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/malibu-rising/

I don’t know why, but i’m always apprehensive going into Taylor Jenkins Reid books. I don’t normally like books that have famous people/families but yet everything I’ve read of hers has been outstanding. This was no exception! I loved that it took place in a 24 hour time period, I loved how the flashbacks tied in the characters emotions and personalities, and I loved all the little connections to her previous books! It felt like I was in on a little secret when I found the connections. I will admit that the flashbacks got a little intense at times and I found myself wanted to know what was happening in present day, but all that time spend in the past helped me connect with the siblings and understand why they are the way they are and how they ended up where they are now. It kind of made me wish I had siblings….. but only for a couple minutes lol

SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan – 4 stars – Link to review – https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/22/she-who-became-the-sun/

Honestly, what’s not to love about this book? I knew that I would love it but it ended up far surpassing my expectations! War and battle focused books tend to be hit or miss with me – but this one was fantastic! I also loved the fact that our main character assumed her brothers identity and just took his predicted “greatness” for herself. There was also how the author handled gender – not only did she assume her brothers gender, but she blurred the lines completely. I even found that I had to remind myself that she was born female at times – not that it really mattered lol. I would just be a little thrown off when her female body was referred to and I was like “Huh?? Oh yeah!” There was also politics, magic, battle planning…. the list goes on! It was so good!

NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH by Cassandra Khaw – 4 stars – review to come…

No full review for this one quite yet – it doesn’t publish until October…. so i’ll be posting the review closer to pub date. I’ll probably need that long just to figure out what to think about it lol! It’s a novella about a group of friends that travel to a haunted mansion in Japan. The lore is that a woman was set to be married on the grounds but the groom never showed. She now haunts the mansion and every so often a woman is sacrificed to keep her company. It reminded me a lot of The Haunting of Hill House – I’m still trying to figure out if this was really a haunting or if this was a product of mental illness, secrets, and revenge. It’s a short book but packs one hell of a punch – it’s also pretty damn gruesome so…. you’ve been warned! Full review is coming next month!

UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by TJ Klune – 5 million and a half stars – review to come!

Here it is folks. Here it is. In all its glory – the best book of 2021 (so far). The House in the Cerulean Sea was so sweet and heartwarming and this kind of sounded like it would be along those lines. In a way it was, but in a way it was way more dark in comparison. Wallace is dead and he’s also an asshole. One minute he’s alive, the next minute he’s staring at his own body on the floor, and the next minute he’s being taken away from his own funeral by a reaper to meet the ferryman who will take him to the afterlife, otherwise known as a little tea shop in the woods. Accepting your death and moving on is a different process for everyone but, for Wallace, it’s only the beginning. This book was so unexpected at times and caught both my expectations and emotions of guard. My emotions were so on edge and unsettled! I would feel 5 different emotions in just one paragraph…. it was exhausting but exhilarating! And I sobbed….. I mean full on body sobs – stopping to blow your nose – multiple tissues – woke up the next morning and my eyes were still swollen and puffy……… I cried because it was sad as all hell, I was super happy, my heart was full – it was basically all the reasons. And I didn’t just sob once either….. I think it was 3-4 times. I was so tired after reading this book but so fulfilled. I already want to reread it! Review is coming soon!

I feel a little bad posting this wrap up – the two books that I have the most to talk about I don’t have reviews up for them yet! I decided to get ahead on my ARC reading so I don’t want to post my reviews yet. I can’t wait to talk about them though! I know so many people who are going to fall in love with them in every way. So keep your eyes out for those! Obviously – my favourite read this month was Under The Whispering Door – I can’t wait for everyone to read it!!!!!!!!!! What was your favourite this month??

Until next time, happy reading!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I am just so jealous of all who get to read ARCs of Under the Whispering door Shannah!


  2. I read a grand total of one book in July – Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – so you did better than I did!


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