Monthly wrap ups are better late than never, right?
Can you believe summer is almost over? The last few months have certainly flown by, but I still managed to get some reading done in July. I finished six books this month, which is becoming my average.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman // 4 stars // This was my first time reading a Gaiman book, even though I’ve seen several adaptations. One of which is Coraline, a movie that I absolutely adore. It was so fun and satisfying to see how the two measured up to each other (even if I ended up deciding I preferred the movie).
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn // 3 stars // I remembered this being my least favorite Gillian Flynn book, but I didn’t realize to what degree until this reread. The plot was well developed and utilized storytelling methods in wonderful ways, so this book should have been a hit. Where I think it falls flat is the characters, which I found impossible to relate to. In the end, I didn’t really care if the big mystery was solved because I didn’t care if the boring characters received justice.
Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You by Scotto Moore // 3 stars // The biggest issue I had with this book were my own expectations. While entirely my fault, they really brought down my reading experience. I expected a much more serious tone from this one, but it read with a more satirical vibe.
Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan // 3 stars // Once again, I found the characters to be the main issue within this story. I didn’t connect much with them, which didn’t allow for me to care much about the situation. I was also slightly unsatisfied with the twist reveal. It was quite well plotted, but I felt like it required some suspension of disbelief.
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly // 4 stars // This was such a fantastic retelling that brought even more feminist ideals into the Cinderella story. Donnelly’s prose was so unbelievably poetic. It was truly one of the best parts of the story, and it created so many gorgeous quotes. My only gripe with the novel was that the pacing could have used some improvement.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // 5 stars // Ari and Dante broke me and then put me back together again. This book was such a deeply emotional read for me. The way growing up was portrayed within this novel truly resonated with me, and I found so much of myself within these characters. Listening to this book on audio was also a huge plus for me.
On the Blog
It’s been difficult for me to stay motivated towards blogging this summer. I’ve felt that my content has been slightly lacking in the past couple of months. July was a bit on the slower side, but I still had fun writing the posts I put out.
Where has summer gone? Somehow, this season has seemed to be both the fastest and slowest summer of my life. I’m still a little dumbfounded that I am officially done with high school.
That being said, I’ve been spending July trying to soak up all my hometown experiences before I move away for college next month. And freaking out about said move to college. There’s probably no reason to be so stressed about the new school year, but I’ve always been prone to catastrophizing (someone hand me a copy of Radio Silence, please).
Aside from school and work, July has been pretty basic. I have been trying to get a bit ahead on future posts, but there’s still some work to be done there.
Here’s to August.