Monthly Wrap Up: July 2017


This is another change I’m making to the blog: switching from weekly wrap ups to monthly ones. I have to say that I didn’t read as much as I would have wanted, but I am slowly integrating a scheduled reading time into my daily routine. It’ll take some getting used to.

Also, the first two books were library reads. I learned that library deadlines make me too anxious, so I’ll be reading from my own piles of books. Live and learn.

Books I Have Read This Month

Title by Author [rating/5]

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller [2/5]
I found the portrayal of women in this book off-putting (to put it gently). The main relationship was under developed. The characters were mostly unlikable. 

Lumberjanes -volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Shannon Watters,  [3.5/5]
Charming characters. Echoing a response to the boy adventure graphic novels out there. An interesting and inclusive work. I was glad to read it from the library.  

The Falconer by Elizabeth May –[4/5]
I love this book so much. Memorable characters and a fascinating take on fae. 

Uprooted by Naomi Novak [1.5/5]
Dear Asti, I love you. But, my goodness, this book was not my cup of tea at all. The Wood is an interesting “villain.” And, I actually like Kaisa and her development. It’s the pacing of the story that alienated me a bit. I was just bored the whole time. It took me so long to finish. 

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May –[4/5]
A moving portrayal of trauma and abuse depicted through the main character and Aithinne. Speaking of whom, I adore the new characters in this book as well as the now changed old characters. Really neat development of Kiaran’s backstory and his relationship with the Falconers. Some of it dragged a little bit. Still, it was a charming story, for sure. I await the opportunity to get my hands on the final book in the series. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness [5/5]
Such a beautiful and liberating story. It is a painful depiction of loss, and processing of said loss. Conor felt familiar enough, even though I tend to dislike early teens in literature. The monster is a larger than life character. Definitely recommend this tale. My hope is to pick up another Patrick Ness book very soon. 

films i have seen

Power Rangers (2017) 

To the Bone 

Shows I have watched

Jane the Virgin (season 2) 

tunes i have enjoyed

“Magnetic,” by Canopy Climbers

Your Turn:

Tell me how July was for you! Share your thoughts in the comments.


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4 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: July 2017”

  1. I actually loved The Song of Achilles, BUT my main problem with it was how women were treated. And I was like, ‘this thing won a women’s prize for fiction?!’

    I haven’t been able to bring myself to read A Monster Calls (or The Fault in Our Stars,) even though my mother’s cancer-clear, my mental health problems really took root when she was ill and I was acting as her carer, and that was not a good time in my life. So if and when I read them, I’m gonna take it slow!

    1. I understand. That makes sense. If and when you read these books, you do what works best for you. There’s no hurry or pressure for you to read anything, anyway. *Hugs* UGH. SONG OF ACHILLES!!! *Kicks the book in the face* <---it made me so mad. It was a library book though. Couldn't kick it in the face.

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