July was a really good reading month for me. I had a lot of free time after my exam in the second half of the month, so after I was done studying I just gave in and read a lot of things that I’d been wanting to read for ages and generally read for pleasure instead of out of some sense of obligation that I’m sure most readers who eventually start blogging can relate to.
I want to continue reading with this mentality in August and that’s why I sort of made myself a TBR that includes some rereads I’ve been postponing for a while (except I’m not sharing my TBR here because then it would feel like an obligation again).
Anyway, my numbers in July were:
• 25 books read total (this also means I completed my reading challenge of 100 books this year! Yay!)
• of these, 3 were short stories/novellas
• 10 were graphic novels: 1 issue of Fence (24 pages) and 9 volumes of Banana Fish (200 pages each)
• 2 were audiobooks
I’m really proud of myself 🙂
• In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan: this HAS to be one of my favorite books of all times, no joke. Look, I know I’m generous with my stars and especially with my five stars at the point where it’s no fun because I don’t seem to be able to convey the nuance that every five-star has for me, and this is one of those books I wish I could give it a five stars plus because it’s so special to me. It has everything I look for in a book for it to become one of my favorites: character-driven, humor, and an unique writing style. The last element is especially what made it so fun for me to read, and it’s not just how wittily it was narrated but also the fact that throughout the novel I never saw the hand of the author. It was Elliot who was narrating the book, not Sarah Rees Brennan, and it was he who seamlessly matured from a 13-year-old to a 17-year-old. That’s not something every author manages and wow, I’m so impressed by SRB’s skills. ★★★★★/5
• Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert: The secret to making me love M/F romance? Make it queer! This is a M/F romance where the male MC is bisexual and the female MC is black and fat (bless Talia Hibbert) and I freaking loved it. Seriously, I can’t wait to read more books by her! ★★★★★/5
• The Wicker King by K. Ancrum: I’d been wanting to read this for so long and it was my first read after being done with my exam. It was one of those books you read in one afternoon and then you kind of need to breathe and let it sit before you can form coherent thoughts about it. Except I still don’t have coherent thoughts about it! Just. I loved it. And this is mainly about the relationship between two boys but it also sets the ground for the poly relationship they have with a friend of theirs and apparently the author’s next book will be in the future and one of the protagonists will be their child. Um yes please. ★★★★★/5
• Banana Fish (#1-#9) by Akimi Yoshida: if you’re unlucky enough to follow my twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been obsessing over this manga since I watched the first few episodes of the anime adaptation (which is coming out on Amazon Prime Video with a new episode every Thursday). After watching three episodes I really needed to know how it continued so I started reading the manga which consists of 19 volumes. The story is truly beautiful and intriguing but also really heartbreaking. There’s also a TON of trigger warnings to be careful about so I definitely can’t recommend it to everyone. I myself don’t know all of them because I still have 10 volumes to go, but if you need a list you can leave me a comment or DM me on twitter and I’ll try to list most of the ones I’ve encountered so far. Average rating so far: 4.75★/5
• Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan (reread): I’m rereading this series as audiobook (the first two aren’t great, there’s also three different narrators but at least the third one is REALLY good). All I have to say is that it’s even better upon rereading and after having read everything else by RR. ★★★★★/5
• Begging Ben by Anyta Sunday: this cute M/M romance was just so much fun to read! Friends to lovers and fake relationship are some of my favorite tropes, plus the two MCs are chemistry nerds and speak in science puns (but it’s not overdone) and it was just a delightful read. ★★★★★/5
• The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani: I’m audiobooking this. I heard really good things about it but I must say I’m not really loving it. It’s not bad at all but there are a few things that bother me and I never feel like continuing it. The narrator is really good though so if you wanted to try this I’d recommend it in this format.
• Herr der Diebe by Cornelia Funke: I started this before my German exam and I’m reading it slowly but I really like it! It’s my first Cornelia Funke book but I can see why so many people love her.
• Because You Love to Hate Me (anthology): I’m only reading this half-assedly tbh, I found it at the library and there were stories from a few authors that I wanted to read but we’ll see if I’ll read the others. I also hate that it’s written so fucking small (at least in the edition I found), it’s truly a pain to read.
• The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan: as I said, I’m rereading the series and I’m on the last book now. Love it love it love it.
I took a small blog hiatus so I could focus on studying for my exam, but I also wrote a few posts I liked:
• I shared my favorite reads so far this year (even though now the list would probably be slightly different)
• I talked about my most anticipated releases for the months of July through September.
• I started a new series called lgbTBR+ (I’m proud of the name ghskh) in which I share books on my TBR for a given category, in this case contemporary F/F romances. Next up will be fantasy F/F romances so make sure to check my blog again soon.
That said I’m going to spend August at home in Italy and I plan on going to the beach as much as I can, enjoy being with my family and enjoy my birthday and most importantly my birthday cake, so I will try to keep a relaxing 2-post-a-week schedule for my blog throughout August (there may be exceptions!)
I haven’t really watched much besides the few episodes of Banana Fish that are out. So far it’s basically the same as the manga, I’m glad they didn’t change much except they set it in modern times (the manga takes place in the early 80’s). I kind of like Ash’s design better in the manga because I think it makes him look more like he’s 17, but then some of my friends think the exact opposite so I guess it’s just a matter of perception.
How was your month? What was your favorite read? Is it also super hot where you are? Europe is currently under a massive heatwave and it’s been really bad for my productivity, which meant I was happy to lie in bed reading all day with my precious companion (a fan).