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July 2020 Wrap Up: We Worked Hard, We Read Hard

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It’s already time for a July Wrap Up when only yesterday miss Corona appeared and ruined our lives. TIME, HUH? This month was super busy but it also was not. I had a brief window of having free time and it was so amazing to glimpse to the other side of having the actual time to read. It was over fast but it still counts. So I managed to read more than usual, and that’s just GREAT. Let’s talk about books now.

migrations

This was such a surprisingly good read. For me it was the perfect balance of exploring the anxiety around the state of our planet and one woman’s loneliness and grief. It was a very moving read and I would highly recommend it. You can find more of my thoughts HERE.

on a sunbeam

Then I read On a Sunbeam and it was such a comforting, lovely, and emotional found family story and I really enjoyed it. The art style was great, with a wonderful color scheme that complemented both the plot and the vibes of the story and I just love how deeply these characters cared for each other at all times. Moreover, I think the concept and the plot of this were really interesting and I think they made a great background for amazing character work that Tillie Walden did here. I would really recommend you pick up this one.

themasterstools

I really enjoyed this essay collection and I took a lot from it. It’s quite timely even today, and I most enjoyed the two essays I rarely see people talk about, especially the Uses of Anger. It’s so unapologetic and brilliant. I would definitely recommend this collection!

flyaway

I just have to finally accept the fact that I am not a person who enjoyes fairytale-esque stories. I always get drawn in with blurbs about dark fairytales and stuff, but that’s just not a concept that ever works for me. This was objectively great and if you are someone who loves dark, atmospheric reads you’ll love this. But I am not that reader. I need way more character work than a fairytale can offer, so while I can appreciate this on an objective level, I just did not like this one.

swamp thing

Picked this one up because it’s written by Maggie and I did really enjoy it. The art is really stunning, and weird, which perfectly matches the stories weirdness and vibe. I really loved the art in here and it was definitely my favorite part of the story, especially when it came to using the colors to tell the story. I did not really find anything memorable about this, and I am feeling kind of meh about it, but I had fun while I was reading and it was a super fast read, so cannot complain.

harrow the ninth

Obviously, this will be one of my favorite reads of the year. I loved the first book, and I loved this sequel. The sequel builds on the previous book, but it also completely shatters your perception of knowing anything about this world. It was a WILD ride. I did miss Gideon in this one, but Harrow definitely holds her own and I loved this book so much. You can read more of my thoughts HERE, but please preorder this one and make sure you pick this series up!

youdeserveeachother

This was cute, but I had some issues with it. I enjoyed the characters and their banter, but  it’s very hard to root for a relationship where one of the people who is engaged to be married really actively hates their fiance. At the beginning, the novel reads like the part of a romance novel where the main character is about to break up her current relationship just before she meets the main love interest, except for the fact that the awful fiance is ACTUALLY the love interest. I just struggled with that a bit. You can find more of my thoughts on it HERE.

poppywar

THIS WAS SO GOOD! It’s such an intricate political war Fantasy and I loved every second of it. Rin has a single brain cell and that’s why I love her. ALSO, this series introduces a potential ship that will probably never sail BUT WHO CARES that I can introduce to living in my mind rent free. I am just so obsessed with how well-researched and detailed and intricate this world is. R.F. Kuang DID THAT. Hopefully, I will write a review for this soon, but READ IT.

Here’s how I did this month:

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addI’d love to hear from you – how was your reading month? What was your favorite read in July? I’d love to know!

In the meantime, happy reading

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17 thoughts on “July 2020 Wrap Up: We Worked Hard, We Read Hard

  1. liked your post a lot! ♥ MIGRATIONS seems like such a good book; I’m always looking for more books on climate change — and even the ones that I have read have been nonfiction, so this book seems super interesting. Audre Lorde’s work is amazing so I’m glad you thought it was so thought provoking. I’ve never even heard of SWAMP THING so I will def have to check that out now! i agree 100% with your summaries of YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER (i kept swinging between liking and disliking naomi) and THE POPPY WAR. as you said, R.F. Kuang DID THAT.

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  2. What a great month!! I NEED to read The Poppy War. And I’m glad you liked the Audre Lorde collection- I could tell while reading those two essays that weren’t quite the right fit for me that another reader would love them, so I’m happy to see you were that audience!

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  3. You had such a great reading month! I want to read The Poppy War but I’m a bit intimidated by it. Apparently, it touches on some dark themes so I want to be in the right mindset before going into it. I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed it though 🙂

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    1. I definitely recommend checking trigger warnings if you feel like dark themes would be too much – it’s a very dark book that doesn’t hold back its punches. But it’s fantastic if you can pick it up when you are in the right mindset!

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  4. I feel the same about fairytales, and also retellings tbh! I feel like there’s a predictability and a whimsical feel that just don’t jive with me.

    I’m glad you liked The Poppy War! It was one of my favorite fantasy reads in the year it came out; I’m planning on binging the whole series this month.

    God, I keep meaning to read Harrow, but I’m just so terrified because I really, really struggled with Gideon, but everything I keep hearing about Harrow makes it sound mind-bendingly amazing.

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    1. Exactly! Whimsical always sounds good to me, but I NEVER enjoy it.

      I think I am gonna read The Dragon Republic soon, and then just jump into the final book as soon as it’s out, I feel like reading this series back to back is going to be so great.

      I absolutely LOVED Harrow, but in terms of style it’s very similar to Gideon and as convoluted if not more. However, the narrative voice is completely different and makes the reading experience different, so that might help!

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  5. I’m so glad you loved Poppy War!!! I enjoyed it a lot too. (Is the potential ship Nezha and Rin? Idk why it’s giving me serious Zutara vibes and I was so obsessed with Zutara back in the day lol) And also Migrations! It’s been on my TBR since April I think and I’m looking forward to it!

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