July Wrap Up & August TBR!

July Wrap Up

Gosh darn it have I read a lot of books this month?! I managed to plough my way through 11 books this month! Unfortunately, I’m still yet to beat my record of 11 books in a month, which happened back in May, but at least I’m on par with it now. Anyway, let’s have a look at what I read in July!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Love love loved this book. If you want to read a YA book, this is everything it should be. Whilst this kind of plot line is generally overused, Matson found a way to make it her own, and kept me hook for the entirety of my time reading it! As a negative, though, I’d say the chapters are a little too long for my taste. 4/5 stars. Goodreads. Amazon.


Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi – Read my full review here.

The second book in Mafi’s Shatter Me series, Unravel me is where – in my opinon – Juliette’s story really starts to get interesting. Whilst the isolation in book 1 was hard-hitting, I found it devastatingly boring. But this book is full of action, much more dialogue, and finally starts to show more of a friendly side of Warner and Juliette’s relationship. 4/5 stars. Goodreads. Amazon.


Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi – Read my full review here.

I found this book really boring. I never really liked Adam in the first place – always thinking he only existed as a method of Juliette escaping Warner, and so reading a book about him didn’t appear very appealing. However, I felt obliged to read this book, in case he progressed the story in any way, yet he barely moved the story along at all. It was nice to find out what happened to Omega Point, though. 1/5 stars. Goodreads. Amazon.


Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – Read my full review here.

This book – as a whole – was a great conclusion to the series. All loose ends were fixed, there was a lot of battle, and we even got a glimpse into how Juliette’s life will pan out in the future, in a way. The ending, however, was not a great conclusion; it all seemed very rushed. But if Mafi was trying to build a fast-paced scene, then hats off to her, because she did it splendidly. 4/5 stars. Goodreads. Amazon.


Gossip Girl, You Know You Love Me (GG#2), Because I’m Worth It (GG#4), I Like It Like That (GG#5)  – all by Cecily von Ziegesar

Personally, I perceive the Gossip Girl novels to be a guilty pleasure, just like the show. You either love it or you hate it. Granted, the writing isn’t baffling, but the plot lines are – in my opinion – really entertaining. As you can see, I grouped them together for this review, and that’s simply because I don’t feel they’re detailed enough to require their own space. There’s something else which I find equally worrying and hilarious: you may have noticed I skipped book 3. Well, that’s because I couldn’t find it anywhere. Turns out, it didn’t matter one bit! When I started reading book 4, it felt like I hadn’t missed a thing! Now that is either a great or crappy thing…


Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – Read my full review here.

*Disclaimer: I recieved this book in ARC format from NetGalley.

I really enjoyed this book, and it was good considering it was a début. Yoon writes relateably, in an unrelatable setting, which must be a special talent of some sort. Also, I really enjoyed the interjection of Madeline’s dictionary and plans, for they explained her emotions when words couldn’t. 4.5/5 stars. Goodreads. Amazon.


A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowdazkij – Read my full review here.

*Disclaimer: I recieved this book in ARC format from NetGalley.

I didn’t really enjoy this book, but luckily for me it was quite short. Generally, the writing wasn’t bad, it was just sloppy, and the storyline was quite poor. The characters didn’t emotionally progress at all, but there were still some good aspects of the book. I’m very in the middle with this book, which is why I awarded it 2.5/5 stars. Goodreads. Amazon.


41-sswd-0OL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Dark Room by Tom Becker – read my full review here.

This was one of the first horror-based novels I’ve properly read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The plot line was thick with alternatives, creating a ‘who dunnit’ style novel with a modern twist. I loved the inclusion of modern colloquialisms in this book, because – as creepy as it is – it made it appear so much more real and scarily possible. 3.75/5 stars. GoodreadsAmazon


August TBR

Since it’s the summer holidays for the entirety of August, I’m hoping to power through more books that usual. I would like to beat my May record of 11 with 12, but lets see how it goes. Here are 4 books I definitely want to read in August:


Thanks for reading! Leave in the comments a book you’d like to read in August!


11 thoughts on “July Wrap Up & August TBR!

  1. livetravelreadgina

    Ooh I’ve been wanting to read Since You’ve Been Gone for SO long!
    I’ma have to pick it up right now.
    And I love the Shatter Me series SO. MUCH.

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  2. I was thinking about reading Losing Charley next month too but in the end decided not to go with it. After reading the summary (for the first time in a while because it’s been on my kindle for ages) it just doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy. I’m interested to see what you think if/when you read and review it though. What a great reading month!

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    1. Olivia Emily

      To me it does sound very predictable and cheesy, but I have heard a lot of good stuff about it despite this. We’ll see, I guess. And thank you (:


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