July Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 5
July TBR Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,603

The Girl In The Picture by Alexandra Monir – 2/5 – This was a Netgalley ARC that had been sitting on my kindle for about a year before I finally got around to putting it on my TBR. It was a YA thriller with a very minor paranormal element to it, and it did a decent job of keeping me entertained and engaged for most of the story. This was traveling well as a three-star book, but I think the ending is what let it down for me. It had potential but just didn’t quite hit the mark.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton – 4/5 – I recently went on a holiday back home to Perth and on the way over I picked this book up at the airport bookstore. I’m glad that I did because as it turned out my QANTAS wifi wasn’t working and I spent the entire flight reading. I loved this book, and I’ve heard a lot of other books compared to ‘You’ by Caroline Kepnes (one of my all-time favourites), but this is the only book I’ve read so far that has given me a similar vibe. I really enjoyed this, it was an absolute page-turner and it kept me entertained during the entire three-hour flight.

Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh – 4/5 – This was my first ever buddy read with Riley and Andie, and it was so much fun to experience a thriller playing out bit by bit at the same time as other readers. I love Clare Macintosh because she always manages to surprise me with unexpected twists and turns, and this book was no exception. It had me guessing until the very end.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – 5/5 – This was a book club read with my close girlfriends over the months of July and July, and I read it in its entirety while on holiday back home. This was a slow burner, but was full of strong characters and ended up being something I really enjoyed reading. I am even more excited to see this translated into a tv series after reading the book.

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills – 4/5 – This was the #ReadYourFaceOff Book Club book for the month, and I absolutely adored it. This was a light and easy read and I absolutely flew through it. I loved the characters in this book, the dialogue was so much fun to read and felt really authentic. I feel like YA contemporary is really growing on me, and I can’t wait to pick up some of Emma Mills’ other books.

July Book Haul

A Clash Of Kings by George R R Martin“Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising. From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky – a comet the colour of blood and flame – five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.”

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills“Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in love with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida–especially not a group of friends so intense, so layered with private tragedies and secret codes, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens. And it will lead her (and, um, her dad) on a life-changing adventure. Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines–and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.”

The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton“`Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’ It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…”

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin“In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead. When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive. Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?”

Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal“When Nikki takes a creative writing job at her local temple, with visions of emancipating the women of the community she left behind as a self-important teenager, she’s shocked to discover a group of barely literate women who have no interest in her ideals. Yet to her surprise, the white dupatta of the widow hides more than just their modesty – these are women who have spent their lives in the shadows of fathers, brothers and husbands; being dutiful, raising children and going to temple, but whose inner lives are as rich and fruitful as their untold stories. But as they begin to open up to each other about womanhood, sexuality, and the dark secrets within the community, Nikki realises that the illicit nature of the class may place them all in danger.”

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton“Louise is struggling to survive in New York; juggling a series of poorly paid jobs, renting a shabby flat, being cat-called by her creepy neighbour, she dreams of being a writer. And then one day she meets Lavinia. Lavinia who has everything – looks, money, clothes, friends, an amazing apartment… Lavinia invites Louise into her charmed circle, takes her to underground speakeasies, the opera, shares her clothes, her drugs, her Uber account. Louise knows that this can’t last for ever, but just how far is she prepared to go to have this life? Or rather, to have Lavinia’s life?”

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie“Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…”

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah PinboroughLouise – Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets… David – Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife… Adele – Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears? Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?”

Our House by Louise Candlish“When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most? Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?”

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton“On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways …Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? “

BookTubeAThon TBR

1. Let A Coin Toss Decide Your First Read: Sweet Valley University #5 ‘A Married Woman’
2. Read A Book About Something You Want To Do: Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley
3. Read And Watch A Book To Movie Adaptation: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
4. Read A Book With Green On The Cover: The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll
5. Read A Book While Wearing The Same Hat The Whole Time: Sweet Valley High #4 ‘Power Play’
6. Read A Book With A Beautiful Spine: Our House by Louise Candlish
7. Read Seven Books: Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

#ReadYourFaceOff TBR – July

The general goal for a #ReadYourFaceOff readathon is to get through as much reading as you can in a 24-hour window of time. It’s a fun (and short) readathon that was created by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from 9am on Saturday 14th July to 9am on Sunday 15th July in your time zone. I’m away on holiday during this time, so I have quite a few holiday reads I want to get stuck into during this readathon. Hopefully I can knock a few more books off of my TBR shelf during this readathon. Good luck to everyone who is participating in this round!

Latest Library Loans

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong“Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and also his best friend – Skye. Jesse and Skye are haunted by the unanswered questions of that terrible day. But the more they hunt for the truth of what really happened, the closer they get to a new killer. “

Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent“Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants…”

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott“Katie and her husband Eric have made their daughter Devon the centre of their world. Talented, determined, a rising gymnastics star, Devon is the focus of her parents’ lives and the lynchpin of their marriage. There is nothing they wouldn’t do for her. When a violent hit-and-run accident sends shockwaves through their close-knit community, Katie is immediately concerned for her daughter. She and Eric have worked so hard to protect Devon from anything that might distract or hurt her. That’s what every parent wants for their child, after all. Even if they don’t realize how much you’ve sacrificed for them. Even if they are keeping secrets from you… A mother knows best… doesn’t she?”