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July Wrap Up

How was your July? How many books did you read?

I read 15 books last month and it was great! Below are the books I read with a sentence or two about what I thought, whether I think you should read them and what I rate them out of 5 stars.

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson // Book Depository // Goodreads

A great fun summer read and worth the time for swooning. Read it! 4 stars.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One – Amanda Lovelace // Book Depository // Goodreads

This moving, wonderful poetry collection will change you. I think it should be required reading for everyone. Read it and weep. 5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling*// Book Depository // Goodreads

It’s Harry Potter. Need I say more? Such a comfort to read. 5 stars.

My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick // Book Depository // Goodreads

This is such a nice read with such believable characters. If you want a pick me up story, this is the one for you. 4 stars.

Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi // Book Depository // Goodreads

Shatter Me is a great start to an awesome trilogy with Juliette, a girl with strange powers. The story line is a bit predictable but the characters and writing is just A+. 4 stars.

Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi // Book Depository // Goodreads

This book continues the story of Juliette and wow. Character improvement and character progression. Adam and Warner are explored more and just everything in this book is so good. I want to give it a re-read. Read it! 5 stars.

The Hospital by the River – Catherine Hamlin // Book Depository // Goodreads

The story of Dr Catherine Hamlin is awe-inspiring and worth the read. The work she has done in Ethiopia is amazing and I think everyone should learn about her. 5 stars.

Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi // Book Depository // Goodreads

This book completes the series so well. I don’t want to say much more except WARNER. Read it! Please! 5 stars.

Hope: Moments of Inspiration in a Challenging World – Tim Costello // Book Depository // Goodreads

Eh. This book is a compilation of stories of Hope that Tim Costello has written. He is an inspiring man but the book leaves much to be desired. Don’t bother. 3 stars.

An Echo in the Bone – Diana Gabaldon // Book Depository // Goodreads

If you love Outlander (the books) read this book. It is a great continuation of the series! It is so dramatic at the end and I loved every second of it. 5 stars.

The Book of Ivy – Amy Engel // Book Depository // Goodreads

This book is a post-apocalyptic world story and is a sweet dystopian. I really enjoyed it and absolutely love the loves interest Bishop. It is an easy fun read with edge of your seat action. 4 stars.

The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J Maas // Book Depository // Goodreads

It’s a Sarah J Maas book. What do you think? The prequel to Throne of Glass, this book explores so many great characters. Read it! 5 stars.

The Revolution of Ivy – Amy Engel // Book Depository // Goodreads

We see Ivy again in this book surviving after the events of the last book and we get such character development. I get such reverse Romeo and Juliet vibes from this book and loved it. It has a satisfying ending. 4 stars.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas // Book Depository // Goodreads

Read the book that started it all. The adventure begins with Celaena, Dorian and Chaol and its really great. If you haven’t started this book and are hesitant to keep going, please try again. I didn’t love it till the end of Crown of Midnight and then it just keeps getting better. 4 stars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – JK Rowling // Book Depository // Goodreads

This book is weird. If you’re going to read it, just go in with low expectations. I read it as fan fiction. It’s weird and I don’t count it as canon. (Please note this is just my opinion.) 3 stars.

What a month! I’m back at uni now so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read but we’ll see! There’ll be lots to read next month so watch out! What was your favourite read last month?

Maddy. xo


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