July 2020 Reading Wrap Up

While June was my worst reading month of the year, July was one of the best! I ended up reading 8 books and 5 volumes of manga. So, here they go:

Books

  1. The Last Man by Mary Shelley(4.5/5)

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A carry-over from June, this was a really appropriate or inappropriate book for the times, depending on your way of thinking. An apocalyptic tale set during a worldwide plague, this was a really dark and intriguing story.

2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson(4/5)

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This was my second Sanderson book, and I liked this more than Mistborn. It had a quite interesting world, magic system and characters.

3. Desperate in Dubai by Ameera Al-Hakawati (2.5/5)

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This book followed the lives of four women in Dubai, as they dealt with relationships, love, lust, societal expectations etc….I thought it would be a fun, light-hearted book, however, I found it difficult to get through because of how shallow the characters were. The writing style was also not too good, in my opinion.

4. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (4/5)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This fun, yet creepy horror novel is exactly what it sounds like-a gothic tale set in Mexico. I found it to be quite an interesting read.

5. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (4/5)

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

This was a fun romance book, following Samiah, who after being cheated on by her boyfriend, had made a pact with her new friends to focus on her career and spend time developing the app she had always wanted to. However Daniel, the attractive new guy in her office makes that difficult for her, and things go as you would expect. A quick, fun read.

6. Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo (3/5)

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

This is an East-Asian inspired fantasy novella focusing on the lives of two women in a royal setting. I thought it was a fairly good read but I didn’t find it too memorable.

7. Normal People by Sally Rooney (3.5/5)

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This is a literary fiction novel following the complicated relationship between two young people in Ireland, Marianne and Connell. Again, this is a book I thought was okay, but it definitely was not the best book I’ve read, by a long shot.

8. Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (4.5/5)

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This was a reread for me. It has been translated from Polish, and follows an elderly woman named Janina who has strange interests and doesn’t fit in with society, and how things change when members of the local hunting club keep turning up dead. I thought it was a beautiful read the second time round as well.

Manga

  1. Satoko and Nada by Yupicheka Volume 1&2 (3.5/5)

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This was a fun slice of life manga that followed the friendship between Satoko who is Japanese and Nada who is Saudi Arabian as they lived together as roommates in America. It is a light-hearted story about them bonding and learning about each other’s cultures. It was mostly a fun read, though I did have a few issues with it.

2. The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai (Volumes 1, 2 &3) (4/5_

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From a rather light-hearted manga, I went to a really dark one. This follows three children in an orphanage who find out a dark secret about the orphanage and have to find a way to escape. It was a really exciting read.

 

 

 

 

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