July 2021 Reading Wrap Up

I had read 14 books this month, and here they are:

  1. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides(3/5)
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Honestly, this book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I really enjoyed Alex Michaelides’s previous book, but this just didn’t live up to the high. The premise seemed interesting-a murder mystery set in Cambridge and involving Greek tragedy and a mysterious cult-like group. But the whole dark academia-Greek mythology thing seemed more like a strangely straightforward mystery, with nothing particularly new or thrilling. Nevertheless, I still thought it was a fun read.

2. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess(3.5/5)

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This is, of course, a classic, and I thought it was an interesting read. Nevertheless, it was a bit difficult to get through because of the way it is written, with fictional slang.

3. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alemaddine(5/5)

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This was a fantastic book. It is set in Beirut, Lebanon, and follows an elderly woman who lives by herself and spends her time translating great works of literature only to stow the translations away for them to never see the light of day again. It was a beautiful, haunting read about the life of an interesting woman who does not lead an ‘ideal life’ according to her society, about a city and a country with a tough past, and an interesting present, and above everything, about a deep and abiding love affair with literature.

4. The Aunt who wouldn’t Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay (3.5/5)

The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

This book was translated from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha. This was a short novel following a woman who marries into an aristocratic Bengali family in pre-independence India. When her aunt-in-law dies, she meets her again as a ghost who is bent on taking revenge on the family who compelled her to lead a very restricted life in the name of tradition. It was an interesting read, but not quite what i expected from it.

5. Kings of the Wild by Nicholas Eames(4/5)

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This book was so much fun to read. It follows a group of retired mercenaries past their prime who decide to reunite after many years to rescue the daughter of one of them who is trapped in a siege. It was a pretty light-hearted fantasy that was great fun to read. The mercenary bands in the book were modelled on music bands, with words from the music scene thrown in all the time, and that made the story one that is a lot of fun, without taking itself too seriously.

6. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (3.5/5)

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This was a YA contemporary following two teens of Indian descent in Canada-‘good girl’ Susan and ‘bad boy’ Malcolm. Susan is a Malayali Christian who used to live in Saudi Arabia before moving to Canada, and Malcolm is a Parsi who had grown up in Canada. It dealt with their issues with their family and fitting in with society, but it also reminded me of how I had outgrown most of YA.

7. Night Theatre by Vikram Paralkar(4/5)

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I listened to an audiobook for this one. This is speculative fiction set in a clinic in rural India, following a doctor who gets a visit from the undead. It was an interesting book.

8. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers(2.5/5)

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This book made me realize Becky Chambers’s work just might not be for me. This is set in a world where humans and robots live separately and the main character Dex, a tea-monk encounters a robot. It was a nice, uplifting tale, but it didn’t really grab my attention.

9. Maggie Finds her Muse by Dee Ernst (4/5)

Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst

This was a fun, light-hearted romance about a 48-year-old romance writer who travels to Paris hoping she’s be able to find inspiration to get rid of her writer’s block there. She ends up meeting an attractive Frenchman there. It was definitely a fun, enjoyable read.

10. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (3.5/5)

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This was a historical romance, set in the 19th century, following a female novelist who is 30, unmarried (a big deal back in the day), and still a virgin. She decides to lose her virginity on her thirtieth birthday by hiring a male prostitute, only the man who turns up isn’t who she expects him to be. It was a very enjoyable book, though I did have a few issues with it.

11. Feels like Summer by Six De Los Reyes(4/5)

Feels Like Summer (Summer Storm, #2) by Six de los Reyes

This was another fun book. It follows Jett, who works at a science museum, and agrees to be musician Adrian’s five-minute fake girlfriend at a music festival. They end up entering into a no-strings-attached relationship, only for them to end up catching feelings for each other.

12. Chrysalis by Kim Todd

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This was about the life story of a very interesting woman in history-Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th-18th century naturalist, artist and entomologist who made a name for herself by being one of the first to study insects. She even went on expeditions to study them-something that was unusual in that day for anyone, but especially for a woman!

13. The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura

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This book was translated from the Japanese by Lucy North. It follows a woman who calls herself ‘the woman in the yellow cardigan’, who becomes obsessed with ‘the woman in the purple skirt’ for reasons that aren’t clear to us. She acts sort of as an omniscient narrator and describes the things going on in the eponymous woman’s life-sometimes inserting herself into it. A strange, but interesting book.

14. Daughters of the Sun by Ira Mukhoty

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I’m getting more into books about history lately, and I thought this was pretty interesting. It followed the lives of various women from the Mughal empire in India.


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