Another month has flown past! July was pretty packed for me in terms of my 2020 TBR and I had a very productive reading month! My NetGalley shelf is exploding yet again and my goal for August is to get it back to that elusive 80% that I had before. In other news, my blog was featured in Alison @ BossyLibrarian‘s post of Best Book Blogs to Read This Summer earlier this month and I’d like to say thanks again to her for including me in this list along with all these amazing bloggers!
Books I Read in July 2020
(links lead to reviews)
My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies #3) – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple & Rishi #3) – Sandhya Menon – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Queen of Coin and Whispers – Helen Corcoran (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Code Name Hélène – Ariel Lawhon (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) – Zoraida Cordova (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Court of Miracles (The Court of Miracles #1) – Kester Grant (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #2) – Tamsyn Muir – ARC (🌟🌟🌟)
Set Fire to the Gods (Set Fire to the Gods #1) – Sara Raasch – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon A Con #3) – Ashley Poston – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) – Roseanne A. Brown (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Star Daughter – Shveta Thakrar – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Damned (The Beautiful #2) – Renee Ahdieh (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #1) – Shami Stovall (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Obelix & Co. (Astérix #23) – René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Other posts & reviews this month
Reading Challenge Updates
1. Epic Reads Reading Challenge: SUMMER ROMANCE
Chosen Book: Ten Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple & Rishi #3) – Sandhya Menon
Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.
Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.
Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.
Sandhya Menon’s books are always perfect summer reads, and her latest work is no exception. I did have my doubts about yet another novel in the Dimple & Rishi world, but I really enjoyed following Pinky and Samir’s chaotic and humorous summer romance. Check out my review here!
2. Fictional Hangover Book Club Challenge
DARK SCOTTISH WEREWOLF VAMPIRE OF THE HIGHLAND NIGHT: Read a book featuring a supernatural romance
Chosen book: The Damned (The Beautiful #2) – Renee Ahdieh
Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien.
Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn.
Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart…
Now vampires are hardly my favourite subject ever since Twilight completely ruined it for me, but you don’t get much more supernatural than this. I wasn’t super impressed with this series, and it was actually a letdown considering how good The Wrath and the Dawn and Flame in the Mist were, but I did enjoy the writing style. Keep an eye out for my review, which will be up very soon!
Stats for the Month
Number of Books: 14
Number of Pages: 5,792
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 150/150
Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!