Monthly wrap up: July

I’m late writing this. But, you know, I’m glad. If I had written it when initially planned, it would have been me moaning that July didn’t go according to plan: illness killed all productivity and left me frustrated.

Instead, I’m writing it at the beginning of August, feel pretty positive about everything. There are a few changes happening making me feel inspired and positive about the future. I am trying to put writing first, making it a part of my life again, and I’ve had a couple of really strong days. The blog is doing well, I’ve had a good reading spree and basically feeling in a good place right now.

I fully intend to make the most of it!

And what better way of enjoying feeling positive other than taking a look back at what I’ve been reading recently. I had a couple of exciting releases last month and feel I’m devouring books at the moment – and I love it!

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

My review for this went live last week, and I cannot recommend this book enough! Worth the hype; worth the wait; worth the raving review – I loved it. If you want something fresh and unique, this is the one!

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

This had been on my list for a while when I suddenly realised the second book was due to be published. I changed my reviewing schedule to slot it straight in – and enjoyed it. Dark, gritty, plenty of violence and swearing, this book was made by its characters.

The Bear Pit by S.G MacLean

The Bear Pit by S.G MacLean

Another book I changed my entire schedule for. You all know I adore S.G MacLean and the world created in the Cromwell era, and this was a powerful addition to a brilliant series. Another strong recommendation!

Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

What can I say – figured it made sense to continue the series while I remembered what was happening and the character relationships. A strong second book that developed the characters and plot with a steady pace and a lot of suspense!

Dragon Called by Ava Richardson

Dragon Called by Ava Richardson

I know. I should stop with these books. I spent half the time getting annoyed. But dragons. What more can I say? Not the strongest start to the trilogy but we all know I’ll continue…

Sword Saint by C.F Iggulden

The Sword Saint by C.F Iggulden

A fantastic and explosive end to an awesome trilogy! I said I had a lot of good books this month and I squealed throughout this one! Won’t spoil the review I’ve got coming, but it drew the first two books together perfectly in terms of characters and plot.

Dragon Magic by Ava Richardson

Dragon Magic by Ava Richardson

…you know that part where I said we all knew I’d continue with the trilogy..? The second book was stronger, with more developed characters and a better plot, so it redeemed itself.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

On a month of strong reads, I didn’t expect to find a new author blowing me away. The characters, the magic, the world-building and character development: this had it all. Again, a review is coming, but this is one of the strongest books of the year so far for me.

How about you? What have you been reading lately? Let me know!

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14 thoughts on “Monthly wrap up: July

  1. I read Darien and really enjoyed it, but heard such mixed reviews about book 2 I haven’t read it. Seeing your thoughts about The sword saint I may have to give book 2 a chance

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  2. You had such a great reading month and so many different titles! The seven and a half deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is one that I’ve had on my bookshelf for ages and now I’m more excited to get to reading it! Hope you have another great reading month in August!

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  3. You had me with the Dragon books, both my 9 year old and I love anything dragon related so I’ll definitely be looking out for both of those shortly. And I’m intrigued by The Bear Pit, although I have to confess my interest is usually more for Thomas Cromwell rather than Oliver! Lisa x

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    • Ooh I think you’ll love them – there’s definitely elements aimed for a younger reader. She’s written loads – I’ve got a scattering across the blog!

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  4. It wouldn’t be you without dragons involved! xD Those books sound really interesting! Never heard of Ava Richardson so will have to check her out! As for Seven Deaths…I couldn’t get into it! 🙈

    Great post, hun!! xx

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

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