Hello my lovely bookworms! I cannot believe how fast July flew by. I’m genuinely in shock. There’s only one more month of summer left before I’m on to my final year of undergrad which is so crazy to think about. With the end of the month comes a wrap up so I’m going to be talking some stats, as well as talking about some of the books I read this month! I read a whopping total of 24 books in July which is kind of amazing. It’s honestly because there isn’t much else that has kept me preoccupied, but I’m sure this number will decrease significantly once my classes start up again.
At the end of the post you can find my review for each of the books I read in case you’re interested in learning my in depth thoughts about any particular book.
Starting with the stats, I’m going to break down the stats the same way as I did my June Wrap Up: Star ratings, books per genre, female/male authors, and POC authors vs. non POC authors. (If there are any other stats you are interested in, comment down below and let me know so I can add it to be August Wrap Up).
- 3 – 5 Stars
- 7 – 4 stars
- 11 – 3 stars
- 2 – 2 stars
- 1 – 1 stars
I felt like July was a very mediocre reading month for me especially in regards to quality. I read a lot of books, but I didn’t fall in love with all of them and rate them high. However, this doesn’t mean I didn’t read some great books. I did have three five star books which is a lot for me because I don’t give books 5 stars readily. (I do round some of my four and a half stars to five stars on Goodreads if I loved them a lot).
- 5 – Poetry
- 4 – Middle Grade
- 3 – Adult Romance
- 2 – YA Fantasy
- 3 – Adult Fantasy
- 5 – YA Contemporary
- 1 – YA Mystery/Thriller
- 1 – YA Romance
Looking at the genres I read, a majority of it falls into young adult contemporary and fantasy, my two favorite genres. However, I also dabbled in quite a bit of poetry and middle grade which I’m really proud of because it’s been a while since I’m read books in those genres. I was also surprised by how much I liked some of the books that fell in to those genres. Additionally, I also picked up some adult romance, which is a bit new to me. I like underlying romances in other genres, but rarely pure romance. In this case I started the Palm South University series by Kandi Steiner and although they weren’t rated particularly high, I had a lot of fun reading them.
Male/Female/ Nonbinary Authors
- 17 – Female
- 7 – Male
Again, just like in June, a majority of the books I read are written by female authors. However, I did read a couple more male authored books than I did in June, so I’m proud of that.
POC/Non POC Authors
- 9 – POC
- 14 – Non POC
Last month, my most disappointing stat was having only read 4 books by POC, but this month I consciously tried to find and read books by POC. 9 out of 23 of the books this month were by POC which is a little over a third of all the books I read. I’m glad this number has gone up, but I want to continue towards my goal of having half the books I read in a month by POC. I really think I can do it because there are just so many amazing books by POC out there.
Favorite book of the month: As you know, I’m terrible at picking favorites, so I’m going to talk about 3 very different books. First, in the genre of YA contemporary, I loved Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson. This book followed a young Black girl in high school who was trying to navigate her life and make the best out of the cards she was being dealt. The central theme was racism, but just as strongly there were also themes of friendship and growing up. I think this book was written beautifully. The plot was informational and eye opening and I just have a very deep profound respect for it.
Second, I want to rave about Eighteen Inches: Distance between the Heart and Mind by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol. This book was a mix of prose and poetry and it was absolutely gripping. I might be having a thing for hard hitting books or something now. This book was so raw and relatable to me as an individual. There were many situations the author faced that I feel like women and people alike have also gone through and don’t know what to take from these situations. There was so much talk about pure and honest love. This book both broke my heart and stitched it up again over and over. I really ended up enjoying the stories from the prose/memoir portions even more than the poetry. The poetry was good as well, but at times a bit cliche. I highly recommend reading this one!
Lastly, the final book I read in July was There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. This is the second installment of the series that started with When Dimple Met Rishi. I read that book a few years ago and fell in love with it. I love being able to see characters in YA that come from a similar background as me because it’s done so rarely. I find Menon’s books dramatic and over the top, lots of fluff, but also containing really important and prominent issues in the Desi community. In There’s Something About Sweetie, the main character Sweetie faces a lot of backlash for being ‘fat.’ Throughout the book she wants to prove to people that just because her body shape is different than others, doesn’t mean she should be ashamed of it. I’ve gone more in depth about this book in my review because I just have so many thoughts about it, but I’m so glad I picked it up!
Least favorite book of the month: The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dickerson. I don’t give 1 star to any book I read for the most part, but this book was just plain bad. I didn’t go in with high expectations or anything. All I knew was that it was supposed to be a gender flip Cinderella retelling, but this book was barely even that. It seemed like a strange love story taken out of a historical and religious book. Now I have nothing against seeing religion in books and I should have realized this was classified as Christian fiction so it’s definitely my fault for going in unknowingly. However, besides that, the characters were just so annoying and bland. I just did not have a good time reading this book and it was a struggle to get through.
Eighteen Inches: The Distance between the Heart and the Mind
There’s Something About Sweetie (When Dimple Met Rishi #1)