My July reading was a bit of a letdown.. I still finished 9 books. But I didn’t have a single 5 star read… Hopefully August goes better!
Total Books: 9
Total Pages: 2,865
5 Stars: 0
4 Stars: 4
3.5 Stars: 2
3 Stars: 2
2 Stars: 1
1 Stars: 0
1. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I finally read my first K.A. Tucker book! I heard amazing things about this book and it definitely lived up to the hype! This is an adult romance that takes place in rural Alaska and I fell completely in love with this setting and these characters. I highly recommend this book if you’re into romance at all!
2. Wilder Girls by Rory Power ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I was lucky enough to receive an arc copy of this on Netgalley. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. It didn’t quite live up to my hype but it was still a solid debut novel. This is a feminist Lord of the Flies inspired story about a school of girls who have been quarantined to an island after succumbing to a mysteries illness that causes body deformations. My biggest grip with this story was the ending… Check out my review for my full thoughts!
3. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
This had been sitting on my TBR shelf since it was released and I’m so glad I finally picked it up. This was a very classic-feeling mystery about a group of friends stranded at an Inn in the Scottish Highlands. The reader slowly learns who was murdered and which of the guests killed them. This was fun, quick mystery.
4. Final Girls by Riley Sager ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Apparently this month was all about finally reading the authors that have been on my shelf forever. I own all of Riley Sager’s books but hadn’t yet read one. I started with his debut because I’ve heard each book gets better and better. And this was SO good! This started off a little slow, but this book was really suspenseful and the twists totally got me.
5. Falling From Gravity by K.K. Allen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is the prequel novella to Defying Gravity. I think it’s really important that you pick this up if you’re interested in reading the full book. This gives all the backstory to the main characters relationship and history. Overall this was cute. It’s only 120 pages so I don’t have a ton to say.
This was a huge disappointment… I really, really disliked this book. This was available on Hoopla so I don’t know if the audiobook was the wrong choice or if the story as a whole wasn’t for me. But this did nothing. It wasn’t suspenseful or surprising. There was one twist at about the halfway point and the rest of the story was just a domestic fiction story. I just can’t figure out why this is classified as a thriller… I’ll try these author’s other book, but my hopes aren’t high.
7. Defying Gravity by K.K. Allen ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received this as an arc from SocialButterfly PR. While the prequel was short and cute, this didn’t really do it for me. It was fine, but overall repetitive and unforgettable. It had a few good messages but I didn’t love the execution and they heroine’s choice at the end of the book didn’t sit well with me. I’ll try more from K.K. Allen because I enjoyed her book but I don’t especially recommend this book in particular.
8. Someone We Know by Shari Lapena ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
I received this as an arc from the publisher on Edelwiess+. This was another classic-esque mystery (can you tell I was in a mood this month?) that took place is a middle class suburban community. In the wake of a murder, loads of secrets and lies are revealed. I enjoyed this quite a bit. It was really capturing and atmospheric. But it also didn’t do anything new or super unique. If you’re looking for a quick, classic mystery though, this is your book.
9. Getaway Girl (Girl #1) by Tessa Bailey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Damn. Tessa Bailey is the queen of smut. I love her and I loved this book. This book was filthy but somehow so romantic. I was invested for page 1. However I will say if you’re interested in picking this up, I’d skip the audiobook. The female narrator talks in awkward baby talk way too often and the male narrator uses a bad southern accent. Not great. But the story itself was fantastic.
What did you read this month??