I know this is a smidge late, given it’s almost a week into August, but here are the books I read in July and some mini reviews of them. (Click on the book covers to link to their Goodreads pages.)
Oshun Rising by Jennifer Alsever
This book was a pretty good sequel; you can tell the author is improving and coming into her own as she writes more. It has an interesting mystery and a dark plot that leads well into the third and final book of this serie which I hope to read soon. I look forward to reading more from this author!
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
Alice Oseman just keeps getting better and better. I don’t think there could exist a book she writes that I don’t love! This book was adorable and tear-jerking and such a beautiful insight into what makes a friend. I loved the many different representations as friendships, especially the only-online until recently one, and how they were all written so realistically. This book made me laugh and cry in real life and I would recommend it to anyone – even people who don’t usually read contemporary books.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
This is another of those books I think I needed at school. Powerful, funny, and with a flawed main character that I kind of both love and hate a little. She reminds me so much of a friend of mine it’s freaky!
This book was a warm and fuzzy read, with the sweetest plot. The equivalent of a hot chocolate and fluffy blanket in book form. Great LGBT+ rep.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
This book was a really interesting concept: A partially mute girl from extreme anxiety and a deaf boy being partnered together at school and falling for each other. It had adorable extra touches like describing the signing that was going on and really effectively using font styles to show a mixed signing/speaking conversation. That, and the chapter headings being shown in BSL made this book so very memorable to me. It has a place in my heart.
This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
This was the most I’ve laughed while reading a book in a long while. I recommend you get a friend to read it out loud with you (my sister and I took turns), the suspense and slower speed you get really makes the comedy even stronger. That he somehow manages to mix this with some actually heart wrenching events and personal stories makes this an absolutely fabulous and flawless read. (I immediately lent this one to my parents after I’d finished it, they needed to read it too!)
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a badass female main character who was also so young! Also, I saw Matt Killeen at YALC this year (the panel he was in was so good!) and (due to double booking) had to send my sister with our shared book to get it signed in his queue on her own so unfortunately didn’t meet him. I did however still get a mention in the signature: “To (my sister) and the (absent) Rebecca. (Mysterious!)” which I thought was absolutely hilarious.
Add to that the fact that he looks a tiny bit like a mad scientist and writes amazingly, I couldn’t help but love this book! It had spies and boarding schools and explosions (oh my!). The partnership between The Captain and Sarah in the book is so unique and awesome too. This will be a book I recommend to friends over and over.
Overall, July was a really fun month. I crammed in some books for YALC and really enjoyed everything I read. Bring on August!