July Wrap-Up

As July closes, I’m taking a look back at the books I read this month. I feel like July really went by quickly! This summer has just been clipping by. I do think I read a bit more this month than in June. A couple of the books I read were much longer, I DNF’d my ARC of the month, and I also added a book to my reading list for July that I wasn’t expecting. Let’s look at the break-down:

Book Rating/Page Count:

  • Total Pages: 2, 210
  • Total Books: 7
  • Total Read Harder Challenge Books: 2 (Convenience Store Woman and Prison Poems)
  • Total Reading Women Challenge Books: 2 (Her Body and Other Parties and Prodigal Summer)
  • Total Our Shared Shelf Books: 1 (Solito, Solita)

Well, I finished the same number of books this month as last month, but I did read more total pages. I chalk that up to having read some really lengthy books. I enjoyed most of the books I read this month, however, so I don’t mind that the number is still small compared to previous months.

There was really only one book I didn’t enjoy this month. But let’s go ahead and take a look at my favorite read, first!

Favorite Book This Month:

Book cover of "The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge" by M.T. Anderson

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge is really such a fun book to read. I loved the back and forth between chapters and illustrated “secret transmissions.” It was a really humorous parody of fantasy. I’m liking pretty much anything I read by M.T. Anderson! I just really enjoyed reading this book, and that’s why it’s my favorite of the month.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

Book cover of "Her Body and Other Parties" by Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties. Oh boy. I mean, I know this book has gotten some pretty high praise, but it just wasn’t for me. Not only do I not enjoy reading overly-sexualized prose fiction, I also just didn’t get a lot of the stories. They just didn’t make sense to me, even though I knew there was clearly a feminist bend to it all. Maybe Machado’s writing is just too advanced for me, but I just didn’t get it. Nor did the stories really appeal to me. I can’t say I even have a favorite from this bunch, mostly because the whole time I was reading this book, I just wanted it to be over. I wouldn’t recommend it.

How about you?

How was your month of reading? Did you meet any of your goals? What was your favorite book you read this month? Least favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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