Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I can’t believe how many books I got read in July as I had such a small goal. However, I have a lot of books to talk about so I’m going to keep this intro pretty short. As for the total amount of books I read in July, I read 20 books so let’s get into them!
1. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
This was the first book I finished in July and talk about a lackluster start. As much as I wanted to like this book, I just didn’t. It’s a romance between a K-Pop star and a guy who is a paparazzi. It was an interesting concept but this book ultimately fell flat for me as the characters felt WAY too juvenile. 3/5 stars.
2. Let Me Hear A Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
I’ve read books by Tiffany D. Jackson but never enjoyed them as much as I did this one. This book follows 3 friends who want to get a rap deal for their friend who is deceased but this book was SO much more. It was truly a love letter to 90’s hip-hop and I wish more people were reading it because it’s amazing. 4/5 stars.
3. New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind
When I saw this book on hoopla, I decided on a whim to download it and as much as I wanted to like it, it ended up being a 3-star read for me. The love interest felt SUPER cheesy and the main character was a little too maniac-pixie dream girl for me but what saved this book for me was the setting. Maybe I’m just a sucker for books set in New Orleans but I always love their setting. 3/5 stars.
4. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
I decided to feature this as my non-fiction pick for the month. Even though it has high praise, I guess I went into this with different expectations. This book ended up being a lot deeper than the cover portrays and I guess I wanted something light and fun. There was nothing wrong with this book and I’d highly recommend especially since it was blurbed by Roxane Gay. 3/5 stars.
5. Pulling Doubles (Wright Brothers #2)
This month, I finished the second book in the Wright Brothers and wrote a review of it if you want to read it.
6. The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
July was truly the month of romance books for me as that’s basically all I read. This was a companion sequel to The Kiss Quotient and I loved it as much as I loved The Kiss Quotient. Similar to this predecessor, this book features a strong female character and an incredible love interest and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Esme as I read the book. I know that the “secret” wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I didn’t mind it. 5/5 stars.
7. Bending the Rules (The Wright Brothers #3)
Once again, I wrote a review of this one so you can check this one out if you want to know my thoughts!
8. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
I feel like a lot of people have mentioned this, but this cover is so misleading and I’m not sure why they decided on it. This book features a woman who struggles with infertility and the relationship she gets into along with a lot of really dramatic things that didn’t belong in this book. Overall, this book would have been great if the ending wouldn’t have been so harmful. 2/5 stars.
9. A Duke By Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole
After my breakup, this book came off hold and I returned it almost immediately. I decided to give it another try and pick it up and I’m happy I gave it another chance. It was every bit as charming as the first book but I really loved the age-gap romance and seeing the development of Portia.
In the first book, she felt extremely flat so it was nice to see her become more well-rounded. I really enjoyed the twist featuring Tav and the romance was so swoony. It was a great book but nothing really stood out so 4/5 stars.
10. Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Ugh, this book was another HUGE disappointment for me. I wanted to love it so much but I couldn’t get behind the romance or the main character who felt WAY more like an “I’m not like other girls” type. This book would have been SO much better if it wouldn’t have filled with cliches or relied so much on romantic comedies. Ugh, this book was just a mess all around. 3/5 stars.
11. Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #2.6) by Alyssa Cole
This was the month where I finished almost all of the Reluctant Royals series and I’m happy to say that I enjoy them all. This book follows Portia’s sister, Reggie and the relationship she has with a guy she met online. Even though it was really short, I really enjoyed this one and I especially loved how diverse it was. 4/5 stars.
12. Birthday by Meredith Russo
I read Meredith Russo’s debut 2 years ago, I think and I saw that my library had Birthday so I decided to pick it up. This book featured a glimpse into two best friends, one: a cis guy and the other, a trans girl. It was so incredible to watch how their friendship changed and grew along with all of the character development. The only issue I had was that I think it lacked a bit, considering that it only took place on their birthdays and we didn’t get to see more of where their lives were going. 4/5 stars.
13. My Fake Canadian Wife by M. Hollis
I’ve heard a lot of people on Booktube talk about this novella and it was on Scribd so I decided to pick it up. I thought it was a cute f/f romance but the book ended up being way too short and it lacked proper character/relationship development. If it had been a little longer, then I think this book could have been amazing. 3/5 stars.
14. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a 5-star read. The writing was beautiful plus it featured a lot of talk about family, Chinese culture and was set in San Fransisco. Additionally, this book featured magical realism especially when it comes to food.
About halfway through this book, things started to shift and I couldn’t get back into it as I had at the start. Regardless, it was still such a beautiful and lush read that I couldn’t bear to give it a low rating. 4/5 stars.
15. Fit (Fit #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon
I saw this book on Scribd and I hadn’t read anything by Rebekah Weatherspoon before so I decided to pick it up. Overall, I found this to be a really enjoyable novella about a fat girl who gets into a relationship with her personal trainer. It was short and smutty but was exactly what I wanted. It features BDSM elements if that’s something to enjoy and you’re looking for a quick romance read. 4/5 stars.
16. Girls On The Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
There was a lot of early hype around this book but since then, no one has seemed to really bring it up. Since Ellyn was reading it for the Reading Rush, I decided to pick it up on Scribd since they had the audiobook. This book ended up being really surprising for me as it was so short but packed such a powerful punch.
It was raw and heartbreaking while also featuring some light moments of friendship. It truly felt like a rollercoaster until I got to the end. The only complaint I had was that I wish it would have been longer. This book would have been better if Biggs Waller had written maybe 50 or 100 more pages. 4/5 stars.
17. Tamed (Fit #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon
In Fit, we met the love interest’s best friend and he is the love interest in this book. Sadly, I didn’t find this one as charming as the previous installment. While the main character was strong-willed, I just didn’t see the chemistry between her and Armando. Maybe I just didn’t like him as a character, but this book felt meh in comparison to the first. 2/5 stars.
18. Sated (Fit #3) by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Of course, I had to finish out the trilogy and surprisingly, I enjoyed this book a lot more than the previous one. It featured Keira, a co-worker of the love interest from the first two books and this one was such an improvement. I loved Keira’s character and that she was unabashedly a fangirl who didn’t censor herself for anyone. Her love interest, Daniel was featured in the two other books and it was nice to see him in the spotlight after being reduced to basically his ~sexual~ tastes in the previous installment.
Sadly, the ending felt a little bit lackluster for me. I guessed what was going to happen and I felt kind of meh about it. 3/5 stars.
19. So Sweet (Sugar Baby #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon
The end of the month was very Rebekah Weatherspoon heavy but I’m not complaining as her books are a treat. This is the start of a trilogy and it features Kayla who goes to a sugar daddy mixer with her friend, only to meet a sugar daddy of her own who become so much more. This book was both sexy and sweet but I only wish it had been longer so we could have gotten more developed storylines and characters. 4/5 stars.
20. Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer
When Ellyn mentioned that she was rereading Twilight, I immediately jumped on the bandwagon but ended up procrastinating forever to read it. Finally, I buckled down and decided to just read it. Overall, it was an experience and honestly, this book doesn’t hold up in the slightest. I can’t believe I stayed up until 2 or 3 in the morning, reading this when I was younger lmao.
Either way, I had a lot of fun while I was reading it and I especially loved having Ellyn there to talk to about it. If anything, it gets me even more excited to read New Moon with her next month. 😛