July was, by far, the best reading month I’ve ever had 😍 I read soooo much, and mostly great books, so I am very happy about it 🙌🏼

This month, I’m trying out something new in my wrap-up: including an excerpt from my reviews of each book, namely the tiny summary I add at the end of my reviews. Let’s see how it works… alright, on to the books now!

Books read: 11
Pages read: 3468
Favorite read of the month: The Snowman by Jo Nesbø ♡

 

The Night Women by Sara Blædel 

The third book in the Louise Rick series was the first read of the month – and we were off to a great start! 🙌🏼 What else would you expect from a Sara Blædel book, right?

 A gripping, twisty, and very well-executed read with some of the best plotting I’ve read recently. Sara Blædel has made my adventures through the Nordic Noir genre a wonderful experience – she’s definitely one of my favorites!

READ THE FULL REVIEW

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

It took me years and dozens of TBRs to get to this book – but I finally read it! This is a cute-yet-kind-of-serious YA novel that I flew through in just a few hours.

A quick, immersing and fluffy (but not overly so) read. It’s not memorable – I’m sure I won’t remember much about it a few weeks from now – but it’s very fun while it lasts.

READ THE FULL REVIEW

★★★☆☆ 3.5/5 stars

 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 

When choosing a favorite read of this month, Sharp Objects is a close second to The Snowman. I was a bit late to the party, but since the TV show was coming out, I decided it was time to read my first Gillian Flynn book.

I was very pleasantly surprised, absolutely devoured Sharp Objects and definitely want to read her other books. My favorite part of this read was probably how fucked up the characters are.

A shock-filled and fast-paced read that features a cast of fucked-up characters. Chilling, gripping, unpredictable and brilliantly written.

READ THE BOOK + TV SHOW PREMIERE REVIEW

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

I picked this one up because my mom wanted to watch the movie. Since I was going away on vacation, I thought it would be the perfect time to dive into a bigger book… and now I don’t ever want to stop reading Nesbø’s books!! Good thing I have a bunch of them sitting on my shelves 😋

This book was my choice for the BookBum Club theme of July: that is SO last year (read a book you meant to read in 2017) 📖

An unputdownable, uneasy story with a clever plot, a chilling atmosphere and some of the best case-solving I’ve read lately.

READ THE FULL BOOK + MOVIE REVIEW

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

Smothered by Autumn Chiklis 

This one was sent to me by St. Martin’s Press and I immediately categorized it as a summer read just from reading the synopsis. You’re basically reading this girl’s diary that she writes in as she is dealing with keeping secrets from her friends and her crazy family.

A hilarious, speedy, and quirky read that features lovable characters and great family dynamics. The ultimate beach read.

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★★★☆☆ 3.5/5 stars

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Yet another thriller – this one set at sea. This book has such hype around it that I was super eager to pick it up. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Once again, a great summer read because of the boat element.

I have two other books by her on my shelves, so I should be reading those soon as well.

An addictive, claustrophobic and immersive read that is sure to make the reader fearful and aware.

READ THE FULL REVIEW

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

 

A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey 

This was a HUGE surprise. The author sent her book my way (thank you!) a few months back, so I had completely forgotten what it was about. As soon as I started reading it, I was hooked. I stayed up ’till 2AM finishing it, something that hadn’t happened in a long time!

A captivating, fast-paced read, in which the characters capture the reader in such a way that they cannot put the book down. Simply addictive.

READ THE FULL REVIEW

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

Hollywood by Keegan Allen

My very first photography book – courtesy of St. Martin’s Press, once again. In case you don’t know, Keegan Allen was part of the Pretty Little Liars cast. Combine one of my favorite actors with photography and one of the most charismatic places in the world, and you have a perfect book.

A refreshing, inspiring read that paints an accurate portrait of one of the most famous cities in the USA – the good, the bad, and everything in between.

READ THE FULL REVIEW

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

 

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas 

That’s right, I finally finished it!! I’d started it a while ago, but it wasn’t hooking me, so I put it aside… for like 8 months 😅 But when I picked it back up, I couldn’t stop reading. Absolutely loved it, especially all the training and character development. What can I say, I’m SJM trash 🤷🏻‍♀️

An addictive, action-packed read featuring Maas’s lovely characters that I will love until the day I die. Not my favorite in the series so far, but still a great book.

READ THE FULL REVIEW

★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars

 

Portuguese Books

   

Ulisses by Maria Alberta Menéres – a summary of Odysseus’s story for children – 5/5 stars

Uma Abelha na Chuva by Carlos de Oliveira – a rather sad Portuguese classic – 5/5 stars


So July was very productive, and I definitely want August to be just as good. I’ve already finished a book, so I think I’ll be reading a lot again this month – fingers crossed!

What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down in the comments! ♡

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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