Here’s my July 2023 Reading Wrap Up. How was your July reading month?
July 2023 Reading Wrap Up
July was a “mixed bag” reading month. Although I didn’t have one 5 star read, I enjoyed an abundance of 4 star reads. Out of the 13 books completed, I had nine 4-star reads, three 3-star reads, and one 2.5-star read.
My most memorable fiction read this month was probably The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese because of the accomplishment I felt after finishing this hefty and memorable tome. My favorite nonfiction was Life in Five Senses by Gretchen Rubin. (not yet reviewed)
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4 Stars. Multigenerational historical fiction set in India; literary fiction.
4 Stars. Nonfiction; essays (not yet reviewed)
4 Stars. Historical Fiction. (not yet reviewed)
4 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction. #8 in a series. (not yet reviewed)
4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction; romance. A nod to all things Austen. (review coming soon)
4 Stars. Historical fiction (WWII). My new favorite author for women on the homefront stories. (review coming soon)
4 Stars. Historical Fiction (WWI). A book about books, a woman’s pursuit of education, and bookbinding. (not yet reviewed)
4 Stars. Nonfiction; biographical narrative nonfiction, botany. The story of the two real-life women botanists who dared to brave a dangerous boat expedition through the Grand Canyon in 1938 to map the botany along the Colorado River. (not reviewed)
4 Stars. Nonfiction, essays, literary analysis. This was a bit more academic (textbook) than I expected and I skimmed many sections. (not reviewed)
3.5 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Fiction, family drama. I requested this because I love Hewitt’s “vicarage” series. I wished that the main character in BlueBell Lane had been more likable and less whiney. (review coming soon)
3 Stars.. Contemporary young adult. It has been a while since I’ve read a young adult selection and this one is entertaining with limited profanity. Romance fades to black. (not reviewed)
3.5 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Romance (grumpy/sunshine). Small-town “Stars Hollow” vibes, but with SPICE (more than I expected!). If you like open-door romance, this is an entertaining story. If spicey is not your preference, I’d skip this one! (review coming soon)
2.5 Stars. Nonfiction, essay. A rundown of ALL her friendships, girls’ trips, and girlfriend drama. Although I love the topic, I found little to relate to or be inspired by here. In fact, you might feel bad if you don’t have a multitude of friends or similar financial resources.
July Wrap Up QOTD:
Did we read any of the same books?
Did you have a favorite July read?
July Blog Posts
Books Set in Paris
The Covenant of Water Review
Becoming Madam Secretary (cover reveal)
10 Popular Books I Did Not Finish
Women on the Home Front During War Years
Women of the Post Review
Eleanor Recommends (Guest Post)
10 Books With One Word Titles
Summer’s One “Must Read” Book (collaboration)
Ladies of the Lake Review
Hello Stranger Review
No Two Persons Review
Happy Reading Bood Friends!
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