July has been a diverse month of books, many new to me books and one from one of my favourite authors who I have been reading for years.
However, first up a late addition to June’s books – for some reason it took a while for me to get this on the blog and then I forgot to actually include it in my June round up! – Twisted River – Siobhán MacDonald ★★★★
A wonderful debut novel which I would recommend to psychological thriller fans.
Right, onto July’s books!
- Valentina – S.E. Lynes ★★★★★
- The Unseeing – Anna Mazzola ★★★★★
- The Hope Family Calendar – Mike Gayle ★★★★★
- Nightblind – Ragnar Jónasson ★★★★★
- The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena ★★★★
- In a Land of Paper Gods – Rebecca Mackenzie ★★★★
- The Plumberry School of Comfort Food – Part 1 ★★★★★
I am pleased to say that I have now exceeded my Goodreads challenge of 40, as at the end of July I had read 46 books.
My #20BooksofSummer is also doing well, I have so far read 15 books from my (ever-changing!) list. I have a page on the blog listing my 20 books and linking up to the reviews once published which can be found here: #20booksofsummer
My favourite book of July
My favourite book of July was The Hope Family Calendar by Mike Gayle. I read a number of fabulous books in July (special mention to Valentina and The Unseeing), it had to be this one as I love all of Mike Gayle’s books, whilst this is a slight change in direction of Gayle, it did not disappoint and I absolutely loved it.
The Hope Family Calendar is both brilliantly funnily and heartrendingly sad, I did not want this book to end and actually slowed down my reading to make it last that little bit longer. This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time and I will truly miss the Hope family.
Coming up in August
I’ve just finished both I See You by Clare Mackintosh and The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft (reviews up soon) and moving onto The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis. I will most certainly be reading Dust by Mark Thompson and MJ Lee’s The Irish Inheritance ahead of my stops on their respective blog tours.