July Roundup

July is often my favourite bookish month, for one reason, and one reason only: YALC. The three-day book convention is an absolute highlight of my summer, and has meant that the rest of my year will be packed with new and exciting books! Reading-wise, July actually wasn’t a great month, so I’m still on under 100 books for the year, more than a month after I hit 100 last year. But that’s okay. I’ve enjoyed the books I have read – mostly!

Books

  1. The Dark Prophecy – Rick Riordan
  2. The Christmas Catch – Ginny Baird
  3. Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan
  4. Once and For All – Sarah Dessen
  5. With This Click, I Thee Wed – Bonnie R Paulson
  6. The Littlest Cowboy – Maggie Shayne
  7. Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
  8. A Perfect Fit – Heather Tullis
  9. Close Your Eyes – Nicci Cloke
  10. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
  11. The Border – Steve Schafer
  12. Rush For Love – Violet Vaughn
  13. Close To Me – Amanda Reynolds
  14. The Nearest Faraway Place – Hayley Long
  15. The Cows – Dawn O’Porter
  16. The Pearl Thief – Elizabeth Wein
  17. Forever Dreams – Leeanna Morgan

Short Stories

  1. Origins – Taran Matharu

Samplers

Because this month was YALC, I obtained a veritable treasure trove of samplers of upcoming books. Some were very short – a single page – and some were quite hefty – several chapters. All were enjoyable, in different ways. Two, both of which I was very excited about, were hugely disappointing. The Book of Dust sampler was the exact same as the Guardian extract from months ago (MAY!), which I had already read. Similarly, the preview of Leigh Bardugo’s new collection of short stories contained a short story, and showed the contents page as including two more stories which have already been separately released (and which I’ve read). The finished product will contain three brand new stories, and admittedly the illustrations in the sampler are fabulous, but I was pretty disappointed in both of these samplers. Doesn’t mean I won’t read the books, of course!

  1. The Book of Dust – Philip Pullman
  2. Tangleweed and Brine – Deirdre Sullivan
  3. The Space Between the Stars – Anne Corlett
  4. Spare and Found Parts – Sarah Maria Griffin
  5. All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Clean – Juno Dawson
  7. Sleeper – JD Fennell
  8. The Surface Breaks – Louise O’Neill
  9. Sorrow – Melinda Salisbury
  10. It Only Happens In The Movies – Holly Bourne
  11. Shell – Paula Rawsthorne
  12. The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
  13. Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds
  14. Grave Matter – Juno Dawson
  15. Blackwing – Ed McDonald
  16. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
  17. A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge
  18. Fire Lines – Cara Thurlbourn
  19. Floored – Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood

Cover Art

 

Favourite Book This Month

I wasn’t expecting to love Neverwhere as much as I did, but it was really excellent. I also really loved The Pearl Thief, but for sheer unexpected joy, Neverwhere edges it this month.

Least Favourite Book This Month

Oh, easy one. I absolutely did not enjoy The Cows. Talk about your hyped up disappointment!

Favourite cover art

This is a tough one. Lots of the wedding-y covers are very dull and samey. I like the Close Your Eyes cover, not least because it works in elements of the story. I think my winner, though, is The Pearl Thief, because the moon is also a pearl. I’m a sucker for dual visual elements. Some lovely covers in there this month, though.

 

Other…

I’m officially on a book-buying ban until I read at least 21 of the 42 books I picked up at YALC. Since there are loads of books coming up that I definitely want to buy, that means I probably won’t be socialising for, oh, the next year or so, while I try to reach my self-imposed goal. Expect to see me some time in July 2018, as I gear up for another YALC. =D

 

 

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