July 2021 Wrap-Up!

15 more books down this month! Not as much as last month, but that’s probably because I read some really chonky ones. (Crave & Crush — they’re thick!) Not complaining, though, because that’s 15 more towards my yearly goal, and that makes me 19 books ahead. Nice!

Now, the wrap:

What I read:

Daughter of Moloka’i by ALan Brennert // ★★★★☆
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo // ★★★☆☆
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld // ★★★☆☆

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins // ★☆☆☆☆
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins // ★☆☆☆☆
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells // ★★★☆☆

Crave by Tracy Wolff // ★★☆☆☆
Crush by Tracy Wolff // ★★★☆☆
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid // ★★★☆☆

Renegades by Marissa Meyer // ★★★★☆
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer // ★★★☆☆
Supernova by Marissa Meyer // ★★★☆☆

Peony in Love by Lisa See // ★★☆☆☆
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan // ★★★★☆
World War Z by Max Brooks // ★★★★☆

21 in 2021

  1. Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  6. World War Z by Max Brooks
  7. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  8. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  9. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  11. Replica by Lauren Oliver
  12. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  13. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  14. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  15. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  16. Peony in Love by Lisa See
  17. Wicked by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  18. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
  19. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  20. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  21. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Three more books down from the 20 in 2021 TBR! AND I read all the books I wanted to read from my June TBR post!

Most of the book ratings weren’t really a surprise, but I was a little disappointed by the rating I gave Fugitive Telemetry. I love Murderbot. This one just didn’t hit me as well as the previous stories did. Regardless, though, I can’t wait for the next one. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of reading Murderbot’s views on humans. It’s so interesting.

I enjoyed the Renegades series, but the first book was by far the superior in the series. I really liked the idea of a villain being one of the POVs so you can actually see both sides, and I always love Meyer’s writing style. By the time I got to the second and third, though, they felt a little dry and drawn out, especially with one of the main plot points. Also, Nova was really dumb sometimes. I mean, I relate, but sometimes I just wanted to sit her down and tell her to use her brain first.

No five-stars, but I wasn’t really expecting any. Daughter of Moloka’i came closest, but I enjoyed the first book more than the second, so it was knocked down to a four-star.

August’s TBR post will be coming tomorrow, since, for once, I’m actually doing pretty good with them. Stick around for that if you’re interested!

Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “July 2021 Wrap-Up!

  1. OOH, I really hope you get to read An Ember in the Ashes from your 21 books in 2021 list! I’ve not read the rest of the series but that first book very much exceeded my expectations. It was so good and I’ve still not read anything like it since.

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