Monthly reading review – July 2021
This July I have read:
The Hedge Knight: The Tales of Dunk and Egg by George R.R. Martin ★★★★
Kako ste? by Barbara Matejčić ★★★★
Time Weaver (Drakon #5) by Shana Abe ★★★
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1) by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan ★★★
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells ★★★★★
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller ★★★★
Antologija suvremene japanske novele by Kazuo Tanaka (Editor) ★★★★
Real World by Natsuo Kirino ★★★
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein ★★★
Elves: The Blue Elves’ Mission (Elfes #6) by Jean-Luc Istin, Kyko Duarte ★★★★★
Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman ★★★★★
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers ★★★★
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells ★★★★★
Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #14) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★
1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?
This July I have outdone myself and read an amazing 14 books! I am actually surprised at the amount and the variety of genres and books that have been on my TBR for a quite a long time as well as some relatively new books for me.
2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in July? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?
Books I most enjoyed reading this month were from the Murderbot Diaries book series: Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol . Usually I have some issues with reading science fiction books and following up with all the technical parts of the story but these are so easy to get into and I really love them!
3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?
There were few books that were a let down this month and some were even a source of frustration. Time Weaver was the last book in the Drakon series and The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Time Weaver was a messy ending to a book series that had me interested because of the unique dragon shapeshifter angle. Of this five book series each book I read was either a let down or really good and as a whole the series was a wild ride with high highs and low lows. The Strain belongs to a horror genre that I am not a big fan of. I had some serious issues with the translated edition and the general feeling was not good. The Strain is one series I will not be continuing.
I am glad that have read them and can move on from these.
4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?
For July I made plans for Bookopoly and Olympic Games reading challenge. I managed to read all the books for Bookopoly and all but one for the Olympic Games challenge. The only book I wanted to read and did not managed to read was Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) by Rainbow Rowell because my preorder has not arrived yet. I am hoping to get it in time for some reading challenges in August!
Actually all the fourteen books I have read in July were a part of reading challenges!
5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?
I have finished one book series and made a decision not to continue another – so that’s two book series cleared in July. I started one new graphic novel series I am very much enjoying. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book series second reading is moving along and I’ve finished book fourteen out of current 28. which makes me halfway trough! I managed to read two books in the Murderbot Diaries series and can’t wait to for an opportunity to read the next book! July was a very good month for reading book series!
6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?
This is a second month in the row that I am blown away with Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries book series and my whole outlook on science fiction is changing because of it. I love the short format, the artwork and the lovable main character. The main character has proven to be surprisingly insightful on everything about what it means to be human. So much story and emotion packed in less than 200 pages per book made these books best I have read this year so far and I hope the next books are at least as good!
Final thoughts on July 2021 reading
I have been working on making up for those spring months when I got a reading slump and I am still behind on my plans to read 100 books in a year. I am proud of how many books I have read this July and I have managed to cut the amount of books I needed to catch up by half!
In the fourteen books I have read 3656 pages. There were a lot of the genres I am not usually drawn to in July and four of the books were science fiction which is starting to be on my TBR more often recently. Only two of the books were graphic novels and only one book was over 500 pages long. Nine books I have read in July were under 300 pages.
I find this shorter format motivating and very satisfying.