So July was a month. This was the worst reading month of the year for me which makes me sad but I’m hoping that I will get back on track with my reading in August. I struggled in July because I am just learning how to balance having a job along with keeping up with reading and blogging. I also went to YALC this month which affected my reading but go check out my YALC experience and haul post to read more about how that went.
How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
It took me forever to get through this book but that wasn’t the books fault. I got a job and therefore got incredibly busy and I was too tired to read when I got home but when I had a day off, I just sat down and finished it. It was okay. It wasn’t great. I really didn’t like the main character as I thought she was actually a really horrible person. There are a lot of things she said that I thought were really horrible and rude. I think if I read this when I’m in my 30s then maybe I’d like it more but I’m still not sure. – 3 out of 5 stars.
Birthday by Meredith Russo
This was a book that I was not expecting to read. It wasn’t really on my radar but it came in June’s illumicrate box so I decided to pick it up and I loved it. This book was honestly absolutely amazing and I think it will be one of my favourite books of the year. It was such a heartwarming and emotional read about two teens struggling with individual issues. Their relationship was absolutely wonderful and I especially loved Eric’s love for Morgan. I highly recommend this book. – 5 out of 5 stars.
Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman
Next, I went into Waterstones and found an early copy of volume 2 of Heartstopper so I had to pick it up and read it straight away. Alice Oseman is one of my ultimate favourite authors and I love this graphic novel series. This installment was particularly fun because I loved seeing their relationship develop. I love reading a cutesy fun LGBT graphic novel series and I cannot wait for the third installment. – 5 out of 5 stars.
Fence issues #1-12 by C.S. Pascat
After that, for some reason, I decided to binge read all 12 issues of Fence on Scribd and it was a lot of fun. It was an interesting read but I definitely want more from this series. I know that there is a YA novel adaptation coming as well as more graphic novels I believe so I am excited to see where this story goes. One thing that did confuse me is that the hype led me to believe that this involved a romance between the two rivals but this did not occur. I don’t know if it is going to happen, but nothing has even really been hinted at so far in the issues that are out. – 3 out of 5 stars.
Maybe This Time by Kasie West
Kasie West is an auto read author for me so when her new release dropped, I picked it up immediately. This might be my favourite of her books so far because I think it was absolutely adorable. The romance felt realistic and cute but I also loved how it wasn’t focused on just the romance. It focused on her friendships, her family and her dreams/ambitions. I highly recommend this book for fans of YA romances. – 4 out of 5 stars.
The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James
Lauren James is another auto read author for me so I picked up her new Barrington Stoke novella and it was so much fun. I love how it was an accessible short sci-fi novel and I want more of it. I hope it does really well so we can potentially get a sequel because I think this would be a great series. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Next I was just in a mood to read an adult romance novel so I read Jasmine Guillory’s latest release. I thought this was quite fun but nothing special. I had a lot of fun reading it and it kept me hooked. I enjoyed Theo and Maddie as characters and I liked their romance but I won’t be thinking of this story much in the future. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
You already know that I obviously had to watch Spider-Man on the day it released because I love the MCU and Spider-Man is my favourite superhero. I loved this film. The MCU Spider-Man films have a great balance between a teen coming of age film and a superhero film. This film was so much fun and after that post credits scene, I need the third spider-man film like now. – 5 out of 5 stars.
I then decided to watch a Bollywood film that I’ve been meaning to watch since it came out in April. I thought it would be a good film despite the terrible reviews but boy was I wrong. This film was atrocious. The only good parts were the songs. The plot made no sense, the CGI was awful and the acting was terrible even though I love all of these actors. – 2 out of 5 stars.
Beauty and the Beast
Can you believe I had never seen any of the live action Disney films? I decided to watch Beauty and the Beast first and it was not great. I’ve heard such good things about it and I love the original version a lot but I think this film lacked any of the emotion that the original did. The singing was atrocious and the changes to the story made no sense. I was not a fan of this remake. – 2 out of 5 stars.
The Lion King
I then went with my family to watch the new Lion King remake. I thought it was a lot of fun and I loved seeing this story again but it didn’t hold up as well as the original animated version did. The animals can’t emote as well as the cartoons did so it doesn’t hit you as strongly as the original did. I also didn’t understand why they removed certain parts including my favourite Scar quote (I’m surrounded by idiots). I also think a certain actress was miscast and should have not been in it but I still think it was a fun watch. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
So that was my July wrap up. What did you guys get up to in July? Were any of you guys at YALC? Let me know how your month went down below.