I usually do my wrap ups weekly, but I was gone for most of July on a road trip and didn’t have access to a computer so I put off all wrap ups for the month. These are all of the books I read between June 26th and the end of July. Some of them don’t have reviews, because it was over a month between reading some of these and adding them to this post and some I just didn’t have anything to say about them.
78. The Secret of Me by Meg Kearney ✰4✰ I enjoyed this story, but I don’t know that it gained anything by being told in verse. I learned a lot about adoption and I appreciated hearing this story.
79. Am I Blue? edited by Marion Dane Bauer ✰4✰ This was a collection of LGBT short stories written by many different author that I first read in a college Young Adult Literature class. It was a varied collection in terms of genre, and I enjoyed all but one of the stories.
80. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa ✰4✰ This book took me a really long time to read. Especially when you consider how short it is. The math largely went over my head, but by the end I was in tears with the love and sorrow this book showcased.
81. Well Met by Jen DeLuca ✰4✰ This book was so cute and so fun and so funny. I had a really great time reading it and I am looking forward to the sequel due out in September.
82. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest by Wanda Coven ✰4✰
83. Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell by Wanda Coven ✰4✰
84. All Systems Red by Martha Wells ✰3✰ This Book was okay. I didn’t dislike it, but I also found myself not really caring about anything that was happening. I will likely not continue in the series.
85. Travelling Light by Vickie Johnstone ✰2✰ This was just underwhelming.
86. The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate ✰4✰ I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first one, but it was a really compelling story and I am glad I read it.
87. It Rained Warm Bread by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet ✰5✰ This was such a heartbreaking book. It will stick with me for a long time.
88. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren ✰2✰ I’ve read two Christina Lauren books before and loved them. I gave them both five stars. This book was such a disappointment. I can’t tell you why I hated the love interest so much without spoilers, but I can not believe how stupid or pathetic the main character was to give him a second chance.
89. Quest for the Enchanted Book by Colleen S Myers ✰2✰
90. Sold by Patricia McCormick ✰4✰ Such a heartbreaking book.
91. New Kid by Jerry Craft ✰5✰ This book was so good. It was a Newbery Honor winner and I am working on reading all of the winners. This book was compelling and showcased some of the racist things I’ve been reading about in other books in a very presentable way. I don’t know that I would have been paying close enough attention to the black children being called by each other’s names repeatedly if I were not also reading anti-racist literature at the same time. This was a compelling graphic novel and I fell like I learned more about myself and about the world reading it.
92. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo ✰5✰ This was so good. I read it on my Kindle so even though I believe it’s told in verse, that wasn’t immediately obvious on the screen. The story was so compelling and I just didn’t want to stop reading it. I loved every character present here and can’t wait to read more of this author’s work.
93. Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise by Wanda Coven ✰4✰
94. Confessions of a Mediocre Widow by Tidd Catherine ✰5✰
95. Coffee and Crime by Kelly Hashway ✰3✰ This was a cute coffee shop themed cozy mystery that I got for free on my Kindle and I enjoyed it for what it was, a prequel. I bought and plan to read book one soon.
96.Grave Peril by Jim Butcher ✰5✰ I just love Dresden and I don’t know why I take so long to get to the next books in this series.
97.Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson ✰5✰ I asked for a recommendation of a book to read that would make me laugh out loud and this book definitely delivered. So funny!
98.Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey ✰4✰ I liked this book, but I just wanted more from it, more pages, more story, more everything.
99.Heidi Heckelbeck Gets Glasses by Wanda Coven ✰3✰
100.The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta ✰5✰ Amazing!
101.The Wives by Tarryn Fisher ✰2✰ Such a disappointment. I hate the trope that was used in here, but can’t tell you what it is without major spoilers.
102.Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney ✰3✰ So cute! And funny. I have plans to read the rest of the series.
103.No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg ✰2✰ These may have been great speeches, but as a book it just didn’t work for me. So much repetition and just boring with not enough new information. I’m just glad it was short.
104.Becoming by Michelle Obama ✰4✰
105.My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell ✰3✰ Kind of disappointing.
106.My Best Friends’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix ✰2✰ Very disappointing. I’m not sure why I didn’t expect all of the religious aspects, but they were too much for me. Also, the gore was not for me. So many trigger warnings I could give here. But if you don’t mind religion and bloody violence you may love this book.
107. Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney ✰4✰ I liked this even better than the first one. I can’t wait for more books in the series to get here in the mail.
108. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Secret Admirer by Wanda Coven ✰4✰
109. Big Nate In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce ✰4✰
110. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey ✰3✰
111. The Book of Jones by Ralph Steadman ✰2✰ Odd. Underwhelming.
July was a good month with vacation and completing 25 books and finishing my yearly Goodreads goal. I’m glad to be back to normal life for August.
Vacation was a mix. The drive from New York State to California was long and tiring. The week spent with family was amazing and fun and full of love and excitement. The long drive back home was terrible. We would never drive across the country again. It was way too much for Pepper and myself. I’m glad we did it this time though.