My Bookish Month of July 2022

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

July was the month I got settled in a little more at work, and I also had the last week off (as well as this week and the next). The weather was fab, I got to spend some quality time with the hubby, and there was quite a bit of reading, so no complaints here. (What a massive difference to previous years, when I was always exhausted this time of year and complaining so very, very much 😬)

July was a great bookish month, even if I read and listened a little less than I usually do. I finished the Green Bone saga by Fonda Lee (highly recommended, BTW) and binged the Cassidy Blake series by Victoria Schwab, two series I’ve been meaning to read for quite a while, so I’m really happy with that. Some of my highly anticipated books turned out to be just as fantastic as I’d hoped they would be. And I accidentally read two Spanish books, which means I’m nailing that challenge 😁 In case you’re wondering how that happened: I was already reading Misery in Spanish when I felt a sudden urge to read The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum, which I’d had on my TBR for so flipping long I’d completely forgotten I had it in Spanish, not English 🤦🏼‍♀️ These are probably (one of) the reason(s) why I read a bit less in July, as I do read slower in Spanish.

These were my favourite reads of the month:

In figures July looks like this:

Novels: 5923 pages across 15 books and two short stories
Audiobooks: 51 hours across 8 audiobooks

And here’s what I did in July and some of what I’ll be posting in August:

What I read:

The Backbone of the World, Stephen Graham Jones
Bloody Summer, Carmen Maria Machado
Jade Legacy, Fonda Lee
Whisper of the Seals, Roxanne Bouchard
Dead Water, C.A. Fletcher
The Trial, S.R. Masters
This Wild, Wild Country, Inga Vesper (review to follow)
No Place to Run, Mark Edwards
Misery, Stephen King
La chica de al lado, Jack Ketchum
The Bleeding, Johana Gustawsson (review to follow)
Black Hearts, Doug Johnstone (review to follow)
For the Throne, Hannah F. Whitten
The Mutant Mushroom Takeover, Summer Rachel Short
The Hacienda, Isabel Cañas
The House Across the Lake, Riley Sager
Wake, Shelley Burr

What I listened to:

A History of Wild Places, Shea Ernshaw
The Gone & the Forgotten, Clare Whitfield
The New Husband, D.J. Palmer
Dear Mrs. Bird, AJ Pearce
Girl, Forgotten, Karin Slaughter
City of Ghosts, Victoria Schwab
Tunnel of Bones, Victoria Schwab
Bridge of Souls, Victoria Schwab

What I read earlier but reviewed in June:

What I Hid for You, Heleen Kist
No Secrets, David Jackson
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Book of Gothel, Mary McMyne

I also shared an excerpt from The Daves Next Door by Will Carver and Night Shadows by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir and I had a look at my reading in the second quarter of the year by means of pie charts.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in July:

A fantasy sequel and two additions to my Orenda collection (and a curious cat):

Two books I couldn’t resist, four 99p Kindle deals and five eARCs courtesy of Bonnier Books UK & Random Things Tours, Viper Books, Henry Roi PR and Orenda Books:

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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