Where has July gone, am I right? (I seem to be saying that for every single month of this year but seriously, I mean it this time.) How is it August? Where did the first half of the year go?! Enough incredulous questions, let’s just get onto what we’re all here to do, and that is to take a peek at what I read in this past month, ignoring the fact that we’re almost a week into August… cough… let’s just move on…
In July, I read a total of 6 books – 5 fiction and 1 non-fiction, amounting to 2009 pages in total, and, of these, 4 books were re-reads.
In terms of format: 1 was paperback, 2 were hardback, 1 was an e-book, and 2 were audiobook.
And as for genre, very broadly speaking, 4 books were fantasy, 1 was non-fiction/memoir, 1 was comic-book/superheroes.
Onto the books themselves…
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Genre: young-adult; fantasy
Read: 9th – 22nd July
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 2]
The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer [audiobook, read by author]
Genre: non-fiction; memoir
Read: 20th – 23rd July
Challenges fulfilled: Mount TBR
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
Read: 22nd July
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 26]
Ms Marvel: Volume 1 ‘No Normal’ – G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
Genre: comic book; young-adult; superheroes
Read: 23rd July
Challenges fulfilled: Book Riot Read Harder #18
Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo
Genre: young-adult; fantasy
Read: 22nd – 30th July
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman [audiobook, read by author]
Genre: childrens; fantasy
Read: 25th – 31st July
I started putting together this monthly post half-way through July, drafting a paragraph justifying why I’d read so few books. It was full of excuses about War and Peace taking up my daily commute reading time and how I just wasn’t getting through other books because I had to make this my priority every single day. Then, something weird happened… I started finishing books. No, I didn’t finish War and Peace (ha) but I did end up picking up some re-reads which I used as my daily ‘reward system’ for finishing my prescribed daily pages of Tolstoy’s tome. This method works, guys, I’m so amazed.
Also I can’t deny that I listened to a couple of audiobooks because work has been very quiet this month and I work in my own office with everyone else on the floors above me, the upshot of which is that I can pretty much listen to whatever I want and, if I’m working on a reasonably monotonous task, I can get through a good 4 or 5 hours of audiobook listening in the space of a work day. Obviously, this has made getting through books a lot quicker. (It’s a shame that this will change very soon as we’re moving into temporary offices whilst our building gets refurbished and I’ll be in an office with other people again. It’s probably good for me to not be on my own for a good few months though.)
You may have also noticed the trend of me choosing to re-read old favourite books, mainly via audiobook, as a way of continuing to read things whilst tackling War and Peace – obviously I would prefer it if I could read new things and War and Peace but at this point I’m happy to be finishing anything else so I’ll take what I can and roll with it. As you can see, re-reading also means I end up having quite a lot of reliably enjoyable reads but, again, I’m happy to go along with that moving forward into August!
So that was my month but how did your July reading go?
What was your favourite book you read this month?
Please do share in the comments below and let’s chat books!