July Book Roundup.

July whizzed by.

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Read:

Coming Up For Air – Miranda Kenneally. Easy. ★★★★★

This is the next instalment of the “Hundred Oaks” series. I was so excited that this came out. It was soooo good!! Seriously. A YA romance in one of my favourite series about elite swimmers. I knew I’d love it, and I was right.

It had Kenneally’s characteristic wit and humour and tone. The characters, setting and plot were all realistic and enjoyable. The lead character was amazing. I wanted her to succeed and figure things out. All the supporting characters were great also. Oh, and the epilogue! OMG!

“Did I tell you about our new clients? This couple wants a Game of Thrones-themed wedding…because nothing says love live murder.”

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Stars Above – Marissa Meyer. Easy. ★★★★☆

This is a compilation of short stories set in the “Lunar Chronicles” world. This was really good! I hadn’t realised how much I missed this world. All the stories were interesting in different ways, and were well written. The tone was consistent, even though each of the stories follows different characters in different settings.

“I will accept any amount of monsters my mind wants to give me, but I will not become a monster myself.”

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The Alchemyst – Michael Scott. Easy. ★★★★☆

This is the first book in the series, “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel“, and I listened to the audiobook so that I could get back into the series in order to FINALLY read the last book. It was still pretty good, particularly considering I first read it so long ago.

“You must learn to trust your senses. Humans use but a tiny percentage of theirs.”

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The Enchantress – Michael Scott. Medium. ★★★★☆

This is the seventh and last book in the series started by “The Alchemyst”. I’ve had it on my shelf since it came out in 2012. It was fast-paced magical mayhem. A lot of things happen to a lot of different characters. It could be a bit hard to follow at times, particularly due to some characters being in two places at once.

I’m still not sure I liked the ending. It got a bit weird, and ended really quickly. But whatever, I finally finished the series. Yay!

“When in doubt, we follow our hearts. Words can be false, images and sounds can be manipulated. But this,” he tapped his chest, over his heart. “This is always true.”

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Casino Royale – Ian Fleming. Medium. ★★☆☆☆

Our July BOTM was the classic spy thriller, and you can hear all of my thoughts on it here. I didn’t really like it much. It’s hard to enjoy something that makes you feel so uncomfortable.

“Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.”

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Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson – Emily Dickinson. Medium. ★★★☆☆

I’m not really into poetry, but I’ve had this a while and figured I’d give it a read. There were some poems in the collection which I really liked, and some which just confused me. I think I’ll try to reread it again in the future, but slower and with more reflection. Overall, I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.

“The distant strains of triumph/ Break, agonized and clear.”

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Currently Reading:

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – Danielle Binks.

I didn’t manage to get to this in July. But it’ll happen.

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Things are a bit stressful in my life at the moment, just little insignificant things, but I find that makes me want to read more; so I guess it’s good for something.

– Gabi

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