I hope July has been a good one for you. It’s been a whirlwind of hang outs and fun for me, but that obviously means reading has taken a back seat to everything. Which is totally fine and something that we should NEVER feel guilty about. Live life the way that is fulfilling to you and always place your priorities towards what is most important. While I adore reading, life is most precious when I spend time with my loved ones. So don’t ever feel like reading has to take #1 in your life because it really doesn’t unless you want it to.
That being said, I did have some good reading moments this month in between the fun, especially when my introverted self needed some much deserved recharging after all the social activities. Let’s see what I got up to this July!
What did I read this month?
Most surprising: I didn’t expect to love A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting as much as I did. It was fun being in the Regency era again and following a great heroine who wanted to outwit all the haughty mothers of eligible bachelors to snag a rich husband to save her family’s debts. I could totally stand by that and laughed all the way until the end.
New author highlight: I very much enjoyed Accomplished by Amanda Quain and loved seeing a different Pride and Prejudice character, and a Darcy at that, taking the spotlight. I can’t wait to see more from Amanda.
Guilty pleasures (that shouldn’t be with guilt at all): I fell down a rabbit hole one weekend this month when I picked up the first book by Ann Maree Craven & Michelle MacQueen. You know me and my love for the best friends to lovers trope. And one book became two and then the whole trilogy. I loved every second of these cute romances.
Memorable reading: I was a little wary with my high expectations going into Once Upon a Broken Heart what with all the good reviews I’ve heard and my enjoyment of Stephanie Garber’s previous series in this world. But thankfully, I had nothing to be afraid of and very much enjoyed my buddy read of this book. Can’t wait for book 2 to come out!
The wish-I-liked-it-more pile: Do you have one of these piles? Unfortunately, 3 of my books this month kind of landed here. I’m not 100% sure Kelsey Rodkey’s books are for me as A Disaster in Three Acts is the second one I didn’t particularly love. I adore Ali Hazelwood but the protagonist in Below Zero was hard to like and root for. And lastly, Today Tonight Tomorrow was good and I had wanted to get my hands on it for some time, but there was just something that made it just okay instead of outstanding, you know?
5 Drink Me Potions
- A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin (review)
- Dating the Boy Next Door by Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven
- Dating My Nemesis by Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven
4 Drink Me Potions
- Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber (review)
- Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel by Amanda Quain (review)
3 Drink Me Potions
- Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
- Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood
- Dating My Best Friend by Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven
2 Drink Me Potions
- A Disaster in Three Acts by Kelsey Rodkey (review)
Current reading list
- This May End Badly by Samantha Markum
- Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
- Wishtress by Nadine Brandes
- Seoulmates by Susan Lee
- The Luminaries by Susan Dennard
- Spells for Lost Things by Jenna Evans Welch
As always, thank you for being a part of this lovely community! I love interacting with you all and getting to share our love of reading with one another. If you’re ever interested in doing a buddy read with me, I’d be so happy to find a book and talk about it (thoroughly!) with you.
Have a safe and amazing August, everyone! ❤