A Surprisingly Good Reading Month? // July Wrap-Up 2020

Hello everyone! If you recall my July TBR, I created a super short list of books for myself to read because I didn’t think I was going to get a lot of reading done this month. Somehow, I ended up reading 10 books, though!

5 stars

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: This was my first read of the month, and I definitely started off on a good note! Toni Morrison just has such an incredible writing style. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before, and I definitely want to read more of her work.
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: I picked this up because I was seeing it all over bookstagram, and when I read the synopsis, it seemed so intriguing. The synopsis just doesn’t fully cover what this book is about. I was not prepared for the rollercoaster that it was, and it blew my expectations out of the water. It was such a great read. Also, I know there were some issues with the Reading Rush and them dismissing this book (which was their book club pick), so I want to really stress how great this book is, and please, pick it up if you haven’t already!
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: I finally read this book! I also watched the movie this month, and let me tell you- both were so incredible. I understand all of the hype for the movie now, and I think I might watch it again soon!

4 stars

  • The King of Crows by Libba Bray: I’ve talked about the Diviners series quite a lot recently, as I finally read it this year. I’m so sad that I’m done with the whole series now. This final book was not my favorite of the four, but I think it was a good ending to this world. If you haven’t yet read The Diviners, and it’s been on your TBR as long as it had been on mine, I definitely say you should pick it up ASAP. It was such a magical and fun story, and I didn’t want it to end.

3 stars

  • The Great Gatsby Graphic Novel Adaptation illustrated by K. Woodman-Maynard: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, so thank you! Unfortunately, I was expecting a little more from it, though. It’s hard for me to judge it because I don’t have a huge knowledge of graphic novels, but I think if you hadn’t ever read The Great Gatsby novel, this version of the story would be very confusing. It was just missing some plot points in between to make the story flow better. I did love the illustrations, though!
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: I’ve talked about this book and my feelings a lot already, so all I’ll say is this did not live up to the hype for me. I was expecting to be blown away…and I just wasn’t. It wasn’t a bad book, but it just wasn’t really for me.
  • 1984 by George Orwell: I finally read this classic that has been on my TBR for AGES!! It was a good read. I definitely think it covers so many important topics, and it left me thinking about the current state of the world. It was good, just not a new favorite!
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney: This book has been talked about a LOT all over booktube, Instagram, and Twitter, especially with the show coming out. I have to say, I didn’t think it was that incredible. But, I’m watching the show right now, and I think I actually like it more than the book (which is hard to believe, ahahaha).

2 stars

  • The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman: This book has really high ratings on Goodreads, and I was really excited to pick this up. Unfortunately, I just had a lot of issues with the way it was handled. Overall, the racism was just never really resolved, and the main character was very selfish in terms of how things played out. I just didn’t feel great about it. But I really liked the love interest and wanted to hear more from his perspective, which I think would have improved this story for me.

1 star

Tell me about your reading month! How many books did you read? Did you find any favorites? I’d love to know!

And let me know if you’ve read any of the ones I did, and what your thoughts were on them!

24 thoughts on “A Surprisingly Good Reading Month? // July Wrap-Up 2020

  1. Whoa, that really is a great reading month!! :D Mine wasn’t that good. I didn’t get to read that much, also my current read is a bit slow-paced so tht whenever I pick it up I don’t read that much. I am glad you got to read 1984 because it’s such a good classic. I remember being in the same situation last year when the book was on my tbr that long.

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  2. Such a Fun Age is definitely on my TBR! The Diviners is a series I’ve been meaning to start for YEARS so I’ll really have to prioritize it at some point. Congrats for reading so many books and I am so glad you read some 5 star books!

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  3. Ah, you had a GREAT reading month Jessica. SO GLAD that there are way more 5 and 4 stars than 1 star because 🙃 I can’t wait to read Such A Fun Age and also Little Women!! I’ve only seen the 90s movie but desperately want to watch the new adaptation so have to read it.

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  4. Wow, 10 books, that’s amazing, I’m so happy you got to read so much in the past month! I’m so curious about Normal People, I’ve been hearing so much about it lately, as well. And I need to read The Diviners series eventually, it sounds so good!! :)
    Happy reading <3

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  5. Such a good reading month!! Little Women has been on my reread list for so long because I
    loved those books so much when I was younger but I don’t remember them at all. I haven’t seen the latest film either but it looks so good (mainly cause I love Emma Watson haha).
    I had a pretty decent reading month in July – I think I read 5 books but I enjoyed all of them! Especially Only Mostly Devastated and Love, Creekwood which we’re both 4.5*.
    Hope you have a great August!

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  6. Ahh, congrats on reading so much this month, that’s amazing!! I’m so happy you loved Little Women, both the book and the movie. The movie is my favorite ever and I desperately want to rewatch it (and I should reread the book while I’m at it haha). Happy reading in August! xx

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  7. I’ve been meaning to reread Little Women since I knew the film was coming out, but I still haven’t yet, oops!! And I’ve been hearing so so much about Toni Morrison lately; I really want to pick up one of her books soon as I haven’t read any of her work. She sounds incredible. I had a pretty good reading month myself! I read some great, deep, and exciting reads :) x

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