What I Read in July 2019

Another month, another list of books for my “What I Read” roundup.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

What I Read: The Hating Game

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

I’ve heard of a lot of people who loved this book, so I had to read it! It took me about 1/3 of the book to really get into it but once I had a good chunk of time to read, I didn’t want to put the book down! I was afraid it would be like your typical romance formula, but it wasn’t.

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

What I Read: A Hundred Summers

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

I don’t know why so many bad reviews.. I really enjoyed this book. There were definitely “OMG” moments that either surprised you or made you mad (on purpose), but I thought this was a fun, beachy read. It wasn’t too light where it became boring but it wasn’t too heavy either, which is perfect for a light summer read.

The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe

What I Read: The Smoke Thief

Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

I read this book because my father-in-law loved this series and he gave it to me. It’s not my typical kind of book I read because it’s a fantasy genre, with dragons and magic, but I liked the story! It was interesting and kept me wanting to know what happens all the way until the end.

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

A Ladder to the Sky

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while and have been putting off reading it. It has such good reviews though, so I finally read it! It’s a character-driven novel with some plot throughout the book (so it’s not a plot-driven book but isn’t boring either).

This book is focused on a character that the reader will love to hate. It starts off from the POV of another person talking about the main character. Eventually, it switches to the main character’s POV. I loved how the main character’s life circles back around almost to how it started. I won’t say more. I enjoyed many things about this book – the characters, the plot, the writing. There were some twists I started to anticipate and some I didn’t expect at all.

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Disappearing Earth

Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

I chose this book for my book club because it seemed interesting – the story, the setting, even the book cover. I think the best way to describe what this book is about is this: two girls go missing but the book isn’t really about them, it’s about how their disappearance affected other people in that town and surrounding towns on a month by month basis. Each chapter is like a short story about one person or family. It was a very different book and you shouldn’t go into it thinking it’ll be some suspenseful thriller with lots of twists. It’s not that kind of book.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

This is a LONG book. It took almost a whole month to listen to it on audio and I listened on 1.5 speed. It was interesting hearing about Michelle’s perspective about her life all the way up to the end of Obama’s presidency. She started from when she was a child and went through her entire life up to now.