July Wrap Up

Hey readers!

4 books down this month and my very first audiobook experience! I was pretty hesitant to dive in to audiobooks (and I am still not counting them towards by ‘books read’ goal because I did not read it, I listened to it) but I ended up really enjoying the one I chose and have already moved on to my second one!

Anyway, here’s what I read (/consumed through my ear holes) this month!

Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon

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I hadn’t heard too much about the storyline of Three Things About Elsie before picking it up, I’d only seen its cover floating around the ‘gram. While it wasn’t an *unenjoyable* read by any means, it wasn’t my favourite as one of the big twists was fairly predictable early on.

You can read my full review here.

Verdict: Lovely book with some gorgeous characters, but not overly substantial.

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

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This was one of those books I had seen literally everywhere, especially after the movie (Love, Simon) came out. I was worried that the hype would over-sell the book, and though I was hesitant for the first couple of chapters, I ended up falling in love with the characters in this book (and the novel as a whole)

There may or may not be a full review coming of this. I make no promises, but I did genuinely enjoy the book!

Verdict: Gorgeous read with the refreshing inclusion of more diverse characters for a YA read. I can definitely see why this is a well-loved book among readers of YA 🙂

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One – Raphaelle Giordano

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Though the synopsis of the book sounded interesting, this novel ended up reading more like a non-fiction self-help book. The relationships were underdeveloped and I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters.

My full review for this one can be read here.

Verdict: Not quite my cup of tea, unfortunately. Maybe because I was too excited by the blurb and the actual novel fell short of that excitement.

After The Lights Go Out – Lili Wilkinson

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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO THIS ONE!

This is still a ‘Currently Reading’ but I’m over the halfway mark so it can be officially included in July.

I’m really loving it so far, it’s an interesting novel with a great cast of characters and an original concept.

Verdict: Hopefully I enjoy the second half just as much as the first. Stay tuned for a full review!

Wild – Cheryl Strayed (Audiobook)

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really enjoyed this book! It was a new format for me listening to an audiobook, but I feel like non-fiction really works in audio format. While Cheryl Strayed doesn’t read the audiobook, her voice still shines through and I caught myself having to swallow back tears in parts of this

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And that’s a wrap! My TBR is still steadily growing, I can’t seem to read books as fast as I inherit them! I’m trying to prioritise books I’ve received from publishers or borrowed off friends, but sometimes a long-ago acquired book calls to be from the shelves and I have to answer! 😛

What did you guys read this month? And are there any other audiobook novices out there?

M xx

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Buy the books from Book Depository here:

Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One – Raphaelle Giordano
After The Lights Go Out – Lili Wilkinson
Wild – Cheryl Strayed

AU/NZ residents can also click the book images in this post to buy through Booktopia.

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