July Reads | Wrap Up

A bit of a belated wrap up but it’s still the first full week of August (just) and you know what, that totally counts in my books! (And anyway, who’s counting?). Not a great reading month this time around, with two (yep TWO) books I put down without finishing. Including the very first one I picked up, so let’s dive in…

Asymmetry – Lisa Halliday


While this novel has been critically acclaimed, the reviews on Goodreads are mixed at best. For me, I just absolutely could not get in to it. It seemed super pretentious, and honestly while reading it I felt like the author wanted me to feel stupid/not get it?? Obviously that isn’t want she’s doing, but regardless wasn’t a great impression to get from a book SO I put it down and regret nothing (especially after seeing our book club’s ratings of it).

While You Were Reading – Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

While You Were Reading

I was so happy to have received a copy of this read so I could dive straight in to it after putting down Asymmetry. I absolutely adored their last novel, The Book Ninja, so I knew that While You Were Reading would be a light and easy read I could sink my teeth in to.

The characters were gorgeous, and I loved the familiar Melbourne setting, plus there were some fabulous laugh out loud moments as well (I’d expect nothing less from these lovely writers!) – I’d recommend it for a fun palate-cleanser to enjoy!

Obsidio – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


I finally finished this series, you guys! Obsidio was everything I wanted in a final book, with all my favourite characters back together on one last ████ing awesome space-venture. I won’t say too much, but as someone who hadn’t read too much in this genre before (YA Sci-Fi), this series was really engrossing & enjoyable!

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna – Juliet Grames

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

I actually got a review up for this one (miracle of miracles at the moment, I know). You can check it out here.

I appreciated the detailed characterisation and that the story sprawled across decades, letting us see the growth of the sisters and how their relationships to each other and their parents changed, but I did feel like it was slow going at times.

99 Percent Mine – Sally Thorne (DNF)

99 Percent Mine

Guys, I am sorry to say I actually had to put this one down about a quarter of the way in. I found it to be so boringly predictable, I could see what was going to happen, and the main character wasn’t overly likeable. Bleh.

Almost Adults – Ali Pantony

Almost Adults

This was released yesterday, and was a really fun and relatable read, with a group of pretty amazing women leading the story. I loved finishing the month on a high note, and with the first book in a while that I could devour in just a few nights. Another feel-good read I’d recommend for a summer book or to get you out of a slump 🙂


Let me know what you read this month! I truly hope you had a month with more knock-outs than I did, but I’m glad for my little wins of the month and happy to have found a couple of sunny reads to get me through!

M xx

Click the cover images above to view the books on Book Depository.
Or, click the links below to view on Booktopia (ships to AU/NZ only).

Asymmetry – Lisa Halliday
While You Were Reading – Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus
Obsidio – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna – Juliet Grames
99 Percent Mine – Sally Thorne
Almost Adults – Ali Pantony

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