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I read some really good books // July Wrap Up

Summer is basically over. I’ve got two weeks left before I leave home again until Christmas and I don’t know how to feel about that. Actually no, that’s a big fat lie. I feel like I’m one inconvenience or act of kindness away from crying today but maybe that’s because I’m tired.

While I’m sad summer is basically done with and I have to go back to real life, I am very happy with what I read in July.

Not gonna lie, I was hoping to read like a million books this month but obviously that was a big reach especially when you take into fact that I’ve been working full time, had my friend visiting for a week, had to go to Madrid for my VISA. In total I finished 7 books, and most importantly, I loved every single one.

Addicted to You by Krista & Rebecca Ritchie

I’ve seen this series all over the place on Tik-Tok and one of the romance booktubers I watch, Larry Reads, is obsessed so I finally decided to check it out before I get spoiled. I knew going into this book that it wasn’t going to be a super sweet and fluffy read – the romance is not one to model your own relationship after that’s for sure, but I thought it was really entertaining!

This book, and I’m guessing this series, reminds me of a soap opera or a CW worthy TV drama and that’s what’s keeping me reading. I’m a fan of a good guilty pleasure. Will I be admitting to the people on my English Lit uni course that I’ve been reading this? No. But I will definitely be slowly but surely working my way through the series.

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Finishing Loveless gave me a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. For one thing I started reading it in June so it felt nice to just finish it, for another thing, I’ve been meaning to read this ever since it was first released but I had a feeling I’d relate a lot to this book and I just wasn’t read for that.

This book takes place over the course of Georgia’s first year of university so part of me feels like I should have read it last summer, before I started my first year of uni. The other part of me is glad I waited til after experiencing that for myself because I can relate more. It speaks a lot to finding yourself with Georgia figuring out she’s asexual and aromantic.

I related to this book a lot and even though it felt like it took ages to read, I’m glad I took my time with it and I definitely recommend it.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

The original plan for July was to read all of Emily Henry’s books and write a post on them but I read Beach Read and immediately thought “nope, I gotta savour these bad boys”.

I wanna be the January to somebody’s August. The chemistry between these two was off the charts. I really liked how they truly became friends first before anything truly romantic happened. I loved their little Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me” moments when they’re in their own houses but writing notes to each other. I also loved the book-ish element and how it gave a look into the writing process.

Reading this book made me want to write. Sadly all I did was buy a new notepad (that I definitely did not need) and write out my multitude of idea’s but the inspiration was there. I’m planning on reading People We Meet on Vacation next.

How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder

Please give me all the Hollywood romances. I love the added drama of books with famous characters and I blame Hannah Montana for instilling this in me from a young age.

I feel like I’ve really been slacking when it comes to reading 2022 releases so reading this debut made me happy. This book featured some classic tropes: fake-dating, bit of an age gap, grumpy love interest. But it was not just a cute romance as the cover would have you think. It touches on subject like addiction and grief, it also highlights the double standards for men and women in the industry. All of these things coming together made for a really compelling read.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’ve read three books by Taylor Jenkins Reid now and after everyone I say to myself “you idiot, why didn’t you read these sooner?”. I loved Malibu Rising with all my heart and I’m ready to die for any and all of the Riva siblings.

This book incorporated the classic elements I’ve come to expect from Taylor Jenkins Reid – strong character’s and character dynamics, multiple plot points interweaving seamlessly, and addictive writing. I’m so glad I chose to read this in July because it made for the perfect summer read. Even though I read half of this on a cross country train journey I was so absorbed in the story it felt like I was on a beach in Malibu.

I absolutely loved this book! I think it falls second in my official ranking of the three TJR books I’ve read so far with Daisy Jones still reigning as supreme. Expect to see this on my favourites of the year list.

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

After reading a bunch of books that will definitely be appearing on a “perfect summer reads” list from me in the future, I read a book that was probably better suited to the rainy months but I loved nonetheless.

House of Hollow gave me Stranger Things but make it British vibes which I was not expecting in the slightest but greatly enjoyed, especially after being emotionally wrecked by season 4 part 2 just a few weeks before.

This book follows a girl who, when she was younger, disappeared without a trace for an entire month with her sisters. Ever since then weird things have happened and the sisters even have odd, mystical abilities. I’m not saying anything more than that cause I think it’s a great one to go in semi-blind too. Just know it had a mystery element to it and such a creepy atmosphere about it, enhanced by really great imagery! I highly recommend!

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren.

The final book I finished in July was The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren, a book I wasn’t loving at the start but slowly warmed up to and ended up really enjoying to the point where I read it in just one day.

It had a pretty unique premise in that it was a dating app that matched people based on their DNA and a single mum who only sent in a sample after being pressured to by her best friend get’s a 98% match with the literal founder and creator of the app and this technology. They start fake-dating because it’s good publicity for when the company goes public but, of course, real feelings become involved.

Like I said, it took me a hot minute to warm up to this book but once the romance truly got going I became invested.

And there we have the seven really great books I read in July. I also started a bunch of books towards the end of the month but was stuck in a wierd “starting but not progressing” stage so you can check out all my current reads if you’d like.

I’d love to know what you’ve been reading, aswell as your thoughts and feelings on any and all of these books. Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

8 thoughts on “I read some really good books // July Wrap Up”

  1. i read house of hollows a few days ago and loved it. It definitely gave me stranger things vibes. I hope that you love your august reads as much as much as you loved your july ones.

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  2. Great wrap-up! I’ve only read the first book on this list and since I’m not a fan of super angsty romances, this one didn’t entirely work for me (I felt anxious the whole time lol) but it is very well-loved and popular! I have the others you mentioned on my TBR and I’m looking forward to reading them, especially Henry’s and CLo’s books! I hope you have an amazing month of reading in August 🙂

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