July 2020 Reads

Consistency was not the name of the game when it came to reading in July. I was all over the place with when I made time to read, but the books this month were all hits!

Stats

Number of books read: 4 📘📘📘📘

Print books: 2 📚📚

Audiobooks: 1 🎧

Kindle books: 1 📱

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars books: 0

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 4

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 0

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 0

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: Home Before Dark

☹️ Least favorite book: The Prophet of Yonwood (I still liked this book, it was just the one I liked slightly less than the other great books I finished this month!)

▶️ YouTube wrap up:

Our House by Louise Candlish

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from June 16, 2020 – July 5, 2020

Fiona Lawson comes home from a romantic getaway with her new boyfriend to find a moving van in her driveway. Her belongings are nowhere to be found and strangers are moving into HER house.

I initially snagged this audiobook from the library because the premise sounded interesting, but I kept listening because of the way the story was told. I love a creative format and I LOVE alternating timelines and points of view, so this book really delivered. The story is told through three perspectives (1) the third person present-tense narrator who follows Fi through her confusion at finding strangers moving into her house (2) Fi herself, retrospectively telling her story from the beginning on a true crime podcast and (3) Fi’s ex-husband Bram, telling his version of the story in a Word document from a hotel room in Geneva. These three perspectives allow the story to unfold bit by bit, the reader slowly piecing together the whole story.

Overall, I thought the story itself was good, but the storytelling was what made this book stand out.

**read as an audiobook**

Find this review on Goodreads here.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

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4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from July 17, 2020 – July 18, 2020.

 I was so excited for this book, as I’ve loved all of Riley Sager‘s previous novels, and I was NOT disappointed. This book was creepy, fast-paced, and surprising, just as I expected. It reminded me of Ruth Ware‘s The Turn of the Key, except I liked Home Before Dark even more. This novel is told through two different timelines/perspectives (which you know I can’t help but love), but Sager put a twist on the format to keep the reader guessing. The chapters alternate between Maggie Holt’s present-day narration of her journey to clean out the house her family had briefly inhabited and her late father’s book about their time there, which Maggie insists is entirely fabricated. This juxtaposition between the fiction and the fact and the way they overlap make it quite unclear whether something supernatural is actually going on. It kept me in suspense and I finished this book so quickly!

Find this review on Goodreads here.

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

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4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from June 26, 2020 – July 28, 2020.

This is a childhood favorite that I’ve re-read countless times. This was my first read in a while and I loved it just as much. It’s such a wonderful, poignant story about the friendship of two VERY different girls, set against the historical background of The Hill and Trinity, as their parents work to develop the atomic bomb. It’s a powerful story and such an incredible example of amazing historical fiction. I only wish the author had included more about the impact of the bomb on the people it was used on.

Listen to me read this book out loud here.

Find this review on Goodreads here.

The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from July 19, 2020 – July 31, 2020.

This is the prequel to one of my favorite books of all time, The City of Ember. But, it largely reads as a great middle grade coming of age story about a girl’s trip to a new town one winter, with a background of political drama and the potential for an impending apocalypse. It’s a great story about right versus wrong, thinking critically instead of blindly trusting, and patience. Of course, nothing is the same as the original, but I’ve always felt this is a really unique and interesting prequel.

Find this review on Goodreads here.

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