July Wrap Up

July is now over, my goodness, how time has flown.  Where did the year go.  I am so happy July is over, it has been a very busy month.  I am happy to say that my reading is finally going up and I am slowly coming out of a very long book slump.  I hope I did not jinx myself there.

So I have found lately to help myself to read more is to dabble in the worlds of Audiobooks and Ebooks.  You see I buy too many books (mostly secondhand) and never actually read them.

This has been great for me personally, because I drive to and from work every day, and it means I have 2 hours of time that is usually wasted.  So I have been utilising that time with Audiobooks.  You would be surprised how quickly the time builds up.

Another trick I got from Fiction No Chaser was to read an ebook in lines, at the doctors and when you are just waiting.  This has also helped just slowly get through some books.  So below are the books I read and the physical ones, I have taken photos of my copies and the plain picture of the covers, are naturally stolen from the internet, because I read them as audiobooks and I do not have copies of them.

So these are the books I read this month.

The Secret Keep by Kate Morton



Pages:  484
Genre:  Mystery and Historical Fiction
Format:  Audiobook but later found a copy for cheap

This book was a delight, I gave it a go and surprise, surprise five stars.  So happy that I gave this one a try.  It was just so rich, each perspective of the story was well explored, and the twist at the end… perfection.

Dragonfly in Amber, Outlander #2 by Diana Gabaldon



Pages:  743
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy and Science Fiction Time Travel
Format:  Audiobook

This book was great, just not as good as the first one.  I loved the fact that this one heavily features both the past and the future.  Also, I loved the narrator, Davina Porter, which I think makes me love this book more, her voice acting is great.

The Pearler’s Wife by Roxane Dhand



Pages:  326
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Format:  Audiobook

I didn’t mind this book, but I don’t think I will ever read this again.  What attracted me to this book was the fact it was reduced on Audible.  I am glad I did read it, because it is fun to read historical fiction from my country even though I hate learning about Australian History.

Matilda by Roald Dahl



Pages:  240
Genre:  Childrens and Classics
Format:  Ebook and Book – I switched between them

This is one of my favourite childhood books.  I asked my sister to recommend a book for me and she chose this one.  I am glad she chose it, because it is a favourite.  I think I love this book because it is about an exceptional young girl that fell in love with reading, and it really speaks to me.

Akarnae, The Medoran Chronicles #1 by Lynette Noni



Pages:  436
Genre:  Fantasy
Format:  Book

I met this author at Comic Con last year, so naturally I bought them all and got them signed without knowing anything about it.  I am glad I did that, because my husband and I now love this book.  It is such a unique fantasy book, not with magic but science. The genre is fantasy but I think it should be science fiction too.  Now to wait for my husband to finish the second book so I can read it…

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Now a few statistics:

Total Books:  5
Total Pages:  2,229
Smallest Book:  Matilda
Longest Book:  Dragonfly in Amber
Goodreads Highest Rating:  Dragonfly in Amber with 4.32 stars
Goodreads Lowest Rating:  The Pearler’s Wife with 3.73 stars
Total Books Read So Far:  25
New 5 Star Ratings:  2
Average Rating:  4 Stars
Blog Posts: 0

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July Haul

  • Graceling, Graceling Realm #1 – Kristin Cashore
  • Fire, Graceling Realm #2 – Kristin Cashore
  • Bitterblue, Graceling Realm #3 – Kristin Cashore
  • Six of Crows, Six of Crows #1 – Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom, Six of Crows #2 – Leigh Bardugo
  • Farseekers, Obernewtyn Chronicles #2 – Isobelle Carmody
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Gryffindor 20th Anniversary Book – J.K. Rowling – Note:  I had all the other houses and just realised that they are already releasing Prisoner of Azkaban in these editions and I am so upset.  They are expensive and I want them all…

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Ok, so that is July in a nutshell.  I have a plan to actually post more and to actually get this blog going, so let’s see how it goes.  So I don’t chicken out, these are some of the reviews I have written or partly written, but haven’t published because I am a perfectionist.  This means I have to post them soon.

  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  • Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings #1 – J.R.R. Tolkein
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
  • The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton
  • Outlander, Outlander #1 – Diana Gabaldon

Ok so that is it… next to come… August…

Just before you go, please comment below any tips at writing book reviews, I am still trying to figure this out.

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