I don’t always do end-of-the-month recap posts, but when I do, it’s because I’m trying to keep track of all my reading challenges 😂 I thought July was going to be a chill reading catch-up month, but I kind of accidentally signed up myself up for three different readathons. Opps.
I mostly focused on Mood Reader Bingo (hosted by Yna the Mood Reader) which was pretty board in terms of prompt, so I was still able to get through a big chunk of my reading list, so I’d say it was a pretty successful month overall!
Mood Reader Bingo:
Part of a Series: Six Crimson Cranes, Elizabeth Lim
Review – From Brothers to Birds (Six Crimson Cranes, Elizabeth Lim)
ICYMI, I did a reaction post for Six Crimson Cranes and was ready for the rest of the duology as soon as I finished the book. I might end up re-reading it, since it’s the LiterAsian Book Club pick for August.
Football and fake dating. You know I had to read it.
I’ve officially read all the Grishaverse books! Is it time to finally do that Shadow and Bone re-read and/or to watch the Netflix series? 🤔
Because I’m such a mood reader, I don’t know that I necessarily have a favorite genre (unless YA counts?). Lately contemporary romance has been my go-to, so I chose that for my “fave genre” this time. From Little Tokyo with Love was a fun summer celebrating the Japanese American community in LA’s Little Tokyo.
A Random Pick: Between the Bliss and Me, Lizzy Mason
Review – I Gained it So (Between the Bliss and Me, Lizzy Mason)
Between the Bliss and Me has been burning a hole in my NetGalley shelf since I got so caught up celebrating AAPI month and forgot to download it before it got achieved, so I was happy when I finally got my hands on it not only because I could finally get my feedback ratio back up, but because it was such a interesting exploration of mental illness and its impact on an individual and his family.
The problem with only choosing books based on their covers is that sometimes you don’t realize you’re reading a novella until you’re…reading a novella. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Empress of Salt and Fortune, and I’m not sure if it’s because I went in with the wrong expectations or because it just wasn’t for me, but at least it was an unexpectedly quick read?
I was supposed to buddy read Black Water Sister with another group of bloggers I found through the Subtle Asian Book Club, then found out the book was due in 2 days. I’d already renewed the book twice and didn’t want a fine, so I sped my way through the book. It’s another book that I read without knowing much about but probably should’ve. I saw it was a fantasy set in Malaysia but was a bit more paranormal than I usually prefer.
I’m terrible at picking favorite things, but if I had to choose, I’d say my favorite color is somewhere between turquoise and seafoam green? The cover color for Love, Comment, Subscribe was the first thing that caught my eye. The childhood frienemies-to-lovers plot is ultimately what got it on my TBR, and Cathy Yardley was kind enough to send me an eARC.
Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes (though I did also read a fake dating book this month,) and is there really any hate-to-love better story than Pride and Prejudice? Sonali Dev recently released the latest installment of the Raje series, and all the publicity around Incense and Sensibility had me ignoring the stack of books on my desk and picking up Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors for the nth time for a re-read because I’m the biggest mood reader.
On a side note, I found out July is “Jane Austen July,” so this was my mini-celebration of the month?
MythTakeReads’ Path or Pantheon:
I used my “power” to swap out “A book with fire on the cover/in the title” for a comfort reader (Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors).
This is one of the library books that I may or may not have renewed multiple times. Like From Little Tokyo with Love, it celebrates an Asian American landmark–San Francisco’s Chinatown–but focuses less on romantic love and more on community love. It also has a touch of magical realism and a whole lot of food.
I did my first buddy read this month with Abby @ Beyond the Read and Ren (@daintybooks) and realized I’m horrible at sticking to a reading schedule because I’m too impatient 😅 It was still a fun experience, and I’m glad I had other readers to talk to about all my feelings about that ending.
Indian Lit Readathon:
I decided to join the Indian Lit Readathon super last minute. It’s a readathon meant to encourage readers to read books written by Indian authors or authors of Indian origin and is hosted by Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction, and Nandini @ Novels and Nebulas. This year’s edition was a weeklong readathon with a chutes and ladders theme. In some ways it was the easiest readathon since the prompt was fairly open, but in other ways, it required the most planning since I had to stick to calculate my reading times to avoid those snakes and climb those ladders.
How were your July’s? Do you like monthly recaps? Let me know!