A July Throwback
Another month has passed and it is, once again, time for my monthly throwback/wrap up thingy. Reading wise, this has been a pretty decent month – there were a couple of days where I couldn't get any reading done but I still managed to read quite a few books and further reduce my physical TBR-pile to a satisfying degree without having to neglect any other activities I like to pursue (mainly climbing/watching climbing worldcups but hanging out with friends is also quite nice).
Do you want to guess how many books I managed to read this month, because I'm quite proud of myself and want to rub it in everybody's face? 17 books! Yeah! It almost feels like that one time when I was a kid of about 10/11 and managed to read two books in one day (*gasp*) or that other time when I was a teenager of about 14 and read about 800/900 pages in one day (*gasp some more*) – I'm definitely not bragging and I definitely never, ever, ever bragged about it at the time. (Okay, honestly, it wasn't that bad, just a little.)
These 17 books are of quite varied lengths and they sport a collective of 6296 pages (if my math is correct, which it should be) or about 203 pages, on average, a day, which meets my goal of reading 200 pages a day in July. I reiterate: Yeah!
Without further ado, I present to you the 17 books I've read this month:
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (4 stars)
- All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (4 stars)
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (4 stars)
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (3 stars)
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang (3.5 stars)
- The War of the Flowers (or Der Blumenkrieg) by Tad Williams (1 star)
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (3 stars)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (4 stars)
- Drop Dead Demons (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #2) by A & E Kirk (5 stars)
- Die Buchspringer (or The Book Jumper) by Mechthild Gläser (2 stars)
- The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab (4 stars)
- I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (or Spoine küsst man nicht) (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter (2.5 stars)
- The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) by Philip Pullman (3 stars)
- All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan (no stars because I couldn't decide on a rating)
- King Richard III by Shakespeare (3.5 stars)
- The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (4 stars)
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #4) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2.5 stars)
- Extension du domaine de la lutte (or Ausweitung der Kampfzone – or Whatever if you're English speaking) by Michel Houellebecq (1.5 stars)
Which I didn't write a review for on here because I was bored out of my mind while reading and just didn't have much of interest to say about. I wrote a quick review on Goodreads, though: "At first, I thought the writing was so beautiful that I couldn't but love this book. But then the pages dragged on and I realized: there isn't any story I could be interested in. Consequently, the initial beautiful writing became tedious and about 60% through this novel I started skim-reading because nothing held my interest at all. Well, at least it was short."
Again, I haven't written a review for this one on here (because I don't really like writing reviews on plays – no, I don't know why). It was quite the average Shakespeare, nothing terribly exciting but also not bad at all.
Additionally, I also finished (but have been reading in connection to book club over the span of a couple of months so I'm not counting it)
As for my favorites this month:
- Drop Dead Demons, definitely. It's just soo much fun to read these books even though I know how "bad" they are.
- But I was also very pleasantly surprised by The Archived, which I did not expect to like as much as I did because it was a reread and I suspected I'd be more annoyed by some of the elements which had already irked me the first time reading.
- I'm also quite fond of Pride and Prejudice, especially because it was my fourth (?) time trying to read this and the first time I didn't hate (but really enjoy) it.
The biggest disappointments of the month are probably (maybe?) quite obvious:
- The War of the Flowers which is boring to no end (but I'm happy I finally read it – it's been lying around in my room for almost 10 years).
- The Book Jumper, which severely lacked character and logic.
- All We Shall Know, although I can understand why some people would love it; it's just not my cup of tea.
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, however, the low rating is mainly due to the comparison to Doyle's previous works which made for a rather disappointing read, not an actually bad one.
- And Whatever, which is a book I personally couldn't enjoy at all – even though I realized what the author wanted to accomplish and I tried to appreciate at least that (frankly, I didn't succeed).
So, yeah I've had quite a good reading month, although I hope to read more books I can be super excited about and will want to shove into everybody's faces next month. I have been feeling like I haven't really had a lot of books to be properly excited about in a while. Albeit I'm aware that I did read a couple of very good books, I haven't been able to connect on that weird, fundamental level with any of the books as I have with so many before. Well, maybe Drop Dead Demons was such a book but I can do better than having just one "aaaahhhh, this is so good I loooove it!" book a month.
Usually, I'd tell you about the audiobooks I've been listening to in the past month at this point but I haven't finished any so I'll just have to bid you farewell already. I hope you've had a good (reading) month and I hope August is going to be just as good, if not better, than July. Happy reading!