July Books

I have a post going over the books I’ve read between January and June, but I have not yet had the time to finish the blurbs. Hopefully it will be up in the next week or so.

The purpose of the monthly posts is to very briefly show what I’ve read. Books are generally broken down into 3 categories: novels/non-fiction, graphic novels/manga, and the chapter books I’ve read aloud to my 8 year old (with the 4 year old sometimes listening in).  Prolific months will be broken down into further categories. Some of books will have brief blurbs describing the plot, my thoughts, or both. There is not really a rhyme or reason to it.

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Of the eight novels I read in July, five were for my YA lit course. I’ll my thoughts about them once the course is over.
1. The Outsiders
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
3. Inexcusable
4. The First Part Last
5. Maggot Moon

*Romancing the Duke – I was the second person in line (by dumb luck) in Vegas for Tessa Dare’s book signing.  She is the author who made me realize that maybe romance novels aren’t so awful after all. My eyes glaze over the romance novel body part vernacular phrases, but non-romance novels can get kind of squidgy that kind of stuff too. The book itself wasn’t that bad. I thought Any Duchess Will Do was better, though.
*Pennyroyal Academy – An ARC I picked up at ALA destined for my library’s collection. It hasn’t been added yet because well…there are a lot of books to add, and I don’t have a lot of time do add them at the moment. The book is a nice twist on what “princesses” are. It has the makings of a good adventure series. The writing is a bit shaky, but the what and why of the book made it easy for me to overlook that.
*Simply Perfect – Another romance book, but this time I read it because of a Book Riot post. Very light on the steamy and pretty much no romance novel body part vernacular. I liked the story, and will read more of them. It’s a nice fluff book.

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The GNs I read this month were for various classes, though I would have ended up reading all of them eventually anyway. Salem Hyde, Chi’s Sweet Home, and Princeless were for a continuing education course, and The Great American Dust Bowl for the YA lit course I’m taking for my degree.

*The Misadventures of Salem Hyde – Salem is a spunky and things don’t quite turn out the way she wants them to with entertaining results. I bought this for Bean (who loves it), but I liked it too (Moby Dick references and pre-spelling bee training montage).
*Princeless – The story itself is great. Princess Adrienne is strong, independent, and starts her adventures by rescuing herself from a dragon-guarded tower. The publisher lists it as All Ages, but I think it’s more suitable for 10+. Adrienne is harassed by villagers while wearing a Wonder Woman-esque costume, and I don’t think that is appropriate for a 5 or 6 year old.


The lone book on this list for Bean this month  is Rose. Expect this area of my monthly book posts to be empty for a while. We started reading HP4, so who knows how long it will take us to get through 700+ pages.

*Rose – Sort of HPish in that the main character is also an orphan clueless to the fact she’s a wizard. Rose, however, lives in an orphanage and then becomes an undermaid for an alchemist. There is a plot, but it takes until around 40 pages into the book to figure out what it is – children are disappearing from the streets of London. The book was alright. The writing was alright.

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