Hello everyone! How are you? July is ending and even if I am really happy because August means vacation to me this year, I really can’t wrap my head around the time that flew by! Yesterday was June and today is nearly August… this is magic!
Anyway, July was pretty good for my reading and was a pretty good month in general too, tiredness aside, so let’s not waste more time!
Books read: 15 (2 DNF) + 2 short novella
Physical books Vs ebooks: 2 vs 14
The Amazing One!
This wasn’t planned, but I wanted to try something not fantasy, and after choosing one title from my TBR (you would find it in there, between the good ones) I decided to try some sci-fi, because Maddalena and Tammy kept presenting book after interesting book, and so I decided to follow Maddalena’s advice and try this one. And you know what? I fell in love with it from the beginning!
The Very Good Ones!
Cast in Secret is the third book in this series, that I have started this year. So far I am really glad to have started it, after keeping it in waiting on my TBR for ages, because I am loving it! Smoke Bitten is the last published volume in Mercy Thompson’s series and it was as good as always. To be honest this is not my favorite of the series, but I enjoyed the reading and it seems like we’ll get to see more Wulfe around so… no complaints here! And I really enjoyed Baptism of Fire. I enjoyed this one more than the fourth book, and maybe even more than the third. It has some food for thoughts, like I just realized that, in his own peculiar way, Geralt is the hero in the shiny armor. It is just that he is the “and of an era/world in decline” version. Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders was an interesting short novella. I haven’t read the main series, but I would do for sure, because the worldbuilding and the characters seemed quite good in this short taste of it all. And last but not least, The Kingdom of Liars. This book is far from perfect, and there are a lot of things that don’t add up, to be honest, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
The Good Ones!
The Monster of Elendhaven was the non-fantasy book I was talking about at the beginning of the post, even if, in some ways, it can be considered fantasy. It is horror, and even if this is not usually my cup of tea, I enjoyed the reading, because the writing is spectacular and the characters were interesting, a lot. The Tethered Mage was good even if I was expecting something more from it. I was in a really hard to please mood, so there is that too, and I am very curious to read the next one in the series! Shadow of A Dead God was an interesting and enjoable reading, with a singular MC. And then there is The Dire King. This one should have had a category on its own between this one and the one before, but in the end here it is. It was really enjoyable and the right reading to just take a break!
The Ok Ones!
Generation V was on my TBR since forever and, to be honest, I was expecting something more from it. I had some problems with the MC, he is not my cup of tea, and so my enjoyment of the book wasn’t so high. But it was a pleasant enough reading, with some fun in it. Mudlark was a short novella. I had the first book of this series on my wishlist for quite some time, and I decided to try this one out before committing myself to the series… It wasn’t bad, and the prequel is interesting but… I don’t think I would go on with this one. Voice of War and May Day were ok, not the best books ever, but I wasn’t bored during the reading. And then we have Jade City. It took me a lifetime to read it, but I have managed it! It is not really so bad, but I was expecting more, and even if there is lot happens in there I had the sensation that nothing was really happening. And I wasn’t really invested in the characters so… nope, it wasn’t the right book for me, sadly.
The first one is totally my fault, I thought that this book was the second in a mystery series by this author, and since I loved the first one I really really wanted to read the sequel. But I was mistaken, this one is not the mystery but a historical novel, and I wasn’t just interested in it. While The Queen and the Tower has some really interesting point, like a witch who creates a golem, and the interesting and original mix between science and magic. This was quite interesting, but it couldn’t keep my interest. I wasn’t invested in the characters and I wasn’t invested in the plot so I let it go.
Finished: 1 + 1 last published volume
So, that’s all for my July. Let’s hope that August would be as good, if not even better!
And what about you? And have you read some of the books I have mentioned? And what have you planned for August?? Let me know!!!