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July 2019 Reading Wrap-Up: a readathon… or two!

Now, my TBR for July was pretty ambitious with ten books on it. Six of those were for Summerathon, which actually took place in June, but I used the prompts to set my July TBR.  So let’s have a look what those books were and whether I read them:

  • All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth) 
    • For Summerathon prompt to drink my favourite drink whilst reading
  • Summer: an anthology for the changing seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book set in summer
  • The Other Wives Club (Shari Low)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book featuring travelling
  • The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang)
    • For Summerathon prompt for a beachy read
  • Singletini (Amanda Trimble)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book with food on the cover
  • Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book with sunrise colours on cover
  • The Bees (Laline Paul)
    • Book hauled in July 2017
  • The Secret Lives of Cows (Rosamund Young)
    • Book hauled in July 2018
  • Pan’s Labyrinth ( (Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke)
    • NetGalley e-ARC
  • Crashing the A-List (Summer Heacock)
    • NetGalley e-ARC


So, how did I do?

Well, pretty bloody fantastic, if I say so myself. I read a total of 15 (!!!) books in July, which is a lot for me. I also decided to take part in The Reading Rush pretty last minute and that bumped my numbers up as I read a few shorter books for that. You can check my TBR for that here if you like! I did try and fit in some of the books already on my TBR.

So what did I read and in what order (I don’t know why the order matters, but it does!!!)?



Then The Reading Rush started in 21 July:

  • 8. Sweetpea (C J Skuse) ★★★★★☆☆
    • Prompt: purple on the cover
  • 9. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope) ★★★★★☆☆
    • Prompt: read an author’s first book
  • 10. The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young) ★★★★★☆☆
    • Prompt: read a book you mean to read last year
  • 11. Albert Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone) ★★★★★★☆
    • Prompt: read a book in one place
  • 12. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan) ★★★★★★☆
    • Prompt: read a book and watch a movie adaptation
  • 13. A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter) ★★★★★★☆
    • Prompt: read a book with a non-human main character
  • 14. Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid) ★★★★★☆☆
    • Prompt: read a book with five or more words in the title

I am so proud of myself for doing so well and fulfilling all the prompts. For once, the timing just worked!

And finally to finish the month:

The only book from my July TBR that I did not manage to read was Summer: an anthology for the changing seasons. There is a chance I will read that one in August instead, even if I have not actually put it on my TBR. I will if I am in the mood for it. As for the prompt that I put it down for, there were other books set (partly) in summer, so I consider that prompt fulfilled either way.

So to sum up I read: 10 full length novels, 2 non-fiction books, 1 short novel, 1 poetry book ad 1 graphic novel. I am very happy with that indeed! I rated 10 of those books 5 out of 7 stars. I had one 2-star book and one 4-star book. The 6-star books held out until the end of the month, but I still managed to find three books worth that rating in my opinion. Unfortunately no seven-star books this month, but there was one that came close, which brings me to…

Carter, Brian - A Black Fox RunningBOOK OF THE MONTH:

Hands down my favourite book that I read in July was A Black Fox Running. Although it was not quite perfect for me, it came pretty close. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and it just felt like a very special book. It was first published in the 1980s and is written mainly from the point of view of a fox roaming Dartmoor in Devon and it’s so so good. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it definitely is mine!

And the cover of this new edition is just a joy to behold!




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