I’m still down on my normal reading pace, but I am actually quite happy with what I’ve read this month. I bought a few more books than I have been, but not excessively so. I’m good so far.
OWNED TBR AT THE START OF 2021
Owned TBR on 1 July 2021
I clearly need to work on my digital backlist!
Books read: 8
Hardbacks/Paperbacks TBR: 3
Hardbacks/Paperbacks 2021: 2
E-books TBR: 2
E-books 2021: 0
Audio: 1 (owned in physical format, but not on TBR)
- Mr Loverman (Bernardine Evaristo) paperback (6*)
- A Sweet, Wild Note (Richard Smyth) hardback (6*)
- Perfect Tunes (Emily Gould) e-book (3*)
- Sugar Street (Naguib Mahfouz) paperback (6*)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) audio (7*) re-read
- The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller) e-book (7*)
- The Devil and Miss Prym (Paulo Coelho) paperback (4*)
- Corelli’s Mandolin (Louis de Bernieres) hardback (6*)
Hardbacks/Paperbacks: 6 (3 read)
It was the first time I went to a charity shop in ages and I picked up four books there, including a book I had already read and loved, which was Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. Of the ones I had not read yet, I chose to read Paulo Coelho’s The Devil and Miss Prym.
I also bought two new books, as my friend got me book tokens for doing her a favour, which was very sweet. I bought a physical copy of The Song of Achilles, because I loved that one so much and I bought The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton, which I have been eyeing for ages. So yes, six books bought, but only three of those add to my TBR.
Physical TBR Balance Sheet
Start 2021: 330
Start July: 313
Added: 4 (6 – two I had already read)
E-book TBR Balance Sheet
Start 2021: 183
Start July: 178
I am unhauling The Devil and Miss Prym.
I did not read that many books, but the quality was pretty good! I re-read a favourite on audio, which was The Picture of Dorian Gray. That meant going off TBR, but was so worth my time. Loved it just as much as I always did. I also found a new favourite in The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I finished Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy (which I highly recommend) and also read my first book by Bernardine Evaristo, who I am sure to read more from!
There were a couple of books that were just ok, but overall I am happy. I am carrying three ‘currently reading’ books over into August, but that’s ok.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
I had two 7* reads in July. The Picture of Dorian Gray is my favourite book of all time (In case anyone asks), but I think I will go for The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller for my Book of the Month. I simply adored it. Hence I ended up buying myself a physical copy to gaze at lovingly on my shelves!