I mentioned last month that I had a bookcase full of unread books and I very successfully managed to read only one. And that one happened to be a reread... Even though I didn't shrink my TBR (to be read) pile, I did end up reading six and a half books! Twice as many as last month.I started July with a trip to my used book store (someone stop me) and got a like new condition (I'm the one that smushed the book jacket) hardcover of A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby for $2. How could I leave that behind? Anyway I devoured it in two days. It's a book about a lot and nothing at all. It's a dark comedy about four people who accidentally meet on a roof on New Year's Eve because they all intended to kill themselves. Hijinks ensue. It's definitely a heavy topic but as someone on goodreads said, "[I] would recommend it to anyone secure enough to laugh at their own despair."During the same trip to the used book store I picked up The Hours by Michael Cunningham. This book also has a dark suicidal tone. Forget about those light-hearted beach reads for summer, this girl likes it dark. It's a beautifully written story across generations and strongly tied to Mrs. Dallaway by Virginia Woolf. Since I have seen the movie it felt like I was reading the book for the second time. So after those two you'd think I'd go for something uplifting, right? Well how about a book about a place where every pain you've ever felt stays with you forever, sound fun? Elantris by Brandon Sanderson has a very unique plot. It's my first ever high fantasy novel too! I liked it well enough but the writing was a bit over flourished and at times distracting. There were moments when I was completely enthralled and there were some lulls. **I'm realizing now that these first three books I read were all told from multiple points of view in alternating chapters.**
Ever since I found out they made a movie of this I wanted to reread The Giver by Lois Lowry. I finished it in one sitting and I would say as an adult the story still holds up. So fantastic! Then I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is the first time I've ever read it and I'm going to be honest, it was a let down. It's touted as 'The Great American' novel and I. Don't. See. It. I didn't care about any of the characters and the plot is just okay. Fitzgerald knows how to write a pretty sentence, I'll give him that, but I don't know when this book became THE book. If you are on the other side of this fence please tell me what I missed in the comments below! The last book I read, I picked up at the library on the 31st and finished it that night. It's The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson. It's set in the same world as Elantris but has nothing to do with it, so you don't need to read one to read the other. It is about a woman named Shai who is a thief but also the empire's only hope at survival. That's all I can say without fully explaining the magics. It's fast paced and at 175 pages I flew through it in a couple hours. The book I tried but only made it 130 pages into was The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. The writing was unexplainably odd and the plot was borderline fantasy but I'm thinking it wasn't supposed to be... I wanted to know what happened to the characters, but not enough to spend my time reading the next 200 or so pages.
So that's all folks! Those are the books I read in July! Here's to another fabulous reading month in August.
If you have any recommendations please let me know! Also have you read any of these books? What did you think?