As we come to the end of July, it’s time for another reading wrap up. Throughout the last month, I managed to finish 9 books (4 novels, a non-fiction book, a poetry collection, 2 graphic novels and a book of fairy tales). This takes my yearly total thus far up to a nice round 80, keeping me well on track to hit 100 before 2016 comes to an end.
It was a good reading month overall, with lots of enjoyable books in the mix. I was especially happy to finally read a David Mitchell book – I’ve been wanting to try his work for ages – and wasn’t disappointed, so I hope to pick up more from him soon. The Bone Clocks is a multi-layered, intricately planned out fantasy saga that spans several decades and weaves together with immense skill.
Another highlight was Tender Morsels, a whimsical fairy tale inspired novel with some very dark themes but a lot of heart. I also thoroughly enjoyed Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, a collection of simple yet beautiful poetry, and The Arrival by Shaun Tan, a silent graphic novel that manages to tell a poignant and very timely story about the struggles of immigrants without using a single word; relying instead on Tan’s stunning artwork and clever imagery.
Truth be told, there wasn’t really a bad read to be found this month, so I’m excited to hopefully continue that trend into August.
What was your favourite read in July?