I think I say or think this every month, but I can’t believe July is over already. My youngest daughter starts her junior year of high school in just 15 days. I’m going to miss sleeping in, lol. One of the nice things about back to school, however, is all the tourists will be going home. This is my first experience living somewhere where tourists impact your life. Seriously, they’re like cockroaches. They appear overnight and then they’re EVERYwhere. At a restaurant where, in the off-season you can get a table with no wait, it now takes an hour+ to get a table at lunch time on a Wednesday. It also takes an addition 45 minutes to drive to said restaurant because the roads are jam packed with people who don’t know where they’re going. Ugh. But, they bring lots of tourist dollars so they’re a necessary evil. 😉
For July, I read a total of five books, four of which I reviewed on the blog.
- Still Here by Lara Vapnyar
- War & Turpentine: A Novel by Stefan Hertmans
- Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens
- A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
The fifth was a graphic novel, Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn. Very briefly, I thought this was a weak installment in the series. The advancement of the story line felt strained. As usual, the artwork was amazing. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, and I stand by that, but I didn’t love it as much as the first four volumes.
The other four books I read this month were all for either Net Galley or First to Read. I’m currently reading another Net Galley book, the last one of my shelf, and I have one First to Read book waiting in the wings. The obvious fact that all of my Net Galley and First to Read reading is leaving me with little to no time to read for myself makes me think I need to request books at a slower pace, lol. I used my B&N class action credit last month and of the books I bought, I’ve only read Saga. I have approximately 75 books, physically in my house, on my TBR. EEK!! I need to whittle away at that pile.
How was your July reading? Read anything worth recommending? Did you add to your TBR pile or manage to shorten it by a book or two? Let me know!