In July I read 11 books for a total of 2,541 pages and an average of 82 pages per day. I read several comics and had two re-reads this month, but everything I read was stellar!
I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite read this month. I don’t document star ratings here, but everything I read was either 4 or 5 stars! Talk about a quality month! No DNFs either! Very, very pleased.
Trader by Charles de Lint
First Sentence: IF dreams can be portraits of what is to come, then I had my fair share of forewarning before my life was stolen away.
Notable Quote: “But real life doesn’t work the way Hollywood depicts it. Most people’s lives aren’t made up of stories with easily perceived beginnings and endings. Most people have to just muddle through as best they can, coming in somewhere in the middle, leaving before the outcome’s known, half the time not even aware that they’re in a story.”
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
First Sentence: Film legend and ‘60s It Girl Evelyn Hugo has just announced that she will auction off twelve of her most memorable gowns through Christie’s to raise money for breast cancer research.
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
First Sentence: You’d have guessed from the size of his shadow that Clay Cooper was a bigger man than he was.
Notable Quotes: “…a little embellishment was so often the difference between a good story and a great one.”
“Life was funny, and fickle, and often cruel. Sometimes the unworthy went on living, while those who deserved better were lost. Or not lost, (he considered) since they lingered on in the hearts of those who loved them, who love them still, their memory nurtured like a sprig of green in an otherwise desolate soul. Which was, (he supposed), a kind of immortality, after all.”
A few thoughts on Goodreads:
Monstress vol 2 by Marjorie Liu
Bandette vol 1 by Paul Tobin
Bandette vol 2 by Paul Tobin
Bandette vol 3 by Paul Tobin
The Giver by Lois Lowry
First Sentence: It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
Owls: Our Most Charming Bird by Matt Sewell
First Sentence: It’s simple: everybody loves owls!
Feed by M.T. Anderson
First Sentence: We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.
Motor Crush by Brenden Fletcher
I really didn’t attempt much for my TBR Teardown (again, ugh) – but I did at least read Trader! I’m going to get back on track in August, I swear! I’m “cheating” again and keeping Widdershins on because I love de Lint and genuinely want to read that story collection; it’s just a chunkster.
*cover images from goodreads