It’s Monday, What are You Reading? July Wrap-Up

mondayJuly went by fast! It was a busy month, mostly spent agonizing over my education statistics class. I took my final last Tuesday and now I’m a free woman!

Here’s what I read in July:

  •  The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • Stardust — Neil Gaiman
  • A Sunless Sea — Anne Perry
  • The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit — Graham Joyce
  • The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag — Alan Bradley
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry — Gabrielle Zevin
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood — Diana Gabaldon

I read a lot in July, but I’m embarrassed to say I posted only one book review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. But in fairness, I spent most of the month working on my statistics class and a good chunk of the month feeling under the weather. When I’m sick I read a lot, but I don’t write much. Then we drove to Ohio for the weekend to visit friends who had (sadly) moved away. And we just got back.

What am I reading now? I was inspired by the Estella Society’s readalong of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. With my stats class over (and no class until August 25), it’s time for something heavier. It was going to be Far From the Madding Crowd but now it’s East of Eden instead. I’m supposed to report on the first 13 chapters this week. 

I also discovered the Overdrive eBook program at my public library (prompted by my review of Kindle’s new Unlimited program) and I’m very excited about the books they have to offer.  I have BJ Novak’s short stories on hold and I downloaded Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. 

Challenge update: only The Awakening qualified for any challenges this month. 

Hope you had a good weekend and a good July! What are you reading?

22 Responses to “It’s Monday, What are You Reading? July Wrap-Up”

  1. bekki66

    Reading “All the light we cannot see” by Anthony Doerr. Love his short stories and this is pretty good so far!

    • curlygeek04

      Surprisingly, I didn’t love AJ Fikry — I enjoyed it but wasn’t swept away as I’ve heard from so many people. Review coming soon!

  2. Andi (@estellasrevenge)

    Yayyy! I’m so glad you’re joining us. I posted the main post at but my own update won’t be live until Thursday. I’m loving the book now that I’ve swept other things aside and am focusing just on East of Eden.

  3. whatsheread

    I adore Neil Gaiman so I hope you enjoyed Stardust! I finally finished the new Gabaldon too. I confess that I really do not like the later books in the series, and this was no different, but I will always love Jamie Fraser.

    Have a great week!

    • curlygeek04

      I loved Stardust! Neil Gaiman is amazing. I liked Heart’s Blood a lot, though not the best in the series. For the later books I think the best one is Snow & Ashes. Still, I’ll take anything I can get with Claire and Jamie.

  4. Erin McGill Beard

    I am doing a terrible job of posting reviews this summer! I am just reading away though!

    The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit sounds interesting. I will have to check it out!

    • curlygeek04

      Thanks for commenting! The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit was good – people seem to love this author. My review is coming soon since the book comes out next week.

  5. Greg

    I need to read Stardust, it’s kinda been on my list forever and I never seem to get to it. Seems like it would be a good summer book too… I’ll have to dig it out. Love the idea of it.

  6. storytimewithbuffy

    I’ve just started reading Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor. It’s beautiful and raw. I’m only on page 91 but it’s blowing my mind. I don’t want to do anything else but read until I finish it.

    • curlygeek04

      Wow, that sounds great. I know nothing about that book but sounds like I need to look it up. Thanks for commenting!

  7. lakesidemusing

    You had a great month! I’ve got A.J. Fikry on my kindle via overdrive now – hope I get a chance to read it before my loan period expires.

    • curlygeek04

      It’s a pretty quick read, so you should be okay… Hope you like it. I just discovered Overdrive and I’m pretty excited about it.

    • curlygeek04

      Thanks for commenting! Now I’m curious what trouble you’ve had with overdrive? I just started using it. AJ Fikry was good but people love it so much, it didn’t quite rise to that level for me.

  8. Lindsey

    Congrats on finishing your class! You had some great reads in July. I loved The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and the Flavia series. 🙂

    • curlygeek04

      Thanks! I’m so happy to have down-time again. I’m on #2 of the Flavia series, looking forward to reading more.


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