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Sooo, July was not a great reading month for me – both in terms of the number of books and how much I enjoyed those books. But still, here are all my thoughts and ratings for the books I read in July!

Discover all the books I’ve read this year here.

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Jonah and the Very Big Fish by Tim Thornborough

Christian Non-Fiction, 4/5 stars

If you’ve been around here for a little while, you’ll already know that I love the ‘Very Best Stories’ series by Tim Thornborough. This is a series of Bible storybooks with beautiful illustrations by Jennifer Davison. Jonah and the whale is a pretty well-known story, but they also have books about Deborah, Moses and Esther too! This book uses lots of synonyms throughout the book which makes it great to read with or to kids.

Find this book here.

Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Contemporary Fiction, 4/5 stars

I’m really disappointed that I didn’t love this book, because it’s full of penguins! Honestly the 4th star in this rating was purely thanks to the penguins because I just didn’t love the overall feel of this book. We are following the story of Veronica, an elderly lady deciding what to do with her money after she dies and invites herself half way across the world to see a team working to protect the penguins.

There are several different strands that you follow, all of which I was interested in, to some degree, but none of them quite gave me enough to keep me interested throughout. I also thought there was some lazy writing of the aunt, as her only characteristic was being ‘religious’ which seemed to simply equal ‘horrible’, without her character actually being developed at all.

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The Hunted Girls by Jenna Kernan

Thriller, 4/5 stars

After reading the first book in this series, I had really been looking forward to a sequel and returning to these characters. This book begins several months after the end of the first, after Nadine has completed FBI training and is sent on her first case. There is slightly less focus on the behavioural analysis elements which I really enjoyed in the first book, but they were still there to some extent. It still had the feeling of Criminal Minds in book form, and I enjoyed the concept of the case and the plot.

At the beginning I found Nadine quite whiny and the way she acted quite childish and odd at some points. But I felt that that improved throughout the book, although the romance elements were not my favourite. Still very keen to read any further books in this series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for letting me read this book!

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Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Thriller, 3/5 stars

This was another bit of a disappointment for me because I was hoping this might be a 5 star! The concept was intriguing, with seemingly random elevator incidents leaving people dead in a city full of skyscrapers. But there were a loottttttt of different elements that we were following. From a journalist to the mayor, to the detectives, to other mysterious characters. Normally I enjoy multiple perspectives but this time I just found it a little confusing and it slowed the book down for me as it didn’t keep that thrilling, suspenseful feeling.

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July Statistics

  • Books read: 4
  • Pages read: 1265
  • Average rating: 3.75/5 stars

Let’s hope that August is a better reading month. To see what I’ll be reading, check out my latest Penguins choose my TBR video here:

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