The end of summer is nigh and that means it’s time to wrap up the 20 Books of Summer challenge. The good news is I read 28 books over three months, so I hit that target, but only 13 were from my list (I DNFed another two) and I only managed to post 8 reviews in total. How past me reviewed everything she read, I don’t know.
On my list and reviewed:
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett ⭐⭐⭐
Not on my list and reviewed:
The Ends by James Smythe ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cackle by Rachel Harrison ⭐⭐⭐
Hothouse Earth by Bill McGuire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dead Water by C.A. Fletcher ⭐⭐⭐⭐
On my list, read but not reviewed:
Links go to Goodreads.
Ithaca by Claire North ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I will review this one in the next few days. Story of how Penelope and her maids kept the island of Ithaca going during her husband’s absence. Was a great choice to have Hera narrate this, with her disdain for mortal men and the other gods, but a soft spot for the last queens of Greece.
Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff ⭐⭐⭐
This trilogy was nowhere near as good as the Illuminae Files, however the time loop in this final instalment was one of the high points.
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Outcast, slasher-film obsessed Jade wishes a serial killer to her town and then a Final Girl turns up. Glad I finally read a SGJ book, will consider others.
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Just lovely, and I loved how it tied in with The Glass Hotel.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Enjoyable romance, I liked the editor and literary agent characters.
The Deepest of Secrets by Kelley Armstrong ⭐⭐⭐⭐
These are really getting a bit repetitive but I enjoy them!
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa ⭐⭐⭐
Not my favourite Japanese Cat Book.
Coward by Tim Clare ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Really good exploration into anxiety and one man’s search for a cure.
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Becky’s books are always like a friendly hug.
Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An urban fantasy for Brits of my generation!
Not on my list, read but not reviewed:
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Maybe my favourite book of the year? Game dev, friendship, grief and disability with a big helping of nostalgia.
The Trees by Percival Everett ⭐⭐⭐
I am not really sure I understood what this was trying to do and I didn’t find it as funny as everyone else. Very odd book.
Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez ⭐⭐⭐
If matadors fought dragons, enjoyable enough but I was on the side of the dragons.
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I fear Ali Hazelwood might be a one trick pony, but this was cute
Stuck With You by Ali Hazelwood ⭐⭐⭐
The most disappointing of her STEMinist novellas…
Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood ⭐⭐⭐⭐
…and my favourite STEMist novella. I liked all the space geekery.
Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Read this after binging on the adorableness of Heartstopper.
Eve by Una ⭐⭐
A dreary disappointment. But it did fulfil Popsugar’s palindromic title prompt.
The Secret of Life by Howard Markel ⭐⭐⭐
Very dry history of Watson, Crick and Franklin. Gave it a bonus star for trying to give Franklin proper credit.
My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐
Not my sort of romance!
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