This month (July,) I had a very ambitious TBR, and I also bought a boatload of books, then got overwhelmed and was only able to get through six books, one of them being an ARC. I have to say that even though I didn’t get through all the books I originally intended to get through, the ones I did read were quality-read for me. Out of the six books I read, five were 5/5 stars, and one was 4/5 stars. That’s a pretty good reading month to me.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This book was 5/5 stars, and I am in love with Patroclus and Achilles. The Song of Achilles was a retelling of Greece’s greatest hero through the point of view of his best friend and lover, Patroclus. Madeline did a fantastic job with this retelling. Absolute beautiful writing. I have a full review up on the blog. https://genesisbookshelf.com/2021/07/11/the-song-of-achilles-by-madeline-miller-book-review/
Iron Widow by Xiran Zhao (ARC)
Iron Widow was one of my most anticipated fall 2021 book releases, and I was beyond excited when I received an advance copy to review. I rated this book 4/5 stars. It was an entertaining read with an exciting concept with a strong female main character, rich in Chinese culture, and a feminist agenda everyone needs to get on board. Full review also on the blog. https://genesisbookshelf.com/2021/07/09/iron-widow-by-xiran-jay-zhao/
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Get a Life, Chloe Brown was yet another five stars read for me. This book was a fun read that touched on some sensitive topics while keeping the story lighthearted, sweet, and steamy. Full review https://genesisbookshelf.com/2021/07/26/get-a-life-chloe-brown-by-talia-hibbert-book-review/
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Nine Perfect Stranger was another five stars read for me. It kept me guessing, kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a fun read, and I can’t wait to watch the TV show coming on Hulu on August 18th.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Yet another five stars read! I love sapphic romances, and this so far must be one of my new favorites. The concept was fascinating, and I loved the sci-fi aspect of the story. 5/5 stars!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
And my final book for July was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Six of Crows is the first book of a duology that is part of the Grishaverse, and it takes a few years after the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. Hands down, the Six of Crows books are the best books of the Grishaverse universe. I don’t even have words to describe how much I loved this book. 5/5 stars!