• Arden Palmquist

July Reading Wrap Up With My Honest Ratings

I never thought I would be posting book content but honestly, I kind of love it. Plus, apparently people like reading my recommendations. I've had a few people reach out and tell me that they've read the books I've recommended. So, as a new month begins, I felt it would be fun to share with you all my July Reading Wrap Up with my honest ratings.

A Court of Mist and Fury

I finished this the first day of July but wanted to include it in my ratings because this was probably one of the best books I have ever read. If you recall in an earlier post, I shared that a current favorite of mine was A Court of Thorns and Roses. Well, as much as I loved book number 1, the 2nd one in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF), TOPS IT. If I could give this 1000 stars I would. This book is a masterpiece and puts book one to shame. The author does an amazing job of bringing you into this world she had created and falling head over heels with the characters. This book may look long, and it is, but I finished it in less than a week. I could not recommend this book and this series enough. If you take anything away from this post, it's to read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and then to tell me who your favorite character is.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Court of Wings and Ruin

As soon as I finished ACOMAF, I started A Court of Wings and Ruin. I just had to. It ended on a cliff hanger that I needed answers too IMMEDATIELY. Which once again, this book did not disappoint. Another *chefs kiss* of a book and I only fell in love with the characters and the world even more. This book was over 700 pages long and I finished it in 4 days. I feel like that on it's own says how beautiful this book was. I was laughing, I was crying, I was constantly on my toes about this one. There is a lot of mixed reviews on this series but by far book 2 and 3 are my favorite. A classic enemies to lovers trope, which is the theme for most of these books.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Unhoneymooners

Switching up genres here, let's talk about this rom-com of a book. This was an easy read, I read most of it in a single day. But it was a cute book. Another enemies to lovers. A very very quick read. If you're in the mood for a cheesy rom-com then this is for sure one that you have to add to your list. I think if you read it on the beach too, it'll set the mood even more!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Daughter of the Pirate King

For all of my fantasy adventure readers out there, this is a good one to choose. If you are on Tik Tok, you'll know that this is one of the handful of book recommendations that book tokers recommend. And I guess that makes me one of them because I am recommending this one too. A bad-ass female pirate princess who doesn't take crap from anyone? Sign me up. Especaily when you tie in the enemies to lovers trope (*chefs kiss*), sign me up and lead the way.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Court of Frost and Starlight

Insert heavy sigh here. This is the 4th book in the series I am oh so obsessed with and you'll see that I gave it a 2 star rating. Okay first and foremost - the third book was 703 pages long. Guess how long this one was? 223. How does an author go from hundreds of pages to just.... 223? Secondly, this book wasn't really needed? In all fairness, the ending of the 3rd book ended perfectly. The need for the 4th just... Nope. BUT, I will give the cuteness and of course spice level some credit. It was a peak into the world of my favorite characters when they aren't dealing with war and ruin. Will I read the 5th book? Obviously it's in my shopping cart. Except the 5th book is in the POV from a different character. I've heard that the spice level in that one is 1000000/10 and I am very excited to binge through that book.

My Rating: ⭐⭐

People We Meet On Vacation

I'm honestly mad at myself for not reading this sooner. This book made me happy, it made me sad, it made me feel so many things. I was hooked. I actually read this on vacation and it was just beautiful. A story about two friends who knew they loved one another but never wanted to admit it. The book follows them throughout a decade and the growth between these two characters was a masterpiece. I now need to read the authors other book, Beach Read. That is of course on my list!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

On vacation I started listening to audio books to knock out all of the non-fictional pieces on my list. I started with White Fragility and MAN did I really learn about racism and how even though I don't mean to, I have racist tendencies. This book truly opened my eyes and was an amazing educational tool. I recommend this book to everyone. Literally everyone. I can't really say much more than that, read the book and continue to educate yourself!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Midnight Library

The internet really may come for my neck here since everyone really seemed to love this book... But I struggled with it? Okay, hear me out. I loved the concept. But the delivery? Not so much. I felt that the character had no emotion other than sadness and when it came to the ending it felt too perfect. I still think if you want to read this book, read it! But please do not do what I did and go into it with very high expectations.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Guest List

Okay, so I have a hard time finding mysteries and thrillers that I like reading. This had been on my list for awhile. I mean AWHILE. And honestly, this book was a total let down. Usually, I really like Reese Whitherspoon's recommendations. But this one was a slow build up to only let me down. I think my issue with mysteries and thrillers is that it's very hard to give that suspense on the page unlike the screen. Not my favorite read from this month but also not the worst!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Year of Yes

I've been in a rut lately, this constant voice in the back of my head telling me to continue moving forward and to stop holding myself back. I was on a walk one day, just me at one of the trails by my apartment, and I started this book, The Year of Yes. A memoir/self-help kind of book perfect for those who really say no to just about everything.. It was a funny beautiful book about how life is short and when we say yes to opportunities that can scare us - we really are only hurting ourselves. After reading it, I felt more motivated to saying yes to new adventures and plans instead of saying no and being cooped up in my apartment. If you need a self help book to boost your energy, this is a good one!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

One To Watch ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Honestly, I was pushing this one off for awhile. A sappy rom com just didn't really feel like the move lately. But I am so glad I finally brushed the dust off of my bookshelf and started to read it. I have not read a book this diverse, really ever? The main character is a plus size fashion blogger who stars on a reality tv show to find love (much like the bachelor) to break the sterotype. Which I LOVED reading. Especially because I releated to the main character in so many ways. But it had diversity with size, race, and love. This was a beautiful book, super quick and easy to read. I am now going to stalk to author and read every other book she has put out to binge through.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

As one month ends, a new one begins and yes, I have already started reading for the month. But before I end this post, I want to share that I have passed my goal of books for the year. This month I read 10 books (not including ACOMAF since technically I finished that July 1st, it was just included to share with you all how much I truly enjoyed that book) and completed my goal of 24 books for the year - months ahead of schedule. The Year of Yes was my 24th book for the year, the one that marked my goal as accomplished and it feels great. Another goal for 2021 I can cross off of my list of resolutions! But I'm not stopping now, I have so many books on my list that I can't stop now. Tune in next month to see my reading wrap up with my honest ratings. Happy reading!!


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