July 2017 Monthly Round-Up

July 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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July Reading / Life

  • July has continued my summer of slumpiness. I seriously think I DNF’d the same number of books I actually read this month.
  • I also didn’t read as much (9 books) as in the previous few months…mostly because we’re moving in a couple weeks and I’ve been a bit frazzled preparing for that. Our move is actually happening in August, so you might see a quieter blog next month.
  • July seemed to be a month of crime books…some winners (QuicksandAmerican Fire) and some not (See What I Have Done). While we’re on the topic of fire, Celeste Ng’s hotly anticipated Little Fires Everywhere (out 9/12) is smokin’ GOOD!
  • I expected to love Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine…but, it appears I’m one of the only ones who didn’t love it.
  • Shadow of the Lions was a solid 4 star boarding school mystery…it’s out on 8/1, so keep your eyes peeled!
  • And to round out my nonfiction, I read and listened to a couple solid choices: Double Bind: Women on AmbitionWho Thought This Was a Good Idea? (audiobook), and I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends (audiobook). Yes, this last one is, in fact, Bachelor winner Courtney Robertson’s behind-the-scenes tell-all. I should probably be embarrassed about including it here…but it was a fun, juicy listen for this Bachelor fan!
  • Check out my commentary on the August Book of the Month Club selections…though I’m not jumping for joy over this month’s choices. On the bright side, I’m working on a new addition to my monthly Book of the Month Club feature…another tool to help you pick the Book of the Month Club selection that you’re most likely to enjoy!
  • Finally, I’m putting together a small, but highly selective library for my new, built-in bookshelves and will be tracking my progress over on Instagram. Follow me at @sarahsbookshelves to see what books make the cut!

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Best Book of the Month

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito (March 7, 2017)
Fiction, 512 Pages
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PS – last year’s Best Book of July was Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (my review)!

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

It’s a tie between…
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito (my review)
Final Girls by Riley Sager (how is this possible?! I didn’t even like it and didn’t review it!)
Beartown by Fredrik Bachman (my review)

August Releases I’m Excited About

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann (August 1)
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (August 22)
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (August 22)
The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (August 29)

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  1. I think 9 books in a month is great! Good luck with the move.

    Posted 8.3.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thank you – and my August numbers will fall off a cliff!

      Posted 8.9.17 Reply
  2. Renee wrote:

    Good luck on your move! I have Young Jane Young as well so I’ll be interested in chatting with you about it

    Posted 8.3.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’ve now finished Jane Young…and I definitely want to chat when you finish! I have feelings about this one!

      Posted 8.9.17 Reply
  3. Here’s to a month where all slumps end! (However, I’m not super optimistic based on the first book I finished.)

    I may see if I can pick up The Burning Girl. I was wavering on it, but not much else is working right now.

    I hope the move goes smoothly. That’s always such a crazy busy time. I’m surprised you can get any reading done!

    Posted 8.3.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I have it on pre-release hold at the library, so I’ll hopefully get it right on the 29th!

      Posted 8.9.17 Reply
  4. Tara wrote:

    You have me so pumped about the new Celeste Ng that I can hardly stand it! Also, I’ve been a little put-off by the length of Quicksand, but the more you mention it the more I’m feeling willing to give a try…hmm. 🙂 I love the addition of your best pick of this month from last year; that’s so great!

    Posted 8.3.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh – Quicksand flies by! I read it in 3 days despite its length.

      Posted 8.9.17 Reply
  5. Beth F wrote:

    Good luck with the move and the new bookshelves. I hope to start Quicksand this weekend. My last two audiobooks were disappointments and I would have likely DNF’d but they were freelance assignments.

    Posted 8.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      That’s so frustrating to have to power through b/c it’s assigned reading! But, I guess getting paid makes it a little easier – haha!

      Hope Quicksand works for you!

      Posted 8.9.17 Reply

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