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July 2018 Wrap Up ( including what I read for the #7in7Readathon)

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Life Update 

I RECEIVED GREAT NEWS!!! Ok, I’m gonna stop screaming now, but it’s just that I’m so excited. Last month in my life update I said that I hadn’t gotten the scholarship that I applied to. BUT actually, I was told half way through july that I did get the scholarship. I’m going to Spain in less than 2 months to get my Master’s Degree, I’ll be living there for a year and I couldn’t be happier. So, I have been running around trying to get all the paperwork and everything else ready, which means my anxiety has been a bit out of control, but I’m still really excited.

What I Read 

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan (4,2 stars): The first half  was amazing, I was at the edge of my sit and I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to know what was happening to Susannah. The part of the recovery was slower but still really interesting, and then the last 10% of this was too focused on medical facts. Overall, a fascinating and honest  book.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by  Balli Kaur Jaswal (4,3 stars): I loved the characters in this, the relationships between them, the premise, the themes it addressed in terms of gender and religion. I LOVED THIS! It was funny, it was heartfelt and I think it will be one of my favorite books at the end of the year.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (3 stars): This has a very peculiar main character, there’s almost no plot and it’s entirely character driven, but there’s not that much character development. It’s an interesting read, but not enjoyable.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (4,2 stars): I really liked the mystery in this one and the spooky vibes. Evie annoyed me a little bit in this book, but I loved the rest of the characters. My ship tried to sail in this one, but I don’t know if it’s gonna make it or not, which worries me a bit. I loved the ending, I think it’s the perfect set up for the next book.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (4,6 stars): One of the best books I have read this year, it’s a very complex and scientific look at mermaids and it’s so SCARY! I’m not kidding this is horror sci-fi, which I had never read, and I was so scared that I had an anxiety attack at one point. Anyway, my only issue is that the second half gets a bit too scientific and I didn’t quite understand some things.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (4,4 stars): Loved the secluded setting, there were several mysteries at the time, which kept me guessing, and it was so intriguing. (Review)

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (4 stars): I loved the secluded setting, the methodical way in which the murder is investigated and the very surprising ending. (Review)

Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie (3,6 stars): I didn’t guess the ending of this one, because I thought my guess was too obvious, but at the end I was right.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (3,4 stars): This has an annoying narrator, but I really enjoyed that there were lot of viable suspects. I found the ending logical but not satisfying. (Review)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (4 stars): this book has one of the best endings to a mystery that I have ever read, it’s so shocking. (review)

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (3,8 stars): I really liked that this has a few different perspectives, which gives more information about the murder,  I liked  the twist at the end, even if it was a bit far fetched. (Review)

#7in7Readathon Wrap Up 

I managed to read 7 book in 7 days and also I was able to finish all the challenges! It was a great readathon to be a part of and I met amazing people on twitter because of it.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell (4 stars):  I really enjoyed this short story collection, they were all beautifully written. (Review)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (4 stars): I’m not a fan of graphic novels, but this one was so good, it almost made me cry.

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav  (2 stars): There were only 5 poems that I actually liked in this collection, the rest were those poems that are one sentence and that’s it and they were just not for me.

Cóndores no Entierran Todos los Días by Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazabal  (4 stars):  This book is set in my hometown and reading it was a unique and meaningful experience, especially, because it’s historical fiction and my grandma actually knew some of the people in it.

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie (3,6 stars): I didn’t enjoy this one as much, it was really slow and there were no clues or information for Piroit to solve the crimes until almost the very end. I did like the reveal of who the murderer was.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (3,6 stars): I really liked this one, I liked the reveal because I didn’t see it coming but it was really far fetched. I didn’t like what happened after the reveal of who the murderer was.

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski: I had a hard time getting into this, but then I was so intrigued by the mystery and wanted to know what happened. I was so scared at one point because I was reading this alone in the middle of the night and it has a very spooky subplot. I wasn’t completely happy with the ending, but I enjoyed the book.

On the Blog

Here’s everything I posted this month on the blog:

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?Tell me what happened in your life during July! What did you read? What did you post? 

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17 thoughts on “July 2018 Wrap Up ( including what I read for the #7in7Readathon)

  1. I am so glad you enjoyed Brain on Fire because I’m hoping to read it soon. I also read Convenience Store Woman this week and have similar thoughts. I really enjoyed it but I do wish there was more character development and I was frustrated with some decisions she made!

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    1. I hope you enjoy Brain on Fire! It was such a amazing read. And about Convenience Store Woman, I was frustrated with some of her decisions as well. Also, I felt like even when she learned a bit by the end, she was exactly in the same position/ situation that in the beginning.

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  2. Congratulations on getting your scholarship!! That’s such amazing news. Out of the books you’ve mentioned, I’ve only read Nimona and I loved it soo much! I think I DNF’d Lair of Dreams a year ago and I’ve been meaning to try it again since then but I kind of forgot about it…until you mentioned it in this post! I didn’t think it was a bad book, I was just reading some other books at the time and they were more fast-paced so I put Lair of Dreams aside.

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  3. AHHH CONGRATS ON BEING ABLE TO GO TO SPAIN!! That is so huge and exciting and I hope it’s the best time for you!! And also aaall these books, this is amazing. You’ve been busy this month. 🎉I desperately want to read Nimona and I’m really glad you liked it! My July was pretty busy but in a good way. 😂And I’m really looking forward to travelling down to see my new baby nephew this month so ahhh. It’s going to be a great August. 😍

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    1. Thank you so much! 💗Nimona really surprised me, it was so good. I’m glad you had a good July, and I hope you have fun with your baby nephew, I have baby cousins and I know I’m gonna miss them so much while I’m in Spain. Anyway, happy reading and good luck in August! 🙂

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  4. Wow, congrats on your scholarship! I can’t imagine how stressful this must be for you right now, though! Planning these things can’t be easy!
    I kind of really want to read Into The Drowning Deep, I only heard amazing things about it so far, but I’m a bit worried it’ll be too much horror for me, I never really read things like that…

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    1. Thank you! 💗 It’s definitely been really stressful, but I’m so excited that it’s been easier to cope with the stress.

      I don’t read horror books often either, but I really enjoyed Into the Drowning Deep. I think there are scenes that are really scary, but it’s only like 3 or 4 scenes, the rest of the book has a scary vibe but it’s more managable.

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