July Rewind and Favorites


July 31, 2013 by Heidi

July’s over?  Well then.  I accomplished a lot of reading this month, but not so much in terms of being a good participant in the blogosphere–sorry about that!  I’ve been working on storing up some posts for August, and I hope you’ll join me for Booking It Across the US starting next week.  I want to know what your favorite locational books are!  I read a lot in preperation this month, and a little just for fun.

Also can I point out the sheer randomness of the fact that I read two completely unrelated books this month with characters named Antimony?

Books Read in July

Gunnerkrigg Court by Thomas Siddell
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Tithe by Holly Black
Six Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
Something About You by Julie James
Wide Open by Deborah Coates
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Paper Towns by John Green
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
Genius by Steven T. Seagle
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Blogger Buddies Mentioned

Asheley from Into the Hall of Books
Hannah from So Obsessed With
Allison from The Allure of Books
Flannery from The Readventurer

July Top 5 Reads
  1. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Poerter
  2. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  3. Gunnerkrigg Court by Thomas Siddell
  4. Six Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
  5. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
What were your favorite July reads?

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  1. Bonnie says:

    Maybe This Time does sound super cute! I’ve read one other Crusie novel (Agnes and the Hitman) and loved it so I really need to read more from her. It’s funny, I tried reading A Reliable Wife and gave up because I hated it too. For some reason I picked up a copy though for a future re-read. I’m not sure if that will ever happen. lol OH MY GOSH WHAT. Gunnerkrigg Court is available online?! Flannery did not inform me of this and I was super bummed because my library didn’t have these! OMGOSH thank you.

  2. I’m so excited to see you picked up Something About You – which is the best of that series and close to being my favorite work by James – and also Maybe This Time which I listened on audio and really enjoyed. I also picked up Bet Me by Crusie and adored that, so I hope you get around to that one too. It’s a shame about Like Mandarin, but I’d still recommend Wanderlove which is just fantastic. It’s also a shame about Curse of the Wendigo, though also a big reason I haven’t picked it up since I realized I just didn’t enjoy the characters. I’ll be interested to see what you think as the series continues.

    I’ve been reading The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott lately, which I know you’re interested in, and I’ve really been enjoying it. I’m on the third book now and have been flying through the books, so I hope you get around to them soon so we can compare notes. I plan to read Seanan McGuire next month for sure. I’ve been neglecting my ARCs but I really want to at least start her books, especially since I’m not currently reading an UF series, so now would be the perfect time. I hope you have a GREAT time on your road trip! I’ve always wanted to go on one and can’t wait to hear how it is!(:

  3. Holy cow, you read a ton this past month. I felt the same way about Paper Towns. At some point, I feel like all John Green’s books are just too much of the same. I listened to the audio for that one as well and definitely rolled my eyes a few times. Like Mandarin was just okay for me as well. Like you, I loved that it was about their friendship, but I actually liked the atmosphere of the Wyoming setting. Maybe just because it felt different than most YA books. My problem was how non-compelling I found the protagonist. I totally spied on your Twitter convo about Limberlost when you were looking for an Indiana book. I think you’ve sold me on those books. (there’s at least two, right?)

  4. Oh sweet Christ you read so many books! A true inspo to us all! I love your idea on Booking It Across America, I think it’s wonderful and I am filled with anticipation, my friend, though I will miss your internet presence as you roadtrip.

    You have some really interesting titles that I’m interested in trying, so that’s both a plus (yay, more awesome-sounding recommendations!) and a negative (no, too much on the TBR), and so I can’t wait to try some of these. Have fun out there! 😀

  5. So glad you read Betsy-Tacy and liked it! To be honest, the first four are my least favorite of the series. They’re good, but I didn’t fall in love with the characters until they were a little older. That’s mostly because they became more relatable and the stories had a little more going on (other than just childhood adventures).

    I hope you do continue on in the series if you get the chance! I have a feeling you’ll like the later books more. I originally gave the first few books three stars in Goodreads but raised it to four upon re-reading because my love for the series as a whole made me love the series more!

    Either way, so happy you met Betsy and Tacy!

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