Hello lovelies and welcome to the first #sundaystack post of July. If you aren’t aware, each week I’ve been running a #sundaystack series over on my bookstagram and here and I have been absolutely loving it. It has been so much fun to design over lockdown and something that I am determined to continue. It has also been wonderful to see so many people getting involved as well and I have definitely been taking done loads of recommendations, much to the resentment of my TBR. I will leave the prompts below should you wish to take part. If you do, make sure to tag me so I can check them out ☺️
This month I read I read 8 books, which isn’t quite as impressive as last month, but I’m still happy with it. July was a MONTH so that fact I got any reading down is impressive. I was meant to be taking part in the MakeYourMythtaker readathon but, to be honest, the month got away from me and I really needed to be a mood reader. It was also a very mixed month, with books I adored and books that I just couldn’t get on with. I’m hoping that this month with the TotallySpiesathon is much more successful!
What I read in July:
Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots by Kate Williams – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Circe by Madeline Miller- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin – ⭐️⭐️
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Strange Cade of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
But what about my favourites? For this stack, I’ve picked four books that blew me away in particular this month, including two that I’m hoping to continue into the future with!
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
I absolutely adored this read! I’m not usually into prose or poetry but there is something so utterly astounding about this that I couldn’t help but become obsessed with it. And the author also gushed about my review which was just MAD! This book is heartbreakingly beautiful in every possible way and if you still haven’t read it yet, please do.
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A Chakraborty
This is the second book in the City of Brass series, the first of which I also read this month. And boy-oh-boy did I love this! I don’t think I’ve ever been so connected to so many characters as quickly as I did with these books. I picked Kingdom of Copper for this stack because I think it was one of the best sequels I have ever read! It didn’t feel like a copy of the first but truly a book within its own right. I can’t wait to enjoy the finale and find out what happens!
Circe by Madeline Miller
This was a reread for me and I’m so glad that I picked this up this month. I picked this up as part of Tazmyn’s (at teabooksandtazmyn over on youtube ) Patreon bookclub and fell in love with it all over again. I think this is the book that made me fall in love with Greek mythology Retellings, something I have been obsessively drawn to ever since. Circe is such a phenomenal character and Miller’s writing style just leaves me astounded. Also, a little shout out to this bookclub but it’s one of the loveliest groups I’ve ever been part of, the group Instagram chat filled with bookish loveliness and fluffy pets. If you’re looking for a good bookclub to join, I cannot recommend this one enough.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
Continuing with Patreon book clubs, I picked this one up for Jean’s (over at Jeansbookishthoughts in Youtube) and have to say it completely surprised me. This is a historical fiction come retelling come murder investigation and left me completely hooked. I loved how much fun this reads was, and the interweaving of famous literary characters as they are dropped into the narratives as suspects and victims. I cannot wait to continue with this series, and have even got my mum hooked!
And there we have it! Whilst June wasn’t the best reading month I’ve had, it did see me finding some new favourites, revisiting old ones, and even completing my Goodreads challenge. What was your favourite read of the month?