Favourite July Reads – Sunday Stack #15

Hello Lovelies! Happy August! I’m sure like me you are absolutely baffled that we are in August. This year is simultaneously the slowest and the quickest year I feel like there has ever been. July was definitely a much trickier month for me, reading and life-wise, so I’m quite happy to see the end of it. August promises to bring better things, with me moving into a new house, a whole month of holidays (gosh I love being a teacher), and just an opportunity to breathe. I’m not sure what my blog content is going to be like this month (with the move etc) but I am desperate to try an maintain my schedule of Thursday and Sunday for posting on my blog. I may deviate from the usual bookish content a bit as I decorate the house and explore my new area, but I’m hoping that I will catch a bit more of a reading bug this month as, like I said, I definitely struggled in July.

I only managed 6 books this month, and a lot of those books I sadly just did not enjoy reading, despite many that I really looked forward to. In true ‘babblesnbooks’ fashion, I’m not going to dwell on the books that I didn’t enjoy, but instead focus on those I did. Reading is so subjective that I always hate the idea of putting negetive views against something someone has worked so hard on if they are only based on what I do or do not like. I am only one person after all!

What I read this month:

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer – ****

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes – ****

Evil Roots: Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic by Daisy Butcher – *****

Crushed by Kate Hamer – **

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey – ***

Emma by Jane Austen- ***

Evil Roots: Killer tales of the Botanical Gothic by Daisy Butcher

I picked up this read for my A Level planning and it completely blew me away. I was only really looking for a copy of ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne but every one of the tales within these collections is fantastics. What I particularly liked about this short story collection is that each story is prefaced with a description about the tale, the writer, and the context in which it is written. My one criticism with short story collections is that I can sometimes find it quite off-putting to jump from one writing style to the next. The great advantage of the prefaces was that is helped bridge that shift, meaning you weren’t plunged into a new writing style but introduced to it slowly. I have just bought the next two books in this series and I cannot wait to dive into them.

7 thoughts on “Favourite July Reads – Sunday Stack #15

  1. The Botanical Gothic books sound so interesting! I love the idea of them each having an introduction


  2. I’ve never heard of some of these books, even the one you gave five stars. Now I’m curious and I’ll have to read a little more about it on Goodreads! Here’s to a new month and even more great books 🙂


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