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July Books | 2020

July has come and gone before I had time to blink. I read quite a few books, and I enjoyed all of them - which is always great. 
  • La acusación by Bandi (translated into Spanish by Hèctor Bofill & Hye Young Yu). As a whole, this collection paints the very bleak reality for millions of people in North Korea and it's worth your time (7.5/10).
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. This was a ride. Dark, vulgar and compelling. The ending threw me off though (7/10).
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Cheesy and fluffy but fun. It has its problems but I wasn't expecting a masterpiece to be honest (7/10).
  • Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. A very complex novel and though not easy, it was really good. Not "westernised" which was extremely refreshing to see (8/10).
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. Super fun. Although those steamy scenes were definitely not YA - which for some reason I though it was (7/10).
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry. I enjoyed this but the hype around it worked against it in my opinion. I was delighted by the fact that it wasn't cheesy and it dealt with heavy issues but at the same time I expected more (7/10).
  • Akelarre en Nueva York by M. H. Gorostiza. A nice debut with a nice blend of history and fantasy. It has some faults - mainly the excessive repetition of some details over and over - but I was intrigued throughout (7/10).
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. A feel good type of book; it's cheesy and over the top but that's the point. It's a book that despite having characters dealing with difficult issues, gives you joy, steals a smile from you and makes you believe in good things happening to good people. However, I wanted more scenes between Liz, our main character, and her brother Robbie and her grandparents (7.5/10).


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