July 2019 Wrap-Up

Good morning my loves!

Happy Tuesday! Today is my first day back in work following my little stay in hospital and I must admit, I would much rather be in bed right now – listening to the sound of the rain (hurrah!). However, not such luck for me I’m afraid, so to cheer myself up I’m going to run through the books that I read in the month of July.

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke **
I won’t tell you much about this one as it’s a really tense thriller and I don’t want to give anything away. I will say however that this one had me gripped from the beginning. “Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost”. 4/5 stars.

The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike **
I got my hands on a copy of this at one of the Swansea Blogger Collective meetings. After reading a load of heavy books, I knew I needed something light and magical and this did just the job. The Last Spell Breather is about well, as the titles says, the last spell breather. In one horrible mistake, the magic that protects Rayne and the whole town crumbles, and Rayne must do everything that she can to save everyone. 4/5 stars.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Since really getting into historical fiction, I figured I’d really enjoy one of the most hyped-up novels to be published in some time. I’m a little sad to say it didn’t really float my boat. This is the second Sarah Perry novel I’ve read now and really not been wowed by. Maybe that’s just me though. Have you read it? Did you enjoy it? 3/5 stars.


The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This was a Throw Away Your Television Society book club (my IRL book club) pick for the month of July. I hadn’t read a graphic novel memoir in some time and very much looked forward to this. Persepolis is the story of Marjane’s childhood in Iran and how the political climate effected her family and the whole country. Completely shocking. Highly recommend 4/5 stars.

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
Having felt completely left out for years, missing out on group chat’s in work etc, I decided that I finally needed to get on the Game of Thrones wagon. I must admit, I was reluctant going in – as someone that isn’t a big fan of high fantasy – but I’m thrilled to say I was pleasantly surprised! Now, I think it might take a while to get into the series because there is so much to remember. Having said that, I will continue on with the series! 4/5 stars.

The Therapist by Nial Giacomelli **
I was lucky enough to be invited to be part of the blog tour for the upcoming batch of releases from Fairlight Moderns, and this is one of the books I received. For my full review, head here.



Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I listened to this one on audiobook as part of The Book Junkie Trials. A wonderfully modern fairy-tale that only someone like Gaiman could do this successfully. Tristan promises his one true love that he will venture into a magical land in order to retrieve a fallen star. The question is, will he be successful in finding the star and winning the heart of his love? A really quaint and quick read and there’s not much Gaiman can do wrong in my eyes. 4/5 stars.

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan **
I borrowed this one from the lovely Danielle and I have to say this book feels like it was written for me, and a lot of other introverts would feel the same I imagine. Jessica goes on a year-long adventure to yes more and move outside of her comfort zone. I’m glad Jessica did this, it’s saved me having to do so! 4/5 stars.

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd **
I think I ruined this one for myself really. Well, ruined is a strong word. I had been so excited for this book, it promised to contain all of the things that I love in a historical fiction novel. And don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy it. It just didn’t wow me as much as I was expecting – that’s my fault rather than the books. I think I over-hyped it in my own mind. Still a brilliant read though at 4/5 stars.


What Would Boudicca Do? by Elizabeth Foley & Beth Coates
I picked this short story collection type of thing up because I’d finished my current audiobook and was looking for something short and fun to keep me going in until my next read. What Would Boudicca Do gives helpful everyday advice from the perspective of histories most fierce women. 4/5 stars.

The Burning by Laura Bates **
Wow, this book. I feel like this book needs to the shoved into the hands of every single teenager in the world. The Burning tells the story of Anna, who following the death of her father and some inappropriate images being shared of her around her school, moves to Scotland with her mother to escape. But will the trouble follow her there? Exceptional book, I love how Anna and Maggie’s story intertwine. 5/5 stars, would absolutely recommend!

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
What’s there to say about this one? An all-time favourite that will never get old for me. I’m starting this re-reading this time with the Hufflepuff house editions. 5/5 stars. I think we all saw that coming!

And there we have it, my July 2019 wrap-up! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Peace and pages

7 Replies to “July 2019 Wrap-Up”

  1. bookishluna says:

    As soon as I get those Hufflepuff editions I did a reread and tab it up. I think these are my favorite editions, with the illustrated editions being a very close second. I am glad to see you enjoyed Stardust by Neil Gaiman, I have been eyeing it up for some time at the bookstore. I picked up American Gods by him not that long ago, his writing style is just wonderful. Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come just sounds like a good book that I think a lot of people can relate to. I am glad to see you enjoyed it as well.

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    • tomeswithtea says:

      I agree! I love these editions and I’ll probably end up annotating all of these editions – just a shame that we have to wait for the rest to be released! Neil Gaiman is a saint in my eyes, I’ve read so much by him and he’s never let me down! Yeah, I started verbally agreeing with Sorry I’m Late as I was reading it…. people must have thought I’d lost the plot!

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  2. I loved all the Game of Thrones books so far.

    The Burning has been one of my favourites this year. I heard Laura talk at the weekend and she’s so passionate about the subjects in her book. If you ever get the chance to see her, I would highly recommend it.

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    • tomeswithtea says:

      I’m definitely going to continue on with the series!

      I’ve read two of her non-fiction and loved them so I was pretty sure this one would be a 5 star read for me too. I want to give every teenager in the whole world a copy of The Burning! I’d love to see her talk live!


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