Wrap Up: July 2018 or that was a binge read.

As you can see below I went a bit over-board with the Kate Daniels books but I could NOT stop reading them. For most of the month I was more or less up to date with my ARCs and as such could just read what I want to read and apparently I wanted to read pretty much a whole series in a month. And then I went on a requesting spree on NetGalley (so my reading will be a bit more balanced next month).

Books read in July:

  1. Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
  2. Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews: 4,5 out of 5 stars
  3. Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews: 4,5 out of 5 stars
  4. Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor: 3 out of 5 stars
  5. Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
  6. Suicide Club by Rachel Heng: 2 out of 5 stars
  7. Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff: 4,5 out of 5 stars
  8. Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews: 3 out of 5 stars
  9. Magic Breaks (Kate Daniel #7) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
  10. Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
  11. Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires: 4 out of 5 stars
  12. Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss: 3 out of 5 stars
  13. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race: 3 out of 5 stars

Favourite of the month:

I mean, the obvious answer is all the Kate Daniels books. I had so much fun reading them and I cannot wait to finish the series. It might not be the best thing to have ever been written but I am enjoying it so much and I am so very invested in everybody’s journey. (My mini-reviews for the first five books can be found here.)

I also really enjoyed Lauren Groff’s Delicate Edible Birds; her stories are intricately structured and wonderfully human. I now own all her books and will have to get to her two remaining novels soon.


I have read the ridiculous amount of 13 books (with 3916) pages this month, which is the most I have read in I don’t even know how long. Of these 13 books, one was written by a man, five were written by women, and seven were written by a husband and wife team. I read seven fantasy books, three short story collections, one essay collection, one dystopian novel, and one literary fiction novel.

Currently reading:

Books I should get to next:

I have a few ARCs I want to get to this month, most importantly City of Lies by Sam Hawke and Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young. I also hope to read Everything Under as soon as I finish The Mars Room. I also finally caved and bought myself a copy of Red Sister by Mark Lawrence and won’t be able to hold off reading for much longer. The rave reviews for this one are serious.

(Some of the) blog posts I loved:

I adored Teagan and Jess’ review for Dragon Actually.

Zuky’s list of authors whose next book she is impatiently awaiting is a topic I will have to steal – I love it.

I do like it when people talk about the books that did not quite work for them – if you do as well you should check out Ally’s list of books she thought she would like more than she did.

Laila’s review of The Fire This Time (ed. by Jesmyn Ward) reminded me that I really need to get to this book soon.

Alice wrote a great review of My Brilliant Friend, a book I have been wanting to read for ages, and made me even more excited for it. Talking of which, has anybody read the German translation? Is it wort reading or do I better pick up the English version?

Hadeer’s review of Mr. Darcy, Vampire is just beyond brilliant.

If you are as excited about the Man Booker Prize longlist announcement you should check out Rachel’s and Elle’s thoughts on the list. (PS: If you talked about the Prize somewhere, please do let me know, I want to read everybody’s thoughts!)


22 thoughts on “Wrap Up: July 2018 or that was a binge read.

  1. Thanks for linking back to my post!! πŸ™‚
    I love it when you find a series to binge! I haven’t found one with loads of books in yet, but after reading Sweetpea, I knew I had to read the 2nd one straight away!

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    1. Anytime πŸ™‚ I really loved your post.
      I haven’t binge read a series in forever, I usually need to take a break between installments but with this one I got just a little bit addicted.

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  2. Congratulations on your July reading, it seems like you had an incredible reading month!

    I’m really curious about Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff as I really surprised myself and enjoyed Fates and Furies a couple of years ago, I should really get around to looking up some of her other work. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you!
      I am slowly making my way through Lauren Groff’s books. I think I like her writing more with every book I read. She has just SUCH a wonderful way with words.

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  3. We both read 13 last month! Awesome. I LOVE that cover for Delicate Edible Birds. I still haven’t read My Brilliant Friend yet which is embarrassing since I have a degree in Italian lit, but I’ve heard the English translation is not very good. I’ve mostly heard that from Italian speakers though, so I’m not sure how the German translation would compare? I think the fact that I want to read it in Italian is why I keep putting it off, I am very lazy when it comes to things taking slightly more effort.

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    1. I am a big fan of Lauren Groff’s covers in general. (and of her books obviously) There is something so soothing about the look of them.
      The thing with My Brilliant Friend was that I decided to read it in German (because if I read a translated book, I might as well read it in my mothertongue) and then found out that it’s been out of print for years. And when it finally got republished the hype had died down. But, ugh, reading it in Italien surely is the best way to read it! I can understand putting it off though.

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      1. Oh wow, I’m surprised to hear it already went out of print in German! I know the hype died down quite a bit but it was still a bestseller for ages. But I’m glad it’s been republished. I made it one of my reading goals to read a book in Italian this year so maybe I should consider this one.

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      2. I think, but I might be wrong because I cannot fnd this anywhere online, that it was published in German before it was published in English and then republished when the hype got real. But, I don’t have time for a proper google to confirm.

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      3. Oh, interesting! That actually makes a lot of sense though. I imagine it’s easier for European publishers to sell foreign rights within the EU.

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    1. You’re welcome!
      I definitely had a lot of fun reading the Kate Daniels books, so if they sound like something you might enjoy, I’d say, go for it. (I did opt for the ebooks because they were cheap and easily available when I needed the next one. Plus, the covers are not my cup of tea.)

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  4. Thanks for the link to my review. I hope you get a chance to read Fire Next Time soon.

    I love it that you’ve found a series you wanted to binge read. I almost never do that (too many books!) but lately I’ve been tempted to continue with the Ruth Galloway mystery series by Elly Griffiths in quick succession. I’ve read the first two in a little over a month which is unlike me – usually I space out series for quite a while – but they’re so entertaining. I am wanting some more entertainment in my reading lately!


    1. You’re welcome!
      I really should just pick it up. It’s on my shelves and sounds so so good.

      I cannot remember the last time I binged a series like I did this one. I usually start series and then never get around to finishing it, or finishing it over a period of months if I enjoy it particularly. But this one just clicked for me. And yes! Entertainment is good!

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    1. I am also enjoying it but it is nowhere near as good as his Divine Cities trilogy. So my thoughts so far are complicated. But how nice that we’re reading it at the same time!


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