Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | July 2021

Another month is over in 2021, and I can’t quite believe how fast it’s going! The first four months of the year crawled by at a snail’s pace, and now they’ve flown by!

July was quite a busy month for me. I finished my first year of teaching (my training year, but it was also a full year!), went to stay with my partner, had a mini-break, and attended my first wedding reception as an adult! It was a blast, and I had a really lovely month, especially the last few weeks of it.

But what did I read? I read 5 books in July, which is less than I wanted, but I really enjoyed what I did read! The breakdown:

  • 3 were physical books (all paperback); 1 was an audiobook; and 1 was an eBook
  • 2 were library books
  • 2 were crime
  • 1 was YA contemporary
  • 1 was middle-grade contemporary
  • 1 was YA dystopia
  • 1 was historical fiction
  • And my average rating was 3.8

But what were the books themselves? Let’s have a look…

#1: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli (paperback; library; YA contemporary; 4.5)

This was a very anticipated book for me, but I actually completely forgot this book was released! I saw it at my local library and grabbed it straight away. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I always do with Albertalli’s writing. It’s relatable, funny, and truthful.

#2: The Birdwatcher by William Shaw (audiobook; crime; 4)

William Shaw is an author well known to me because he gave a class at my university! However, this was the first book of his I read, and it was incredibly gripping and fascinating. The crime was vivid and gruesome, so be warned if you do want to pick this one up, but also full of character and so much plot beyond the stereotypical armchair crime!

#3: The Bone Sparrow by Zara Fraillon (library; paperback; MG contemporary; 3)

A book I picked up from the library, but not one I necessarily enjoyed as much as I hoped I would. It’s a very good story about a boy who has lived his whole life in a refugee camp in Australia, full of realism and gritty reality, but told from the perspective of a child who doesn’t always understand. I think it’s one I would recommend to younger readers, but the plot was predictable and the writing style was younger than YA.

#4: Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick (eBook; YA dystopia; 3.5)

This is a super short dystopia set in Norfolk, UK, about life after the ocean caps melted. Our main character, Zoe, is a really fascinating girl, who goes through a lot to try and make it to the mainland where the water levels have stabilised. I really enjoyed this, however the ending was so disappointing it almost made me wish I hadn’t read it…!

#5: The Night of the Flood by Zoe Somerville (paperback; crime; historical fiction; 4)

A very enjoyable read, but if you want to actually read about the night of the flood, skip the first 2/3 of this book! It took a while to get going, but I do love meandering, historical novels, so it was great for me. I didn’t realise the 1953 floods were a real event, too, so it was very interesting to research them after reading.


Overall, a pretty good reading month, but a few disappointing endings. However, I am now 49/52 in my Goodreads reading challenge, so here’s hoping that I can hit 52 in August!

What was the best book you read in July?

2 thoughts on “Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | July 2021

  1. Congrats on reading 5 books, Hannah! I finished reading 2 last month. It was pretty slow for me. Also, I totally get how exciting it can be to attend a wedding reception as an adult for the first time! Have a great August!

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