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.

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Upcoming Releases I’m Hella Excited For #2

I have a couple of books I am super duper excited for already waiting on pre-order. You’d better believe that as soon as these babies are in my hands, they are being devoured.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – release date Sep 18th 2018

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I don’t think it’s possible that I could be any more excited for this book. I’m planning on rereading the first two in Maniscalco’s series before this one comes out, and I cannot wait! It promises to be amazing!

Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens – release date Oct 4th 2018

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I’ve literally had this on pre-order since the title was announced a couple of months ago. This is the sixth book in Robin’s amazing series, and I cannot wait to read it! If you love murder, Enid Blyton, and the 30s, definitely pick up this series.

What If It’s Us? by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli – release date Oct 9th 2018

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Now, I’ll admit that I’ve never read anything by Adam Silvera, but I’ve read and loved all of Becky’s novels (you can read my review for her latest here!). This one promises to be really good, and the cover is super cute. I’ll be trying to pick up at least one of Adam’s novels before it’s release date, but no promises!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – release date Oct 23rd 2018

Am I really excited for this one? Yes and no. Aside from Tower of Dawn which is kind of a spin-off anyway, I’ve read all of the Throne of Glass series but got rid of my books because I’m just not the biggest fan. However… I do want to know how it all ends! I won’t be buying this probably, but I’ll order it in via the library.

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So here’s some books I’m excited to read over the next couple of months! These span from now until almost two months exactly.

What are some releases that you’re excited for? Are any the same as mine? Let me know in the comments below! Until the next post… Hx

Book Review | Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

36531619It’s the final year at high school, and whilst drummer Leah is usually pretty good at hitting the beat, this time she’s decidedly… off. Despite having a large group of friends, she feels like the anomaly, and even though her best friend, Simon, is openly out, she’s too afraid to tell him her own sexuality. With university around the corner, Leah feels her friendship group begin to fracture, and struggles to figure out how to fix it.

To begin with, I would just like to thank Becky Albertalli because never ever have I read a character who I relate to as much as I relate to Leah Burke.

A few reviews I’ve read said that Leah’s abrasive personality hindered their enjoyment of the book, but she was just so similar to me that I really felt it. Her torment over going to uni, feeling like a constant anomaly, her fatness, her worrying about her friends and family and feeling like she shouldn’t get involved with anything, thinking that wherever she goes she’s always the extra, and especially her avoiding text messages on the constant… yeah, did I just describe myself or Leah Burke?

Some things that Leah (and, indeed, other characters) said and did a lot of people have been damning her for, but do you want to know why I’m praising her for it? Because it is human. Leah made mistakes, she withhold information because she was scared, and she is one of the only characters I think I have ever read who actually acted as a real person. ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR BECKY ALBERTALLI PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

For me, the plot was kind of the sideline in this book, because I was so distracted by Leah and my fave, SIMON! Simon is the main character in Simon vs the Homo-Sapiens Agenda, and honestly it was so great to read about him again. He and Bram are SO! FRICKIN! CUTE! I love. (I also love Simon saying “I’m shook” at the climax of the book. It just made me laugh so much.)

The plot was… predictable. Sorry! I called it! I was kinda hoping that Becky would pull the rug from under us and change how I thought it was going to, but it was just so damn predictable and let’s just say that it never happens that way in real life. I was kinda mad, kinda happy. Overall, a bit confused.

This book was such a cutesy, summery read (although the majority of it is set in March??) and I’m really glad I read it. I wish there had been a bit more about fatness in it, because Leah has such great body positivity and I would’ve loved to have read more about that, but I really enjoyed it overall. Despite loving Leah, there wasn’t quite enough to push the book to 5/5, but I’ll definitely give it 4/5 and a place back on my shelf! Also… I desperately need to reread Simon Vs. Like, now.

Rating: 4/5

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Source: bought from… Waterstones? I think.


If you liked this, you might also enjoy… The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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