Book Update: July (2019)

Hey Happy Bookworms!

So, today you might wanna buckle up because it’s gonna be a bit of a long ride! Since I’m on my summer holiday now *excuse me while I joyfully run around my house, waving my arms in the air* and also school was pretty chill on homework the last couple weeks I’ve read A LOT.
I was considering breaking this post into 2 but that’s just effort for you & me so I figure you can just kinda skip to the ones you’re interested in (I’m sorry). Anyway, as usual, I’ll put spoiler alerts up whenever there’s spoilers ❤

I will warn you once more: this is a long list with 13 books on it but it’ll be fun! 😝

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

10600008So I didn’t really realise this was an adult book until I checked the genres on goodreads 😂 But it hasn’t got anything content-wise that really makes it adult just the way it’s written & the characters being adults.
The only thing was the humour – this was meant to be ‘laugh out loud funny’ & it did make me laugh in places but I just didn’t get it, all the references & jokes I knew were meant to be funny but just flew right over my head so I think this would be funny if you were a….well look at that…an adult! Yeah, who’d have thought it – adults will find this adult book funny.
But it was fun! It was chill & romantic & funny & heartfelt and just good.
Plus this was Rainbow Rowell’s first book – that’s cool, isn’t? Like I know I’ve probably read so many authors’ first books but it’s something else to read the first book of an established author after reading their current work – like seeing who they were & what they thought when they were younger… (bit deep but ok)

I Am Not a Number by Lisa Heathfield

45028518. sy475 This book was A LOT.
Whenever we learn about WW2 we always learn that history shouldn’t be repeated – but in this book it is. It gives a whole new perspective on the holocaust, modernising it & making it feel more real than ever. It makes you truly understand what it’d have been like for them by using modern day examples of things.
All I can really say is that everyone should read this book because it really is a stark reminder that history CANNOT repeat itself.
Just bring tissues – a whole lot of tissues because I can’t even begin to count how many times this made me tear up.

The Disconnect by Keren David

43216781. sy475 This was a bit of a weird book, it was super short (despite goodreads saying it was 224 pages long because it wasn’t, it was only 120)
It was just a really easy book to read – big text, no hard concepts really. Just a little story on how giving your phone up for a bit can affect different people in different ways.

What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird

28924805. sy475 I don’t normally rate books 1 star (like ever) but this just had nothing for me. Normally, at least I like the characters but nah.
*Spoilers but pls don’t read the book anyway*
The actual story is pretty boring – I saw the Bill/Billy thing from the start. I will admit that it was a twist that he did it but that was the only really surprising thing.
Also, the whole Ella in the phone thing at the beginning? Irrelevant apparently & never really explained. Also, why would Laura think Joe & Ella weren’t close enough to call each other when Ella introduced Laura & Joe in the first place!
Tessie – omg Tessie. She was SO annoying, self-cantered and just held herself as so much better than everyone else “And if Billy doesn’t have that [Tessie being Billy’s one good thing], the memory at least of that, then she wonders, what does he have?” UM EXCUSE ME?! I cannot even express how self-important this is AND THIS IS THE CLOSING LINE OF THE BOOK!
I hated all the other characters too & if I didn’t then they got spoiled towards the end anyway (Jake & Max were fine until the end)
This book just annoyed & endlessly frustrated me.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

36114428I never really read historical fiction but I’d quite like to get into it a bit more, especially after I read code name Verity. I’m gonna say this probably wasn’t it for me but I still found it interesting.
It took a while to get into the writing style (all very properly British *pls read that in a posh British accent*) but you get used to it.
I actually learnt a lot from this book, not necessarily because it told me but because I googled it so I guess it inspired me to learn more? 😂
Just quite an interesting point of view from the home front instead of in the action. I also feel like we don’t get a lot of books about WW1? It’s mainly WW2. But then again, what do I know about historical fiction? XD

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis

42933645. sy475 This was adorable! A new & improved the fault in our stars.
Will & Stella are the cutest but I’m so glad in the ending. And Poe – oh my god!
But there’s not much else to say really (my movie vs. book post in cause you didn’t catch it)

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

42288741. sy475 Um…ok, so I LOVED this book!
Jack is such an adorable soft boy & Kate is such a sassy, fierce boss! It’s so funny & then so sad (honestly, there’s a lot of craughing) but then, the ending?!
*spoiler* I thought that in the end Kate was gonna actually die so I was prepared for it & it seemed like she did but then we have our last chapter which sounds like it’s after all this is finished & so therefore she is still alive. Soooooooooo – who knows?
But I won’t let the weird ending ruin the rest of this amazing book!

The Selection (Series) by Kiera Cass (but only the first 3 because 4 & 5 were rubbish)

13564634REREAD TIME!!!

Just under a year after I first read this! I love this book – honestly I know it’s not the best piece of literature ever but it’s such a guilty pleasure – I don’t regret ANYTHING! 😉


Book 2 has always (always? You’ve read it twice, El) been my least favourite of the first trio, America’s a bit floppy in this & I certainly don’t find her being an idiot when talking about her charity thing endearing but, again, I AM TRASH FOR THESE BOOKS.

20572939. sy475 And this concludes my reread 🙂
God, I loved rereading this – laughing at all the stupid bits, cringing at basically everything America did & squealing at all the romantic bits 🥰 And the girls’ friendship was honestly so good – why didn’t I remember that?!

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

35842338. sy475 Um…this is not a reimagining of the little mermaid. Yes, there are some slight similarities but I think this book stands alone in its story, I mean, none of the characters even have the same names.
It was weird, it had a detached way of writing with lots of description & it just took ages to get into. I didn’t like Gaia, she was so annoying. I only liked Daisy and George and Ceto and Gaia’s grandma & I know that the other characters weren’t meant to be liked but still.
Also, a lot of mature content in here for anyone wondering. And not the usual kind, like there’s a lot of gore.
I just think it was a strange book – beautiful cover though, pity 😦
I would also like to add *spoilers* that I don’t think Rupert should have been killed, I know that it’s easy to be caught up in the heat of the moment with all the action but killing him was wrong. Yes, he’d done terrible things but I think that if she’d just left him injured then it would have been more effective or if he saw the Rasalkas and ran away like a baby screaming.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

17416065John Green’s books just aren’t really for me but for what it’s worth, I think this one was the best. Which is kinda silly right? It’s his debut so it should, theoretically, be his worst but there’s something about the hope he instils into it that just made it so much better than the others. I’ve also just realised that I read another author’s debut! (see my point for attachments above (although I do understand that it’s rather a long way up (you can read that in a posh British accent too 😂)))
A lot of it was boring for me & long & I kinda hate quirky characters, they just annoy the heck out of me. But that’s all just me so really, if this is your thing, then definitely read this.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

13602234This book. THIS book. THIS BOOK!
Ahh I loved it so much! It was perfect & better than Cinder & have I mentioned how good it was?

I’m obsessed with Wolf & Scarlet (I think I may have developed a problem because when he betrayed her I didn’t feel sad I just grinned (think it stemmed from my little baby Maven tbh 😂))
And Thorne & Cinder’s friendship! That was pretty hilarious.
The multi perspectives were all good too, I didn’t favour any (at least not overall)
From the little Levana chapter we got I’m gonna guess that we’re gonna get her sad sob story of why she’s like that in the next book which I’m not really looking forward too because I don’t want to feel bad for her.
But…yeah, it was great & I can’t wait to carry on 🙂

Whew! Tell me how many you actually read in the comments 😂

Anyway, I wanna say a thank you to all my new followers, I’ve gained a lot recently & I’m so confused?! Like, thank you but why now & all at once? Anyway love you all (And my day 1s too (🤦‍♀️ I can’t believe I just said that)) But yeah, thank you!!

Tell me the usual! Which books have you read? Are on your TBR? Are now planning to read?


26 thoughts on “Book Update: July (2019)

  1. Amber says:

    Hey El ❤️
    Me again! 🙂 You lucky person reading so many comments from me XD Just kidding.
    Anyways you read loads and that’s so great! ❤️ I’ve always wanted to read The Selection Series but then I’m like do I? But I think I might try find like the series cheap or something 🙂
    Loved this post – I love bookish posts so much ❤️
    Amber xx

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    • El says:

      I AM a lucky person with all your comments – it actually made my day yesterday to suddenly find my notifications filled by you ☺️
      You should! It’s basically a chick flick in book form & is such trash but I love it – maybe try your library or something?


  2. Emma @ AFCTL says:

    You’ve been so productive, well done! The Opposite of Always looks so good, and I am borrowing a copy of 5 feet apart as soon as I finish my mock exams – I feel like such a phoney for not reading it yet!
    I hope that your holidays go well!
    -Emma 🙂

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    • El says:

      Opposite of always was such a sweet book (we’re just gonna ignore the ending from now on 😂) & you should totally read 5 feet apart but obvs exams come first – good luck! 💕

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    • hiddenzzzzz says:

      *I can’t say I liked it. It was full of emotions and was really really depressing. The ending made me tear up and it also made me think about the story deeply.

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      • El says:

        I think it’s a lot like John Green’s childhood so I guess he’s really writing from experience. I agree though that it was pretty depressing but so are his other books, like I think my least favourite was paper towns :/
        Thanks for commenting 💕


  3. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    Yay to summer holidays and reading lots!! It sounds like you read some super interesting books– I liked reading author’s debut books as well– to see where they started and all that.
    I Am Not A Number sounds like an interesting book– the idea that the war could repeat itself sounds horrendous but definitely be curious to see how the author handled this topic!!
    I haven’t heard many good things about The Surface Breaks so I don’t think I will be checking this one out– but the cover is still very pretty.
    I am so glad you enjoyed Scarlet– I really like her relationship with Wolf and Thorne and Cinder are amazing friends– I love them too together. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.
    And when you said do a posh British accent I totally did!! 😂
    Have a great August!!!

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    • El says:

      Yay! Holidays are just the best time to catch up on reading 😝
      I’ve read most of Lisa Heathfield’s other books & she always writes about heavy topics so I was definitely excited when I heard this was coming out as I hoped she would do it justice & she definitely did – it was crazy but then all of her books are 😂
      Yeah, I bumped it down to 1 star recently because it was just such a weird book, I was looking forward to it though so that sucks 😦 I really have never had good luck with mermaid books 😂
      Eek! I know! I can’t wait to continue – I actually had a dream about buying the next book (that’s when you know you’re a true crazy bookworm 😂)
      You too! 🇬🇧 ☕️

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  4. Aditi says:

    Ooh I love Looking for Alaska! And The Selection *wiggles eyebrows* *omg what was that such a hotty* And I think I’m literally the ONLY PERSON who hasn’t read Cinder yet 😭 and I really want to read Opposite of Always too!! It looks like you read a bunch of WW books this month, you go girl, upping your HF game 😂 And WOAH I didn’t even know that Rainbow Rowell wrote an adult novel called Attachment?? I wanna read that!!
    Anyways, ignore my rambling XD and have a great August!
    *my school starts soon so UGH I’m going to go and cry in a corner excuse me*

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    • El says:

      *wiggles eyebrows back & dies over Maxon*
      Well, I am only on the 2nd Lunar Chronicles so….but Cinder’s good even though I think Scarlet was better 😄
      Ok, you’re gonna have to forgive me, I’m not very good at internet language 😂 I googled what does WW mean & all I got was weight watchers & world war…gonna guess that you weren’t talking about weight watchers 😂 OMG ACTUALLY I THINK IT ALL JUST CLICKED
      WW = world war
      HF = history fiction
      It all makes sense now…
      You too & omg I feel for yoooouuuuuu *is very sympathetic & feeds sad you with chocolates*

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  5. beckythemothling says:

    Guilty pleasure books are the best books XD I’ve never read the Selection, but I think the Shatter Me trilogy was kind of the equivalent for me of what you’re describing. A part of me knows it’s stupid, but the rest of me can’t look away.
    And I probably need to read Cinder by now…I keep putting it off for some reason, I don’t know whyy

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    • El says:

      I never really do rereads so if I do they have to be really enjoyable for me without the twists & turns & kinda trashy books are perfect for that 😂
      I haven’t read the shatter me series but it’s on my TBR for this year – god knows if I get round to it though!
      I feel like with those kind of series they’re just loved by everyone so much that you’re kinda terrified to read it in case you hate it :/

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  6. Hanne T says:

    Ooh, we have quite similar book tastes! I’m just starting the Selection series this month, because I’ve heard good things about it! I loooove Looking for Alaska (though I think my favorite of his is Turtles All the Way Down). Definitely bookmarking this post to look at for book recs in the future!

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    • El says:

      Ahhh! I hope you enjoy it! It’s definitely such a great series although I didn’t like the last 2 (they’re centred around a new character who was so arrogant & full of herself 😒)
      I read turtles all the way down recently-ish & literally for more of it than I would like to admit I thought the main character was a guy 😂
      Thank you so much! That means a lot 💕💕

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    • El says:

      Thank you!
      Yes! I’ve read a few of his books now & Looking for Alaska has definitely been my favourite!
      And you totally should – it’s just like a chick flick but in book form, not the best but definitely squeal worthy 🙂

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