Has July been weird for anyone else? Honestly, it was a bit of a disaster for me, so when I look back at both how much I read and what I read, I wasn’t totally surprised. However, reading wise, it wasn’t a bad month, I enjoyed almost every single book I read, after all a majority of them were rereads. But, I have so many potentially amazing books on my kindle that I haven’t read that I really wanted to read this month, but I needed some comfort reads so I picked up the books I knew that I would enjoy.

The Statistics:

New books read: 4
Rereads: 10
Total number of books in July: 14
Total number of pages: 5081

The Highlights

Like I said…I mainly did a lot of rereading in July and I definitely want to talk those books. However, there were some new books I read, both completely different to one another, that I highly recommend you give a try.

Hands Down by Mariana Zapata
Contemporary Romance

So this is a very loose sequel to The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, a book that I did reread in July in preparation for this book! Zac, was an important secondary character from that book is the hero of Hands Down. Does that mean you need to read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me to enjoy Hands Down? Nope. Most, if not all, Mariana Zapata books are linked to one another in some way and this is no different, so if Hands Down is the first Zapata book you read you won’t be missing out.

Like all Zapata book, this was a longer book with a slow burn, friends to lovers romance. If you are after a sexy read this isn’t what you want. However, if you want something sweet, funny and fairly slow moving then this is the pick for you.

Available on Kindle Unlimited.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
Feminist Fantasy

This is Alexis Henderson’s debut novel and wow, it was spectacular. Full disclosure, this wasn’t a romance. At all. It’s often described as a feminist fantasy, which is the genre I’ve ascribed it and it fits well. Our heroine Immanuelle lives in a cult like society ruled over by the Prophet. The Prophet’s zealotry and corruption was a mixture of Matthew Hopkins aka the Witchfinder General and Jim Jones. It’s not a great place to be either a woman and certainly not a Black woman like Immanuelle. Especially when everyone thinks your mother was a witch and your father was burned at the stake.

This whole book had a gothic, dark feel to it, if this was a film it would be done all in dark tones with the only colour coming from the bright splashes of blood from the women who are punished and sacrificed to uphold the tyrannical rule of the patriarchy. If you want a spooky, witchy read featuring a courageous heroine, give this a try.

All my new July reads:

The Rereads

I wanted to quickly talk about my rereads, especially since that is what filled most my time this month. I’ve been rereading the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews in preparation for Emerald Blazethe new book in the series, which is out in August. Plus, I will take any excuse to reread Ilona Andrews, my love for their books know no bounds!

I’m also been rereading the Night Huntress and Night Huntress World series for the Fangover, a podcast Francesca and I host alongside Stephanie from Ideally Inspired Reviews.

I’ve enjoyed all of my rereads, one of my favourite ever genres is urban fantasy and make it a romance heavy UF like Hidden Legacy and Night Huntress and I am in heaven!

All my July rereads:

What are some of your favourites from July?spacer

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Elizabeth

I spent most of July reading the In Death series and loved every minute in that world.

Sophia Rose

I did a couple re-reads preparing for new releases and I’m doing a series re-read of Mercy Thompson series. I need to catch up on the Hidden Legacy series in prep for the newest one. I keep thinking that I need to try my first Zapata. Hope you have a good August reading month!

Amy R

July Favorites from New Reads – Spells For the Dead by Faith Hunter narrator Khristine Hvam, Dream Maker by Kristine Ashley, Fierce series by Natalie Ann, The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe narrator Justine Eyre, British Bedmate by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland, Voyeur series by Fiona Cole, Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean narrator Justine Eyre and A Dark and Stormy Night by Kerrigan Bryne

Timitra

I read 6 books in July. All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne, Trust Fund Fiancé by Naima Simone and Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson were my faves.