Books,  Reading

July Reads: 2019 Edition

Happy August!! 😀 I’m still on track with my reading goal. I almost can’t believe it. ^_^ Plus, I did some beta reading last month, and I liked everything I read for the most part, so that’s awesome.

33: The Branch
Author: Trinity Amethyst
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: Yes
Super cute snapshots of what it’s like to be a barista at a kid’s summer camp. It was a fun read and much needed on a day I was feeling kind of down for no good reason. I adored the illustrations in this, and you can tell how fun they are from the cover.

34: Stepsister
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Genre: YA Historical Cinderella Retelling
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed: Yes
I like the story overall, but the multiple other viewpoints honestly ruined the entire story for me. Not just because I didn’t like them. They literally told me exactly what was going on, leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination. There were also all these magical beings that are either trying to help the stepsister or hurt her and all for no good reason, and it made the whole thing quite unrealistic and kind of silly. And of course, neither of the stepsisters are actually ugly. They’re just called that because they’re “different” and being different makes a girl ugly in that world. I wish I liked it more, because the story is interesting enough, I just didn’t enjoy the journey. I’m also not a fan of omniscient stories in general, and I never ever enjoy getting an animal’s thoughts unless they are a shapeshifter, and that doesn’t count.

35: Giant Days, Vol. 10
Author: John Allison, Illustrated by Max Sarin and Julia Madrigal
Genre: Contemporary/Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: No
Always love these. This is the start of year 3, I think, and we have some career-related hijinks for our trio of UK college buds. I didn’t love some of the illustrations, but I know there are multiple artists in compilations sometimes. Even when I like all the artwork, I find the difference in style to be super distracting, but that had nothing to do with the story, which I loved.

36: Haunted (ARC)
Author: Trysh Thompson (editor), A.K. Alexander, Sara Dobie Bauer, Clint Collins, Harley Easton, Rhonda Parrish, Wendy Sparrow, Elesha Teskey, ReLynn Vaughn
Genre: Horror/Anthology
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: Yes
This was a lot of fun. It wasn’t like out of this world unique. A couple of the stories had predictable plot lines and a couple had resolutions that were too easy, but I quite enjoyed reading it, and there was a super dark poem at the beginning, too. I would read all of these stories again, and the first and last stories made great anchors, so everything started and ended on a satisfying note.

Overall, I’m happy with the progress I’m making, I just wish I could read ten books a month. I get so jealous of people who read a lot! Maybe one day. 😛 There is some news on the writing front which I’ll get into later this month, but I literally started with a blank page again. Haha. Things are going well, though. My first draft goal is November 30th, but I really think I can finish it by the end of October if I write with any kind of consistency at all. It’s been over a year since I’ve finished a first draft, you guys! I want to edit something so bad. I can’t stand it! ^_^

I haven’t gone into detail on my TBRs lately, but I’m still making them and trying to follow them. 😛 I stopped rolling books over though. I reevaluate what I think I want to read every month and go from there. I have an Aladdin retelling on the TBR this month that I’m super excited about – The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh. Fortuna Sworn by K.J. Sutton which is an adult urban fantasy, I think. I like her YA so I just auto-bought this. A short horror novel – The Vines by Christopher Rice. A graphic novel called Blackbird by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel that I bought for the cover and know nothing about (haha). And Queen of Ruin, a dystopian sequel to Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart that I read and loved last year. Fun fact, there was a character near death at the end of book one, and I literally read enough the day I got the book to see if he made it or not. Lol! Hopefully this will keep me on track. Nothing is super long. I’m currently one book ahead of my goal, but I’ve been loafing on the internet too much.

Anyways, :D! The poetry collection comes out on Tuesday, so I’ll see ya then. ^_^


  • Tonja Drecker

    Poke me with your poetry collection info so I can help you shout it out. (Yay, btw 🙂 )
    I’ve heard a lot about the first graphic novel and will see about getting my hands on it. It looks like you’re doing a great job on the reading front…and with the writing too, it’s a lot!

  • Jodi Perkins (@Perkjo)

    Gahhhhh my daughter’s little book made it on your July Reads! I was not expecting that! Such a great surprise. I showed Trin and she’s squealing. Lol.

    I’m so bummed that Stepsisters wasn’t better because I love fairy tale retellings, and oh my gosh that cover! *Insert lovestruck eyeballs here* But I’m with you, I can’t do omniscient narration. Frankly it comes across as lazy writing to me, and quite boring. And I haven’t had a desire to be in an animal’s head since I was like seven.

    It seems unfair that beta reading doesn’t count toward your book total, because Black Lilies was gargantuan and you’re getting no credit for it. 🙁

    • Krystal Jane

      😀 The Branch is so cozy!

      Isn’t that Stepsister cover stunning! I love retellings too. The Aladdin one is really good so far.

      Black Lilies will count when it’s out. ^_^ I can’t wait!!

  • Christine Rains

    Ooh, some new ones to add to my already gigantic TBR list! 😀 The only reason I get as much read as I do is because I include the books I read with my son.

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