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July Books Recap

July was not the best reading month for me — with a lot of travel (not complaining, of course), and big client’s on the move, reading took a definite back seat. Still, the two out of three books I read were wonderful so it was a month of quality over quantity!

Read my mini-reviews below to see if you agree, disagree, and would be interested in reading one or all!

Below is the straightforward rating system I use:

✰✰✰✰✰Loved it & had a profound impact on me!
✰✰✰✰Loved it!
✰✰✰Liked it!
✰✰Disliked it!
Hated it!

Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book so so much! Every other chapter had my jaw-dropping! So incredibly well told, suspenseful but hilarious at the same time. You know it’s going to be insane but you can’t help but laugh along with the main protagonist. 

I LOVE books set in space (as a big astronomy geek) but they aren’t always done well. They can be confusing to the point of perplexion and even though Weir tackles some very complex content in the book, it not only makes sense but I feel like I GET IT! I’m not just skimming through the technical stuff, I am FULLY engrossed in it!

I love the way Andy Weir builds his stories, I always look forward to his books and I am so thrilled at how this one turned out! Absolutely wonderful!

I loved this book so so much! Every other chapter had my jaw-dropping! So incredibly well told, suspenseful but hilarious at the same time. You know it’s going to be insane but you can’t help but laugh along with the main protagonist. 

I LOVE books set in space (as a big astronomy geek) but they aren’t always done well. They can be confusing to the point of perplexion and even though Weir tackles some very complex content in the book, it not only makes sense but I feel like I GET IT! I’m not just skimming through the technical stuff, I am FULLY engrossed in it!

I love the way Andy Weir builds his stories, I always look forward to his books and I am so thrilled at how this one turned out! Absolutely wonderful!

P.S. The ending had me thinking for days! 


Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #1) 

by Jody Taylor

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I don’t know what it is, but this book had adventure, mystery, travel, history, dinosaurs, for heaven’s sake, and yet I had such a hard time getting into it. 

I found the protagonist to be borderline insufferable. 

During the book club meeting, I also found out that the version I (listen to) was a different version than the actual book. I heard an audible production of the book; it was like listening to an audio of a movie. And it turns out there were dialogs in my version that did not exist in the book itself, so I don’t know if these little tidbits lent to me not having a good experience while reading coupled with the fact that I read it in a hectic week where my goal was to get through it. So I was reading to finish and not reading to enjoy per se.

Regardless I really felt like I wasted my time more than anything else, and I’m glad to be done with it.


The Mystery of the Blue Train

by Agatha Christine

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s rare that I don’t rate an Agatha Christie novel 4 or more stars, in fact, it’s only happened once (coming soon) & it’s because the version I read was actually a novelized version of her play. I imagine the play would have been deeply satisfying to watch! 

As for The Mystery of the Blue Train, Hercule Poirot books are just always an absolute delight. That way Christie comes at the stories, the details, the connections, and of course the reveal — I love the ride she takes me on every single time! True fan — always and forever! 


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Total Book Count: 47

ANNOUNCEMENT: Did you know I started a short form bookish podcast? A five-minute podcast where I share with you either my favorite book or least favorite book of the week. A new episode is out every Saturday and is the perfect way to kick off your weekend!

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Please share your favorite summer reads in the comments below!

Remember to always Read Your Hearts Out!

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