Last month was kind of a blur, so I actually was pretty surprised to see that I managed to finish four books – and they all were great! So let’s just get right into what I read in July 2020 and my reviews.
What I read in July 2020
IF I NEVER MET YOU by Mhairi McFarlane
My rating & review: 4 stars. Like most Mhairi McFarlane books I’ve read, I felt like this started really slow and didn’t pick up until 30% in. But, after that I was all in! Even though I was heartbroken for Laurie, I enjoyed her character development and all the people in her life. It all was ridiculously British, which I’ll take any day. Was it predictable? Absolutely yes. Did that make me love it any less? Nope!
NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney
My rating & review: 5 stars. I loved this weird, twisted, polarizing novel. Connell and Marianne have stayed with me for weeks. All their dark secrets and quirks that drew them together captivated me in a way a story hasn’t in a long time. That said, it’s definitely not for everyone.
HEAD OVER HEELS by Hannah Orenstein
My rating & review: 5 stars. What a refreshing, fantastic read of a rom-com. Based on the cover, I thought it was going to solely be light-hearted and sweet – maybe a little sexy. Well, it was all that (with very little sexy if that’s not your thing) and then some! I loved that this was more a story of self-discovery and redemption with a romance subplot. Tons of character background and development and dealings with some heavy issues. It was the perfect escape into the world of competitive gymnastics while missing the 2020 Olympics!
WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Katherine Center
My rating & review: 4 stars. I adored Sam and Duncan. Their struggles, their individuality, their grief, their backgrounds – they’re such realistic and relatable characters that it’s impossible not to root for them. I laughed, I got teary-eyed. The whale scene was a bit much – seemed far-fetched? – and I also was hoping for more details on Sam’s medical condition. It was explained just fine for it to fit into the overall story line, but I also found it random … like, Sam had to have something wrong with her. You know? Not a deal-breaker, though. Oh, and we get a cameo from Helen and Jake from Happiness For Beginners – yay!
Currently reading: Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
What are you reading?