What I Read + Reviews | July 2021

what i read july 2021

Well, July was a doozy of a month am I right?! I’ve only published one other post since my last round of book reviews, so you could say things are going really well over here …

On the bright side, last month was a stellar reading month! It has been some time since I read this many books in a month, and there are a few GREAT ones. So I’m pretty excited to share today.

JUST LAST NIGHT by Mhairi McFarlane

My rating and review: 4 stars. This was simply wonderful. I adore how Mhairi McFarlane always gives us a character that has so much untapped potential, and we the reader get to follow along with their development, growing confidence and self-discovery throughout the book. Quirks and flaws and all. Throw in a budding romance; real-life (hard) shit; and a group of friends that is so adorably, undeniably British and you have the formula for great chick-lit.

IT HAD TO BE YOU (Lucky Harbor #7) by Jill Shalvis

My rating and review: 4 stars. Ali and Luke were one of my favorites from this series – their meet-cute was too good. This one was well-paced, funny, cute, sexy … everything and more I expect from Shalvis. Onto the next!

EDENBROOKE by Julianne Donaldson

My rating and review: 5 stars. GAH I LOVE THIS BOOK. If Mr. Darcy was a flirt and was interested in Jane, this is the story that would’ve been. Regency romance or not, this is the cutest, most adorable book I’ve read in what feels like forever. Also very swoon-worthy in it’s own right. I couldn’t put it down.

THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon

My rating and review: 4.5 stars. Wow, I really didn’t know what to expect from this, but I enjoyed it WAY more than I thought I would. Is it a rom-com? Yes, but there’s so many different themes throughout – loss, growing up, moving past old relationships, adult friendships, men vs. women in the workplace. It was so interesting to learn more about public radio and get a little behind-the-scenes look at how shows are produced. I guess I’m ignorant, but I really had no idea what went into it! The radio world seems like no joke. And, holy moly talk about steamy! Definitely wasn’t prepared for that, but wow some scenes were just … wow. Not explicit or graphic necessarily, but the chemistry between Shay and Dominic was off-the-charts amazing. It was funny, honest, cute, sexy … everything rolled into one. Can’t recommend enough!

THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller

My rating and review: 4.5 stars. Gosh, there is SO much to unpack in this book. Anything I write won’t do it justice. It’s beautifully written and well-paced. The present-day narrative is told throughout the course of 24 hours with flashbacks in between that shine a light on Elle’s and her family’s complicated history and life. It’s a testament to the choices we make, the paths we take or don’t, and the consequences that result. *Trigger warning: sexual abuse


My rating and review: 3.5 stars. This is the problem when I’m late to reading a book that received a lot of hype. For me, it was just okay. It was a good enough story that was well-paced and kept me guessing. But, overall I thought the plot was lackluster. There was really nothing shocking or fulfilling or OMG about it. I’ve been a long-time fan of Laura Dave, though and even though this seemed like a departure from her usual stories, it still came back to family, which seems to be a common theme in her books.

Currently reading: The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.

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  1. 9.8.21
    Celyn said:

    Thanks for these reviews! Will check these books out, they sound interesting, especially Edenbrooke!

    Life is a Shoe

  2. 8.18.21
    Heather said:

    I’ve seen The Paper Palace everywhere lately! What a pretty cover! I need it. I loved The Ex Talk too and share your thoughts on Just Last Night. And Edenbrooke! WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK :):):)

  3. 8.12.21

    The Last Thing He Told Me and The Ex Talk have been on my to read list. I just added The Paper Palace after your high praise!

    • 8.16.21
      Karly said:

      I hope you enjoy all three!

  4. 8.12.21
    Fonda said:

    You read some great books this month. I’m adding some of these to my TBR list.

    • 8.16.21
      Karly said:

      So glad to hear that, enjoy!

  5. 8.10.21

    The Edenbrook, Ex Talk and The Paper Palace sound right up my alley, adding to my TBR. And I’m with you when you’re late to a “book party” so to speak. It can be really hard to read hyped up books and not wind up being a teeny bit disappointed.

    • 8.11.21
      Karly said:

      I hope that you enjoy all three – they were great books! xx

  6. 8.10.21

    I have The Paper Palace and the Dave book on my TBR. I’m looking forward to them.

    • 8.11.21
      Karly said:

      I think you’ll like Paper Palace. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  7. 8.10.21
    Kay RD said:

    It had to be you sounds cute! Some good books this month!

  8. 8.10.21
    Nadine said:

    I will have to check out the Jill Shalvis series. I really enjoyed Just Last Night, The Ex Talk and The Last Thing He Told Me.

    • 8.11.21
      Karly said:

      The Shalvis series is so cute and light. Glad we enjoyed so many similar books!

  9. 8.10.21

    I’m curious about The Last Thing He Told Me, but I try not to give into hype TOO much, because I know that we’re all subjective readers.

    • 8.11.21
      Karly said:

      That’s the best way to go into any hyped book, I agree.

  10. 8.9.21
    Debbie said:

    Always like to see what you’re reading, I will never catch up!