July ended up being my most readingest month yet with 15 books! Currently, I’ve finished 66 books this year. At the rate I’ve been going, I decided that my reading goal needed to be a little more challenging, so I’m pushing myself to finish 100 books by the end of 2014. Wish me luck!
So, what did I read this month?
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi — 4 Stars. This is the final book in the Shatter Me trilogy, and I think it might have been my favorite of the three. Juliette annoyed me as a character throughout much of the trilogy, but I felt like she started to come into her own in this book.
The One by Kiera Cass — 4 Stars. This is the final book in The Selection trilogy. This trilogy is so The Bachelor meets dystopia, but I found it to be a lot of fun. Full of teenaged drama, so be prepared for that!
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell — 4 Stars. This was a fast, intriguing read that left me with more questions than answers. It ends quite abruptly, so if you like neat endings, this book is not for you. A haunting tale about a woman who lost her life to a mental institution.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell — 5 Stars. I found follow Rainbow Rowell to the ends of the earth. I love her books so much. Reading about Georgie and Neal’s relationship left me feeling very emotional and raw at times. Plus, there was the added bonus of a magic phone.
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins — 4 Stars. I loved the Hex Hall series by Hawkins, so I was excited to discover this at the library. It definitely didn’t disappoint! Another great supernatural read from Rachel Hawkins!
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson — 5 Stars. London, Jack the Ripper, boarding school, and ghosts? Yes, please! I devoured this.
Forest Born by Shannon Hale — 3 Stars. Shannon Hale is a great storyteller, and while I enjoyed this fourth installment in the Books of Bayern, it just didn’t grab me the way the others did. I had a hard time with Rin as the main character. I just couldn’t connect with her.
The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar — 5 Stars. If you work as a teacher leader or coach in any capacity, I cannot say enough good things about this book. I will definitely return to it again and again. Such a valuable resource.
Conversion by Katherine Howe — 4 Stars. Something is happening to the girls of St. Joan’s. Witchcraft? This was an intelligently spooky read.
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson — 4 Stars. After The Name of the Star, I couldn’t wait to get my hand on the second book in the Shades of London series. Another awesome read. And now I want to move to London and hunt ghosts.
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness — 4 Stars. It just dawned on me that I finished a lot of trilogies this month. This final installment in the All Souls trilogy jumps right in where the last book left off. This was a solid end to a thoroughly enjoyable vampire/witch romance.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink — 5 Stars. I know people probably aren’t as geeked out about psychology and learning as I am, but this was fantastic. Such a fascinating look at what motivates us and how work and school get it all wrong.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart — 4 Stars. I loved the voice in this book. Such a great female lead, too. I read it in a day.
Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater — 3 Stars. Maggie Stiefvater is a remarkable storyteller. While this wasn’t my favorite of hers (The Scorpio Races. Go read it. NOW.), I really did enjoy it and plan to grab the next book from the library ASAP.
Well, there you have them — my large pile of read books for July. What have you been reading this summer? What should I check out next?