July 2014 Reads

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.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins — 5 Stars. Jenny recommend this to me, and I just loved it.  I couldn’t put it down.  Such a sweet young adult romance.

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?


  1. I really enjoyed The One, I mean I enjoyed the whole series. It was such a fun read and I’m glad it actually ended how I hoped it would.

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