The second part of my July 2020 Reading Wrap Up. 10 books read in July, and at the time of writing this I am currently at 86 books. My goal is 100. Which I think I should hit. And for those interested in what I’m currently reading –
Kindle: Cinderella is Dead / Paperback: Unravel the Dusk / Graphic Novel: Fables, Volume 1 / Audio: Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis
You Should See Me in a Crown – Leah Johnson
If you haven’t read this book yet you need to change that. You Should See Me in a Crown is so wonderful and joyful and beautiful. It’s hard not to root for Liz, the main character, right from the very start. Brilliant book.
Spider-Man/Deadpool, Volume 2: Side Pieces
This one wasn’t as good as volume one, but it’s still a fun, enjoyable, and funny read, and it’s great to see these two witty characters interact on the page. Volume 2 is a little more ‘wacky’ than 1, with the first story detailing events surrounding the Deadpool movie.
The Black Kids – Christina Hammonds Reed
Absolutely beautiful in terms of writing, heartbreaking in terms of the events. The Black Kids is a coming-of-age tale set in LA in 1992. Ashley tries to work out who she is, as riots rage around the city following the killing of Rodney King. This is going to get compared to (the equally fantastic) The Hate U Give, but they are very different. I really hope this gets read as much as it deserves to.
Consumption – Michael Patrick Hicks
Another Audible book. Consumption is a long short story, and a really intriguing one. Hicks ramps up the tension throughout, as a group of diners try to guess what it is, exactly, they might be eating. Worth a listen, definitely, and the length means it’s only little over an hour.
Diabolica Britannica: A Dark Isles Horror Compendium – Edited by Keith Anthony Baird
This is an anthology I really hope gets noticed. It’s solid, each story as good as the others, and it feels different. Indie Horror sometimes feels dominated by the Americans, so it’s refreshing to read something utterly British. There’s a mix of known and not-so-known names here, and my review goes into more depth with a few of my favourite stories. If you like horror and like short stories, definitely check this one out.
So, there it is, the ten books I read in July. Some absolutely great books this month! Have you read any of them? How are your reading goals (if you set them) looking at the moment?