July Wrap Up August TBR

July Wrap Up/August TBR (features gifted books)

I have previously received PR products from Penguin and HarperCollins. Images used in this post feature Girl, Woman, Other, which was published by Penguin. I have put [PR relationship] next to any book published by Penguin or HarperCollins that is mentioned.

This post also includes advertisements in the form of mention of books I was gifted. These are marked as “AD, gifted”.

Another month, another wrap up post! This one is a little bit late this time, because of the way the days fall. I just always post my wrapups on the first Friday of the month. The big question though… what did I read in July?

Books on the July TBR: 11
Books Read in July: 9
Books Read from the TBR: 8
Books Read Not From the TBR: 1
Left on the TBR: 3

I am still planning to work through (I have previously received PR products from Penguin) Gravity’s Rainbow as my long-term project, so that will hopefully crop up in a future roundup. But for now, here are my thoughts on the books I finished in July!

  1. (AD, gifted) The Dressing Up Box – David Constantine. 3.5 stars.
    I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers, Comma Press, in exchange for my honest review.
    This was a pretty dark short story collection, with a few stories that really stood out to me but also, unfortunately, a few that passed me by a little. I posted my in-depth (AD, gifted) review to my blog, here.
  2. (AD, gifted) The Light at the End of the Day – Eleanor Wasserberg. 4 stars.
    I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
    I have long been a fan of WWII historical fiction, so it was no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t actually read much about the invasion of Poland and the impact this had on Jewish families living in Poland, so this was also quite an educational read. You can find my full (AD, gifted) review on my blog, here.
  3. Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams. 4 stars.
    This was the book club read for my book club, Daisy Book Club! I struggled to get into the book initially, but once I sat down with it and got a bit further in, I was really captivated by the characters, Queenie in particular of course. It was great to have a chat with other book club readers and hear what they thought of the book as well! Again, I reviewed this one on my blog, so you can read my full thoughts here.
  4. So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo. 4 stars.
    I saw a lot of people recommending this on Twitter due to the Black Lives Matter protests, and when I found that it was on Libby (I’ve recently discovered that I really like listening to nonfiction!) I borrowed it. The issues this book raises and the points Oluo makes are really important, and this is a good introduction to reading about race. I did feel like I was already aware of much of what was covered in this book, so I’m looking for more books on race that are perhaps more academic, if that’s the correct word. I posted a review on GoodReads.
  5. (AD, gifted) An Isolated Incident – Soniah Kamal. 4 stars.
    Again, I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
    I’d like to preface this one by saying that when I requested it, I was unaware that Own Voices reviewers were being declined on NetGalley for OV books, and I’ll be more mindful of this in future when requesting. This is the story of Zari, a Kashmiri girl who’s family are killed by an unknown group. I was very uneducated on the history of Kashmir, so I found this book very educational, and it was a great read, though very upsetting in places. There’s a full review (AD, gifted) on my blog.
July Wrap Up and August TBR

AD: Note about the above image: The Appointment (pictured on the right) by Katharina Volckman was gifted to me by the publisher, Fitzcarraldo Editions in exchange for a review.

There were a couple of books that I didn’t manage to get around to from my TBR this month, namely [PR relationship] Sputnik Sweetheart, Dominicana and [PR relationship] Wuthering Heights. Hopefully I’ll read these next month!

  1. [PR relationship] Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo. 4 stars.
    A truly deserving Booker Prize Winner! 12 interconnected character studies form this book, of primarily Black British women. There is a range of sexualities, political ideologies, classes, gender identities and ages represented in this work. It’s being recommended a lot at the minute, and after I read it, the Daisy Book Club voted to choose it as our August Book! You can find my full review on my blog.
  2. (AD, gifted) A Room Made of Leaves – Kate Grenville. 3.5 stars.
    I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
    This is a historical fiction book about Elizabeth Macarthur, the wife of Mr Macarthur. The couple move to New South Wales, Australia, to the penal colony there so Mr Macarthur can earn enough to pay off his debts. This book is a really interesting exploration of society in this time period, and also dives a little bit into what the penal colonies of Australia were like, though this perspective is restricted by Elizabeth’s role in the society. Find my full (AD, gifted) review on my blog.
  3. (AD, gifted) You Will Never Be Forgotten – Mary South. 4 stars.
    I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
    Another short story collection! Again, these short stories are quite dark. I’d describe them as dystopian/science fiction for the most part, with a lot of things left up to the reader to guess, which I enjoyed. Would definitely recommend this to fans of adult sci-fi and short stories! Find a full (AD, gifted) review on my blog.
  4. (AD, gifted) Summer – Ali Smith. 3.5 stars.
    I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
    Safe to say that during lockdown, I wasn’t expecting to be reading… about lockdown. The final in the Seasons Quartet, Ali Smith’s writing is beautiful, but I have to say the references to quarantine and COVID were perhaps a bit soon for my taste. It’s very strange to be reading about a situation you’re still going through. This book does span multiple time periods though, and I did enjoy reading it! Now to read Ali Smith’s other books… Find a full review (AD, gifted) on my blog.

My August TBR is:

  1. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde (Let’s Get Classical Book Club)
  2. [PR relationship] After Dark – Haruki Murakami (Murakami Reading Group)
  3. [PR relationship] IQ84 – Haruki Murakami (Murakami Reading Group)
  4. [PR relationship] Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  5. Dominicana – Angie Cruz
  6. [PR relationship] Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    I also have a few ARCs to be reading in August, which i think brings my TBR to 10 books, so I’m going to leave my it at that! Not overly exciting I know, but should be enough to keep me going.

10 thoughts on “July Wrap Up/August TBR (features gifted books)

    • Thank you! I’m hoping I enjoy it 😂 if I don’t, at least its short 😂😂


      • I just read After Dark which was nice and short! Sputnik Sweetheart is also a shorter one ☺️ Kafka on the Shore and IQ84 are both much longer, so you might want to try a shorter one first to see if you like his writing style? ☺️

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