July 2022 Book Update

July was a great book month! I had a lot of fun choosing books from my public library.

The weather was beautiful and I spent a ton of time reading on my balcony or by the pool. I think I did more hardback books than anything else. There’s just something so satisfying about having a good heavy book to read in the summer sun.

Anyway, just lots of reading and lots of fun.

My favorites of the month are probably The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and John Dies at the End by Jason Pargin.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

By James Nestor

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I listened to this book on audio by recommendation of a friend. I really didn’t know most of the things talked about in this book which is rare for non-fiction in the science/health category. You will learn a lot about breathing, the evolution of the human mouth/jaw, and the many factors that play into how we breathe.

A Spindle Splintered

By Alix E. Harrow

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a creative fairy tale where a modern-day girl with a terminal illness is thrown into a mythical version of the world where curses are real and so are princesses. A short and cheerful story that was fun to read.

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. Nora wakes up in a library where time stands still. Each book is a different version of a life she could have lived. She’ll have to decide which life choices were better than others, and what she’s willing to sacrifice in order to get the life she wants.

A Briefer History of Time

By Stephen Hawking with Leonard Mlodinow

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is so much basic level physics packed into this short book. You’ll learn a lot, some parts you won’t understand, but others will really resonate. It is heavy on science, but still presented to the average reader.

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve been seeing this one everywhere for some time now and decided it was time to join the crowd. Desiree and Stella are identical twins living in a small town in the south. At 16 they run away from home and eventually go separate ways. Years later, their teenage daughters discover who they are and reunite the family.

The Midnight Hour

By Elly Griffiths

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Elly Griffiths has really surprised me; I didn’t start reading her books until this year, but I really enjoy her murder mystery style! Who’s the murderer? One of the sons, the wife, one of the mistresses?


By Neil Gaiman

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A wonderful fantasy adventure! Tristran is hunting for a falling star in the faerie realm beyond the wall to gain his lover’s hand in marriage. A whirlwind adventure stringing together multiple timelines and plot lines.

Venomous Lumpsucker

By Ned Beauman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I think I really enjoyed this one because it was fresh. I loved the cover and it drew me in instantly. The MC was great and the I wanted to meet those adorable little venomous lumpsuckers in person.

Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work (and Why It’s Different Than You Think)

By Reshma Saujani

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I wanted this book to be inspiring and informative. Instead, it was missing some factual stats and actual content. It was thin and sadly, disappointing. The intent was good but there are better books out there.

John Dies at the End

By David Wong (Jason Pargin)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This isn’t like anything you’ve ever read before. It’s funny and horrifying and scifi-ish and scary all at the same time. It reads like the author is on a bad trip, but still comes out being wildly entertaining. I loved it.

The Girl in His Shadow

By Audrey Blake

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a page-turner for historical fiction. I really enjoyed following Eleanor Beady as she struggled to rebel against a society that wouldn’t allow her to practice medicine. She saves the patient and gets her happy ending while learning from and teaching some well-developed side characters.

Triathlon for the Every Woman: You Can Be a Triathlete. Yes. You.

By Meredith Atwood

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The author relates quite a few personal stories on her journey to go from overweight and chronically unhealthy to Ironman triathlete. She gives basic triathlon advice on all the major topics: swim, bike, run, recovery, nutrition, training, family, strength training, etc. Comprehensive, but not novel.

Women Who Tri: A Reluctant Athlete’s Journey Into the Heart of America’s Newest Obsession

By Alicia DiFabio

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book is great for women (or men) looking for some motivation to become a triathlete. There are a lot of personal stories to help comfort and encourage newbies. It’s a great reminder that everyone starts somewhere and triathletes are never alone in their journey.

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  1. Matt Haig’s book The Midnight Library seems interesting; I might look it up. That cover on Venomous Lumpsucker is wow! I checked it out on Amazon and the cover now is so much different, not as exciting.
    I’m glad you’re continuing to do your monthly updates as I’m still working on my challenge.
    My tally for the challenge is 35 books – 1 for July, and I’ve read a total of 130 books so far with ten more books this month.
    Not much but I’ve been unpacking the stuff I received from my mother; she passed away back in February and that kept me pretty busy.
    #23 Involving water: Various Authors Mists and Moonrise: The Reluctant Brides Collection 6 books -576- 4 stars average. Six books, six authors. Six different styles. One poignant legend. My reviews ranged from 5 stars to 2 stars. I love it when different authors join to write about the same theme, subject, etc. and this one didn’t disappoint. Only one of the books became the prologue to a series and that’s the one I enjoyed the least (too short and missing too much information to enjoy the story).


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