July was a very mixed bag for me. I honestly don’t remember a lot of it because I was sick with a sinus infection, and was fainting etc. But my birthday was good. It was a four day celebration, which was exhausting, but wonderful. I got new clothes that fit me, so I’m feeling pretty happy about that. Other than that, my Gran was in hospital twice and had to have major neck surgery, which has thankfully gone very well.
Books I Read
Albert: A Life by Jules Stewart ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
This was a well researched read about a fascinating man. At the 3/4 mark my interest started to wane, but had that not been the case I would have rated in 4 stars.
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
This is the third book in the Discworld series, and the first to introduce witches. I love Pratchett’s humour, the way he weaves words, and his worldbuilding. As usual, the plot was solid, and I appreciate the themes. I like the characters, but I don’t always think they’re particularly complex. I find his novels enjoyable to read, but lacking emotional punch.
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved a lot about this book. It’s told mostly from Ana’s POV, but it’s interspersed with transcripts from trial interviews. The descriptions were amazing, and the world building was really immersive. I think the themes were probably the standout part of The Kingdom- free will, AI, autonomy, and genetic modification just to name a few.
This was a young adult biography about England’s most famous nurse. It was easy to read, well researched, and included images. It doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of life, and provides plenty of context to Florence’s story.
Perception by Terri Fleming ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
This is essentially a Pride and Prejudice sequel revolving around the middle Bennet sister, Mary. I quite enjoyed this. It was sweet and well-written. The only thing I really didn’t like was the portrayal of most women as silly and frivolous.
Past Forward: Essays on Korean History by Kyung Moon Hwang
Hungry Hearts edited by Caroline Tung Richmond and Elise Chapman
Mary Shelley by Catherine Reef
What I Watched
Anne of Green Gables (1985) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Hundred Foot Journey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Downton Abbey (Season 1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (rewatch) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (season 5-6) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Few Best Men ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My Life is Murder
Catch up on my Blog
Blog Posts I Liked
Favourite Fantasy Worlds I’d Love to go on Holiday to by The Orangutan Librarian
Desdemona and the Deep Review by Susan @ Novel Lives
The Golem and the Jinni Review by Dina @ SFF Book Reviews
Fairy Tale Retellings Still Focus on Appearances – And I Think it’s Lazy by Briana @ Pages Unbound
YouTube Videos I Liked
I cannot find anyone else who is as excited about this as me. I love Picard, I love Next Gen, and I love Sir Patrick Stewart.
I can’t believe I didn’t know about this for so many months.
The Truth About Memory Loss by Jessica Kellgren-Fozard
This is my every day life. I have multiple sleep disorders that impact my memory, so this really resonated with me.
August Anticipated Releases
The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Polite Society by Mahesh Rao
A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause
All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee