July Mini-Review Recap!

July is over.

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To cheer ourselves up, let’s take a look back at what books I read in July! And my teeny, bite-sized thoughts about each.

the amulet of samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud – I liked the smart-mouth djinni, but overall nothing to write home about.

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx – Short, sweet, sad.

full frontal feminism

Full-Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti – The RAGE I had at this book. Besides the points I disagreed with, the author was crass, judgmental, and talked down to the reader. Not cool.

dead harvest

Dead Harvest by Chris Holm – Fun, dark, and exciting urban fantasy. Looking forward to reading the sequel, once I can find it at the library or get around to ordering it from B&N.

alif the unseen

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson – Brilliant novel. Can definitely see it in my top ten of the year.

richard feynman

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman – A collection of interviews, anecdotes, and lectures from Feynman – who may or may not end up being one of my favorite physicists ever. This was my first foray into his work and I enjoyed it a lot.

joyland cover

Joyland by Stephen King – Hella disappointing. Dull, zero scary times.

The Silence of Out Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, & Nate Powell – Short-ish graphic novel about one of the author’s experiences growing up in Texas during the Civil Rights movement, and the tension between white and black families even when they were trying to be friends. Fantastic topic, but overall the book wasn’t very impressive (sad to say). I didn’t have much to say about it, which is why there was no review.

dante valentine

Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine #1) by Lilith Saintcrow – Fun urban fantasy novel with a super bad-ass heroine. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

habibi book cover

Habibi by Craig Thompson – Stunningly beautiful graphic novel, about two child slaves in the Middle East.

a lesson before dying

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines – Depressing novel about racial injustice of the court system in the 1940’s, and two men that bond over an unfair death sentence. Worthy of its classic status, and still very relevant.

feynman graphic novel

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick – Graphic novel biography about Feynman’s life. Great content and really enjoyed it, even if the art wasn’t my style.

Ella Minnow Pea

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – Short, delightful little novel that’s perfect for anyone who loves words and language – tackles themes of totalitarianism and censorship while remaining quirky and enjoyable.

A pretty good month, overall! Have you read any of these? Thoughts?




  1. I’ve never read Brokeback which is a shame. I need to do so. Also, I’d really like to get my hands on that Craig Thompson!


    1. Alif the Unseen was SO wonderful. I loved it.

      I had heard good things about Why Have Kids?, but decided to read Full Frontal Feminism first… and now I’m not sure I want to read anything else by her :-/


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