Monthly Shelf Recap

Monthly Shelf Recap – July, 2016

August 10, 2016



I totally SMASHED my TBR pile last month with 16 BOOKS READ. Along with a new e-reader, I also went to the library and picked up some books I’d been wanting to read FOR-EVER. My favourite read last month, by far, was Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. I’m reading Vengeance Road at the moment, and it’s so hard to get into after Walk on Earth a Stranger (too similar) and the slang/Old West language is really off-putting. I also finally finished the Waterfire Saga and The Curseworkers Series, which is absolutely fantastic for me because I had wanted to finish these ones for a while. I really enjoyed both immensely.

As for so-so reads, the Maureen Johnson Shades of London series is right up there. It could’ve been so much better – but was still entertaining. The same goes for London Belongs to Us (can you tell I’m on a London kick? I’m going there in October!)

Biggest disappointment this month was Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Oh, God, I wanted to LOVE this book and it’s been on my ‘must read soon’ list for so eons now. I was so upset that this wasn’t the magical Peter Pan tale/re-telling I’d been waiting for. I was also ridiculously annoyed with how cliche and predictable both Wicked and Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout were, but honestly I’m not surprised anymore by JLA.


As you can see, most of my TBR this month are Netgalley titles for upcoming months. I’m not sure how much reading I’m going to get done this month if I’m honest (I’ve already started to slip – I think last month burned me out) but I definitley need to get Words in Deep Blue read ASAP for the blog tour. I’m trying so, so hard to finish Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, but it’s just not working for me.

I have Tithe, Valiant and Ironside by Holly Black to read, too. I’ve read the first two before, years ago, but I’ve never reviewed them for the blog and I’m yet to read the finale. These are library loans, so these will need to be read soon, too. Also found Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill at the local library, which I was super excited about, but then realised it was written entirely in verse – so I won’t be reading that after all, sadly.

If, by some miracle, I really charge out the reading this month, I’ll try and re-read Alienated by Melissa Landers and the following book, in celebration of the latest one, United, coming out this month.

What’s on your TBR pile for this month?
Did you read any of the books I read last month? What did you think?


  • Reply Joy @ Thoughts By J August 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Ahh 16 books in a month, that’s like my reading goals right there. I’m averaging like 1-2 books per month at the moment :( SO SAD!!

    I’m really looking forward to reading Stealing Snow as well, hope you enjoy it Britt! x
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  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage August 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I can’t wait to see what you think about Replica and Stealing Snow – they sound fantastic! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous recap! <3
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  • Reply Kyra Morris August 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Wow! You read SO many books! Well done! :D I really want to read the Waterfire saga as well as the Curseworkers series! *_*
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  • Reply Rowena August 11, 2016 at 1:36 am

    I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned in this post but I had to stop by and tell you that this post is absolutely gorgeous. I like pretty things and the way that you formatted this post is on point!

  • Reply Stormi Johnson August 10, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Wow, you did a great job in July! :)

  • Reply Tasya August 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I also read London Belongs to Us last month, and I really like it despite it drags at the end and the romance came out of nowhere. I love how proud Sunny is with London, the way she describes it makes me want to move there too! :D I also love the brief history and graph in the books :D I hope you won’t have a reading slump and read all books on your tbr!
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