July wrap up (#sumtbreadathon)

July is over and so is the #sumtbreadathon! It’s been a lot of fun hosting this with my fellow bookstagrammers – you can find links to their blogs, as well as more information on the readathon, here. Now it’s time to do a wrap up! As I didn’t find the time to do full reviews on all the books I’ve read, I will include mini reviews in this wrap up.

I read 11 books this month, which is about twice as many as I usually do! Granted, some of the books were very thin, but they’re still books! Here are all the books I read, listed in the order I read them.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 4 stars. You can read my review of the Grisha trilogy here.

IMG_4759Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling (reread)

My rating: 3,5 stars.

Review: This was a quick, fun read. The notes made by Harry and Ron were so cute! I did feel like it was a little short and would have liked more information on more magical creatures. Also, how awesome would it be to have an illustrated edition of this? I kind of felt like drawing all the creatures myself! I’d also love to listen to the audiobook narrated by Eddie Redmayne…

Popsugar 2017 reading challenge: a book that’s been mentioned in another book.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (reread)

My rating: 5 stars.

Review: I love this book so much. It’s heartwarming as well as heartbreaking. It’s got a diverse and interesting cast of characters. It’s the perfect comfort read, as well as just being a really good sci-fi with well thought out world building. I would love to see this as a movie, or better yet, a Netflix series.

Popsugar 2017 reading challenge: a book you bought on a trip (I bought this one in Shakespeare & Co. in Paris!).

2017 LGBT+ reading challenge: fantasy/sci-fi.

IMG_4847A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

My rating: 4,5 stars.

Review: This book made me almost-cry several times. I loved how both stories – Pepper’s past and Lovelace’s present – complemented each other and worked towards the same conclusion. I loved these characters. And did I mention I almost-cried? I didn’t know at first whether I liked this one better, as much as, or less than The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. They’re very different kinds of stories. While this one had more tension, The Long Way is closer to my heart because it is such a comfort read and introduces a lot of interesting history and culture of this fictional future universe.

One thing that bothered me in both books, though, was the lack of Human nonbinary characters, and the way gender was always assumed on the basis of people’s looks and apparently equated with sex. For a book in which nonbinary pronouns are used in such a natural way, this seems like a very strange and harmful oversight.

Quidditch Through the Ages by J. K. Rowling (reread)

My rating: 3 stars.

Review: This was a fun read! I loved learning little things that I’d never have thought of, but that actually make a lot of sense. Like the fact that brooms are enchanted with cushioning charms so they’re more comfortable to sit on! (Plus it was funny to see that these charms literally make it feel like you’re sitting on an invisible cushion.)

IMG_5025Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard

My rating: 2,5 stars.

Review: While this was a fun read and I loved the sarcasm and dry wit, it fell a little flat. For a book about a necromancer, there was awfully little necromancy; for a book titled ‘the detective’ there was awfully little detective work. I’d expected a murder mystery, and there was one, but it was impossible to work out the clues yourself because there hardly were any.

Popsugar 2017 reading challenge: an espionage thriller.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

My rating: 4 stars.

Review: These stories were a lot of fun to read and I loved Dumbledore’s commentary, which had a remarkably sassy tone occasionally. My favourite stories were The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Tale of the Three Brothers.

The Wizard and the Hopping Pot: 3 stars. Just a fun fairy tale.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune: 4 stars. A very symbolic fairy tale that reminded me of the story of Frau Holle (aka Mother Hulda) a little bit in the way it progressed through challenges and rewarded good behaviour.

The Warlock’s Hairy Heart: 2 stars. This one was kind of aromisic. The warlock in the story forgoes love because he thinks it makes people weak, and this makes him a bad person. This would have been fine in my eyes if the focus hadn’t been on romantic love so much.

Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump: 3 stars. A lot more interesting than the title suggests.

The Tale of the Three Brothers: 5 stars. The darkest of the tales, and in my opinion the most beautiful. Of course we already know this one from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J. K. Rowling

My rating: 3 stars.

Review: Fun, quick read. It was a little strange that there was a chapter about the Hufflepuff common room and none on the others. I think it was because that’s the only one not described in the books, but I would have liked more information on the others anyway.

Short Stories from Hogwarts: Of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

My rating: 3 stars.

Review: I loved learning more about these characters, though I think at least some of the contents of this ebook have been published on Pottermore before. I especially liked the chapters on McGonagall and Lupin (I swear it didn’t make me cry… it’s okay… J.K. Rowling cried writing it…).

Short Stories from Hogwarts: Of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

My rating: 3 stars.

Review: Another fun and quick read, that once again contained a lot of information previously published on Pottermore. I enjoyed the chapter on Slughorn the most, because it gave some details on his character that made me understand why I kind of like him. (Kind of.)

Johannes Cabal: the Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard

My rating: 3 stars.

Review: This was a very pleasant surprise after the rather disappointing second book! More fantasy and horror elements (of the Lovecraftian kind) and a story that actually seemed to be going somewhere. I’m still on the fence about whether you’re supposed to like Johannes Cabal, though, which is maybe a little strange after three books?

I should really get to reading Lovecraft, though.

Popsugar 2017 reading challenge: a steampunk novel.

I am pretty happy with this result, even if I didn’t read everything on my overly ambitious TBR.

How was your reading month? What was your favourite?

If you’re interested in the Newt Scamander and Ginny Weasley bookmarks I used in the pictures in this post, I got them from Words by Jasmine!

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