Reading in June and July.

Today will be a two month reading update, as I completely forgot to update you guys last month. This means I have fifteen books to talk to you about. So, with that many books to get through, let’s dive into the books I’ve read in June and July!

June.

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Let’s start off with the books I read in June. In June, I read seven books, six of which belonged to the Percy Jackson series. This is the first time that I’ve read any books written by Rick Riordan and I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read so far. In fact, last week, I wrote a post recommending Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief which you can read here. I thoroughly enjoyed the Percy Jackson and the Olympians story arc and I felt that Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian was a fantastic conclusion to that story arc. I also read The Demigod Files, which was a collection of three short stories and some interviews with the main characters. It was a great little book but I think it would only appeal to fans of the series. I loved how Rick Riordan brought Greek mythology into the modern world and I will definitely be reading more of his books in the future.

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The final book I read in June was a re-read of a book I read many years ago, The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan. This is the first book in The Black Magician trilogy and was actually the book that brought back to the fantasy genre all those years ago. So, there was a little part of me that was hesitant to pick up The Magicians’ Guild again, as the nostalgia is pretty strong. Fortunately, the book lived up to my memories and I enjoyed revisiting Sonea’s story for the first time in about a decade.

July.

In July, I dove straight into the remaining two books of The Black Magician trilogy, The Novice and The High Lord. Again, I enjoyed both of these books and forgot how fantastic the climax of The High Lord was. I feel like Trudi Canavan is one of those authors who writes these solid fantasy novels but tends to get overshadowed by the more popular authors, like Brandon Sanderson and Robin Hobb. I am planning on re-reading some more of Trudi Canvan’s books, such as The Age of Five trilogy.

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After The Black Magician trilogy, I decided to read a novel that has been sitting on my bookshelf for a few months, Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I knew this was a book that left some readers struggling to connect with it and after reading it I can understand why. Gods of Jade and Shadow tells the story of Casiopea Tun, a young woman who accidentally frees a Mayan god and must go on a journey with said god to restore him to his rightful place. The story is narrated in a way that reminds me of the old epics, like Beowulf and The Iliad, which I think is why some people struggled with the book. This narrative choice creates a bit of a disconnect with the characters, which makes it harder to empathise with the characters. I still enjoyed the book and I respect Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s narrative choice, so I will check out more of her books in the future.

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After Gods of Jade and Shadow, I came up with a crazy reading challenge which you can read about in detail here. Essentially, I decided to read all of the book picks that the Sword and Laser book club have ever read. The very first book was Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. Like with The Black Magician trilogy, this was a re-read for me and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Northern Lights follows a young girl called Lyra, who must travel to the Arctic and save a friend, as well as start to unknowingly face her destiny. I forgot how much I enjoyed the story and once I finished Northern Lights, I decided I would finish the trilogy, even though The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass were not on the Sword and Laser book club list. It was such a satisfying trilogy and I understand why it is considered a must read fantasy trilogy.

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After completing another trilogy, I decided to go for another standalone novel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh. I had first heard of this book on a Youtube video by Merphy Napier, who described the book as similar to Spirited Away, an anime film that I loved. After reading the book, I can definitely see the parallels but I would say The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea  also reminds me of some fairy tales, like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. In the book, Mina sacrifices herself to become the Sea God’s bride in order to save the people she loves from the ferocious storms. However, when she enters the Sea God’s realm, she realises things are not what she was led to believe.  The book was great and very quick to read.

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The final book, I read in July, was also the book pick for Sword and Laser’s July book. Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik, follows Tavi and her crew as they are hired, by the soldiers that had previously fought against, to locate something that has been stolen. To be honest, the plot sort of took a backseat to the relationship between Tavi and her employer, Torran. Hunt the Stars was a fun but not very deep read.

August TBR.

And those were the books I read in June and July! For August, I do have a a few books I want read, which are:

  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, this is Sword and Laser’s August pick. This will be a re-read for me but I am looking forward to it as I want to progress further into the series.
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, this is the next ‘historic’ Sword and Laser pick. I have never read Ender’s Game but I know some people really love it.
  • American Godsby Neil Gaiman, another re-read and another past Sword and Laser pick. I remember loving American Gods and I can’t wait to revisit it.
  • The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, with the new Netflix series being released soon, I want to re-read the graphic novels that inspired it.

So, those are the books I want to read in August. I suspect I will read more than just these few books, but I wanted to not set too many books, just in case I want to read more of the Rivers of London series or the Ender’s Saga series.

Those were the books I’ve read and want to read. What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you soon!

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