July Wrap Up and Mini Book Review

Can summer slow down? I can’t believe it’s August. I hope everyone had an awesome reading month in July. I managed to read six books, but most of them were stretched over several days, which was frustrating. On the bright side, two books I read were five-star reads!

I hit 80 followers in July and I can hardly believe it. Thank you so much to everyone who supports my posts. This experience has been so much fun and I’m so grateful for it because I don’t think I would be reading to this extent without my blog. I’ve found so many good books this year and I can’t wait to look back on everything in December.

Books read

The Guest List | 5 stars | review | one sentence review (osr): Best mystery I’ve ever read!!

People We Meet on Vacation | 4 stars | review | osr: Cute friends to lovers summer romance, but not an all time favourite

Catherine House | 3 stars | review | osr: A strange yet intriguing mystery set at an exclusive boarding school that left me wondering…

One to Watch | 5 stars | review | osr: An eye-opening contemporary romance that focuses on body positivity and has my heart

And Then There Were None | 2.75 stars |review below

Oona Out of Order | 2.5 stars | review coming soon | osr: I was disappointed, but I think it’s more that I was the wrong reader for this, than it being a bad book

Stats

Average rating: 3.7 stars

Pages read: 2K

5 star books – 2

4 star books – 1

3 star books – 1

2 star books – 2 (2.75 & 2.5)

Mini Review: And Then There Were None

I picked this book for the Popsugar Reading Challenge because who is better to turn to than Agatha Christie for a locked-room mystery? I actually started this book in eighth grade, but I didn’t finish it. It turns out that it’s the world’s best-selling mystery. I can understand how it would have been thrilling to read when it first came out, but as a modern reader, I was a bit underwhelmed. I’m going to review this book by listing the pros and cons and then my overall impression.

First, here’s a summary if you aren’t familiar with this book:

Ten individuals are summoned to an island by a letter from an old friend. When they get there, they realize that their host is missing. Next, a recorded message reveals the truth about why they were invited to the island. Each person is accused of a crime, and on the first night, one guest is killed. With no way to escape the island, the remaining guests have to fight to stay alive and find out who among them is the killer.

Pros

  • The little details like the nursery rhyme in each of the guests bedrooms and the toy soldiers
  • Suspense!!!
  • The twists! I was convinced I figured out who the killer was early on, but nope!
  • Towards the ending, certain parts made me feel certain I was right about who the killer was, but nope, another twist!

Cons

  • So much info in so little time at the beginning
  • Hard to keep track of all the characters
  • The ending….
  • I was disappointed that the epilogue didn’t solve anything
  • Racial slurs (in the original UK version) and antisemitism

Overall

I didn’t know about the original title of this book until after I finished reading it. I’m horrified by the racial slur used in title and the original words to the nursery rhyme in the book. And Then There Were None came out in the 1940s, so there is no excuse for the racism. Right off the bat, I was upset about the antisemitic tropes at the beginning of the book, but I continued reading. I don’t plan to read any more of her books and I can’t consider myself a fan regardless of how popular she is.

Rating: 2.75/5

Blog-aversary

I started blogging in February, so I’ve officially been at this for six months! It means so much to me that I can discuss books with other bookworms. I love reading everyone’s posts, and I’m so inspired by the creativity in the bookish community.

Some posts I enjoyed reading in July:

Now let’s talk about August!

I’ve been working on creating a tag! It’s not done yet, but I’m almost there. Can you guess what the theme is? I still feel like a newbie, so I’m nervous about it flopping. Unless I chicken out, I’ll be posting it this month.

August Goals

  • Read seven books
  • Read 1 audiobook
  • Follow five new blogs
  • Re-organize my blog, create categories (reviews, tags, wrap ups, etc.)
  • Publish my tag

Thanks for reading and happy August!

What was your favourite read from July? Do you have any thoughts about the books I read? What are you looking forward to reading in August?

24 thoughts on “July Wrap Up and Mini Book Review”

  1. Congratulations on your six month anniversary! And thank you so much for highlighting my post. 💙 That book on Israel was definitely my favorite non-fiction of the month, closely followed by If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy for fiction, which gave me One to Watch vibes. Also, I had no idea that Agatha Christie had antisemitic tropes in her work – I was considering reading her work but guess I’ll skip it now. Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. Thanks Leah! If only everyone would read Noa Tishby’s book. I’m looking forward to reading If the Shoe Fits at some point this year. I was caught off guard and a bit uncomfortable with Agatha Christie, so I don’t really recommend that book. I’m not sure about her others books but I don’t have high hopes sadly. I hope you have a wonderful August 💙

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      1. Agreed – I’m a huge fan of Noa Tishby! I can’t wait to hear what you think of If the Shoe Fits, it’s one of my new favorites. And I had no idea about Agatha Christie, but checking her out, apparently antisemitism was a big issue in her work. 😒 So she’s absolutely a writer I won’t be reading. But enjoy your august as well!

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  2. Great Wrap Up! Congrats on your six-month anniversary! I’m glad you liked the guest list and people we meet on vacation! I’ve been excited to read those! Thank you for mentioning my post! I appreciate it! Good Luck with your August goals and I hope you have a wonderful August!!

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  3. Hello I just found your blog and I love it already!
    Aw I am sorry you didn’t enjoy And Then There Were None – I really liked it back when I read it though I had no idea of the racism until you mentioned it
    The Guest List has been on my tbr for so long, glad to see you liked it! I’m even more excited to read it now 🙂
    Great Wrap-up Ariel!

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  4. Congratulations on six months! And with all these amazing books.. it looks like you’ve had a wonderful month for reading!
    Great post and thank you for sharing it!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing my post! 💕

    I love And Then There Were None, but I totally agree with your cons! It was one of the first mysteries I’d ever read, and I’m sure I wouldn’t love it as much if I read it now

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