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.
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
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.
- The little details like the nursery rhyme in each of the guests bedrooms and the toy soldiers
- 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!
- 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
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.
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:
- J (Midnight Book Blog) shared an update on her research project | Bookish Research: Empathy
- Leah’s Books wrote a timely book review that relates to current events in the Middle East | Israel: A Simple Guide To The Most Misunderstood Country On Earth
- Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal provided inspiration for aspiring writers | How to come up with great story ideas
- Rania @ Rania’s Rambling Reads shared a post about sassy characters | Recommending Books Based on Their Levels of Sass // where all I do is gush
- M @ Inking & Thinking wrote a discussion post about DNF’ing books | Is it bad to DNF books? Why do readers DNF books? // A Discussion
- Ally @ Ally Writes Things shared a post about books that Goodreads recommended her | How Well Does Goodreads Know Me?
- Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm discussed lesser known things about being a YA author | The Dark Side of Being A YA Author: Piracy, Pay, and Cancel Culture
- Aarushi @ Aarushi Reads shared her five star predictions | Five Star Book Predictions
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.
- 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!