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July 31: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype
In alphabetical order, as always. (And all more recent reads.)
- Leah on the Offbeat; Becky Albertalli. Simon got a lot of attention, so it’s not surprising Leah had a bunch of buzz, too. And I enjoyed seeing more of the characters.
2. Perfect is Boring; Tyra Banks. I’ve seen her mostly in passing, and her various books around as well. Despite my lack of knowledge on the modeling industry, I found her life story quite engaging, especially told in audio form.
3. Brief Cases; Jim Butcher. I’ve been waiting hopefully for new Butcher books for a while, and this short story collection had enough stories I’ve never read to keep me happy.
4. Starless; Jacqueline Carey. Her new stuff is everywhere. This was different from works of hers I’ve read before, but has beautiful, complex world building and character development.
5. Truthwitch; Susan Dennard. I saw this everywhere, but I really didn’t have time to start a new series. And then I gave in and read it. Though I found it a slow start, I was invested by the end, and now I need to find the time to read book 2!
6. Entreat Me; Grace Draven. I’d seen this around a bunch of places, but didn’t pick it up until Ilona Andrews announced they were sharing a book signing with Draven. I enjoyed all the twists on this Beauty and Beast tale.
7. Let’s Talk About Love; Claire Kann. The cover caught my eye, and everything read about it said it was a great, diverse, read–which it is. It starts by confronting some ignorant opinions, and follows up with some education.
8. Wires and Nerve; Marissa Meyer. I was both excited and worried when I saw Iko was getting her own story, but she is so good at kicking butt and being fabulous in this graphic novel.
9. Puddin,; Julie Murphy. I saw this sequel to Dumplin’ all over the place. It works as a stand-alone, too. I’m not sure I like it as much as the first one, but it was very cute–and had some good messages in it.
10. The Prince and the Dressmaker; Jen Wang. I saw this book all over the place, and was so frustrated that my library didn’t have it. But then they did, and the story was gorgeously illustrated and adorable.