Soooooo…….how did everyone else’s July go? ?
I’ve actually seen quite a few people in the bookish community talk about how July was a meh month. I FEEL Y’ALL.
July was one of the worst months for me reading and blogging wise. Mainly because of 1) anxiety and depression 2) vacation and being worn out from traveling 3) did i mention my anxiety. My anxiety was REALLY bad this month. I couldn’t get myself to stay focused on any book I picked up, even if I felt that I was enjoying reading it. Just stressful and it sort of frustrated me that I didn’t get enough done IMO.
But don’t worry! I’m not beating myself up about it that much. August will definitely be better. (I say this as if it could definitely happen again)
So for my wrap up it’s just going to be a quick toss up of the few things I did read. I read A LOT of manga and 1 book.
The 1 Book I Read
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
Content Warning for the following: sexual assault; rape
Okay to be honest, I don’t really remember much about this book. I just remember feeling meh about it. Very meh. The cover is gorgeous though. So there’s that I guess.??
So I’ve spent SEVERAL months collecting some manga volumes. Fortunately I’ve been able to collect most of these at great discount prices.
I read 6 volumes of The Ancient Magus Bride. A slow burn fantasy and ᵖʳᵒᵇˡᵉᵐᵃᵗᶦᶜ ᶠᵃᵛᵒʳᶦᵗᵉ. I love the magic system in this and the world building. Chise is also one of my favorite protagonists. The art is pretty fantastic. If you like slice of life that has some magic in it, try this out!
Content warning for: suicide; a character talks about suicide and has suicidal thoughts; abuse; death; blood
Then I read 8 volumes of Yona of the Dawn! Another fantasy favorite that has a lot of excellent world-building, characters, romance, action, and comedy!
Yona is also another great female protagonist who goes through a lot of character development and growth. The other characters are really great too. Well developed and complex, even the villains who aren’t one dimensional. I highly recommend this if you like strong female protagonists and/or if you are looking to get into manga!
Content warning for: death; blood; an arc that revolves around human trafficking
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