All the Books I Read in July 2020

I’ve finally fully come out of my reading funk. When the pandemic started I was maybe reading one book a month. I just wasn’t in the right headspace for it. I think the nicer weather helps and I looks forward to sitting outside, getting some fresh air and reading a good book. This month was a really good month of reading! One memoir and the first three installments of a YA series.

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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

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5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

I honestly am not sure what took me so long to read Trevor Noah’s memoir. It’s been on my TBR for a while now but that list is so long I think I forgot about it. Trevor was born in South Africa during Apartheid to a black mom and a white dad…a crime. It’s crazy how many countries in recent history still have such racists laws and societal norms. Trevor manages to tell his story, and weave in such heavy issues – poverty, colonialism, racism, white privilege – in a unique comedic way only he can. I highly recommend reading this. He’s experienced a lot of tragedy but still has such a positive outlook on life that’s refreshing.

The Crowns of Croswald Series (1, 2, & 3) by D.E. Night

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

This series was the perfect magical fantasy world I needed to fall into! Ivy Lovely is our teenage heroin discovering her powers. It was nice to read a magical book with a female heroin. She goes to a school where students learn to master their magical abilities and along the way she discovers her destiny. Each book gets better and better. Ivy grows stronger with each book and the friendship relationships just get better and better.

It’s hard to review each book in the series separately without giving away spoilers! Each book in the series is better than the last. Some reviews have drawn parallels to Harry Potter but I think that does this series a diservice. This series is its own unique world and can stand on its own. If you enjoy stories about discovering magical powers and find yourself wishing you could go to a magical school, you’ll really enjoy this series! .Night does a wonderful job of brining Croswald and all the characters to life! I can’t wait for the next books in the series!

Thank you to the publisher, Stories Untold, for the gifted copies of books 1 & 2. All opinions are my own.

If you want to see other books I’ve read check out my updated Book Guide page! I’m keeping an updated list here of all the books I’ve read and you can search by genre!

What did you read last month? I always love recommendations!


July 2020 Book Recommendations, a YA Fantasy and a great Memoir

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