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July 2014 Reading Round-Up

So… wow. I can’t actually remember the last time I wore jeans. The weather this month has been amazing; we thought last year was great but this year it’s as though we’re very far from Britain. Thanks to Suzanne Collins and her fast paced work I read The Hunger Games trilogy in full, and the delight it caused in me carried on enough that I was able to read further books in good time, too. My routine changed a bit with the two manuscripts I took on (before then I had been working on one at a time) and you probably noticed I missed a couple of days blogging here. July has been great – sunny, busy, and full of books.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Ai Mi: Under The Hawthorn Tree – In the time of Mao, a young woman struggles to blend social expectations and her feelings for a friend. It’s alright, but the main character quickly becomes frustrating to read about.

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Andra Watkins: To Live Forever – A man stuck in a sort of Purgatory has one more chance to enter the afterlife and it all depends on a girl and her quest to find her father. Okay, but needs more editing.

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Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games – In a dystopian world, children are chosen to fight to the death in a televised ‘game’, and Katniss has volunteered in order to save her sister. Loved this book, enough said.

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Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire – Having got through the games, Katniss finds herself with the threat of entering another over her head as the districts’ rebellions continue. It does repeat the first book, but is still excellent nonetheless.

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Suzanne Collins: Mockingjay – Safe in District 13, Katniss must continue to be the face of the rebellion as President Coin and her soldiers prepare to take on the Capitol. It’s not in the same league as the other two, but strong enough in itself.

No question, Collins’ trilogy makes first place this month. I loved it – Mockingjay may not have been as good, but overall it is an awesome set of books. I wasn’t so keen on To Live Forever but it wasn’t a bad book.

Quotation Report

None this time.

Here we go, last month of the summer incoming…

What was your favourite book this month (or week if you round-up each week)?



August 1, 2014, 12:32 pm

You sound like you’ve had a great month! I’ve not enjoyed our heatwave so much, I was delirious with joy once it began to rain. I’m not made for heat, Charlie.

I’m not sure what my favourite book this month is, it’s probably a tie between The Blue Castle and Our Spoons Came from Woolworths.

Tracy Terry

August 1, 2014, 3:10 pm

Great post, its always good to be able to catch up in this way.

My favourite read this month has been The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules.

Christine @Buckling Bookshelves

August 2, 2014, 4:27 am

I’ve never seen those Hunger Games covers! Like them a lot — very cool you got a chance to read the trilogy :)


August 2, 2014, 9:49 am

Alice: I think I’ve appreciated the rain more given there’s been so much sun. I love the Woolworths title, it’s fun.

Tracy Terry: Yes, I think these sorts of posts are good reminders of what you’ve written about, and they help you realise the month doesn’t go by as fast as it might seem to!

Christine: Those covers are the most-recognised here in the UK, at least they were at the beginning (we now also have ‘adult’ versions that are more in keeping with the US covers).

Andrew Blackman

August 2, 2014, 4:25 pm

Sounds like a good month, Charlie! I read some good ones too this month – Glow by Ned Beauman stands out particularly, and also a history of accounting which was not nearly as dull as it sounds!


August 4, 2014, 1:48 am

“sunny, busy, and full of books.” Yes, that’s how I’d like all of my months, please! :) So glad you are enjoying the summer!

Literary Feline

August 4, 2014, 3:55 pm

I am glad you had such a good month! July was a busy month for me, mostly with work, but I survived. Yay! August started off wet, surprisingly. We got some much needed rain this weekend, although it isn’t nearly enough to take us out of drought status.

Belle Wong

August 6, 2014, 3:08 am

Nice reading month! I haven’t yet dived into the Hunger Games trilogy, but they’re on my to-read list!



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