What I Read In July

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  I really enjoyed this. It was far less confusing than his other books. It was a nice mix of contemporary fiction and sci-fi (see my full review here).

The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis. I was really disappointed by this. It felt like I. Robot set in the 1800s but it also felt like the entire book was just setting up the rest of the series rather than actually being a story.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. This was so good. I love all the science stuff and it was no where near as scary as the movie (I’m not a wimp I was just traumatised by that movie as a child). I actually finished this and immediately went out and bought The Lost World.

Way Down Dark by J. P. Smythe. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I think the backstory to this is a little cliched and over done right now. But I was still really surprised by it (see my full review here).

Armada by Ernest Cline. I was a bit disappointed by this. Not as good as what I expected and it felt very similar to Ready Player One (see my full review here).

Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew. I love Kate Mulgrew. When I found out she had written an autobiography I immediately went out and bought a copy. I was a little disappointed that she didn’t really talk about Star Trek or Orange is the New Black but it was still really good.

Cramathon

I read 12 books for Cramathon this month which was pretty good. No I have no idea how I managed that. I will also be taking part in Booktubeathon in August though haven’t decided what I will be reading yet.

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The Zombie Autopsies by Steven Schlozman. I recently realised that I enjoy the sciency aspect to zombies rather than the head smashing you find on shows like The Walking Dead. This book is very much one of the sciency ones and its really great.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow. So the thing that annoys me with graphic novels is they are very short, you can read them in under an hour and this was no exception. I would not say that £10 is a good deal for this book. However saying that, I am going to buy this book because the art style is freaking gorgeous, I seriously love it. But yeah, I’m going to see if I can get a second-hand copy.

The Night is Darkening Round Me by Emily Bronte. Poetry is boring.

Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Hemingsley. This was a really interesting non-fiction about running marathons. It touches on the mental aspect of running and technical stuff (injurys, clothing, shoes ect).

One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley. So in this book Jodi Ann Bickley say that she writes letters so she has something to do with her time because having CFS can get really boring. As someone who has CFS and I understand how she feels and what she is doing is fantastic. However this book was barely 200 pages and it still felt like parts had been padded out. I just don’t feel like there was enough there to justify it being made into a book.

A Field Guide To Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit. Yeah. I don’t remember what this book was about. Something to do with blue. It was really boring.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling. Do you really want me to review this?

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone by JK Rowling. I mean its Harry Potter. Hasn’t everyone already read it?

Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta. This was a really interesting dystopia. Definitely worth a read, it really makes you think about all the junk you throw away.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman. This was good, though it was very similar to the movie. Which I suppose is a good thing as it makes the movie a very faithful adaptation. But still, I would say watch the movie instead of reading this.

The Great Fire of London by Samuel Pepys. I wish I had had this book when I did my solo talk about the great fire of London in primary school.

The Awakened Kingdom by NK Jemisin. This is a novella set in Jemisin’s Broken Kingdoms series. Its not a must read but it was pretty good.

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36 Responses to “What I Read In July”

  1. phantomwriter143

    I’m so glad Jurassic Park is an amazing book! That movie was my favorite movie of the 90s, but I hadn’t read the book since I was 9 when it came out, I think. (Equally traumatized by certain scenes, but I just fast-forwarded through them). As an adult, I can’t wait to read the book.

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  2. listentothebabe

    I’m a zombie fan. The walking dead comics isn’t really about head smashing but is a treatise on humanity. Post-zombie fallout it’s the people that are more dangerous than zombies. But I agree that I love the science behind this. You might like The Girl With All The Gifts.

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    • bluchickenninja

      I haven’t read the comics (though I do want to) I’ve only watched the tv show and that is very much head smashing (at least it was to begin with).

      I really enjoyed The Girl With All The Gifts. I’ve heard rumors that its being made into a movie.

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    • bluchickenninja

      Thanks 🙂 Though I’m pretty sure thats just down to me having lots of free time. As soon as I go back to college I’ll probably be down to a couple of books a month.

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  3. Dagny

    So glad you enjoyed Jurassic Park as much as I did. I can’t even remember if this was in the book or the movie, the book I think, when T-Rex picked up the little girl. I thought that would surely scare kids too much because it was happening to a child. The Lost World is great too.

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  4. Sara Febles

    I think you’re review “poetry is boring” is so funny. I laughed. Try reading the following and let me know what you think, Triggering Warning and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

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    • bluchickenninja

      Thanks 🙂 I don’t think I will be reading more of Neil Gaiman’s books though. I’ve read Stardust, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and about half of Neverwhere and I really wasn’t impressed with them. Its not that they were bad, its just that there is better stuff out there.

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  5. Dean

    I feel like I don’t read nearly enough to do these kinda posts anymore, but I still love seeing what other people are reading too! ^.^

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    • bluchickenninja

      I dunno, I think even if you only read a book or two and you have something to say about them then its still worth doing a post. But its entirely up to you!

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  6. Magpiemakingdo

    Lost World wasn’t quite as good as Jurassic Park – but it was 800000 times better than the Lost World movie and still pretty riveting. I hope you enjoy it!

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      • Magpiemakingdo

        Yea, the Lost World movie is… uhhhh… not good. I mean, I loved it when it came out, but I was also 10 and had no concept of good vs. bad if there were dinosaurs involved. Re-watching it as an adult was an eye-opening experience. The book is a great follow-up to the original. The movie, on the other hand, can’t hold a candle to it.

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  7. creativechaos81

    That is a lot of reading! I did a major marathon back in april, and I really enjoyed it. Got through some great books then! The Bone Clocks is a book I will need to start from the beginning and try again. I liked what I read of it but it’s been too many months since I read it. LOL. Glad you enjoyed it. I also kinda wanna read Jurassic Park as I have recently become a bit obsessed with that fandom.

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      • creativechaos81

        I will definitely try them both for sure! I need to finish Son of Witch first , though. And one other book that someone loaned me. I will let you know when I start one or the other!!

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        • bluchickenninja

          Ooooh did you like Wicked? I read that after going to see the musical and I was so disappointed. I couldn’t believe the musical had been based on the book.

        • creativechaos81

          Oh the musical is a different vehicle all its own. I actually view it as a separate entity from the books. I knew going in that the book was different, though. I develop muses for role playing on journals, and my muses for Wicked were merged versions of the characters. But I have fallen head over heels for Avaric. LOL.

        • bluchickenninja

          Hmmm, maybe I should read it again. I was very much in love with the musical when I read it and was shocked by how different they were.

        • creativechaos81

          Ah. Yeah, I had seen the musical a while before I read the book. But I wanted to see just how different. You should give it another shot. If you want, we could read it together once I finish the other two books in the series. ❤ (I loved the book, so can read it again anytime, really)

        • bluchickenninja

          I think I will. Its been a good 8 years since I read it. Though I need to get through a bunch of books before I can even think about buying more!

        • creativechaos81

          Haha! OMG. I so know that feel, my friend. I have another Cassandra Clare book coming out next month. I need to get ready for that release!

        • bluchickenninja

          I have more than one….. Like way more than one…. Last time I counted it was over 50. I’m actually scared to go find out the exact number I still need to read.

  8. kellyela

    I really liked Stardust. I actually didn’t even know there was a movie version (I’m not a movie person). Have you read any of his other works?

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    • bluchickenninja

      I’ve read The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I got about half way through Neverwhere. I don’t know what it is about Neil Gaiman. All of his books I’ve read are very meh.

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