It's been a ridiculously busy month, so I didn't do as much reading as I usually manage (9 novels, compared with 15 novels and 5 short stories last month). The two 5-star books I did read were in completely different genres, which isn't much of a surprise because I love to mix it up!
The first was The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, which is definitely the best contemporary romance I've read this year, and amongst my favourites EVER. It's set in an office where the two CEOs each have a PA that sits outside their office. One is male, one female, and they hate each other. Or do they...?
I loved this book so much that, having read it on Kindle, I instantly bought it in paperback too because I knew I'd want to read it again and again. It's definitely going on my 'cosy books for sad times' shelf.
The second of my 5-star reads was The Girl With All The Gifts by MR Carey. I was expecting to love this book, so I went into it with high expectations. I've loved Carey's writing since the Lucifer graphic novels (a Sandman spin-off), and I read and enjoyed all of his Felix Castor novels. When I heard that he'd written a zombie book, I knew I'd love it, but I didn't expect it to be quite such a page-turner. I literally couldn't put it down, and read it in a single sitting. It's really a zombie thriller, so pacey and fascinating, but also well-researched and beautifully observed. Carey is very good at capturing the things that make us human with crushing and unflinching deftness. I will read everything he cares to write, and I'm reading the sequel to The Girl With All The Gifts (titled The Boy on The Bridge) right now.
What are the best books you read this month? I'd love to hear your recommendations.
x- Josie -x
Everything I read in July:
NIGHT SCHOOL by CJ Daugherty - 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff - 🌟 🌟 🌟
YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER by Sarah Hogle - 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT by Meryl Wilsner - 🌟 🌟 🌟
THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne - 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne - 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
THE GLOAMING by Kirsty Logan - 🌟 🌟 🌟 ✨
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by MR Carey - 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
RAWBLOOD by Catriona Ward - 🌟 🌟 🌟