Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2015

Here it is, August already. Have you noticed how the time zips by faster with every year? Perhaps you’ve also noticed that I sound more and more like my grandmother every day?

How was July for you? Here’s how it looked for me:


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee


The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck


I normally wouldn’t include children’s books in my monthly wrap-up. I don’t read them often, for one thing. But I read these five very deliberately. They are new to the bookstore and I wanted to be familiar with them for when customers ask for recommendations. Each one is adorable and most have a fantastic message for kids (and parents!).

Heather Has Two MommiesRed: A Crayon’s StoryWhat Pet Should I GetThe Day the Crayons Quit, and Meet the Dullards. You can’t go wrong with any of these.


Favorite Fiction: Did You Ever Have a Family

Favorite Nonfiction: Oregon Trail (Yes, it was my only nonfiction. It was also endlessly fascinating.)

How was July for you? Did you have a clear favorite for the month? I’d love to hear about it!

19 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2015

  1. I don't know if I had a clear favorite for the month, but two stood out (among the four I read): A Red Death by Walter Mosley and The Golden Scales by Parker Bilal. Both were good murder mysteries and I look forward to reading more in each series.Also I've noticed that time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping…into the future too. 😉 It's weird like that.


  2. I'm pumped to read Did You Ever Have a Family, it sounds so great! I think I'm going to add A Man Called Ove to my in real life book club roster (since apparently I'm in charge of that now).


  3. The summer has flown by and feel like I didn't get much reading in but overall some great reads. I just picked up the new Backman at the library and received the Clegg ARC. Hearing you enjoyed it makes me want to get to it faster!


  4. My favs for July were Station Eleven and The Book of Night Women – any time I can't choose one book in a month, it's a good month! It's crazy that it's August already, isn't it?


  5. I've heard great things all around about The Day the Crayons Quit. Maybe I will see if we can pick it up on our weekly library trip…Here's to a great August! 🙂


  6. So you think Did You Ever Have a Family deserves to be on the Man Booker list? I just started Lila and I may read a few of the selections. Sounds like this one would be a good one to read.


  7. Far and away my fave for July was Claire North's madcap chasey sci-fo novel Touch. I'm nervous to try and review it because I liked it so much — I'm afraid I won't be able to capture how absorbing and weird and great it was.


  8. I am looking forward to Did You Ever Have a Family, but it worries me when so many people like it, and it's up for awards. Will I like it? I read a lot of good books in July, but I think Pretty Baby was my favorite, I may have read in June, but it published in July, does that count?


  9. I honestly have no idea how this year is just zipping on by, like August, really?! I'm really interested in Did You Ever Have A Family – sounds interesting, I'll be keeping my eye out for that in the future. July was a slowish reading month for me, three books read. I did discover a new to me author that I'm keen to read more of – Heather Gudenkauf. All Things Bookish – Jade Louise


  10. I was planning on getting \”What Pet Should I Get\” for my kids at Christmas, but I really don't think *I* can wait that long….they may end up getting a \”just because\”present soon!


  11. Outlander took up most of my reading time and I loved it, so that's fine with me! On the nonfiction side, I enjoyed Heart Sisters a whole lot because it added so much and confirmed so much in my study of relationships.


  12. All of those kids books look adorable 🙂 My nephew's birthday was this month… and I'm a bad aunt and didn't get him anything yet, so maybe one of these!


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