July 2015 Books

Reading Wrap-Up: July 2015

July 2015 Books

So, wow. I don’t think this has happened before. 18 books is kind of insane, but between the 24in48 Readathon and a few days away on vacation, I had some serious time to plug away at reading. On top of that, the reading has been good. I haven’t felt slumpy, I’ve been choosing on a whim, and feeling all the better for it. This will probably be my last month of Super Summer Reading Insanity, since I’ll be jumping back into teaching online and the research project I was working on, but it was so great to be on such a high over the last few months. Obviously, I haven’t had the time to review all of these babies, but I’m hoping to do a few round-ups here soon that will at least cover my feelings on many of them.

Mislaid by Nell Zink
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler
Dryland by Sara Jaffe
Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel by Margaret Oppenheimer
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
The Nakeds by Lisa Glatt
In the Country by Mia Alvar
The Ambassador’s Wife by Jennifer Steil
Asking for It by Kate Harding
Speak by Louisa Hall

Best Book of the Month

In the Country by Mia Alvar


How was your reading this month?

  • Nice work! I’m glad you’ve been on a summer streak (opposite of summer slump?!) and that 2015 has turned around for you! My July was really great as well, so I think the tide is turning :)

  • I’m happy to hear that you had such a great reading month. And that so many books were good. I’m getting giddy just looking at all the covers!

  • WOOWOO to a great July! I’m so curious about In the Country, going to put a reserve on it. I also just got the audiobook of Murakami’s The Strange Library (from the library – ha), so I hope to get to that short little delightful one next month.

  • I love just looking at the covers of all the books you read. Glad you had such a great July! :)

  • Holy reading, Batman! We (again) read many of the same books. Glad you had such a great reading month!

  • purplemoonmyst

    wow!! I am on vacation in Aug. I hope I have a good reading month also.

  • Wow! That is impressive!

  • Holy cow!! I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy…you had a great reading month! I need another vacation.

  • Amy Sachs

    Wow 18 is a crazy number, but glad you enjoyed so many of them! I read Dryland after seeing you Instagram it, and absolutely LOVED it, definitely the favorite of my July reading!

  • Kay

    You had an amazing month! Glad you enjoyed it so much and it makes me want to check out many of these. I am going to get The Ambassador’s Wife. Right now. LOL

  • Lady. You are a reading machine! And for all of them to have been good is amazing.

    What will you be teaching online?

    • I’m teaching 4th grade Virginia History, which I did last year, and adding 7th grade Civics this time around.

      • At least you won’t have to deal with those ridiculous APUSH changes then, huh?

  • That’s good going. Impressed!

  • My July was an excellent reading month! I read 21 books according to my spreadsheet, although I confess some of them were novellas or comics, which take less time to get through. Still! I’m pleased with myself, I hope I can have such a good reading month in August as well. (Despite the bloody heat.)

  • That is a FANTASTIC reading month. I’m impressed and slightly jealous ;)

  • Deb

    Wow, I haven’t read any of these books but To Kill a Mockingbird, which I plan to read again! How did you like Watchman? I’m debating whether to read it or not. I’m feeling like it shouldn’t have been published since it was really a first draft, not a final product.

    • I’m with you that it probably shouldn’t have been published, but I’m not sure boycotting it will do much now that it’s out there. It ended up being a really interesting reading experience for me and I’m glad I read it.

  • That is an insane amount of reading! It’s awesome – and I’m happy to see Beneath the Bonfire on there. Unless you hated it, in which case don’t tell me! (Kidding)

  • Nice lady! I miss “Super Summer Reading Insanity” and while I love my job at the library I hope to get back into teaching in the near future so I can work like a madwomen for 10 months and enjoy those free reading summer months!

    • Having the summer off has really been the only way I’ve gotten so much reading done…it’s going to be a jolt to go back!

  • Wow. So many books. I’m kind of jealous… I had kind of a reading slump this month. I just didn’t have time to read as many books as usual (although some of the books I read were really, really good).

  • Care

    You read the coolest books. I had one of my most impressive months ever, too. Over 3000 pages! and 75 hours (which you could accuse me of cheating because one title was both ebook and audio and I’m counting all the pages and all the hours. Sue me)

  • You caught my attention that In the Country was best book of the month. Good to know. It got pretty extraordinary praise pre-publication. I must check it out. thx

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  • Wow! That is such an impressive month of reading! Super jealous right now :P And it looks like a great selection too.

  • Sarah Says Read

    HOT DAMN, LADY. That is an impressive number of books. And so awesome that you didn’t hit any slumps!