Look at me, getting my wrap-up for July out before September! Really, I’m just motivated because I’m awake and needed more posts scheduled for this week. LOL But anyways, regardless of why I’m doing it this early, here I am with my July 2022 Wrap-Up!
Books I Read
Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin – I’d read The Nature of Witches as an ARC and fell in love with Rachel Griffin’s writing style. So when given the chance, I had to read Wild is the Witch. Definitely wasn’t disappointed.
The Vow by Debbie Howells – This one took me a bit to get into, but once I did, I quickly became entranced by it. It’s more of a slow-burn mystery/thriller, but the pace does pick up later in the book. I’d give it another read once I’ve had time to forget most of the story.
And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin – This one I had seen recommended by a couple of BookTok accounts that primarily deal in horror/mystery/thriller novels. It was on KindleUnlimited, so I decided to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a weird, disjointed story that sucks you in.
My Evil Mother by Margaret Atwood – I read this one because it was a qualifying KindleUnlimited book for a Kindle Challenge. It was very good, but then again, we all know Margaret Atwood is a great writer, especially when you’re going for something slightly off kilter or dystopian.
Duplicity by Shawn Wilson – Another political thriller – this one I wasn’t as fond of as I’d been of Out of Crisis back in June. You can read my review to find out my precise thoughts, but I don’t think I’ll be reading another of this series.
They Don’t Need to Understand by Andy Biersack with Ryan J. Downey – Anyone who knows me well knows I’m a huge fan of Black Veil Brides and Andy Black (Andy Biersack’s solo venture). While I know I am a little late to the game in reading this, it just took me a while. I couldn’t get into it before, but finally did. It’s a great read with some funny and some tear jerking moments.
When Darkness Falls by Kathleen Harryman – This was a psychological thriller I’d picked up through NetGalley, but also ended up getting in KindleUnlimited as well. It was a great book once I’d gotten into it and had a very nice twist to it.
Small Favors by Erin A. Craig – This book took me so long to buckle down and read that I ended up buying a physical copy before I’d read and reviewed the ARC I’d gotten through NetGalley! I don’t know why it took me so long – I absolutely loved the book.
Influencer Island by Kyle Rutkin – Honestly, I was psyched when I was approved for this book because I’d confused it with a different book. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as thrilled with this one as I’d been with the first few pages of the book I’d mistaken it for.
The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs – This is the 20th book in the Temperance Brennan series. I fell in love with Temperance Brennan on the TV show Bones, only to find that she’s not quite the same in the books as she is on the show. Nevertheless, it’s a great book and I highly recommend it.
Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw – This book just made me angry. It took the super confident and brave Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and turned her into a scared, insecure little girl. Not to mention, they complete changed her backstory in this. Not a fan, and I love The Nightmare Before Christmas.
All the Dark Places by Terri Parlato – This book was amazing. It’s a debut novel for the author and frankly, I think it’s one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. I highly recommend checking this one out.
The Violent Season by Sara Walters – Another ARC from NetGalley that took me far longer than it should have to read, I loved this one. It’s funny how if you give me a town with a specific time of year where there seem to be a crap ton of tragedies and no one recognizes it, I’ll end up loving it.
The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry – This book is just flat out wild from the get-go. The twists this book takes are seriously weird. And let me just say, it gives me a lot of Orphan vibes. If you’ve seen that movie, you’ll understand.
So there you have it – the 14 books I read in July 2022. That’s all for this month – what does your July 2022 Wrap-Up look like?