July in books, my thoughts on what I read

July has come to an end and so has my reading time for the month. Thanks to my monthly reading goals, I have made a visible dent in my enormous TBR pile and can finally say I see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are still a few hundred books I need to read, but at least there are gaps in my bookshelves now. Slowly but surely knocking it out. Though July was filled with a lot of distractions I still managed to get my regular daily reading time. July in books is the seventh installment in my ongoing series highlighting the books that I read each month.

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July in books

Yona of the Dawn Volume 18 by Mizuho Kusanagi

This volume was quite a bit different from the others but in a good way. Though it still contains the main story, the overall focus of the volume is on the White Dragon. It was actually really refreshing to get to see a bit more about ___. It’s something I have been hoping to see in this series. However, now that it’s been revealed, I want a volume dedicated to a more thorough background on all the dragons.

Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound Volume 1 by Makoto Shinkai

This is the first volume in the manga version of the light novel by the same name. I read the light novel a couple of years ago and really enjoyed getting to see this version. It’s not that far off from the main story, however, it allows us to see more clearly the reactions of those in Mitsuha’s life as she goes through her journey with Taki. This volume focuses on her friends Tessie and Sayaka. If you love the original story than this one is worth checking out, both in manga and light novel versions.

One Man’s Fire by Ralph Compton

I’ve been meaning to read a Ralph Compton book for a while, so I’m glad I finally got a chance to do so this month. This book had a lot of that typical western appeal to it. However, it’s one downside was that things dragged on for far too long before the characters really did something. The initial few chapters were great, but then the entire middle of the book was a drag. It did redeem itself a bit with the ending though.

Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

This book has been on my radar for a while. Dinosaurs and knights in shining armor? Heck yes! I initially expected a very typical fantasy story with dinosaurs added in, but I got so much more than that. Not only does the presence of dinosaurs make this book stand out among the many other fantasy novels out there. But, it also doesn’t rely on magic to move the story forward. In fact, magic is almost nonexistent. It has everything else I love about the fantasy genres. Full-blown battles, a love story, palace intrigue, strong women and a good paced plot. Plus it has a map! Seriously, fantasy books without maps in them make me sad.

Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon

This book was a three-year-long journey of reading. Way back when in 2016 I started reading Prophecy, but after reaching the halfway point I set it down and forgot about it. Fast forward to this month and it was time to finish it. I was surprised how easy it was to pick this one back up after over 2 years of ignoring it. I quickly fell back into the story and didn’t feel lost at all. That being said, it still took me about a week to read the last 300-ish pages. While I still enjoyed this book, it’s definitely one that needs to be read in small snippets. One to three chapters at a time and then take a break.

It does feel slow at times, and admittedly some conversations and descriptions drag on forever. However, overall I do still think this is a worthwhile read and look forward to continuing the series.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Vol. 1-7 by Hayao Miyazaki

Ever since first watching the Nausicaa anime, I have wanted to read the manga. Finally, this was the year I got around to it. I absolutely love the movie, so I was eager to see where the story was intended to go. If you love the anime, then you may be surprised how little of the whole Nausicaa story you actually see. I truly enjoyed seeing the expanded look at the story. It truly is a masterpiece and I honestly wish that the whole manga series could be turned into a single season anime series. As with any work done by Miyazaki, there is great attention to detail put throughout. All the characters from the anime are there, however, we get introduced to so many more throughout the manga series. It was fantastic to see an expanded view of the story and the world.

Yes, I will admit that initially, the story threw me off because I was expecting it to be exactly like the anime, only longer. However, I am so happy that I finally read this series and can now truly appreciate the epic storytelling that is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

The Trespassers by Andrew J. Fenady

Though a quick read, I can’t say that I truly fell in love with this book. It was fairly fast-paced but seemed to lack something in the end. Also, the ending felt a little lackluster and there was a bit of uncertainty as to what path certain characters choose.

July in books stats

  • Books read: 13
  • Books purchased: 2
  • Books gifted: 2
  • Books purged: 4

There you have it, my July in books breakdown. How much did you read in July? Any new favorites?

5 Comments

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    Thanks for sharing. I almost bought a Your Name Another Side: Earthbound but got something else instead. But now I want to go back to the bookstore and get it. I didn’t read much in July just three books I bought in June. I started The book Theif this month, and I’m hoping to buy some new books after that.

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      Definitely go back and pick it up. It’s a great book. I would actually recommend going with the light novel first, since only the first of the three stories in it have been made into a manga and not sure how long before the next two manga volumes come out. I read The Book Thief a couple of years ago and really enjoy it, hope you like it.

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    Thank you for sharing! Prophecy sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out!

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      It’s quite an interesting book. Just make sure that you read the first book in the series, Rhapsody, first otherwise nothing will make sense.

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