July Reads

July Reads

I can’t believe it’s August already! Despite everything this year seems to have flied by. Take a look below at the books I have been reading this month starting with my favorites.

Village Diary by Miss Read.

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Miss Read is one of my favorite discoveries of this year, luckily she has a sizable selection of published works I can sink my teeth into.  This is part of the Fairacre series, the vibe is still very wholesome and makes me nostalgic for a time I never knew.

Rating: 5/5.

 

Quentins by Maeve Binchy.

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When I first started this novel I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get into it. The novel is focused around the restaurant Quentins and the lives of those intertwined with it. Ella Brady seeks to capture Dublin from 1970  to the current day, through the eyes of Quentins. This novel is filled with twists and turns, full storylines and believable characters.

Rating: 4/5,

The Girl With No Home by Sheila Newberry.

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This novel follows Jerusha Carey, abandoned at seven years old by her mother. We watch as she comes to terms with the abandonment and the understandable feelings that follow. It was a pleasure to read, Jerusha’s strength was unwavering despite all the challenges she endured.

Rating: 4/5.

 

The Late Bloomers Club by Louise Miller.

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This novel follows too passionate sisters, Nora and Kit. They live different lives Nora runs the family diner, and Kit spends her time creating movies and writing scripts. I really enjoyed this novel, I have been reading quite a few historical ones recently so it was a refreshing change to read something contemporary.

Rating: 4/5.

 

Alice Taylor Across the River and House of Memories by Alice Taylor.

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After reading the first book in this trilogy I couldn’t wait to read more, and I was not disappointed. Each page drew me deeper and deeper into the lives of our characters. Farming was a constant theme throughout, as the author guided us through the highs and lows, tackling topics such as domestic abuse and sexual assault with understanding.

Rating: 3/5.

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The third and final book in the series offered closure to the readers, showcasing the growth of the characters, how they overcome diversity and thrive.

 

Rating: 3/5.

 

When Comes the Spring by Janette Oke.

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To avoid any spoilers, this novel is a follow on from the first in the series “When Calls the Heart”. I did enjoy the first novel despite it being very different from it’s tv adaptation, however I personally couldn’t get into or connect with this second book. It was published in 1985 and it definitely shows it’s age, although of course it is set further back still. There were some parts I enjoyed, especially learning about day to day life in that time peroid, but I found the main character hard to like in this novel, especailly in comparison to the first. She seemed very disempowered, and especially at the begining lost a lot of her independance and voice. Of course some of the view points in this novel are thankfully outdated, but I did find it frustrating and the injustice and discrimination people face both today and in the past sickens me. My rating for this novel is 2/5.

Overall I read a lot of great books last month, as things start to get more fast paced in my life I expect I won’t be able to read as many. I feel really greatful to have been given some space in my life to reconnect with reading. It is such a challenging time right now, and it’s scary, people I love have gotten sick or are at significant risk if they do catch Covid. I think most of us have had our lives touched in someway by this pandemic. Reading is and always has been, an escape for me.

What did you read in July, and what are your plans for August?