July: Read books

For the month of July, I have only read thirteen books (approximately 2.3 days/book). I’m not sure if I should be happy or not with this statistics, but I guess I should be glad to have read something than others who have not read anything at all. However, I somehow feel like I should have read more if only I have more free time.

Anyway, here’s the list of the books that I have read during Julius Caesar’s birthmonth. I have written the book titles, authors, my ratings, and Goodreads summary for each.

  • Hades by Alexandra Adornetto. Rating: 3/5.

I have read the first book, Halo, because it was the first angel novel where the divine entity was a woman. I’ve been fascinated with angelology for months and waited for the second installment to read.

I was (okay, still am) obsessed with Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy not because of the sex stuff, but of the story and realistic personality the characters portray. After finishing the trilogy, I admit I got depressed as I know there could be nothing else that I could draw parallel with my Fifty. My friend and colleague then gave me a “What to Read after Fifty Shades” list and this book was included. She persuaded me to read this book.

In my previous post, I have written about the Fallen series. This book is a bonus installment, lying between books 3 (Passion) and 4 (Rapture).

Honestly, I have read this novel only because there’s a film adaptation starring Emma Watson. I got intrigued and gave the book a chance. At first, I didn’t like it because of the way the narrator, Charlie, wrote. Basically, the novel is Charlie’s journal where he writes his entries beginning with, “Dear friend”. As the story progressed, I became attached to Charlie and sometimes saw myself in his position. Definitely a good read.

After I got addicted with Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I found myself looking for interesting fiction with mythology as a theme. I came across one of my favorite YA authors, Meg Cabot, and tried the first book of the trilogy – Abandon. I found myself fascinated by John Hayden (keeper of Hades) attracted by mortal Pierce Oliveira. More like Hades and Persephone!

I never get tired of reading 18th century and regency era romantic novels. The story started with Lady Cecily disguising herself as a footman in order to enter Rand’s house, Duke of Ashburn. She believes he has the possession of a letter that could destroy her betrothal.

Johanna Lindsey is one of my favorite authors and I have this urge to read all of her work. The title of this novel caught my attention, especially the word princess. If you have any Korean language background, you will notice that my ID – gongjumonica means Princess Monica. Anyway, Lindsey made a simple rags to princess storyline to something wonderful in this masterpiece.

I wasn’t happy while reading this novel so I guess I didn’t feel so enamored by the story. A woman who failed to get a husband in two seasons and a man who played Cupid found themselves getting attracted to each other.

I’d give this novel six stars if I could. Jude Deveraux made such a masterpiece this time. Yes, I’m a fan of historical romance, but this is the first time that I cried so hard just by feeling the passion and grief shared between the characters, at the same time laughing on some points of the story. I was never a fan of time travel plots since I know that more often than not, the characters end in separate ways. However, the author used reincarnation in the story, and in the end, all seems well. I admit that at first, I wanted to tear the pages and throw the book, but since I was using my phone as my eBook reader at that moment, I realized that it wouldn’t be wise to just throw it away. I cried and cried just like Dougless and perhaps Nicholas would also tease me of being onion-eyed. Their story, albeit fiction, gives us hope that love indeed transcends time. It knows no boundaries. Bodies might change, but the souls will always find their way to each other.

  • Paradise by Judith McNaught. Rating: 3/5.

McNaught is one of my other favorite authors. Giving your book a title such as Paradise will make readers have high expectations on the story. The author did not fail such expectations though I’d rated it 3 out of 5 – one to make room for improvement, and another because I don’t like Meredith. Haha!

This was also included in the TBR list for Fifty Shades depressed readers. I’ve given it a shot and was immediately overwhelmed by the story. Kiera, the heroine, is my mirror. At some points in my life, I was like her – lonely, confused, in need of comfort. I like this story because Stephens did not make the characters perfect just so the readers will like them, but she appealed sense that all of us commit mistakes, sometimes bigger than others. A fiction, but could happen to anyone.

Aside from Johanna Lindsey, Jude Deveraux and Judith Mcnaught, Nora Roberts is also my favorite. I have tried The MacGregors #1 to kill time as it’s just a light reading. The plots wasn’t much developed and so were the characters, but served its purpose waste time.

I have read this classic before though I didn’t have the chance to finish it at first. Since recently I felt like I should read more Classics, I started with Jane Austen. In the beginning this novel irritated me a bit, but I got enchanted and carried away as the plot moved on.

Those are the thirteen books I have read in the month of July. I hope that by the end of August, I could finish more books than this, as my TBR list is growing so rapidly.

How about you? How many books have you read last month?

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