Hey hey, look at me (almost) getting my July favorites done before mid-August. It’s been a while since I did my faves recap before the last week of the next month. 😉
Hands Down by Mariana Zapata
I’ve been pining for a Zac book for more than 3 1/2 years now. I wasn’t sure we would ever get his story and I didn’t really know what I wanted it to be, but this unrequited love/friends first/second chance combo was perfection. I cheesy grinned my way through this book. It was funny and swoony, and it certainly tugged at my heartstrings a few times. And, boy what a slow burn.
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
My first Alexis Hall book was an overwhelming success! I listened to the audio version of this book and it was delightful. I probably looked like a fool grinning and giggling my face off while listening during my daily walks. I’m a sucker for a grumpy character — and even more so for TWO of them. I loved everything about this closed-door m/m romance.
Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese
Another first for July — my first Chloe Liese book. What in the world have I been waiting for? New adult romance is so hit or miss for me, but Only When It’s Us was a total hit. Willa and Ryder’s enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story was perfect. I loved their chemistry and they made me swoon more than once. There’s some heavier stuff (CW: parent illness, parent death), but I actually thought it was handled beautifully, in a way that honored the topic without making it too overwhelming.
Stamped by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
I’d started Stamped a few weeks back and quickly got sucked in. It’s such an interesting and educational book. This is my first time reading anything by Jason Reynolds and I basically want to gobble up everything he’s ever written. Stamped gave me a lot to think about and I learned more about the history of racism in this country from this book than I did in all of my high school and college classes. Which isn’t exactly surprising. Disappointing, but sure not surprising. If you’re looking for a place to start your own antiracism education I can’t recommend Stamped highly enough.
What were your July favorites?
Did you read any of the ones on my list?
What’d you think?