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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Swindler

July Reading Roundup

Okay, so it is admittingly mid-August, but July feels like it was just yesterday? Or maybe I am just in denial about how late in the year we are. Here's what I read in July!


Happy Reading!




Cassandra in Reverse – Fiction | 3.5/5

I really enjoyed the plot and characters in the book, but towards the middle, I found it to be a little repetitive. I thought Cassandra was an easy protagonist to root for, and I loved seeing the world through her eyes. I struggled with the Greek mythology references, and it took me a while to understand the time-travelling bit.


The Ferryman – Science-Fiction | 4/5

I am honestly not sure what to say about this book. The plot was nothing like I thought it would be (in the best possible way), though I wish that the first half had been edited down as the book felt very long. I enjoyed it on audio, but I think I would have liked it more on paper as the male narrator made all of the dialogue sound like a question which changed the tone for me. If you are a fan of Blake Crouch, I think you would like this one. Thank you to libro.fm for my ALC. Recursion – Science-Fiction | 5/5

I could have read this book in one sitting. I never thought I would read Science-Fiction until I read Blake Crouch. This book is immersive and cinematic. I can't recommend it enough.


Hello Stranger – Fiction | 2.5/5

Though I enjoyed what this book was trying to accomplish, I had a hard time with it. I found the main character to be really immature and really hated the evil stepsister trope. I did find the information on facial blindness interesting as well as the author’s note at the end.


This book is a beautiful reflection on the power of art and grief. I wish that there had been more details, both on his time at the MET and his life.


The Rachel Incident – Fiction | 5/5

I loved this book. Part coming-of-age, part university scandal, I couldn’t put this book down. Though the book does circle around the “Rachel Incident”, this is really a beautiful book about friendship and growing up.


Monster's: A Fan's Dilemma – Non-Fiction | 4/5

“We think they didn’t know, but we believe that we would have done better.”


I loved this book. I found it to be extremely thought-provoking as I’ve struggled with the various “monster” artists. I loved the audiobook but wished I had read it in paper so I could have underlined passages.


The Art Thief – Non-Fiction | 5/5

I love a book about an art heist! This is such a wonderful account of Breitwieser’s many, many heists. It is really well-reported and written. Great if you love true crime but don’t love murders.


Super Bloom – Fiction | 3/5

I really liked the concept of this book, but the main character, Joan, was a miss for me. I normally don’t mind a grumpy main character, but this was a little over the top. I enjoyed the pieces about her grief, and this book has great side characters. I thought the audiobook narration was really well done.


Thank you to libro.fm for my ALC.


The House Is on Fire – Historical Fiction | 3/5

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book, but I found it to be really slow. I also think this book would have been handled better if it had been written (or at least co-written) by an own voices author, as the two perspectives written from slaves’ POV sat poorly with me.


Social Engagement – Fiction | 3/5

I flew through this book. I really enjoyed this book’s cast of characters (though none of them are very loveable). This is a great dark saga. I wish that the author would have dug deeper into a few of the book’s themes instead of covering so many topics. This book would pair well with THE MUTUAL FRIEND. Thank you to libro.fm for my ALC.


Same Time Next Summer – Fiction | 5/5

I loved Nora Goes Off Script and was counting down the moments until I could get my hand on this book. This might be my rom-com of the summer. I loved the way the story was structured, and it is a perfect mix of lighthearted beach-read and loveable side characters. This is the perfect book to throw in your beach bag.

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