July 2023 Reading Wrap-Up

July was an excellent reading month for me in terms of quantity, but I can't say that it was the best reading month in terms of quality. There were certainly a few standout reads, but I can't recommend them all. Here's a look at my July 2023 reading wrap-up with my buy/borrow/pass rating system!

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The Half Moon


This marriage-on-the-rocks drama blends small-town vibes with a relationship story. It's a great place-in-time novel that most readers will enjoy.


Jackie & Me


This fictional account of early Jackie and Jack is good if you're a super fan. If not, then this might be one to pass. I didn't hate it, just didn't love it either.


The Fountains of Silence


Sepetys did copious research for this novel which is a great glimpse into Franco's Spain. It's best enjoyed as an audiobook in my opinion.


When We had Wings


Three incredible authors come together to craft a tale of three brave women working as wartime nurses on the Pacific front during WWII.


Women of the Post


A tale of three Black women seeking something better through wartime service, this BIPOC-authored novel is an excellent friendship story.


Vampires of El Norte

Vampires of El Norte

Canas' novel is unputdownable. Rich in culture and Mexican heritage, this book is the PERFECT blend of historical fiction, horror, and romance.


The Tobacco Wives


I'll be honest, I've already forgotten this one. Some coming of age stories are too YA for me, this one included.


California Golden

California Golden: Book Review

Sister story + family drama + trauma story + historical fiction + coming-of-age: California Golden is one of my favorite books of the year.


The Lost Wife


Thoroughly engaging, this story is a fascinating glimpse into life in the American West. Plus, it's short!


Hidden Pictures


The only way to read this book is via a physical copy. The creepy drawings elevate this story from strange to slightly scary.


A Bakery in Paris

a bakery in paris book review

I thoroughly enjoyed this dual timeline book mainly for the glimpse into Parisian life during both time periods. Buy if you love to bake; it's full of recipes!


The Paris Deception


If you're an art history fan then you'll want a copy of this terrific dual POV WWII novel. It's great on audio, too!


The Paris Agent

The Paris Agent Book Review

WWII fans will not want to miss this terrific dual-timeline resistance story. It's peppered with family drama which I loved!


We Were the Lucky Ones


OMG. This book is beyond amazing. It's a great book to gift, too! Men will even enjoy it.


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