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
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.
A Bakery in Paris
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!