I look forward to July each year, because it’s the heart of summertime for me. I often take a little vacation to visit family which means I get some down time. This July was as awesome as I had anticipated, and I hope yours was too! I got to travel, see family, I took on an exciting new book project, and I got tons of reading time in. That, my friends, is an amazing few weeks! Not to mention that as August creeps along, Fall is inching closer and closer. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer, and I’m not ready to see it go. But, my first love is Fall, and I’m starting to get a teeny bit excited at the thought of crisp air, sweaters, and fall leaves. But there will be time for that later. For now, I’d like to recap my July reads and talk about what’s ahead for these last few weeks of summer.
As my summer posts often are, my July reviews were filled with children’s and young adult books. I read a lot of Leila Howland in June and July, both young adult reads and children’s books. I love Howland’s writing style, the way she writes in the first person, putting you into the story alongside the main character. I read both of Howland’s Rapunzel books from Disney and her Nantucket Summer young adult books. Both series were hits with me!
The book that has most stood out to me this year is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. While this was technically my June book bucket list pick, I posted the review in July, so I’ll recap here. This book had a profound effect on me, as I imagine it does on everyone who reads it. It was deeply touching to read Anne’s story of life in hiding and painful to read the final outcome for her, her family, and friends. It’s not only the historical significance that had an impact on me, but the human story set against the backdrop of World War II. I highly recommend this book!
Next I moved on to something on the lighter side. I have been a fan of Hocus Pocus since it released in 1993, and I watch it every year. So I was absolutely thrilled when Disney Book Group gave me an early copy of Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel! I enjoyed the retelling of the original Hocus Pocus film more than I thought I would. It included some new details and background information about the original story. I also enjoyed the sequel. It wasn’t quite how I had always imagined a sequel – for some reason, I always pictured Dani’s daughter as the main character, not Max and Allison’s daughter. But I think it worked. If you’re a Hocus Pocus fan, you should check out this new release.
My book bucket list pick for July was The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I loved this book as a child and had been meaning to re-read it for years. Upon my re-read, I found it to be incredibly creative to the point of inspiration. There is nothing quite like reading creative works to get one’s own creative juices flowing. For me, this is a classic children’s story, and I recommend it to anyone with young children or young readers.
Wrapping up July was The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser. This was another creative read that is basically a bibliophile’s dream! In this story, teenager Amy Lennox learns that she comes from a long line of book jumpers. Book jumpers are just what they sound like – people who possess the special ability to jump inside the books they’re reading. Honestly, I was intrigued by the cover art and then hooked with the plot. I found it to be a very creative read that I think lovers of literature would enjoy and appreciate.
As for my August/ end of summer reading plans, well, I’m not sure. My book bucket list pick for this month is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I’m really hoping that I can get to this book because I’ve wanted to read it for years. However, I have also recently received some advance copies of upcoming books from publishers, and I’m now working on an exciting new book project. That combined with my existing freelance commitments leaves me little free time. So, I fear I may not have much read for fun time this month. I will definitely be sneaking reading time in here and there, I’m just not sure exactly which books I’ll get to or if I’ll be able to finish any. I do have some blog post ideas that are book related, even if they’re not book reviews. So stay tuned for those!
What are you currently reading or planning to read before summer’s end?
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