It just hit me that we are in July, already half of the year gone and somehow still feels like I am in March, being in quarantine is not really helping either. This year has been unusual, and it doesn’t feel like is going to change soon, but all we can do is try to stay positive and take precautions. Stay safe & healthy.
July was a great reading month for me, so this month I kind of went a little overboard with my TBR, but I’m really trying to keep my current reading mood. So, here’s to hopping I can read all this books.
Let’s get started then:
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
This book I’m reading as part of a book club. Red Rising is one of those books that I kept on seeing great things about, so I was pretty excited when it was announce that we were reading this book.
Julia Williams has an ordinary life, which is nothing like the drama which her peers are going through.
In a month, she will have a long-awaited move to college, a new life, and new acquaintances.
One rainy day, out of habit, Julia decides to lock herself in the library and pick a new book for reading.
Unexpectedly, she discovers a diary on one of the top bookshelves of the library, which makes her go to her mother to get answers.
This book was giving to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. It’s actually my current read and, so far, I’m really enjoy in it.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, LGBT
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
I have been wanting to read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for a very long time, so I’m pretty excited to start reading it, specially because I just keep hearing great thing about it.
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adulto
Una grandiosa e increíble aventura para ser todo… excepto normal.
Tenía un par de padres divertidos y jóvenes, llenos de sueños y de planes. Pero a mis doce años, cinco meses, tres días y dos horas y cuarto, aproximadamente, me quedé sin ellos
Desde que el tío Paco se hizo cargo de él, Sebastián ha vivido aventuras increíbles: tuvo un encuentro inesperado con un enorme felino, conoció a uno de los últimos vampiros que viven en el DF; frente a su casa vio a un mítico personaje saltar de la góndola en la que viajaba, para rescatar a una joven de una inundación; consiguió un mapa estelar para un pobre extraterrestre perdido en la Tierra, sobrevivió el embate de un enorme monstruo marino, peleó al lado de los sioux para defender su territorio de los colonizadores? ¿Qué pasa con Sebastián? ¿Acaso no es una «persona normal»?
This book is in Spanish and is part of my own personal goal to read more books from my country. I had this book in my shelves for over a year now and I have seen great reviews about it. I can’t wait to pick this up.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
I’m really curious about this book, I know very little about it aside from the synopsis and, honestly, to be on bookstagram and manage to don’t get spoiled is kind of a big deal.
Genre: Classics, Sci-Fi, Horror
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
Being completely honest, I’m reading Frankestein because I want to read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. Still, I’m really hoping that I enjoy this book.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
This is a reread, but I‘ m not gonna lie, is the book I’m most excited to read. I just love this book so much.
Genre: Classics, Fiction
Great Expectations, Dickens’ funny, frightening and tender portrayal of the orphan Pip’s journey of self-discovery, is one of his best-loved works. Showing how a young man’s life is transformed by a mysterious series of events – an encounter with an escaped prisoner; a visit to a black-hearted old woman and a beautiful girl; a fortune from a secret donor – Dickens’ late novel is a masterpiece of psychological and moral truth, and Pip among his greatest creations.
I’m trying to read as many classic as I can this year and Great Expectations has been high on my list for a very long time. Can’t wait to start reading it.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia
A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.
A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.
Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.
This book was giving to my by the author in exchange for an honest review. It’s been a long time since I have read about Dystopias and, by the looks of the Synopsis, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.
Genres: Young Adults, Fantasy
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
This books I have been trying to read since last year, but for some reason I never end up doing it, so let’s hope that this is the month that I finally read it.
Now, If you excuse me, I need to go back to reading.
What are some of your reads for this month? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!