What I Read – July 2021


The Devil and the Dark Water – Stuart Turton (HarperCollins Publishers, 2020)

Made in China – Anna Qu (Catapult, 2021)

Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi (Bond Street Books, 2020)

Notes on Grief – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Alfred A. Knopf, 2021)

Did Not Finish:

Floating City – Kerri Sakamoto

I picked this up because it has been on my TBR for a couple of years at this point but also because it fit as part of my Asian-Canadian Lit Challenge. It was to fill prompt #4, which is historical fiction. I read about a third and it’s hard to put my finger on what wasn’t working for me. I didn’t care much about the main character, Frankie. But quite simply I found it too easy to put the book down and forget about picking it up again. Back to the library it goes.

Currently Reading:

In Fine Form – edited by Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

What Strange Paradise – Omar El Akkad

2021 Goals:

Books Read: 40/100

Books Reviewed: 35/40

Asian Canadian Literature Challenge: 3

A Virtuous Reading Challenge: 2/12

Current TBR: 217 (previously 219)

Other Reading:

This month my Read-the-Bible-in-a-Year Plan had me read Titus, Philemon, Jude, 1 Kings, Joel, Jonah, and Amos.

Our bedtime reading with the girls continues to be Anne of Green Gables which we are all really enjoying. It makes me so happy to return to Avonlea with my own girls.


The highlight of my reading month was, surprisingly, The Devil and the Dark Water. While not exactly my usual fare, it made for fun summer reading and had enough twists and mystery to keep me entertained throughout. Transcendent Kingdom was very good but suffered in comparison to Gyasi’s previous work for me.

A Tale of Two Cities is a re-read for me, the next on my list for my Virtuous Reading Challenge. Since reading this for the first time in high school I’ve always claimed it as my favourite by Dickens and I’m delighted to say it is living up to my memories.

What’s Next:

I have several e-books from the library that will be ready for me. I’m currently reading What Strange Paradise as an e-book and I only like to have one going at a time so I’ve delayed my holds for Interior Chinatown, Song of Achilles, and Obasan but hopefully I will get to at least a couple of those in August.

The Manningtree Witches will be my next ARC to read. I’m also hoping to read The Golem and the Jinn in August. I don’t expect August to be a prime reading month for me as we have a few more exciting adventures coming up but you never know!

What was your best read for July? Do you read more in the summer or the winter months?

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