• Sushma Ramesh

July 2020 Wrap-Up

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

July was an extraordinary month in terms of reading for me as I read some amazing books this month. I managed to read around 9 Books and that was one huge achievement for me considering my hectic work schedule. I read couple of eBooks, listened to audio books and even read some comic novel as well. Read on to know more about what all I read and my thoughts on those books.

  1. Adulthood is a myth by Sarah Andersen | GoodReads

This is one of the most accurate books that I have read and Sarah Andersen is one of the best author's I've come across in this genre! There were many moments that made me laugh out loud and made me feel like a deja vu and I simply loved this book so much. It surely pulled me out of my reading slump and that says something right?

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

2. Carry on by Rainbow Rowell | GoodReads

It is an understatement if I say that the amount of similarities between the Simon Snow series and Harry Potter is overwhelming. I mean I can put up a post just to write about the resemblances that these two books in common have. (simply to give a heads up- Simon is the chosen one just like Harry, Penelope gives only Hermione’s vibes, Mage is exactly like Albus Dumbledore, Humdrum is some weird combination of Dementors, and Voldemort and the list goes on). When I started off with 'Carry On' it was really frustrating to see so much of comparisons, and it made me feel this book as one of the cheap fanfics that people liked until Baz entered. His entry instantly made me fall in love with this book even though it’s connection to the magic world of HP didn’t go well with me. But just when I thought that I’m going to love this title, a messy climax happened which was so chaotic except for the fact that Baz and Simon got together.

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟

3. Happily Ever After & Everything In Between by Debbie Tung | GoodReads

I picked up this book right after finishing adulthood is a myth, and this was one other book i happily enjoyed reading from the beginning till the end. its a cute comic novel about the author and her newly married life. the art illustrations are adorable too and it was very well executed. this was a short read and i could finish it in just one sittings. This book is highly relatable to people in relationship or are married.

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

4. Unbroken: The Brussels Terror Attack Survivor by Nidhi Chaphekar | GoodReads

‘Unbroken’ is a courageous tale of a woman called Nidhi who survived and became the face of the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium's history 'the Brussels attack'. Nidhi was just another normal woman living her life to the fullest with a loving husband, 2 adorable kids, and dreaming about traveling around the world in her air hostess job until one day, her life turns upside down and shatters completely when she meets with the attack. What happens later is truly heart wrenching and inspirational. This book is written in such a way that it made me feel like Nidhi herself was sitting next to me and narrating her life’s story. Surely, one of the best inspiring novels I read this year!

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah | GoodReads

This book being my first-ever autobiography, made me fall in love with the genre. I cried and laughed with Trevor in his journey from his birth to his adolescence and that dark humorous narrative has my heart. The strength he gets from his mom’s love and trust in him and her being his backbone throughout his life is very much highlighted & is heartwarming. I am sure I can’t talk enough about this book and no matter what your age group is, I highly recommend this book to everyone! One of the best I read this year!

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

6. Normal people by Sally Rooney | GoodReads

I picked up this book after hearing so many good things about it, and honestly speaking I have a love and hate relationship with this book right now. Starting off with the characters, I absolutely loved Marianne and Connell, but it took me almost the entire book to get connected to these two and the relationship they shared was clumsy and weird, to be honest. The entire book revolves around just these two main leads and their on/off relationship status. I liked the idea of putting out a more realistic plot rather than a fairy tale kind of love story, but that same thing depressed me really badly. The climax too was really frustrating and after I finished the book, I was confused and disappointed. If I should put it up in one sentence, I would say everything in the book failed me but I’m still not ready to let it go.

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟

7.Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell | GoodReads

This is the first book in the series and I really loved how highly relatable this book was. basically its a collection of all things a book shop owner goes through everyday and it was really funny and witty! I had this constant smile on my face throughout the Book and it gives a hilarious insight to how non-readers know so little about the world of Books.

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

8. Wayward Sons by rainbow rowell | GoodReads

If it weren’t for my buddy read, I wouldn’t have picked up Wayward Sons. I didn’t have much expectations from this book but surprisingly I enjoyed it a lot more than Carry On. It was way different than its first adaptation and I liked it mainly because there was no Harry Potter connection involved. But what I majorly missed in this book was there was a lack of chemistry between Baz & Simon which I was hoping would happen till the end( but sadly it didn’t) and the story primarily revolved on some plot that was not even needed at the first place. and just like Carry On, even in this book, the climax was rushed and abrupt which made me really disappointed. There is no doubt that Baz & Simon are one of the cutest pairs I have ever read a book about and it’s true that I’m captivated by Baz’s charm, but I really wished the series was much better with a strong plot and better execution.

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟

9. The Perfect Weapon: How the Cyber Arms Race Set the World Afire by David E. Sanger | GoodReads

Political Science & techno-thriller genre was never an interesting read to me until I picked up this book. Starting from its intriguing blurb, I’m amazed that I was hooked on to this book till the end, and I enjoyed reading it too. Recounting various major cyber-attacks, its aftermath, and the effect it had on all the prime countries worldwide is never an easy job, but the author has nailed it and it is disturbingly chilling. I took all my time to read this book and for me, every line carried so much weight. Just to even think about all that happened as a war between the nations and their governments in the name of cyber-sabotage is frightening!

Overall, a very informative read for sure!

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟

So these were all the Books that I read in July. Spot any favourites?