July Book Review!!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Ahhh!! It's Book Week!!
So Book Week is a new thing that I am doing here on my blog. Basically what Book Week is...every few months or so, I will be dedicating a full week to books!! For those of you who don't know, I LOVE to read, and I LOVE to talk about books, so I am so, so, so excited for this week!!

I am starting off book week with my July book review, but this is what the rest of the week will consist of:
Tuesday: January Book Review (since I didn't have my blog then)
Wednesday: February/March Book Review (once again, I didn't have my blog then)
Thursday: My Unpopular Book Opinions
Friday: Friday Favorites: My Favorite Books

Okay so now onto the book review!!

Bahahaha!! This had me dying laughing!! 😂

1. The Titian's Curse 
2. The Battle Of The Labyrinth
3. The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan

So if you haven't read my May or June book review, then you wouldn't know that I started reading the Percy Jackson series, and I really liked it! I loved the first book, and the second book I also loved, but not quite as much. Like I said, I really liked how the first book we were trying to figure stuff out, and that decreases more and more as the series went on which was kind of disappointing for me. But I get it...once you figure it all out, there isn't anything else to figure out. This book series just wasn't my favorite. I really liked it, but I did not love it. I just don't really know. I feel like if I were to read this series three years ago or something, I think I would've liked it more. Like I feel that this would be a book series Huddy would love, because he likes the fantasy of it (which I enjoyed too), and he's younger. I feel like this is a book series for 8-11 year olds, not 13 year olds, but that's just my opinion. Overall, I did like this book series, it just wasn't my favorite. 

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hmmm. This book was so confusing to me. 

Ok. I liked the story of this book, but I did not like the book...does that make sense? I think it was the writing style. I did not like the writing style of this book at all. It was so confusing to me, and I had no clue what was going on the whole time. For some reason it was so tough for me to read. This book is narrated by "death" and I think that was why it was so confusing. "Death" isn't a real person, so I feel like I would like this book better if it were narrated by someone else, and we could see their point of view in things that they actually participated in. I definitely want to read this book again someday to try to understand it better. 

So those are my thoughts on this book. The story was good, but I did not like this book at all. 

5. Restore Me
6. Defy Me 
7. Imagine Me
by Taherah Mafi
So I read the first three books of this series last month, and I had no clue that there was a second trilogy!! 

So this book series is a little different than most series. It has two trilogies, but its the same story...does that make any sense? Like there is the first trilogy, and there is the second trilogy which is very different from the first trilogy...Kinda like The Selection where there is the original trilogy, and then there is a duology.

Anyways the first trilogy, they are trying to take over the Reestablishment (which is the government's process of turning the world into a dystopian society), and the second trilogy, they are trying to end the Reestablishment for good. 

I'm just going to flat out say it...the second trilogy was kinda crazy!! It was so different from the first one, I found myself thinking, "how did we get here?" many, many times throughout the book!! I mean I still liked it-it wasn't my favorite by any means, but it was very interesting to read. 

I'm also going to flat out say this...I did not like Juliette (the main character) She was kinda boring, and I felt like she never actually did something herself. I felt like she had to rely on everyone else to solve her problems. Kenji however, I loved!! I thought that he was such a good friend, and person...I feel like we all need a Kenji in our life!!

So overall I liked this book, but it wasn't that great.

8. Matched by Ally Condie
Next up!! Matched by Ally Condie!! A reader actually suggested this book to me, and I loved it!! 

This is another dystopian society book (can you sense a pattern 😂), where you get "matched" with a person, whose genes best connect with yours, in order to create the best offspring. Crazy, right?! This person will be your spouse, and you will have children with them.

So yeah, this book is intense. 

Its about this girl named Cassia who is Matched with her best friend. She thinks all is great until she starts to develop feelings for another person in her community. 

I really liked this book!! Y'all know that I love dystopian society books, and this one was great!! I thought it was so interesting to read, and I really enjoyed it.

9. Live Original by Sadie Robertson
Sadie Robertson!! My fave!! I read Live in April, and I read Live Fearless back last summer, and I loved them both, so I decided to read Live Original, and it did not disappoint!!

I thought this book was so good, and it taught me some super important things that I will remember throughout my whole life. Sadie Robertson is such a good writer, and she really knows how to connect with her readers. 

So overall, this book was so great, and I recommend it to girls of all ages!!

10. The Giver 
11. Gathering Blue
12. Messenger
13. Son
by Lois Lowry
Ahh The Giver series!! 

I read The Giver few years ago, and I absolutely loved it. So I decided to reread it this month, along with the rest of the series!!

The Giver: 
This series is, once again, dystopian, and it is one of the most interesting dystopian society books I have ever read.

Everything is picked for you. Your spouse. Your kids (you can only have 2 kids, 1 boy 1 girl, and you can't even have them yourself!!). Your job. Your death. Literally everything!! You can't even have natural feelings!! 

This book follows Jonas, a boy in the community who gets a very special job that is very uncommon to get in their community. This book is so good, and so interesting!! I thought that Jonas was a great character, and this is definitely on of my all time favorite books!!

Gathering Blue: 
This book kinda threw me off a bit. This book is about Kira, a girl who lives in a community completely different from Jonas' but it's still a dystopian society. 

Once again, I was definitely thrown off-guard by this book. It was very different from the original book, and I was so confused as to why!! I didn't like this book as much...It was still good, but I was very confused, so that definitely made me not like it as much.

This book is once again about a different person, in a different (dystopian) community. This book follows Matty, a boy who lives with this man people call "Seer." He is blind, but he can "see beyond." 

Anyway, this village is different from the other communities, because it has something called a trade mart, where you can trade things, but the trades aren't always good. This book was sooo interesting, and good!! I really enjoyed it!!

This book is about Claire, who was the birthmother of Gabe in the first book. This was definitely one of my favorite books in the series!! It was interesting to see Claire's perspective as a birthmother of a child she couldn't have!! Anyways fast forward a bit, she lived in the same community as Jonas, and was able to watch him grow up, and watch him be chosen for his job, etc. She ends up leaving, and then sets out on a mission to find Gabe!! I'm not going to say any more for fear of spoilers, but this book was so, so good... I loved it!!

14. March by John Lewis
So in honor of John Lewis, me and my grandmother decided that we would read one of his books this month. So we chose March. 

This book was a graphic novel all about the civil rights movement. We were able to read about what the sit-ins were like, and John Lewis' childhood which was so interesting to read. 

This book was super interesting and informative, and it was a completely different way of reading about the civil rights movement, but nonetheless, I loved it!! John Lewis was such an important person in our history, and I feel like this is a book we all need to read!!

15. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Next up!! The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants!!

I decided that after reading all that heavy dystopian society books, that I need to read something happy and light, so I chose this sweet little chick-lit!!

This book follows the story of 4 friends who are all parting ways for the summer. Before they leave, they go thrifting, and find these pair of jeans that miraculously fit them all!! So they all decided take turns wearing the pants, and thus the traveling pants begun. 

This book was really good, and it taught me a lot about family, and friendships!! I thought all the characters in this book were super interesting to read about, and I loved the writing style!! 

Well there you have it!! That's my July book review!! Thanks so much for reading, and I will see you back here tomorrow for day 2 of book week!! Don't forget to comment any book recommendations you may have!!


  1. Great job Ella! I loved reading what you like and don't like about different books.

  2. I think if you tried the Heroes of Olympus series with Percy Jackson you'd like that series better as the characters are a bit older and the story moves at a fast pace. There is just a bit of love stories in there too with crushes and kisses that are really cute.

    1. Oh and you know that Matched is part of a trilogy right?

    2. I didn't know that!! I will definitely have to check out both, thanks so much!!