What I read in July

Lise —  July 28, 2017 — 31 Comments

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

[ completed ]

I’ll comment on the series as a whole after the last one.



“Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.”



“Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.”



“In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.”



“Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.”


I first found out about this series through one of Michala‘s blog posts, I ordered the first book off of eBay, and when I read it I fell in love. I was later lucky enough to have the others sent to me digitally by her so I wouldn’t have to spend all of my money on the rest of the books. I don’t think I have ever finished a series this fast, and I haven’t been so emotionally invested in a story in a long while. Now I think we both suffer from Lunar sickness because we just can’t handle that the series is over. If you’re into fantasy and young adult books, you should definitely check this series out. I couldn’t recommend it enough, honestly.

Armada by Ernest Cline

[ unfinished ]


“Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar? At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.”


After reading “Ready Player One” and loving it, I was expecting a really pleasantly nerdy book that would hit all of the right spots for me with its pop culture references, but boy was I disappointed! The story itself isn’t bad but the book is riddled with so many references that it kind of breaks the whole book apart. There’s no room for dialogue or character improvement when all you can see is obscure references to things from earlier decades. Sure, if you’re into the exact same things as the author, maybe you could enjoy it, but I couldn’t even finish the book because it was so frustrating to read.

The night circus by Erin Morgenstern

[ completed ]


“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.”


The Night Circus was a wonderful love story, gave me wonderful visuals in my mind and it was the perfect amount of thrilling and grotesque. I don’t know if I have too much to say about this because I have already written a recommendation post for it, which you can find here. I’d say this is a good read if you’re into circuses, magic and all that!

Have you read anything interesting this summer?

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31 responses to What I read in July


    Some great suggestions in this post. Iv just finished Splinter Silence by Val McDermid. Before that it was Jodie Picoult, Leaving Time. Both fab. I have just bought Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey, which I plan to take on holiday



    The Lunar Chronicales sounds like such an interesting series and after reading this I’m thinking about ordering the first book. Ready player one sounds super cool and nerdy as well, something else that sounds right up my street and theyre making it into a film.
    I go through weird phases of reading loads but i’m bit stressed with things at the moment so I haven’t read for a while.


    Michala • Reviews à La Mode July 28, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    I’m still sad that The Lunar Chronicles is over. I’m hoping they’ll make it into a TV series. I can imagine its something that Netflix would do amazingly well.

    The Night Circus sounds interesting. I keep meaning to read it, but I’ve been trying to work through the books I already have. So stressful.


    Michala • Reviews à La Mode July 28, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Also meant to ask, which book was your favourite in the series???



    First, I LOVE the Lunar Chronicles! Second, I have The Night Circus, but haven’t read it yet. And third, I am currently reading “The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch”, which is YA semi-horror book, and “Salt, Heat, Acid, Fat” which is of course a Cooking book.



      The Night Circus is well worth the read! 🙂 “The Deat and Life of Zebulon Finch” sounds really interesting, i might have to check it out.. And the cook book, I can never get enough of those! x

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    Circle of Daydreams July 28, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    I’ve barely had time to touch a book this month, but have gotten a few chapters into The Law of Similars, and am very keen to finish it. I also have The Little Paris Bookshop ready and waiting to go!!



    All of the books by Marissa Meyer are on my to read list! I’ve also read The Night Circus and I loved it!

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    I read Dreamcatcher by Stephen King recently. I like a lot of his works, but it wasn’t great, felt like he never had a great idea for the book.
    Currently reading Foucault’s Pendulum, it’s quite Interesting, like an ironic Da Vinci Code!



      His books the latest years have been a bit hit or miss for me in general! I haven’t read Dreamcatcher but I have read reviews and others don’t seem happy with it either. It’s a shame because he has written some really good novels in the past!

      An ironic kind of Da Vinci Code sounds like it would be right up my alley, will have to check that one out x



    Hey i have nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Do visit my latest post and read the rules.

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    Great post Lise ❤️❤️ I love your book posts xx


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