What I Read in July

what i read in july

July is always, and will always, be one of my biggest reading months. It’s a time that business is a little slower and I take more time off to simply enjoy the beautiful weather and relax. Between Chris and I’s annual trip to the beach and my (low key) bachelorette weekend, I spent a large portion of the month reading. In the end, I finished the month off reading seven books. I dipped my toes into the world of Colleen Hoover and read It Starts With Us (read It Ends With Us in June!), Ugly Love, November 9, and All of Your Perfects in a few short days; man, is her writing addictive! I also picked up The Most Likely Club, Annabel Monaghan’s new book, Every Summer After, and Abby Jimenez’s new book, Yours Truly, in July. They were all perfect reads for this perfect month! Interested in reading some of these? I’m sharing full reviews of what I read in July below!

P.S. What I read in June

What I Read in July

IT STARTS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lily and her ex-husband, Ryle, have just settled into a civil coparenting rhythm when she suddenly bumps into her first love, Atlas, again. After nearly two years separated, she is elated that for once, time is on their side, and she immediately says yes when Atlas asks her on a date.

But her excitement is quickly hampered by the knowledge that, though they are no longer married, Ryle is still very much a part of her life—and Atlas Corrigan is the one man he will hate being in his ex-wife and daughter’s life.

My Review: After reading It Ends With Us, I immediately needed more from Lily and her first love, Atlas, and boy — did Colleen Hoover deliver! In It Starts with Us, we follow Lily after leaving her abusive ex-husband and now has to navigate co-parenting with him while also navigating a new relationship. Yes, it’s frustrating to see how often Ryle comes up throughout the book, but it really shows the realistic (and tragic side) side of abusive relationship and working through those reminders. Beyond Ryle, I loved every single character in this book and getting a front-row seat to Lily and Atlas falling in love all over again. They fight for their love and I found myself cheering them on every step of the way.

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

My Review: The moment I started reading Ugly Love is the exact moment I was pulled in and unable to put it down. Throughout the entire book, I couldn’t help but to root for the two main characters, Tate and Miles, even if you’re too sure what’s going to happen between them. This is definitely a steamy book but you’ll also find yourself trying to figure out what the heck happened that made Miles swear off love. I truly felt all of the emotions while reading this one and didn’t want it to end!

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

THE MOST LIKELY CLUB BY ELYSSA FRIEDLAND

Goodreads Synopsis:

In 1997, grunge is king, Titanic is a blockbuster (and Blockbuster still exists), and Thursday nights are for Friends. In Bellport, Connecticut, four best friends and high school seniors are ready to light the world on fire. Melissa Levin, Priya Chowdury, Tara Taylor, and Suki Hammer are going places. Their yearbook superlatives confirm it: Most Likely to Win the White House, Cure Cancer, Open a Michelin-Starred Restaurant, and Join the Forbes 400.

Fast forward twenty-five years and nothing has gone according to plan as the women regroup at their dreaded high school reunion. When a forgotten classmate emerges at the reunion with a surprising announcement, the friends dig out the yearbook and rethink their younger selves. Is it too late to make their dreams come true? Fueled by nostalgia and one too many drinks, they form a pact to push through their middle-aged angst to bring their teenage aspirations to fruition, dubbing themselves the “Most Likely Girls.”

Through the ensuing highs and lows, they are reminded of the enduring bonds of friendship, the ways our childhood dreams both sustain and surprise us — and why it’s deeply uncool to peak in high school.

My Review: I am such a sucker for a good second chance story, especially when it has to do with friendship but this one just didn’t hit the spot for me. In The Most Likely Club, we follow four women that are best friends from high school that are no where close to being where they thought they would be in life, 25 years later. As they prepare for their 25th high school reunion, the four women pour over their yearbook and try to achieve their dreams once embedded in a superlative. While I didn’t love it, I did really enjoy the relationships between the women, the 90s pop culture reference, and how relatable it all was.

My Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

NOVEMBER 9 BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

My Review: When Fallon meets aspiring novelist Ben the day before her cross-country move, he does the one thing very few people have done since Fallon’s accident: he saw her. He really saw her. Their untimely attraction leads them to spending Fallon’s last day together and ended with them promising each other that they will see each other, every year, on November 9. No matter what is going on in their lives, they would set aside that day to spend with one another. A day that Fallon once dreaded, now becomes a day that she looks forward to. Throughout November 9, there are a lot of hard subjects that come up but Colleen Hoover does such a wonderful job touching on them in a delicate way. And to be honest, I wasn’t really sure how this story was going to unfold but I loved it from beginning to end. Especially the different points of view!

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ALL YOUR PERFECTS BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Goodreads Synopsis:

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

My Review: Immediately after starting All Your Perfects, I knew Quinn and Graham were meant to be. Fast forward seven years and this statement is still true. They’re still as in love with each other as they were on the day they got married but there are a lot of things that have changed. Throughout the story, we follow Quinn and Graham as they face the very real and raw issue of infertility. Told from dual perspectives, I found myself constantly asking myself what I would do if I was in their place, if love really is enough, and if Quinn and Graham can get through this. I definitely cried more than I’d like to admit while reading this one and didn’t want it to end!

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SAME TIME NEXT SUMMER BY ANNABEL MONAGHAN

Goodreads Synopsis:

Beach Rules:
Do take long walks on the sand.
Do put an umbrella in every cocktail.
Do NOT run into your first love.

Sam’s life is on track. She has the perfect doctor fiancé, Jack (his strict routines are a good thing, really), a great job in Manhattan (unless they fire her), and is about to tour a wedding venue near her family’s Long Island beach house. Everything should go to plan, yet the minute she arrives, Sam senses something is off. Wyatt is here. Her Wyatt. But there’s no reason for a thirty-year-old engaged woman to feel panicked around the guy who broke her heart when she was seventeen. Right?

Yet being back at this beach, hearing notes from Wyatt’s guitar float across the night air from next door as if no time has passed—Sam’s memories come flooding back: the feel of Wyatt’s skin on hers, their nights in the treehouse, and the truth behind their split. Sam remembers who she used to be, and as Wyatt reenters her life their connection is as undeniable as it always was. She will have to make a choice.

My Review: By now, you know how much I love a second chance romance, especially if it takes place on the beach, at the beach, or near some body of water and Annabel Monaghan gives both of those things in Same Time Next Summer. Taking place on Long Island, we follow Sam as she introduces her fiancé to her parents beach house where she unexpectedly runs into her first love. Yes, his family has owned the house next door for years but he hasn’t been back in years so she’s been able to avoid him since that day many years ago. Now, she’s left to figure out what this means and every time I tried to guess where the story was going to go, I was wrong. The dual POV and flashbacks will truly make you feel like you are experiencing young love for the first time, all over again.

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

YOURS TRULY BY ABBY JIMENEZ

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.

And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse.

My Review: After reading Part Of Your World and loving it, I was so happy to find out that Abby Jimenez was coming out with a second book in the series centering around Briana. Right off the bat, she “meets” Jacob, a fellow doctor, and the two immediately start off on the wrong foot. Eventually, they learn how to communicate with one another and their friendship grows and leads to so much more. Throughout the story, I found myself cheering them both on as individual characters, and as a couple, and loved how eloquently the author touches on social anxiety and how to support people that experience it. My only complaint was that I got a little bit of whiplash at the end but was happy with the outcome.

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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