What I Read In July 2020

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope this post finds you all safe and well, in these difficult times we’re still living in. Thankfully, in July, we were blessed with warm weather; the easing of some more restrictions; the beginning of the school’s summer break; and plenty of good books to escape into. Here is what I read in the last month:

How To Pray by Pete Greig (2019) ** – Firstly, I finished this helpful Christian non-fiction, all ready for my church’s book club’s Zoom meeting, this Thursday just gone. Greig brings his 20 years of experience to help answer the question everybody ultimately asks: how do I pray? A good read full of useful tips and inspiration.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009) ** Then, I finally finished this beastie, award-winning, historical-fiction about the dramatic rise of Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. A slow starter for me, but as I got use to the quirky style and got into the juicier details of the tale, the quicker I was able to read.

Kim by Rudyard Kipling (1901) ** – Lastly, I finished reading this classic adventure that, out in the balmy sunshine, transported me back to the exotic, melting pot of India during the British Raj, where we follow the antics of the young, Irish orphan, Kim after he befriends an aged Tibetan lama. A good escapist read for my tired brain.

Altogether that is three books finished in July, a little under my average monthly amount for me, but Wolf Hall was so long, I think it at least counts for two books! Also with them all consistently getting a good, two-star rating from me, it has again proved impossible for me to choose a pick of the month! Books I am continuing over into August are my new cookbook, The Hairy Bikers’ One Pot Wonders by Si King & Dave Myers and the newly started, historical-fiction, The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor.

As for challenges, I have read one book from my Classics Club list; one book for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge and two books from my 10 Books of Summer list. Which all sounds great till I realise that is only two books, in total, completed for my summer challenge (I blame work and Thomas Cromwell 😉), so looks like only eight to go in August! 🤦‍♀️ Easy right? Wish me luck!

And finally, I am making good progress with catching up with my reviews. Over the last month, I have posted my reviews for the time-travelling adventure, River Rising by John A. Heldt; the hilarious Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett; the Christian non-fiction, More Than A Carpenter by Josh & Sean McDowell; and, just yesterday, the moving historical-fiction, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir. However I am still a month behind, so forgive me, you will have to keep your eyes peeled for my full thoughts on my July reads coming up later in August. Hopefully! 🤞

Before you go I’d love to hear your thoughts: Have you read any of these books? Are you tempted by any of these? What did you enjoy reading in July?

19 thoughts on “What I Read In July 2020

  1. I will pick up Wolf Hall eventually, I do like a good chunk of history every now and again – but this is rather a huge chunk so I’ll have to plan my timing well.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Yes, you definitely need to plan some time for the beastie Wolf Hall! In hindsight it was not the book to kick off my 10 Books of Summer reading challenge! 😅

  2. Glad you made it through Wolf Hall every time another blogger does it puts more on me to actually get around to it. That being said, I’m thoroughly enjoying my pandemic splurge of reading YA and romance non-stop ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    1. Haha thank you, Geoff! I must admit I am feeling pretty accomplished and proud to have got through Wolf Hall! 😁 I hope you are able to read it some time, but don’t put pressure on yourself. After all reading should be for fun first and foremost. Long may you enjoy your young-adult and romance splurge continue! 😃

  3. The Mantel definitely ought to count as at least two, maybe three! I can’t decide whether to go straight into it or re-read the other two first since there’s been such a long gap between them, but when I’d find time to read all three is beyond me! *bookaholic problems* 😉

  4. I’ll be reading (hopefully!) the entire Wolf Hall trilogy in the last two months of the year. Perhaps I’m being overly ambitious. I think you can definitely count Wolf Hall as two books and blame on Thomas Cromwell finishing just two books from the summer challenge, after all, he is not going to complain. 😛
    I have been immersed in The Lost Queen first two books of the trilogy this past month; I’ll be done with the second installment–TBR this coming Sept–in the next two or three days (fingers crossed!). The first one is as bulky as Wolf Hall, but I think the narration is faster, which helped a great deal.

    1. Haha no he certainly can’t complain! I hope you will enjoy reading reading Wolf Hall and good luck reading the whole trilogy, Carmen. I’m afraid I have not heard of The Lost Queen trilogy, but pleased to hear you’ve found yourself to immersed in it. Happy reading in August! 😃

  5. Wolf Hall definitely counts for at least two books. Congratulations on finishing it. I agree, it takes a bit of getting into but pays off in the end. I am gearing up to read The Mirror and The Light. A friend told me it is dense but at least she gives somewhat of a recap on the first two books. It has been years since I read them.

  6. Despite how long it took you to get through it, I’m still very tempted by Wolf Hall. Even though I managed to read about the same number of books this month, several of them were very short, taking me far longer to read than they should have.

    Happy reading for August! 😀

    1. Thank you, Kelly 😊 I probably wouldn’t base your decision on reading Wolf Hall completely on my experience – I am not the fastest reader at the best of times. 😉 Happy reading to you in August, too.

  7. I just picked up a Hilary Mantel recently from a thrift store. I’ve yet to read anything by her! Someday, I’d love to read more Discworld, I’ve only read the first, I think. I need to get to work on my July Reads post! 🙂

    1. Amy, I hope you have chance to read some Hilary Mantel, this was my first, and more of Pratchett’s wonderful Discworld soon! I also look forward to reading your July Reads post. 🙂

  8. I’m glad you were able to get through Wolf Hall, and enjoyed it in the end. It’s certainly a beast of a book. I managed to read 4 books last month, three of which were nonfiction, and none of which were exactly laugh a minute. I guess I deliberately sought out the most serious books I could find from my list in order to force me out of my reading slump. Not sure if it worked.

    1. Thank you, Alyson – I must admit I do feel rather accomplished on having completed Wolf Hall! 😁 Well done on reading four books last month, especially non-fictions. I must admit I am the opposite to you when I am in a reading slump, as I tend to go for light, easy reads or comforting re-reads. Happy reading in August! 😃

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