I’ve been doing a bit of a tidy up of my Goodreads shelves recently, creating new ones mainly, but along the way I’ve been distracted by what I was reading two years ago, six months ago, back when I first joined Goodreads, you get my drift. My reading tastes have changed in some ways, I read far more fiction written by Australian women now, but in other ways I still like the same type of novel. This exercise in re-discovering myself, reading wise, led me to think it might be fun to share with you what I was reading on or around July 7th each year back to 2013, which is around when I joined Goodreads.
July 7th 2013:
Into My Arms by Kylie Ladd
My Thoughts: I was a bit haphazard with my Goodreads entries back at the start and I have no books down as read through June or July for 2013. The closest to my set date is August 1st so this one takes the prize. I also didn’t review back then (I know! What’s that about?!) but I did star rate and I gave Into My Arms 5 stars. I remember this story still, it’s remained my favourite by Kylie Ladd. A deeply moving story with a controversial twist.
July 7th 2014:
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
My Thoughts: Well, again, no review, but I did star rate and I still remember what an epic let down this novel was coming on the back of high expectations after its predecessor, Beautiful Disaster. I gave it 2 stars. I haven’t really fully enjoyed any further novels by Jamie McGuire, despite repeatedly giving her more chances.
July 7th 2015:
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
My Thoughts: Still no reviews (this is getting annoying!) but I rated this one 5 stars. It remains my favourite by Gillian Flynn and I remember reading late into the night buried under a blanket, reading furiously because I couldn’t put it down despite my closing eyes. Gripping and very clever with a detestably gorgeous main character!
July 7th 2016:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My Thoughts: Ahhh, now, this one I deliberately didn’t review because I hated it so much. A pathetic attempt at emulating Gillian Flynn, cashing in on the ‘Girl’ in a title epidemic; several hours of my life I can never get back. I gave it 1 star and threw it away.
July 7th 2017:
The Dragon Sleeps by Ellen Read
My Thoughts: Have only just begun. So far so good but I’ll get back to you in a few days.
So, two great ones, two not so great ones, and one yet to be judged. That’s my July 7th on repeat.
If you want to play along, pop your July 7th reads for the last few years in the comments!