July Book Review

Back again with this past month’s book reviews! I absolutely love doing these each month and just reflecting on the books I read. I know the majority of the books I read and rate are really high ratings, but it’s most likely because I typically will gravitate toward books that are topics and styles that I enjoy- I promise I’m not just a super easy grader when it comes to these things; I can definitely be very critical (I just know what I like and have a tendency to stick with that).

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  • Rating: 8.5/10
  • Read from: 7/7/20-7/19/20
  • Yes, I know what you’re probably thinking… Twilight? Really? Yes, really. I have not read this book in what feels like forever and wanting a very light, mindless, and easy read following Quiet, this seemed like a great option. The writing is very simple and easy to read and flows nicely, especially being very familiar with the movie and picturing scenes from the movie while reading. Perhaps I enjoy this so much simply because I have such fond memories of when Twilight first came out and was made into a movie. There, I said it, I like reading the Twilight books. I know the writing is nothing special and yes, Edward creepily watches Bella sleep and so much of Twilight is simply trash to some, but it is a book that brings me back and that nostalgia is something I just long for at times. While I don’t think this is a book that I can reread over and over again quite like the Harry Potter series, it was a good one to pick up for an absentminded read that is quick and easy. Therefore, I rate this book an 8.5/10 – mostly for nostalgic reasons, but also because it definitely fulfilled my need for the type of book I was looking for.

Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

  • Rating: 9/10
  • Read from: 7/19/20-8/3/20
  • When I first started reading this book, it was easily my least favorite of the Fifty Shades trilogy. It was choppy, jumped between present day and the past, and didn’t divulge as much detail in regards to where The Greys last left us at the end of Fifty Shades Darker. It made for a rockier start to the novel, and for some confusion on my end. The beginning switches between Christian and Ana being on their honeymoon and flashbacks to their wedding day. Once the couple returns from their honeymoon, the story picks up and feels much more fluid. The plot in this third installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy is much more intense, connects a lot of dots regarding Christian’s past, and is quite the page turner. If it wasn’t for the choppy beginning, I would have rated this one a 10/10 as well, just like my previous reviews of the others in this set. As always, I recommend the book over the movie, as the movie does not spend more than 15 minutes devoted to their honeymoon and details were lacking. The final half of this book was quick paced and had me reeling to keep turning the pages and not stop reading. Ana’s former boss, Jack, is a key player in this one, and there are many surprises for both Mr. and the now Mrs. Grey. A wonderful conclusion to the trilogy that I definitely recommend!