Books I Read (and loved) in July ft. 8 books, including a new favorite!!!

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July was an amazing reading month!!!!!!!!

It was also great for writing, even though I restarted my WIP twice,,,,, I write about 100 pages, then need to reconfigure everything and it’s a STRUGGLE.

But I love writing and I want it to be perfect so I just have to respect the writing process. Even though I want to strangle the writing process with my bare hands lol

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here are all the books I read and loved!

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1. Rhythm, Chord, and Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Contemporary Romance | 398 pages

I loved this book because of intense friendships. Gaby, the main character, is very close to her twin brother and two other boys.

They have the sweetest, most adorable friendship UNIT.

At one point, Gaby is feeling sad/sick, so her friends take it upon themselves to cuddle her, bring her wholesome meals, take her to a doctor, and make sure she understood how Precious and Important she was to them.

But at the same time they all acted like five-year-olds toward one another, like you can only do with your best friends.


Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin

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2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

⭐⭐⭐ | Fantasy | 688 pages

I know I only gave this five stars, but OVERALL I loved this one.

Amazing characters, amazing plot, and the most hilarious Sanderson work I’ve read so far!

Two stars were taken away because the ending wasn’t very good……….and the female characters seemed to be automatically *enemies* with one another for no reason at all????????

So far in my Brandon Sanderson adventures, I’ve yet to come across a strong friendship between women.

I hope it’s just a coincidence….I’ve only read the Mistborn series + Warbreaker all the way through, so maybe….everything’s fine


Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)

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3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Fantasy | 96 pages

ALICE IS SO CUTE AND HILARIOUS??? I wasn’t expecting this book to be as funny as it was. But I laughed and SMILED because the humor was A++++++++

I think the 2010 movie did this book absolutely NO justice. His novel was more hilarious and generally fun by leaps and bounds.

But this book was just so special and nice. I’m only reading children’s classics from now on, so I’ll always have clear skin and happiness.

(side note, I couldn’t help but compare this to The Little Prince and I’d like to declare that I love the little prince more. still one of my favorites, just the thought of that book brings me to happy tears)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

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4. Radiance by Grace Draven

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Fantasy Romance | 297 pages

This book somehow manages to have solid world-building, dynamic characters, and an adorable, playful, respectful! romance.

I am still flustered by how nice and refreshing this book was.

The next book in the series is currently out, but I’m scared to read it because someone told me there’s heavy miscommunication within the relationship, which might push me over the edge.

i’m so scared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Radiance (Wraith Kings, #1)

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5. You by Caroline Kepnes

⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Thriller | 422 pages

I almost didn’t read this because my parents love the show, and they said I probably wouldn’t like the story.

But then all the audiobooks I wanted to read were on hold, and I was pathetically desperate.

So I tried this one because the audiobook narrator’s voice is extremely beautiful, and perfect for Joe (the main character).

A unique narration style (loosely second person, which is different for me), a sickeningly likable mc, and a perfectly paced plot.

Caroline Kepnes did such a great job.

You (You, #1)

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6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Classic Mystery | 449 pages

I wanted to read this one because people said it similar it was to Jane Eyre (one of the best). There’s a doggo and a brooding mysterious love interest.

But this wasn’t nearly as romantic as Jane Eyre.

More than anything, this is a suspense novel, meant to scare the hell out of you.

~perfect to read in the fall time!!!~


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7. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Magical Realism | 688 pages

This audiobook took me forever to read, but it was worth it.

The writing style is somehow both straightforward and whimsical at the same time.

The relationships (friendships, romances, rivalries) in this book aren’t very strong, which is what I usually look for in a book.

But the plot was extremely weird but also made perfect sense?? Alice in Wonderland,,,,,,,,,but a divorced, middle-aged portrait artist, living in Japan and just trying to find himself.  

Killing Commendatore

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8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Fantasy | 662 pages


It inspires such strong feelings in people on Goodreads: people either can’t get into it at all, or they love with with the passion I feel for Neil Josten.

this was beautiful and perfect, i don’t understand the concept of not falling in unending, unconditional love with this book.

The world-building reminds me of Harry Potter, the main character, Kvothe, is the ultimate Slytherin, and the FRIENDSHIPS!!!!!!! THE FRIENDSHIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this will probably going to be my favorite of 2019 ❤ ❤ ❤

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)


i just wanted to include extra images of this book because i loved it so much


I even put on my Spock socks because reading this book is a special occasion

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How was your July?

Did you read anything you ended up loving?

Have you read any from this wrap-up? Which one is your favorite?

Do you have a favorite pair of socks?




37 thoughts on “Books I Read (and loved) in July ft. 8 books, including a new favorite!!!

  1. Kat @ Novels & Waffles says:

    WOW WHAT A GREAT MONTH YOU HADDDD! I honestly love the unique way you write on your blog. It’s so much fun and is so full of personality! 💛

    Also, I 1000% understand what you mean about wanting your writing to be perfect the first time through. That is me and it always stops my writing in its tracks. PLEASE SEND HELP haha.

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      ahhh Kat thank you so muchhh, you have single-handedly made me a gigantic waffle nerd, both for your blog + actual waffles lol!!!! i went to this market by my house, called Taste of Belgium, and they sold Liege-style waffles, much denser and sweeter than regular waffles,,,,,,,,and I was like, people love waffles, people like Kat, i should try these,,,,,,,,,,,AND OMG THEY ARE SO SO GOOD ❤ ❤ RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. YOU'LL LOVE *Liège Waffles* OR YOUR MONEY BACK ❤ ❤

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  2. Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

    I’m so glad you loved Radiance! It’s been on my TBR since I read (and ADORED) the 1st book in her other series, Phoenix Unbound, last year. I’m waiting (very impatiently) for the 2nd book in that series to release this fall, and then I think I’ll pick up Radiance to hold me over. 😍 But… maaaaybe a reread of Phoenix Unbound first…

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      KVOTHE IS SO PERFECT!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ whenever I think of him I just feel so happy & in love, he's gone through so much and I hope his friends appreciate him forever, he deserves it :')

      + I hope you love RC&M, I was so invested in the mc's friendships, even more than the romance


  3. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    I’m so happy to hear that July has been such a great reading month! 🙂 Alice in Wonderland is such a good classic! I usually not reach for them at all, but I have always had a soft spot for Alice and the book was really entertaining 💕 (I think I even have the movie on DVD somewhere, but I haven’t watched it in forever 😂)

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  4. Julianna @ Paper Blots says:

    I was gifted a couple of Murakami books years ago, and I have still… not gotten to them!!! I tried to read one but oh my god it was dense and just hard to wade through gosh. I WILL TRY AGAIN because maybe I’m just not Intelligent Enough to understand any of the beauty.

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      so srry about this late reply!!!!! (i’m an embarrassing mess this summer sigh sldkfj) but I know what u mean about Murakami!!!!!! I probably wouldn’t have gotten through this one, because of my short attention span, if it hadn’t been for the audiobook, because the narrator’s voice was like a soothing hug from someone wearing a knitted sweater on a cool autumn day.

      looking back this book was pretentious as hell mixed in with *out of the blue* *out of control* magical realism, I just tried to hang on for dear life


  5. Meeghan reads says:

    ARGHHHHHH!! Malanie, now I need to read The Name of the Wind immediately. Which is bad, because the third book doesn’t even have a release date (or name?) yet and I hate cliffhangers, and surprisingly I haven’t read any spoilers for this series ever. (I do have the first 2 books though…)

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  6. Holly says:

    omg thank you for reminding me that I MUST read The Name of the Wind!! So many of my friends ADORE it but it’s just so big that I haven’t had the time to read it. July was a great reading month for me, too–something about the heat of the summer! 🙂

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