July was a good reading month for me with the number of books that I read. When it comes to the actual books though it was not a five star month. I liked the books I read, but only one of them was a five star read for me.
I did have a great nonfiction reading month. I read four nonfiction books which is better than the last few months.
I used to read sixty to seventy percent nonfiction, but over the last year or two my fiction reading has really increased. I am glad to be picking up more nonfiction because nonfiction are usually the books that I enjoy the most.
Click on the title of each book and it will take you to the full review.
The Last Life boat by Hazel Gaynor. This was one of the new releases that I recently bought because I really wanted to read this WWII historical fiction. I really enjoyed this one. It wasn’t a five star read, but I would definitely give it four stars.
Save What’s Left by Elizabeth Castellano. I have mixed thoughts on this one, so be sure to read my full review.
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie. I really enjoyed listening to the audio version of this one.
Black Coffee by Agatha Christie. Another Agatha Christie that I enjoyed on audio.
Tiffany Girls by Shelley Noble. I needed a break from WWII historical fiction and this was great for that. I did not know very much about Tiffany Glass, so this was an interesting read.
Sisters of Resistance by Tilar J. Mazzeo. This nonfiction WWII book was recommended by a reader. I am so glad that she told me about it. I really enjoyed this book about Mussolini’s Daughter and the things that she did to try to help her keep her husband’s secret diaries safe.
Eruption by Steve Olson. This was a five star read for me, but I don’t know that it will be for everyone.
Finding Freedom by Erin French. I love food memoirs, so when this one got a lot of attention I knew that I wanted to read it. I liked it, but I think that I would have enjoyed it more if I had known more about the author.
Forgive by Timothy Keller. This was one of the Christian books that I had in my 2023 to be read stack. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I have read several books by Tim Keller and I have liked them, but not loved them. I think it is his writing style that I struggle with. Forgive took me several months to read, it was a slow read for me. I did appreciate his approach to Christian forgiveness, but I have read better written books on the topic.