Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Books You Loved: July Edition

It's Books You Loved time again.

Books You Loved: June was interesting – as always.  Some reviews that particularly caught my eye were:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – I agree with Kenzie that 'Definitely a book deserving of all the hype. I highly recommend it and if I had the copies, I would probably throw it at random passerby’s and demand they read it.'

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was reviewed by BermudaOnion's Weblog and Stray Thoughts  Bermuda Onion said 'Let me tell you, I am kicking myself for waiting so long.  I loved this book – it may be one of my favorites of all time.'  Stray Thoughts said 'It’s a beautiful story. It’s mainly about the power of words. As Liesel’s world opens up with reading, she finds books a help as she reads to Max to alleviate boredom, to comfort him when he is sick, and to help distract people in  air raids shelter. But at one point, after so much loss in her life, which she traces back to Hitler, she hates the power of words for evil and rips apart a book, vowing to never read again. Then she is given a blank book to write her own words and discovers the healing power of being able to express her own thoughts and to combat hate with words. She concludes, “I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.'

A Man Called Ove was reviewed by Heather of Books and Quilts.  Her review said 'How did Ove, a grumpy Swedish man, become dear to my heart in less than three hundred pages.  I have to mark it down to the brilliance of debut author Fredrik Backman.'

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler was reviewed by Sarah's Bookshelves.  Sarah said 'This is one of those books where the cover and premise could deceive you into thinking you’re getting “brain candy”. What you’re actually getting is a smart, exquisitely written coming of age story set in the rough and tumble world of top-notch restaurants. The story of a young girl searching for her place in the world.'

Finally, Dorothy from The Nature of Things reviewed Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.  Her review said 'The original Pride and Prejudice was a subtle piece of satire on the manners of the age. There's not much that is subtle about this book. It is mostly loud, sometimes bawdy and outrageous, and even laugh-out-loud funny. There is much to like about it because, while Sittenfeld is no Jane Austen, she is a very talented writer.'

Now on to the July collection.  There are no rules other than your post is about a book that you loved.

To add to the list just pop the name of the book (and your name/blog name if you like) into the first Mr Linky box and then copy and paste the url of your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning your links to this Pinboard to make it easier for you to check them out at a glance.

I hope you discover some great books to read – I always do!  Please invite other book loving people to join in the fun – the more the merrier!

You may have noticed that I have now inserted a top page called Books in my header.  Here you will find books that I have reviewed because I thought they were great plus a list of books I have read but chose not to review.  It's a work in progress but I hope you'll find it useful.


  1. Pets aren't allowed at the library. Especially BIG PETS!

  2. Thanks for the link! And the opportunity to share books we loved.

  3. great listing, great idea. wish I had done it that way before I hit 3000 reviews at amazon


  4. This month I have linked in The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris; an interesting twist of Norse Mythology. I also really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown but haven't reviewed it yet, so will come back once I have.

  5. Thanks for mentioning my review of Eligible in your intro. I've linked you to three books that I read and loved in the month of June, including another book in the Austen Project series, Emma. I hope some of your readers will give my choices a try. Happy reading!

  6. Thank you for highlighting my Sweetbitter review! It was such an amazing book!

  7. Thanks for hosting, I've linked up 3 books I've read recently, my favourite was All The Light We Cannot See - its a really beautiful wartime story told through the eyes of the young during the war.

  8. Hi Carole, I accidentally put my P.D. James link to June so I've just linked it above again, where I meant to put it!

  9. Thanks for the chance to share my thoughts about The Farm at the Edge of the Wold by Sarah Vaughan. A book I loved reading from start to finish.

  10. Looks like another great month for everyone.

    ENJOY the heat if your weather is warm. :)

  11. Just added my review to your great list! Thanks, Carole :-)

  12. I just finished "I am Messenger" by Markus Zusak and it was great! Not quite a fabulous as The Book Thief but a great read.

  13. I have just linked in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

  14. Very late this month but I was not sure which one to list from the previous month. I had a few good ones but decided in the end for Madonna in a Fur Coat, our book club read.

    Marianne from
    Let's Read

  15. My favorite book for July was a reread for me from a year and a half ago. So, I posted two links.


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