Sunday Stacks Week Nine

I’m probably jinxing myself by saying this, but I think I’m out of my book slump! So far I’ve read five books in July, which is still less than normal for me, but better than what I’ve been doing.

The next round of 24in48 is this weekend, so fingers crossed I’ll get a lot read this weekend! Make sure you come back on Saturday to see my TBR for the readathon and then next Saturday I’ll have a recap post! For now, here’s a look at the last TBR I set for myself and what I’m hoping to read this week!

The Echo Park Castaways by M.G. Hennessey was such a quick read. I made my way through it in one sitting because it was a bit shorter at around 200 pages and I was generally interested in what was happening. While the story was good though, there were some disappointing issues I had with the characters. This has great potential to do well, especially in middle school libraries where books about foster care are needed. I just hope that adults are taking the time to also read this and then talking to their students to help them recognize the good parts and learn from the bad. Read my full review!

I finally read These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling! This is another one that I read in just one sitting (which actually has happened several times so far in July which is why I think my reading slump is over). I really loved the characters in this, especially Hannah who was so strong, but the story felt a little too repetitive for my liking. I’m still very interested in reading the follow up book, though, and can’t wait to see the cover! Read my full review!

I’ve been wanting to read They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera since it came out two years ago, and it’s finally happening! I really hated More Happy Than Not, but I really loved History is All You Left Me, so this book will kind of determine whether or not I actually like this author. Already I’m about a fourth of the way into it since I started the audio on one of our trips to the city for doctors appointments, and I plan on finishing it this week.

When I saw The Importance of Being Wild at Heart by R. Zamora Linmark on NetGalley, the cover instantly grabbed my attention. What sold me was the synopsis comparing it to Adam Silvera and Elizabeth Acevedo. I also really love when characters have an author they are obsessed with that becomes intertwined so deeply with their life and the story. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads, so I’m a little nervous, but hopeful.

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz is a book I’ve been looking forward to reading since I first heard of it a couple months ago. I love when books have some heavy family themes and I think that’s exactly what I’m going to get from this one. The synopsis also says that Diaz pulls heavily from her own experiences to influence the story and I am 100% here for that. When authors put themselves in their books like that it gives them such an authentic feel and I can’t wait to experience it.

What’s your favorite book from July so far and what are you hoping to read this week? Let me know in the comments!

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