Princess & Pages July Reads Recap + Birthday Haul

“Books can do many things, but not everything. We have to live the important things, not read them.” 🌹 Nina George

I took a random photo of our messy bookshelf

Hi everyone! I know I have been inactive here lately and it’s mainly because life happened 😅 Of course I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to do a July wrap-up, since it was such an awesome month.

Around mid-month I completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 100 books–current count is at 102. I must admit I realized that I might have been reading “too much” (hence the use of the opening quote) and just wanted to take it slow in terms of reading and blogging/posting book reviews. I had to make sure I’m spending enough time with my family and in helping our small business as well.

Goodreads reading challenge 2019

On July 7th I turned 32. We went to an oceanarium because I wanted to celebrate with the whole family and I especially wanted my son to see the big fishes. He loves all kinds of creatures.

Elias Malonzo
My son Elias enjoying the fishies!

And of course no birthday is complete without a birthday book haul! Most of them are gifts from my husband, but he let me choose the titles. It’s better this way to avoid getting duplicates (which has happened before) and buying books I’m not interested in reading (has not happened yet but I am making an effort to lessen the mindless book hoarding). See below for my new babies:

Educated tara westover

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

From Goodreads: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Educated by Tara Westover

From Goodreads: Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

From Goodreads: In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

Patron Saints of Nothing

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

From Goodreads: A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

From Goodreads: A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo; they work at home, freelance copy-editing; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife — the days have more light and color. The novel brims with new small joys and many moments of staggering poetic beauty, but then something happens….

This is How You Lose the Time War

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar was sent to me as an e-book gift by a friend. I do love getting surprises on my Kindle. It’s honestly the same joy as getting physical copies of books (just in case you are wondering what my thoughts are on the endless book vs e-book debate).

From Goodreads: Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. And thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more.

Lastly, below is a rundown of the books I finished reading for the month of July with “Just Enough” and “The Vorrh” ending up as my favorites with both getting 4.5 out of 5⭐️ in my Goodreads rating 💕 More detailed reviews on these two soon!

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 4⭐️

Just Enough by Flavia Biondi 4.5⭐️

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay 3⭐️

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4⭐️

Seeds Planted in Concrete by Bianca Sparacino 4⭐️

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl 4⭐️

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4) by Agatha Christie 4⭐️

The Vorrh (The Vorrh Trilogy #1) by Brian Catling 4.5⭐️

July reads recap
Half of my July reads pile! I read the other half in ebook form 🙂

So how was your reading for July? Any new favorites or discoveries–bookish or not? I hope you’re all starting the new month on a good note. As for myself I’m just happy to be back here and posting again. I have so much more to share with you guys (100+ books!!) 💕 xoxo,

12 thoughts on “Princess & Pages July Reads Recap + Birthday Haul

    1. Thank you! Same here. I was kept wonderfully distracted with by the tight narrative that I only ever thought of the person as a suspect during the reveal. Wonderful read ❤️


  1. I hope you like Educated as much as I did. Did you know there were readers giving it bad reviews because they said most of it had to be made up because people couldn’t live that way. Must be nice to be that privileged. 🙄

    I also want to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and Patron Saints of Nothing. You have made me add The Guest Cat to my pile, too. Ha ha. 📚

    It sounds like you had a lovely day at the aquarium. 🐡

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    1. Oh, wow. I can’t believe some people really have that kind of narrow perspective. Yes we had fun but it was just a bit stressful at the end because my son didn’t want to go home and had a tantrum. 😄 But it was all good ❤️

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