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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

July 2022 | In Review

Updated: Nov 26, 2022



I've had a pretty decent month I would say. I participated in Summerween which allowed me to get a couple of books down. I also had to get through some ARCs as well which added to my total. I did end up reading a ton of manga which I am happy about as I have an absurdly long list of graphic titles I need to read. Overall though, I didn't have too many books I didn't like which is kind of rare for me.


Onto the statistics!


 

I read 9 books, 22 volumes of manga, 1 anthology, and 1 manhwa season for a grand total of 33 titles and roughly 7,694+ pages read.


Here are all the books I read. If you want to check out my reviews, click on the pink links!

 

Another month, and another round of books that I DNF'd. I thought I didn't put down that many books, but apparently, I ended up not finishing 6. Here are all the books I put down and why:


The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh


Nothing about this was speaking to me. The writing was mediocre, the set-up for the story was predictable and dramatic, and Mina just felt like a combination of a bunch of bad personality traits without actually managing to feel like a real person. There are tons of different books, mangas/manhwas, and dramas about this story, and this did nothing to stand out from the rest.


I also simply just think that the bride of the water god is not the story for me, since I don't think I have enjoyed it no matter what medium it was told in.


How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu


Just wasn't for me, or maybe I wasn't in the right mood for it.


The Haunting of Leigh Harker by Darcy Coates


Yeah...the writing just isn't working for me. It is oddly fancy for a horror book.


Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman


Right off the bat, I didn't like the writing, and I knew I wasn't going to be invested in the story. Kinda sucks though because I saw the word 'archivist' and was like yes, but the focus on romance was just not it for me.


Fly by Night by Tara O'Connor


Wasn't very interested in the story.


Cathedral of Bones by A.J. Steiger


I was feeling very meh about this. I wasn't too intrigued by the plot, and the world-building was a bit wonky. Also don't think I was going to like the abuse of power we were hinted at.



 

Ratings


⭐....................

⭐⭐................3

⭐⭐⭐...........7

⭐⭐⭐⭐......3

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.



I did end up condensing down the volumes of manga I read down to my overall rating of the series, to make things easier for myself. Looking at the rating though, it wasn't a bad month. Most were pretty 'meh' and some were either more surprising or more disappointing than I was expecting.


 

Genres


Fantasy - 27

Mystery - 3

Horror - 3



 

Best of the Month - Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku


Worst of the Month - The Troop and Chainsaw Man

 



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