July 2016 TBR

July TBR

A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July – Lewis Carroll

Welcome to my July TBR! June was a great month filled with books and I hope that July will be the same.

All links and images take you to Goodreads.

Books I want/need to read:

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

What it’s about:

‘The horror, whatever it was, had not yet entirely spoiled that marvellous beauty’

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The Picture of Dorian Gray was a succès de scandale. Early readers were shocked by its hints at unspeakable sins, and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895.

the serpent's shadowThe Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan 

What it’s about:

Carter and Sadie Cane, descendants of the Magical House of Life, are in pretty big trouble.

Despite their bravest efforts, Apophis, the giant snake of Chaos, is still threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness. Now the Kanes must do something no magician has ever managed: defeat Apophis himself. No pressure there then.

Battling against the forces of Chaos, their only hope is an ancient spell – but the magic has been lost for millennia. Will they find the serpen’t shadow, or will they be led to their deaths in the depths of the Underworld?

This month’s challenge: Read a book with a one word title

EldestEldest by Christopher Paolini

What it’s about: 

Darkness falls… Despair abounds… Evil reigns…

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall – one that puts Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life…

Percy Jackson and the Lightning ThiefRe-read challenge:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

What it’s about:

Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That’s when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea . . .

As always, there are some books from previous months that I haven’t completed yet. They are:

  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  • The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • Kraken by China Mieville
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Maybe I’ll finish some of them this month. That’s highly unlikely though.

What are you planning to read in July?




2 thoughts on “July 2016 TBR

  1. I own a copy of Eragon and the first book in the Kane Chronicles but I have yet to read either. Seeing the sequels/follow ups here reminded me that I must fix that soon! Good luck with your July TBR 🙂


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