Everything I Read In July 2022

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I feel like July was a pretty solid reading month, nothing crazy but nothing bad either. I read nine books, finished a series I started in June, read some solid thrillers, and some not so solid horror novellas.

Well, not so solid horror at all. Horror is one of those things I want to like and keep reading but I’m apparently very picky about. All three that I read this month were not good or were DNF’d. I’m very open to good horror suggestions if you have any!

I’m in the mood for some really creepy and spooky reads that aren’t like, super gorey but also aren’t necessarily paranormal either (I’ll still take recs on both of those) but like, psychological horror?

Basically, I wish I wasn’t always so disappointed by horror books. On that note, here is everything I read in July 2022!

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  • Thrift Books has become my go-to when I’m looking for a book and want it cheap. It’s great if you like buying used books. With this you can get a free book after spending $30!
  • Shop my book lists here! You can find every book list I have on Bookshop.org (except my monthly round-ups) and I add everything I can but they occasionally won’t have some. I do occasionally add extras though. If any lists are empty, they’ll be filled in shortly! Shop my bookshop.org book lists here.

Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Author: Cassandra Khaw

Genre: Horror novella

Rating: 2/5

About the book: A group of thrill-seeking friends reunite at an abandoned Heian-era mansion for a wedding but a night to remember quickly spirals into a nightmare.

Final thoughts: From GoodReads: This is about five people that have dated each other in some way in the past, together at a haunted mansion full of dead people for two of them to get married. And they all don’t like each other so why are they celebrating a wedding together? I don’t understand this at all. Also, how are they 500 MILES from a hospital!? This wasn’t very good

The Box in the Woods

Author: Maureen Johnson

Genre: YA mystery

Rating: 4/5

About the book: *NO TRULY DEVIOUS SPOILERS*

Stevie and her friends are back together to crack another case, the Box in the Woods Murders at Sunny Pines, Formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls.

Final thoughts: I liked this one a lot. It’s just a fun YA mystery, I like the characters, I love the setting. I enjoyed that it was a new storyline and wasn’t at Ellingham. I like Ellingham but I feel like I wouldn’t have enjoyed a fourth book there as much.

Hex

Author: Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Genre: Paranormal horror

Rating: 1/5 DNF

About the book: Black Spring is a Hudson Valley Town that happens to be haunted by the Black Rock Witch who happens to have her eyes and mouth sewn shut.  She enters homes, watches children sleep, and roams the streets.  Everyone knows her eyes can never be opened or the consequences will be dire.

The town has been quarantined by the town elders thanks to high-tech surveillance equipment, but the teens of the town are sick of being kept in lock-down and take the towns haunting viral, but with this, they bring the town back to it’s dark, evil practices.

Final thoughts: From GoodReads: DNF at 31%. I just don’t care about this at all. I’ll finish really bad books that I’m curious about how it ends but I don’t even care about the ending of this. At all. It’s not scary, I don’t care for the characters, pass

The Hand on the Wall

Author: Maureen Johnson

Genre: YA mystery

Rating: 4/5

About the book: I won’t have a description since it’s the third book in the series.

Final thoughts: I enjoyed this. It was fun and atmospheric and I felt like it was a good end to the main trilogy.

Night of the Mannequins

Author: Stephen Graham Jones

Genre: Horror novella

Rating: 2/5

About the book: Is it a living mannequin or psychopath terrorizing this small town after a teen prank goes horribly wrong?

Final thoughts: From GoodReads: This was weird but not in a good way and it wasn’t creepy at all

Something in the Water

Author: Catherine Steadman

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Erin is on the brink of a career breakthrough while her husband’s career is on the rocks. While on their honeymoon in Bora Bora, they find something in the water and face a dangerous decision that will drastically change their lives.

Final thoughts: I liked this one a lot. From the first chapter, I was hooked and had to know how she got there. I will say the main character did a lot of things that don’t really make sense but I still liked this one a lot.

The Vanishing Stair

Author: Maureen Johnson

Genre: YA mystery

Rating: 4/5

About the book: I won’t put a description here either since it’s book two in the series.

Final thoughts: Just like the rest of the series, I loved the characters, the atmosphere, and the story. It’s not the most intense mystery or thrilling, but it’s fun and an easy read. It’s a great book to read in the fall!

Never Saw Me Coming

Author: Vera Kurian

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Chloe is an honor student, a hot girl next door, and a psychopath. She’s one of seven students in part of a study at her DC university and one of them is found dead, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins.

Final thoughts: I can’t speak to the psychopathy accuracy in this but I enjoyed this one. All of the characters were pretty terrible people but I was still attached to them.

Whisper Network

Author: Chandler Baker

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv for years and their boss’s sudden death means Ames will likely be taking over. They all have their own experiences with him and there are whispers of the way he treats women but it is always swept under the rug. Until now.

Final thoughts: This one was a little boring at times but overall I liked it. I would definitely say it’s more contemporary mystery than thriller but I was still curious about what happened the whole time.

Have you read any of these? Which ones? What did you read in July?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a cheesehead at heart currently residing in the Sunshine State. You can probably find me reading, watching Forensic Files, or both.

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