July Round Up

The Tempest

Welcome to our round up of all we have read, written and reviewed in July.

What we have read in July

The Scribe by A A Chaudhuri was our first Blog Tour of the month and introduced us to new pairing Kramer and Carver. It was an excellent partnership and we look forward to seeing how these two continue in future books.

Forever Words by Johnny Cash was another dipping of toes in to poetry. The collection of previously unpublished lyrics and poems was searingly honest. You certainly don’t need to be a fan of the man in black to be a fan of the book.

Popular middle grade book Wonder by R J Palacio finally made it to our ‘Read It’ pile this month and boy was it worth the wait. Although it did leave us wanting to shout ‘Auggie, Auggie, Auggie!’ repeatedly. Truly Wonderful

Jon McGregor’s unforgiving writing style makes you work hard but Reservoir 13 was worth the effort. Her name was Rebecca, or Becky or Bex, she was missing and the villagers looked for her behind hay sheds, under scrub land and in Reservoir 13….

Books of the Month

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles was our Book of the Month for July. It got a resounding 9 out of 10 from us and gave us one of our favourite characters all year. If you’ve read it have a go at our Book Club questions or a read of our Big Review.

Not to be left out The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay was equally fabulous offering that rare delight of a children’s book that appeals as much to adults as it does to kids.


We launched a new feature in July, #IndieRocks and told everyone why books and biscuits are a perfect combination. We also gave you our Summer Reading suggestions for both adults and children so get them quick whilst the sun still shines.

Read of the month for July

A really difficult decision this month as four possible contenders could all have won had they all not been read during the same month! A Gentleman in Moscow was such a love letter to Russia and had such fabulous characters. The Skylark’s War is our favourite children’s book club book so far, Wonder blew us away with its loveliness but Reservoir 13 for its originality and its failing to bow down to the reader pips it. Just.

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Reservoir 13

Added to the shelf

A very different type of book to the ones usually reviewed by Book Social. Is Monogamy Dead discusses whether we should all be having open relationships and is written by comedian Rosie Wilby. It will be reviewed by us on 6th August for the upcoming blog tour.

Is Monogamy Dead by Rosie Wilby
Is Monogamy Dead by Rosie Wilby

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell has been purchased as a possible future children’s book of the month. You heard it here first.

The Explorer

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea has also been added to the shelf following on from reading All The Light We Cannot See earlier in the year. This copy of The Tempest was also randomly obtained from a lovely man in a pub in Craster. What’s the most unusual way you have obtained a book?

That’s pretty much it for our July. We would love to hear about yours.