July 2020 Wrap-Up

Hiya friends! This post is a wrap-up for the books I read in July 2020. This is the first time I am doing a wrap-up post. 🙂 I read 5 books this month, which is a personal high for me. Without further ado, let’s dive into the recap.

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2020
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The 4 Things That Earn 5-Star Book Reviews

I am by no means a critical reader. All I want is a good story to make me forget the world. However, as a reader and a book reviewer, I do look for certain elements in a fiction book, which compel me to rate it 5 stars. I have listed the four most important ones below –

The 4 things that earn 5-star book reviews
The 4 things that earn 5-star book reviews
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The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana – Review & Blog Tour

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

After losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana - Review & Book Cover
The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana – Review & Blog Tour

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Kanzashi by Christopher Kincaid – Review

Kanzashi by Christopher Kincaid is an absorbing read about a maiko’s struggle to find her place in the world.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT

Geikos are women skilled in the art of entertaining men with dancing, singing, pouring drinks, and telling stories. Maikos are apprentice geikos.

Mameko is one such maiko, training to be a geiko under the stern guidance of her mother. Her calendar is choc-a-bloc with training, appointments, and other social demands of a maiko. Being a daughter of a prominent geiko family, everyone thinks life is easy for her. However, only Mameko knows how hard she works.

Amid all these, one of Mameko’s patrons, Mr. Funaki (who is also an important politician), is murdered with her hairpin stuck in his throat, thus, making her the prime suspect. She must resist the police’s effort to make her confess to the crime and find the true killer, or else her dream of becoming a geiko will never be fulfilled.

Kanzashi by Christopher Kincaid - Review & book cover
Kanzashi by Christopher Kincaid – Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Five Incredible Books I Read in First Half of 2020

Six months of this crazy year, 2020, have passed. Our generation is sure to remember this year for the rest of our lives. In these tough times, books kept me company (what else can you expect from a book blogger).

Below are five of the books that I enjoyed reading the most.

Five Incredible books I read in first half of 2020 - Debjani's Thoughts Book Blog
Five Incredible books I read in first half of 2020
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To Be Read (TBR) Pile – II

Hello, folks! I am back with the list of rest of the books in my TBR pile.

Here we go:

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

The World without Flags by Ben Lyle Bedard

Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent

Bones of the Earth by Eliot Pattison

The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker

Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

On Brassard’s Farm by Daniel Hecht

Clicking on the book names will lead you to their Goodreads/Amazon pages. These are NOT affiliate links.

LET’S CHAT

Once again, let me know in the comments section below, which book, in your TBR pile, are you looking forward to read the most?

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