I think my favourite read this month has to be The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. It's the touching story of a transgender boy and manages to combine a really important issue with great writing and characters.
I also received an ARC of Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway for review. I can thoroughly recommend it as a perfect summer read. The story and characters just whisked me away.
Another good read was a short story I got sent by author Talia Haven - Mama Cried is the story of a young girl who is playing in the playground with some friends when her guardian takes her away to make an important decision.
While I wasn't exactly disappointed with any of the books I read this month, I thought The Miniaturist didn't really live up to the massive amounts of hype it's had heaped on it. It wasn't dreadful, far from it, but I was underwhelmed. Still, it was a book club book, and that's the whole point of book clubs, really - to read books you wouldn't ordinarily pick up!
August's TBR pile includes some hopefully-cracking books. I've just started 10 Things We Shouldn't Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski and it's going great so far! I also have Stolen by Lucy Christopher and The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. And I just had a message from the library - P.S. I Still Love You, also by Jenny Han, has just come in and is sitting on the reservation shelf for me as we speak! Woo hoo! I've been looking forward to this one for ages!