Mini TBR – July 2021

Where has the time gone?! Seriously. I can’t believe we’re in July already. It’s my brother’s birthday this month, so I’ll have an opportunity to get out into the bookshops. I also seem to have gotten out of my reading slump. But to be safe, I’m going to keep this TBR short and sweet. Well, kind of.


I have three books I plan to read and review this month! One is released in July, and the other two are early August releases. I will possibly be throwing a few other ones in there as well to get my NetGalley shelf down a bit more. But I will definitely need to read these three. I’m not going to go into detail because I probably won’t be getting to these until the end of the month. And if I’m honest, I can’t hugely remember what they’re about.

  • Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall
  • Love at First First – Mary Jayne Baker
  • Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance – Nisha Sharma

My Own Books

I’m seriously trying to start getting through my own books again. As I’ve gotten bad when it comes to book buying. So my goal this month is to try to read at least 10 of my owned books. I usually read that many books a month, but some of them are usually ARCs or borrowed audiobooks. This month I want to read 10 of my own, plus the ARCs and audiobooks, which will have to be extra. So I’ve gotta get reading!

I’ve narrowed my pile down to four books that I want to share with you guys that I’ll be reading this month.

The Hate Project – Kris RipperAmazon UK

Honestly…I wanted to read this book after reading three lines. So I’ll share them with you as I don’t think I could describe what I think this book is better.

Oscar is a grouch. Jack is an ass. Together, they’re a bickering, combative mess.

Honestly, I’m just giggling and so hyped reading that again. This book looks to be so perfect for me. I bought it immediately after I stumbled across it. It’s no secret that I love hate-to-love relationships. And those three lines perfectly fit my current OTP. I’m so excited to read this book and hopefully find some lines I can send to my friend that we can imagine to be our ship.

There’s really not much else to say about this book. It’s an MLM hate-to-love romance where two guys who hate each other have to work together. They might have had a one night stand once, but will their new situation lead them to being frenemies with benefits?

Chilling Effect – Valerie ValdesAmazon UK

This book was gifted to me by Imogen, so thanks again for that Imogen! I love you lots. I found out about this book recently in a book haul on booktube. I’d never heard of it before, but someone had it and the cover… it just made me want to check it out. This book just seems so random. Cats in space? But I really kind of love that. I’m expecting this to be a fast and hilarious read.

Captain Eva Innocente pilots a small cargo ship. She has a crew she loves, a hold full of psychic cats and engineer that she’s developing feelings for. But when her sister is kidnapped, she’ll put everything at risk to save her. If she doesn’t lose her mind first.

A hold full of Psychic Cats. That’s so weird and random, and I’m laughing thinking about it. I really don’t know what to expect from this novel. Imogen loves it, so I trust that it has an actual story. I’ve also read the first page, and it seemed well-written. I’m kind of hoping this will be a new favourite, but we’ll see.

The Maiden Ship – Michelle RyckmanAmazon UK

I’m trying to get around to actually buying and reading more of those indie books that I stumble across and love the sound of. This one I heard of through FaeCrate. I was so tempted to spend out to get the first and second books in their fancy special editions. But I couldn’t excuse the cost, so I just bought the normal paperback instead. Sadly still expensive, but indie books usually are, and I get why. I adore the cover art for these books though, so it’s definitely worth paying a little more to get a physical copy if you can afford to.

This is a YA fantasy set at sea. Dain is a merchant-sailor who feels like he lives with one foot on land and one in the sea. He thought he knew where his life was going until he finds a mysterious woman in his cabin. Suddenly, his life changes and now he’s being chased by empty-faced demons and discovering that he has powers. Powers that could shift the tide of a centuries-old war.

I know this plot sounds like a lot of YA fantasy out there, but I’m really intrigued by these empty-faced demons and a mysterious woman appearing on his ship. It’s short and sounds like it could be a lot of fun!

The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent V.1 (Light Novel)Amazon UK

Finishing off this post with a light novel! I actually have two to read this month, but I thought I’d share the one that I happily have a physical copy of. If you’re interested to learn more about light novels, then I have a post here! I fancied reading some more josei light novels after I read one back in February, so I’ve picked a couple up here and there when I’ve seen them. They’re just really quick and easy reads, and I like looking at the pictures too.

This one follows a workaholic office lady Sei. Who after being summoned to another world, discovers she’s a legendary saint. But the crown prince quickly declares another woman in her place. That’s fine by Sei, who’d rather live peacefully and help people where she could. But with powers as strong as hers, can she really live that way for long?

This is probably going to be a pretty typical isekai in a lot of ways, I imagine. And I’m not a huge fan of those portal fantasy stories. But it looks funny, the art is pretty. And I just really want to give a light novel with an adult protagonist a go!

That’s it for July’s TBR! Let me know what you’re reading down below.

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