Summer Read-a-Long: July Wrap-Up!

Wow, July has come and gone already! How did everyone do with their reading pile this month? As previously posted, Jenn @ Lost in a Great Book & I wanted to get to a few books over the summer that have been on our TBR pile for way too long.

July was the month for Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

So this past Sunday, Jenn, Chandra (@sakuralovestea) and I met up for a brunch of book talk! (Which Leah Bobet – who was originally supposed to join us – has subtitledly dubbed the “Let’s Eat All The Food with Michele and Jenn Book Club.“) After ordering a round of mimosas and our food (eggs benny for me, of course! Had to try it for my Eggs Benedict Tour Tumblr!), we jumped into discussing the book.

The immediate general consensus was that it was a really beautifully written book. We couldn’t stop gushing and raving about how poetic and gorgeous the narrative was, ever so descriptive that makes you want to visit Prague. There was the agreement that the ending of the book seemed quite jarring, like it was a completely different story altogether. Whether the decision was the author’s or an editorial one, but the difference in vibe and style from the beginning to end was very evident that none of us could see past.  It’s hard to mask or forgive the lack of a really good, solid plot when the writing is so pretty.

Jenn really loved the character of Karou, and had some handy-bookmarked passages of fantastic quotes that stood out to her. Some which are poignant to go back and re-read to  understand the fuller meaning once you know the ending. Chandra definitely recommended going back to check out certain poignant moments once you were done the book. Collectively, we couldn’t really buy into the Akiva story. The interest was definitely more with Karou and her strange family than the apparent love story that seemed a bit rushed and forced.

Overall, we had a similar feeling for the book although I think Jenn seemed to have enjoyed it more than myself and Chandra, and personally, I could take or leave the next installment.

I’ve mostly summarized our conversation since I can’t remember all the specifics, but Jenn ever-so-cleverly taped us so she could remember our points afterwards so be sure to swing by Jenn’s wrap-up post for her (more thorough) take on our brunch book club meeting!

What did you guys think of it?

We realized at this brunch that there were still so many books we mutually had to read so we decided to extend our summer TBR pile readalong a little longer. So right now, we’ve picked our September book to be Anna Dressed in Blood!

Will you be joining us for August’s read: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin?


  1. Sounds like a fun time!! I think it’s so cool that so many of you live close together to get together and do cool stuff like this!!
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  2. Great summary! It was definitely a fun day – and we had such a great discussion about the book! My audio recording was over 45 minutes long, or else I might have posted it, but we definitely had very strong feelings about different aspects of this book.
    Make sure you add your thoughts to the discussion and to the link for your reviews :-)
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  3. Uch I really do not like that original DoSaB cover. And I am dying for the sequel to this book! I’ve actually been to Prague, when I was younger, but I would like to go back because I don’t remember it too well and I’d like to see it with new, post-DoSab eyes :)
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  4. I’ve read both of your August and September books so I’m excited to read your reviews of those ones! 😀
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