July: Books on My Reading List

July 2, 2019

If you have read any of my blog posts relating to my goals for 2019, you may know that I have a goal to read 16 books outside of school by January 1, 2020. So far, I have read eight out of the sixteen books, mostly during the month of June since I had little free time to read for pleasure during the school year. In order to stay on track with my reading goal, I am hoping to read around four or five books for the month of July and then a minimum of two or three books in August. 

Today I thought I would share with you all the books on my reading list for the month of July both to hold me accountable and also to inspire you check out these books as well. While I am not 100% going to read these exact five books, I picked out a few that I am hoping to read eventually if not in the month of July.

If you have read any of these books, please share your thoughts with me in the comments! I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions on any of these novels.

1. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

This novel was first brought to my attention by my AP World History teacher w hen my class was studying apartheid in South Africa. I made a mental note to remember the name of the book he had mentioned, but amidst the stresses of end of the year exams I completely forgot about the book. At the inception of my summer break, when I was researching biographies to add to my list of books I hoped to read, I came across this novel and immediately ordered it on Amazon.

So far I am about half way through the novel, and I have been enjoying it immensely. My AP World History class truly helped me in regards to having a solid understanding of the political, economic, and social aspects of apartheid in South Africa. However, reading this book has made me realize that formal learning from a textbook and class notes, though very important and beneficial, does not necessarily help students to understand the real life effects that apartheid had on peoples' lives. 

If you want to learn more about apartheid and South Africa or simply are searching for a good biography or nonfiction read, I recommend checking out this book.

2. Love, Hate, & Other Filters

3. Little Fires Everywhere

I recently read Celeste Ng's novel Everything I Never Told You, and really enjoyed it. I've heard great things about her novel entitled Little Fires Everywhere, and I can't wait to check it out.

4. The Mothers

5. Code Name Verity


  1. I have been wanting to read "Born a Crime" for the longest time. I need to add it to my library list (: I love book-related blog posts.

    Juliana Grace | www.julianagraceblogspace.com

  2. I love discovering new books and authors to add to my reading list!
    Thanks for sharing your list - they all sound like lovely reads. :)
    Daisy x | https://daisychaindaydreamsblog.wordpress.com/