July 2015 Book Report

August 2, 2015 | 5 comments


THE SHORT VERSION: 9 books // 3134 pages

I haven’t had as much time to read this last month, due to the impending PhD defense, but I read 9 books by 9 different authors. 3 were audiobooks and 2 were books I had read before.



Best of the month was without a doubt The Martian by Any Weir, followed by Lejontämjaren (The Lion Handler) by Camilla Läckberg and Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.

I had heard great things about The Martian and they were all true. I’m now recommending this page-turner about an astronaut stranded on Mars to everyone I know.

Lejontämjaren is the 9th book about police detective Patrik Hedström and his wife Erica, in small town Fjällbacka, Sweden. It reminded me why this is one of my favourite series, and why I consider Camilla Läckberg the queen of Swedish crime novels.

Summer Sisters is the second Blume book I’ve read and I thought it was splendid. It’s a great story about the changing nature of friendships and how they influence our lives.


I’ve finished another 3 (total 34) books for the Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge.

I finished 3 more books for the Semi-charmed Summer Challenge: Dust by Patricia Cornwell (over 500 pages), Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (alliterative title), and The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell (book I had not heard of before).

I also finished 3 more books for Literary Ladies Summer Challenge.


I’ve read another 2 books by Nordic authors, of which one was in Swedish.

I read 2 more books (Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll) for the Classics Challenge.


I didn’t buy any books, but picked up 10 books from the library (of which I finished 5).

How’s your reading year going so far?