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Fangirl Friday: Best of the Decade, July Edition

Last year, I saw a great bunch of posts about what book bloggers were reading the year before, and it got me curious. What was I reading this time last year—and the year before that, and the year before that? Never one to do things halfway, here’s everything I read during every July of 2010-2020—and which ones come out on top!

[Click for January’s, February’s, March’s, April’s, May’s, and June’s!]



Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
The One by Kiera Cass 
The Elite by Kiera Cass

I say it every time: I can’t include any Potter on a ranking, because they’d win every time, and it wouldn’t be fair. But you know what? This time, I’m giving it the damn win.



City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

How do you rank a list of automatic winners? With great difficulty–but my heart is saying Catching Fire (if for no other reason than the huge rarity of a sequel being even better than the first in the series).



Matilda by Roald Dahl
Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon 

Real talk: I read Matilda in 2018 because my mom gifted me a copy for graduation. The sentimentality alone makes Matilda a winner. (And if you want to know why that’s sentimental, have a look here!)



One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
The Girl’s Guide to Summer by Sarah Mlynowski

Christ, this was a hard decision! For the fact that it was a summer book in a summer month, I’m giving the win to Girl’s Guide (or, if you’ve more sense and less cringe than the UK publishers responsible for the ridiculous retitle, you might know it by its original and better title, I See London, I See France).



The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

That win is as easy as it is inexplicable. (How did I only read one book that whole month? How?)



Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass et al
Suicide Squad, Volume 2: Basilisk Rising by Adam Glass et al
Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Death is for Suckers by Adam Glass et al
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Lust for Life by Jeri Smith-Ready
Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith-Ready
Let It Bleed by Jeri Smith-Ready

From reading one book to reading my entire bookcase?! There are a lot of great options from 2015–looking specifically at you, Lust for Life and the rest of the WVMP series–but come on. It’s Royal Wedding. The winner has to be Royal Wedding.



The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith
Matched by Ally Condie
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I’m giving this win to The Forbidden Game–because I think it’s probably an underdog, and because it’s about 500 pages long and I devoured it in about a day. It’s so deliciously 90s and cheesy and wonderful; think Jumanji, but with your quintessential 90s ~bad boy~. I will eat that shit right up.



Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith
Midnight by L.J. Smith
The Fury & The Reunion by L.J. Smith

I don’t *think* I spent an entire calendar year reading L.J. Smith books, but it’s looking like I did! I’ve mentioned before that I binged them so hard, the Vampire Diaries books blend into one for me, and I can’t remember which ones I liked the most. I know that one of these featured Bonnie front and centre, though–so whichever one that was, that’s the winner for me!



Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Oh, God. That means I’ve spent the last nine years meaning to read the sequel, and not quite getting around to it…



Red Glove by Holly Black

… and nine years wanting to reread this series, too. For shame.


Apparently I’m missing 2010 (can you tell I hadn’t started tracking my reading on Goodreads, and gave up back-tracking it?), so moving to…


Which July book takes the top prize as my Ultimate July Read?

Drum roll…

Royal Wedding

Come on. I still find myself singing the Genovian National Anthem. Is it really a surprise?


Do you agree? Which of these would be your favourite–or what’s your favourite ever July read?

(August’s best coming soon!)

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