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✵ Spell the Month in Books│July

I’m trying to catch up with this challenge, but it’s not quite working. 😆 Still, thank you to Jana @ Review From the Stacks for hosting this!

J – James and the Giant Peach

About the Book

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He’s very lonely until one day something peculiar happens . . . At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH, and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There’s only one way to find out

My Thoughts

I still remember reading and loving this in first or second grade. 🥰 I mean, who could resist a cute little story about a boy and his ginormous giant peach? Someday, I will be old enough to read Roald Dahl books again (anyone get my C.S. Lewis quote reference? 😀).

U – Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

About the Book

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori — the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?

When Alison meets Dr Faraday, a visiting psychologist, she feels an instant connection. More, he believes her story. But there’s more to Faraday than Alison can possibly imagine … and the answers he will give her are … extraordinary …

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of Anderson’s Flight and Flame and No Ordinary Fairy Tale trilogies (yes, I do find my reviews a little cringy sometimes), and the Ultraviolet duology is one I’ve been wanting to read for a long while. I mean, just look at that synopsis! You can’t go wrong with R.J. Anderson, especially if you’re someone who likes middle grade and/or YA fantasy. 🥰

L – Laertes by Carly Stevens

About the Book

Set in 1920s Europe, this poignant dark academia novel sheds new light on Shakespeare’s masterpiece, finally allowing Laertes to tell his side of the story.

Laertes Belleforest lives two lives: a wild, passionate one with his best friends studying Classics in Paris, and a stifling existence in the Danish court where the mercurial prince Hamlet constantly overshadows him.

Now in his last year at university, Laertes must decide the kind of man he will become. But who is he, apart from the huge personalities that surround him and the secret guilt that haunts him?

When tragedy rocks Denmark, Laertes’ questions are forced into focus. Like a Greek play, his story hurtles through love and wine, ghosts and revenge, toward inevitable catastrophe.

My Thoughts

Woaaahhh, what a cool cover, right?! I actually have a review for Laertes up on my blog as well as a blog spotlight with character and location aesthetics created by the author! Do take a look if you haven’t already! And for those of you who haven’t seen those posts, Laertes is an indie dark academia retelling of Hamlet set in the 1920s!

Y – Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

About the Book

“I’m Yertle the Turtle! Oh, marvelous me!
For I am the ruler of all that I see!”

In this hilarious book – featuring three timeless fables – Dr. Seuss explores the pitfalls of growing too big for your boots!

By combining the funniest stories, craziest creatures and zaniest pictures with his unique blend of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, Dr. Seuss helps children of all ages and abilities to read.

Dr. Seuss makes reading FUN!

My Thoughts

I… don’t have anything to say about this book. I just needed a book that started with y. 😆 Dr. Seuss is cool, and I’m sure Yertle the Turtle is, too.

On a different note, I am having a crisis going on where I can’t seem to figure out how I’d like my ellipses to look. The way Microsoft Word formats them is amazing, but WordPress is not the same. So for example, do I want this…? Or maybe … this? Or maybe just… this, though this last method has been bothering me of late. I can’t do . . . this, the way I like it best, because it might become separated with a changing line. Help. This is the life of a freelance editor for you, I guess!

Soli Deo gloria.


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  1. HJFHFFDHDHGHFD I LOVE THIS SO SO MUCHHH!!! also omg james and the giant peach I LOVE SO MUCH!! i remember reading it in 3rd grade AND FALLING IN LOVE BASICALLY and then proceeded to make ‘living in a peach and befriending catterpillars’ my GREATEST DREAM but i never saw success like that unfortunately 😭 ALSO YES THE CS LEWIS REFERENCE!!!! HSDFHGFDHGFD HIS QUOTES ARE THE BEST EVER OK!!!!!!!


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  2. Aaah I TOTALLY got your C.S. Lewis quote and I LOVED it!!!!!! And that Ultraviolet book’s blurb looks like SOOOO interesting!!!!! I NEED TO READ IT. And I loved the Dr. Seuss book at the end. XD I remember reading Yurtle the Turtle but I don’t remember what I thought of it. I actually barely remember what happened in the book. XD Also these spelling the month in books is THE coolest idea!!!! I remember you doing it for May I think? I don’t remember in my comment on that post if I said the idea was cool so I’m saying it now. XD Fantastic post, Lily!!!! And I wished I had some advice on the ellipses thingy. Just gonna say the pain is real. XD

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    1. YASS, I’m so glad! 🙌🙌🙌 C.S. Lewis has some brilliant quotes, and I can’t wait to read more of his nonfiction writing.

      Honestly, R.J. Anderson is an amazing writer. Ultraviolet is her most popular book, but I personally adore her Flight & Flame Trilogy (mostly for a certain character! 😏) Oh my, yes, that Dr. Seuss book randomly at the end was so immature. I’m being more laid-back here on my blog anyway, though, so I don’t regret it!

      Thank Jana at Reviews From the Stacks for the idea! It’s been fun, but as you can see, I’m terribly behind. 😭 It’s a wonderful way to share about the books one has read and the books one wants to read!

      Ah. Ellipses. *sighs* 😆


  3. Haha, Dr. Seuss!!! I remember watching James and the Giant Peach and being scared by it, but I’ve never read the book! I’d probably like it more than the movie lol. Oo, Ultraviolet looks so cool! *adds it to my TBR*

    Lovely post, Lily!!

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    1. I remember watching Finding Nemo and being scared of it. 💀 I’m fine with the film now, though. I then watched James and the Giant Peach a few years later, and I think I was fine! (We’d read the book as a class in 2nd grade. 😊)

      YES, success! *fist pumps and celebrates because you added Ultraviolet to your TBR* 😁❤️❤️

      Thanks so much for reading! 🤗

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  4. James and the Giant Peach is incredibly nostalgic and yesss Yertle the Turtle is probably a lovely turtle. Ultraviolet seems so amazing?? And Laertes is also on my TBR (entirely because of your stunning review) loved this!! ❤ ❤

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    1. Riiight?! 🥺 (Sorry I use emojis so much! 😆) And now that I think about it, Yertle the Turtle sounds adorable! Ultraviolet is a *top priority* on my want-to-read list, and I’m so happy I was able to introduce you to Laertes! The author is an amazing person, and she actually has an English and literature YouTube channel, too! 🥰

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      1. No, we love the emoji usage it’s wonderful ❤ and why do I kind of want to read Yertle the Turtle now?? lol
        Ultraviolet sounds so amazing, and I'll probably end up abandoning my TBR even more for it.
        The author seems wonderful, and I'm so excited to read the book!!

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        1. Yaaasss, emojis are great!!

          Mwahaha, no way! *cackles some more*

          I’ve already abandoned my TBR more times than I could ever count. 💀 The books on it probably hate me for it. 😂

          I would LOVE to see a review of Laertes from you! I also received some Laertes launch team swag, so maybe I’ll get some of those photos uploaded and do a post sharing the goodies? 🤷

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          1. Emoji’s are the best

            No i’m serious I really think I should read Yertle the Turtle now. I’ve been inspired to take on this high quality story.

            IK like I made a whole post saying yeah i’m going to read these and apparently it was all a lie because. Well. I didn’t…

            YES YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO THAT!! That would be so cool. I want to read Laertes soon, but judging by my list and what I really need to read because it’s been on my TBR for too long, It’ll probably (unfortunately) be a while 😭😭 But I will most definitely scream about it because I’m sure I’ll adore it ❤

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          2. 😆💯💯

            I…You know what? Next time I visit the library, if Yertle the Turtle is in the Dr. Seuss section, I seriously am gonna check it out. 😂 I’ve talked too much about it not to.

            Awww, no way!! 😭😭😭 I wish that isn’t relatable, but it is! I was also planning all these books I’d read this year when 2022 was yet young, and I’ve failed pretty miserably so far!

            I’ve already taken the pictures and edited them to look all dark academia-y! All I need to do now is upload them and get them into a post. 🥰 Oh, that’s okay! We’re both like that lol, so I understand.

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          3. Yesss I’ll do the same. I’ll most definitely require thoughts since it’s clearly going to be a sophisticated piece of literature. Obviously.

            Same!! I’ve had books on my TBR for years that I’ve been ignoring and I feel so bad. I really do need to read them. It’s not that I don’t want to read them, it’s just that sometimes I feel more inclined to other books?? Spontaneously?? I don’t even know.

            AHHH YES I’M SO EXCITED!! I’m sure they’re going to be incredible, and I’m so excited to see it. Ty ❤

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          4. Mwahaha, tOtAlLy!! 😉🤣 Yertle the Turtle? A real philosophical story, that one is!

            Oh, goodness, I feel exactly the same way. And then maybe one day I’ll suddenly really feel like reading a book that I haven’t gotten around to in years and then it’ll be all fine! No more procrastination! At least with that book…

            Ah, well! We humans are so weird. 😆😆😆

            Thanks for being quirky and weird with me! 😂🤗

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  5. Woahhh. You know what’s really weird? My family was just talking about James and the Giant Peach last night.
    OOH Ultraviolet looks really interesting!!
    As for ellipses, I usually do…or . . . but I see what you mean about them going onto a separate line.

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    1. Really? That is weird! 😆 What did you guys say about it?

      Right, isn’t the blurb just so cool?! I don’t really like general market thrillers or suspense because it can get a little too dark, but I trust Anderson’s writing. She’s is a Christian author, and I do also think I’d enjoy more suspense from a biblical worldview.

      I’m also thinking I’ll do the three dots without any spaces on either side. 😊

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      1. Some of my older siblings were talking about it because we have a friend named James who loves peaches. XD I had never heard of the book before lol!

        I definitely understand that. Oh, that’s great!

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