Monthly Reads | July 2019

New segment alert! I absolutely love reading but too lazy to dedicate review posts for every single book I read. Also, maybe because I’m jaded from school book reports but for the life of me, I also can’t write reviews on books, lol. I figured, a monthly round up is the way to go with a few sentences regarding the book!

All links directs to Goodreads.


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

Rating: 4/5. Oh my god, my childhood right here. It has been over a decade since I last read this book and I felt like finishing the entire series since I picked it up on sale from Kobo. It was just as magical as I remembered it to be and I couldn’t help but noticed the language rereading this again (old time English?). I don’t know why it didn’t bother me when I was younger but I hated it when Lewis would break the forth wall and address the readers.

Definitely a good reminder of my magical childhood. It captivated me to follow the Penvensie siblings and their adventures in Narnia and I loved their bond with each other. Aslan was just an ass-hat and didn’t like him too much.


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Rating: 4/5. Oh this was so, so adorable to read! I adored Amy in Parks n Rec and decided to give this memoir a shot. It was absolutely wonderful reading about her childhood, her success and fails, and her hard lessons learned. She talks about her friendships, love for comedy, and personal relationships as well. It felt very relateable, unlike a lot of celebrity memoirs. It felt as if Amy was your mother telling you some of her life stories and lessons she wants to pass on.

A very cute, humble, and casual read.


American Drug Addict: a memoir by Brett Douglas

Rating: 4/5. Yes, another drug addict read… but can I just say… wow! Brett was had the American dream (college, business, family and a home) but the reality was he was a drug addict and that consumed him. This memoir is gritty and raw, but entertaining at the same time as he pokes fun of his experiences and those he got high with. Brett gave readers a glimpse into the mind of a drug addict and how they stop at nothing to get it. It’s really graphical and definitely puts an imagine in your mind on how he went about his drug consumption. He tells us how he stole, use, and abuse though around him to get something. A great message to erase the stereostype that drug addicts are dumb and amount to nothing.


Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia #2) by C.S. Lewis

Rating: 2/5. I adore Prince Caspian but lord, this was a boring read. It really dragged on and I felt as though there were no grand, magical adventure to be had. Not what I expected for Narnia.


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia #3) by C.S. Lewis

Rating: 4/5. Now this is what I’ve come to expect when I want to head back into Narnia! This installment was jam packed with my favourite characters (new and old), and a grand adventure outside of Narnia. I found some parts to be surprisingly dark and scary for a children’s book but it was very interesting to see how Lewis created the rest of the world outside of Narnia.

There’s not much of the annoying breaking down the forth wall thing and I didn’t feel the story dragged on.


Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases by Cory Franklin

Rating: 4/5. If you’re into trauma and intensive care unit while watching Grey’s Anatomy, this may be the book for you. Dr. Franklin shares his 30 years of experience in Cook County Hospital, one of American’s busiest hospitals. There are some stories where it’s boring but for the most part, many of his stories are entertaining and personal. It’s very fascinating to see the “start” of epidemics from a medical perspective, such as AIDs. You also learn a few medical facts too!

The only issue I had with this book was the tone Franklin uses in some stories. It felt very “braggy” and at some points, it feels as though he left some details out or fabricated the story to reflect better on himself.


The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #4) by C.S. Lewis

Rating: 3/5. Jill was annoying, and the story was boring. The end.

But seriously, though. The story was very uneventful, and the main protagonist, Jill, was very very annoying. There is no major action, and the one big moment happens at the very end of the novel. I wish it focused more on Eustace as I’ve come to like him a lot since the last Narnia book. The only beneficial contribution this book gave to the Narnia chronicles is allowing the readers to see and understand how much time has passed between each instalment.


Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Rating: 1/5. Can someone please tell me why this book was so hyped up?! Is this another lesson for me not to listen to hyped up books?

I dreaded opening this book everytime it came to reading. I found it incredibly boring, confusing, frustrating and overall no good story line. In short, this book follows a group of horny teenagers in an arts academy, and then follows them later into adulthood. The author’s writing is frustrating to follow. Why do you need to repeat the same dull sentence twice?


Hope you guys enjoyed this month’s installment of reads! It feels so good to get these reviews off my chest, lol. To read more book reviews, click here!

Have you read any of these books? Got one in mind I should try? Let me know! And, if we’re not friends on Goodreads yet… what are you waiting for?

7 thoughts on “Monthly Reads | July 2019

  1. Omg, I love Amy too and I have this autobiograhy too! I love this part when she decided she wasn’t going to be one of those girls who was going to use her beauty as currency in this world and that’s okay. She is an amazing human, Will Arnett really screwed up. Yeesh! I’m curious, why do you hate it when authors break the fourth wall? And great little reviews for every one of them, now I know which to steer clear! Hehe!

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    1. Amy is such an inspiring role model and I loved her sheer determination to make it in this world out of hard work and talent.

      There’s something about breaking down the fourth wall that really annoys me when I watch or read something. I think it’s the fact that I’m so invested in the storyline that when the actor or author brings me back to reality, it frustrates me to no end, haha. It’s like, C.S. Lewis, I am reading your book to escape to Narnia… please don’t address me as the reader and bring me back to my non magical reality, lol.

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      1. Yess she is truly a hard worker who didn’t use her powers of nepotism or beauty to get her way which is such a raw thing to appreciate. Plus people who’ve worked with her always talk about what a great person she is too!
        AHHH, I get it, especially in fantasy novels like that you just need that full immersion unlike a non-fiction book right? HAHAHA

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  2. Omg yasss The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe! Soo my childhood too! I’m actually surprised Prince Caspian wasn’t that great, I thought it would’ve been similar to how amazing the latter mentioned book would be!

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  3. Ahh, Chronicles of Narnia was my childhood too! I’ll definitely have to re-read the books in the future. Not sure if you’ve read this book but you need to check out Gabor Mate’s book called In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, seems like it’s right up your alley!

    Eena ☼ cabin twenty-four

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  4. I had the whole packed up series of the Narnina books when I was a kid but I never read them– they were too much for me at the time lol. I did love the film though & always wondered if they’d make any more of ’em!

    Drug memoirs are my fave. I’m so adding that one to my TBR! Thanks for sharing, Claire. 🙂

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