July 2023 Reading Wrap-up

Reading is my go-to activity. I do it because I love a great story, but also as a way of learning something new. Setting aside regular reading time helps me to whittle down my large TBR. I knew July would be a relatively busy month but even so, I was sure to get plenty of reading time in. This July 2023 reading wrap-up goes over the books I read during the month and what I thought of them.

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July 2023 Reading Wrap-up

Lonely Castle In The Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

I picked up this book after seeing the trailer for the movie a couple of months ago. I knew very little going into this book, except what I had seen from the movie trailer.

With bullying as a large aspect of this book, it may not be easy for some to read. However, I found it did a great job of representing the torment those who are bullied deal with on a daily basis – even when not around their bullies. As Kokoro and the six other students navigate the world of the castle and discover what connects them together, the story really draws you in. Learning to open up, embrace change, be brave, and be there for each other pushes each of them to their breaking point but also helps them become who they are meant to be.

This book has plenty of ups and downs and went in ways I didn’t expect. I highly recommend this one.

Maid-sama! Vol 1 & 2 by Hiro Fujiwara

I loved the anime series when I watched it a couple of years ago and was eager to read the manga.

I liked Misaki’s character. She’s tough at school but kind elsewhere, especially at her job. Usui is obnoxious at times and honestly, the fact that is he stalking Misaki is not okay in the slightest. I never really noticed it that much in the anime but in the manga it’s glaringly obvious. The interactions between these two are more often awkward but at times genuine feelings come through. I can’t say that I am loving the manga at this point but perhaps it will grow on me as the series progresses.

Mao Vol. 11 by Rumiko Takahashi

I’m not sure what I can say about this volume without spoiling it. I quite enjoyed it. Seeing Nanoka and Mao working together to solve various mysteries and track down objects makes the story flow quickly. We are getting to see Nanoka starting to step more into her role and powers but there are still plenty of unanswered questions surrounding her, Mao, and the Goku clan.

I look forward to the next volume.

YashaHime Princess Half-Demon Vol. 2 by Takashi Shiina

I was really looking forward to diving into this volume. I still have a hard time separating the manga series from the anime series – since the manga is a different story with many aspects of the anime still present. However, I am really loving how Shiina is melding the two together to create a familiar yet unique story. We are slowly getting to see more of the world, along with setting Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha up for many adventures ahead.

My favorite part of the manga so far is how Towa is a lot less obnoxious than she was in the anime. I look forward to seeing more of this story evolve in the rest of the series.

The Savior’s Book Cafe Story In Another World Vol. 1 by Kyouka Izumi & Oumiya

This was by far the best book I read in July. I picked up the first volume on a whim and am so glad I did. In fact, as soon as I finished this one I immediately ordered the rest of the series.

I loved that Tsukina, the main character, was in her thirties. Her interactions with the “God” of the world were fantastic and made me love her instantly. Even once she goes into the other new world and sets up her book cafe, I couldn’t help but want to join her. Watching her build her new life in this new world was fantastic. Then there is Il, the handsome boko-loving knight who stumbles upon her new cafe. The interactions between these two were perfect. The character development and world-building along the way truly bring the entire book together. The ending had me craving more. I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the series.

I highly recommend this book. It will appeal to all book lovers.

July 2023 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 6
  • Books purchased: 11
  • Books purged: 0
  • Books DNF’d: 0

I hope you enjoyed my July 2023 Reading Wrap-up. What did you read in July?


  1. It was fun seeing which books you read in July! The Savior’s Book Cafe Story in Another World sounds like a fantastic manga!

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