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The Books I Read in July 2020

A mini-review of all the books I read in July 2020.

The Books I Read in July 2020

As I mentioned in the If We Were Having Coffee post, I am adding some new themes and interests on the blog. This includes the new monthly series What I Read This Month that I am debuting with this post!

I know some other bloggers do this as well, and I thought this would be a great way to transition into writing more about books and entertainment on the blog. 

What to Expect

Each month I will be posting a mini-review of all the books I read from the month prior and give each book a rating. 

I like to read different subjects, but I mainly stick to classics, personal development, history, and historical fiction books.

If you read a book that fits my vibes and think I would like it, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Also, if you would like a full review of a book I read, let me know in the comment section as well!

Lastly, like many book nerds, I am Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge. I decided to step up my game this year and read or audiobook a book a week, so 52 books in 2020. So far, I am at 19, so I am about 11 books behind, but I am confident I can get close to my goal by the end of the year.

Without further ado, here are the books I read in July 2020!

What I Read in July 2020

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rating: 5/5

Rich Dad Poor Dad was first published in 1997 and is still one of the most recommended personal finance books 13 years later. Rich Dad Poor Dad is the first personal finance book I ever read, and I am so glad I chose this one because it has given me a sense of direction in how to break away from being an employee by being financially literate.

Read in July 2020

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Rating: 4/5

I read three finance books in July and this was my second read. The Total Money Makeover is another popular finance book that comes highly recommended by finance YouTubers and bloggers. Ramsey’s book was much more straightforward and less of a story than Rich Dad Poor Dad, but the book offers some great advice and some that I don’t exactly agree with. Regardless, I am currently following the second Total Money Makeover step and trying to pay my debts down using the snowball effect. 

Read in July 2020

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Rating: 3/5

The third finance book I read in July. I had a hard time getting into this one and felt like I didn’t get to absorb the book and what the author was conveying. I did manage to take away the idea of paying myself first. I would like to give this book a second chance and reread it to see if I can follow along with the storyline more clearly.

Read in July 2020

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Rating: 4/5 

I am embarrassed to say that at 29 years old, this is the first Jane Austen novel I have ever read. I recently had an interest in classic books and decided to start with Pride and Prejudice as it was a shorter novel to read. The novel was quaint and romantic. I plan on rereading it to enjoy getting into the internal thoughts of the characters. I also want to watch the on screens versions of the novel. 

Read in July 2020

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Rating: 5/5 

The Lady of the Rivers is the first book in the Plantagenet and Tudor novel series by Philippa Gregory. I had initially started the series by reading The Constant Princess, which focused on Katherine of Aragon and worked my way up from there. Now I am starting at the beginning and reading the first few novels in the series. I don’t love all of the books in the series, but this one is good and one of my favorites out of all 15 novels. 

Currently Reading…

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory 

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile by C. W. Gortner

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Until Next Time

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? If so let me know what you thought of them in the comments below.

Stay tuned for next month’s post to find out what I read in August!


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  • Reply Loops

    Hi 🙂 I was wondering if your Instagram is still active? I was trying to follow you but it said the link was broken! Also, I love Goodreads! I haven’t been reading as much physical books (been doing Audible here and there)as I’d like lately but this post inspired me to start getting better at it…after all I have like 1000+ “To Read” books in my Goodreads account lol. Also, would it be okay if we became friends on Goodreads?

    February 8, 2021 at 1:49 am
    • Reply Rachel

      Hi there! I guess I missed the Instagram link when I deleted IG lol. I’ll have to go back in and removed it ha. Yes, I have a lot of books I want to read. I use audible more than actually reading which is how I am able to read so much. My Goodreads is under Rachel Elizabeth. I don’t have a profile pic but it should pop up in the search.

      February 8, 2021 at 2:57 pm
    • Reply Rachel

      Also…I just looked at your blog and wanted to say I am so glad there are other 30 something ladies out there who don’t have their life together and acknowledge it. So refreshing because sometimes I feel like I am the only one SMH haha.

      February 8, 2021 at 5:09 pm

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