Thursday, July 30, 2015

Best of the Bunch: July 2015

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in July.

It's been a while since I had a month with multiple 5-star books! I think that's mostly because my reading was slow the past few months, but maybe my standards are getting higher too...

Of the 13 books I read this month, two earned a 5-star review from me:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konisburg

I enjoyed both for different reasons. I'm going to say that the best of the bunch was...

The other 5-star book was a reread and a childhood favorite for me, but this was something totally new and fun. I had seen mixed reviews about it so I was surprised that I completely loved it. It's basically a bunch of my favorite things all packed into one book: mystery, data visualization, computer programming, code breaking, and — oh yeah — books! It's mostly a fun, action-packed read, but it also raises some interesting questions about the role technology plays in our lives. I tend to agree with its message — that we should use the tools we have available to us (including the vast possibilities of modern technology), but we shouldn't assume that technology is the best or only way to solve all problems. I read the book on Kindle but I'm told the hardcover glows in the dark — a sly nod to how digital isn't always better.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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