Good morning bookworms! It’s time for the July wrap-up!
So, I read 9 books in July, which was great!! The Reading Rush definitely helped as I pushed FOUR books over the line that week.
|Call It What You Want||Brigid Kemmerer||Paperback||
|Memento||Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff||The Illuminae Files #0.5||Paperback||
|Shadow and Bone||Leigh Bardugo||The Grisha Trilogy #1||Paperback||
|White Cat||Holly Black||Curseworkers #1||Hardcover||
|Red, White and Royal Blue||Casey McQuiston||Paperback||
|Kissing Tolstoy||Penny Reid||Dear Professor #1||eBook||
|The Tea Dragon Festival||Katie O’Neill||The Tea Dragon Society #2||Graphic Novel
|The Kiss Quotient||Helen Hoang||The Kiss Quotient #1||Paperback||
|Freshmen||Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison||Paperback||
Top read for the month should have been The Kiss Quotient, but I’ve actually been thinking about Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer much more often… so I may need to adjust my rating!!
I am going to do the ARC August challenge! This means that during the course of August, I will be catching up on as many ARCs as I possibly can, or really just trying to make a dent in them. So, this is the list of my current ARCs (overdues are marked with an *, older than 3 months are marked with an ^):
📖 Physical copies:
- DEV1AT3 *^ – Jay Kristoff (thanks Jay)
- We are Blood and Thunder *^ – Kesia Lupo (thanks Bloomsbury)
- StepSister *^ – Jennifer Donnelly (thanks Hotkey)
- The Bride Test * – Helen Hoang (thanks Allen and Unwin)
- Toffee * – Sarah Crossan (thanks Bloomsbury)
📱 Digital copies:
- Rainbow Brite * – Jeremy Whitley and Brittany Williams (thanks Netgalley)
- The Gamer’s Guide to Getting the Girl * – Kristine Scarrow (thanks Netgalley)
- Ever Alice * – H. J. Ramsay (thanks Netgalley)
- Postcards for a Songbird – Rebekah Crane (thanks Netgalley)
- She’s Got Game – Laura Heffernan (thanks Netgalley)
- Crown of Coral and Pearl – Mara Rutherford (thanks Netgalley)
- Jack of Thorns – AK Faulkner (thanks Netgalley)
- Spin – Colleen Nelson (thanks Netgalley)
- Eclipse the Skies – Maura Milan (thanks Netgalley)
- Brightfall – Jamie Lee Moyer (thanks Netgalley)
- Seeker – Kim Chance (thanks Netgalley)
- The Tea Dragon Festival – Katie O’Neill (thanks Netgalley)
- Just Lucky ^ – Melanie Florence (thanks Netgalley)
- Shadow Frost ^ – Coco Ma (thanks Netgalley)
- Friend or Fiction ^ – Abby Cooper (thanks Netgalley)
- Orpheus Girl – Brynne Rebele-Henry (thanks Edelweiss)
- Mooncakes – Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (thanks Netgalley)
- Chasing the Shadows – Maria V Snyder (thanks Netgalley)
I’ve actually been really slack… I only wrote 2 mini reviews, and 2 other reviews for the ENTIRE MONTH. I mean, I’m slowly catching up on tags, but discussion posts have been out the window, and I haven’t even done a recommendation post for ages either.
Surprisingly, I had an all-time high with stats though… so who can figure this insanity out? Not me.
We had an A-Z of Top 5 Tuesdays, and I was really surprised that I managed to hit every letter. J, X, Y and Z were my hardest ones though!!
My fave post of the month was probably my Book Ending Summer: Bookcation post though. I had so much fun writing it, it made me want to do more of those fun kids if posts more often!
So, there were some pretty amazing posts out there this month!! These are some of my faves that I saw:
- Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties talked about the importance of mental illness representation in books, and just, WOW! What an amazing post!
- Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky talks about the best kind of heroes, and TBH, I am all here for this post!!
- Kal @ Reader Voracious started a series where she talks about the trials and tribulations of going self-hosted!! This is a FOUR part series, so I’ve just linked the first post, but you can click through to the others once you’re there.
- Cassie @ Let’s Get Galactic gives you some hot tips if you’ve ever considered starting your own #bookstagram account!
- Sophie @ Beware of the Reader wrote a discussion post on what age is ‘too old’ to read YA (and as a mid-30’s person who DOES read YA and MG too, I loved it)
- Olivia @ Purely Olivia talks about the TRUTH behind blogging!! (all our secrets are there!!)
- Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages compiled THE GREATEST list of top 50 books to read during summer. Seriously. There is something for everyone, and an amazing mix of genres, as well as backlist vs new release books too. If you cannot find something on here to read, then you must have read them all already (in which case, kudos to you, friend).
In July I traveled for work for a week. I took an outrageous NINE books with me, but I did read almost 3, and you know, it’s good to have options when you’re a mood reader like I am!! (Also, thank goodness for checked luggage!!)
I also saw Spider-Man: Far From Home TWICE at the cinema. I really liked it, even though it was a bit predictable, and I’m interested to see where this all goes now that it felt more like Sony had put their Spider-Man stamp back on the series.
Speaking of things that I watched… I watched the new season of Veronica Mars. And I LOVED it. Right up until the last 10 minutes. And… I’m still not over the ending.
I don’t really consider myself a pop-music fan (and there’s nothing wrong if you do), but I grew up listening to a lot of Linkin Park, Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance (I am what happens when an emo-kid grows up), and I’ve become more indie-rock as I get older, my current (still-together) fave band if The Wombats, and I listen to a lot of Aussie hip-hop as well… but can I just say that I am LOVING the new Taylor Swift stuff? I mean, I really liked 1989 and reputation, but there’s something about the upcoming album that has my inner unicorn screaming to be freed. The Archer is great, but I just super love You Need to Calm Down so much. And the film clip is the best. (I’ve spent a LOT of this month watching it…)
So, a pretty … uneventful month!
What did you do in July?