July Wrap Up 2017

Hello August. Another month has flown by and I’m pretty sure all my days are blurring into one right now. However, before we officially welcome August, we have to say farewell to July.

So, what was the highlight of the month? My new kindle. Yes, I have finally taken the plunge and have purchased my very own kindle voyager. Why now? Simple, it was a prime day deal. πŸ˜› In all seriousness though I’d been debating getting one for a while now and the deal came about at the right time and because of it I had the best reading month so far.

It’s very rare that I read more than 5 books a month but somehow I ended up reading a whopping 7 books in July! That is quite an achievement for me. My favourite book from the month had to be The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. Her books always get to me and I loved reacquainting myself with Tom, Francesca and the gang. My fantasy read of the month was Our Dark Duet and I really enjoyed it but it’s not my favourite Schwab book. After that I was pulled to my addiction; Sports contemporary romances. Those books are all kinds of addictive and kept my reading mojo alive. Here is a summary of my July.

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: 4.5 Stars

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab: 4 Stars

All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack: 3.5 Stars

All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack: 3.5 Stars

All Played Out (Rusk University #3) by Cora Carmack: 4 Stars

Mister Hockey (Hellions Angels #1) by Lia Riley: 3 Stars

Falling From the Sky (Gravity #2) by Sarina Bowen: 4 Stars

Reviews
10th July: Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry
23rd July: Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry
29th July: Chasing ImpossibleΒ  (Pushing the Limits #5) by Katie McGarry

Waiting on Wednesday
5th July: Say You’ll Remember Me
12th July:
Starry Eyes
19th July: All the Crooked Saints
26th July: Love, Life and the List

Discussion
One of my goals for July was to start writing up some discussion posts again. It’s safe to say I’m quite proud of the fact that I managed to squeeze out three of these posts and hopefully I can keep the momentum going in August.

6th July: Why I Read Fantasy
17th July: Why I Read Contemporary
31st July: Why I Should Read More Historical Fiction

Favourite Posts in July

Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader talks aboutΒ What makes you comment on a blog post.

Aentee @ Read at Midnight has created The Reading Quest challenge. To sign up visit this post.

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books treats us to a slew of discussion posts, such as, what makes a real book blogger? She also talks about her book blogging bucket list and provides some tips on how to write a great blog post.

Sophie Li @ Sophie’s Corner talks about stereotypes in fiction.

Lisa @ Remarkably Lisa tells us why you should stop reading. She also wonders if we’re too honest with out reviews.

Fadwa @ Word Wonders explains why content warnings are necessary. She also discusses the dreaded blogging burn out.

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters talks about blogger identity.

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks provides some tips to help write a review.

Alex @ Firey Reads discusses the importance of reading diversely when you are not marginalized.

The Orangutan Librarian looks at the topic of fanfiction vs plagiarism.

Mark @ Bong Bong Books shares his story on chasing his dream.

August Goals

I’ve already kick started my reading goal of the month. I’ve just finished my second book of the month, Gemina and it destroyed me in every possible way. Now I’m in turmoil cause the third book, Obsidio, doesn’t come out until 2018!? I think I might need to take some time to let Gemina sink in before I pick my next books but I am feeling a fantasy kick coming.

I also plan to post more discussion posts. I have ideas but finding the time and words to write them all up will be a challenge.

In life news, I didn’t end up booking my flights to Canada in July but I am 100% booking them this month. I’ve done some research and some planning so I have a rough idea of the route I want to take. I just need to take the plunge and book the tickets before I chicken out haha.

I’ve basically given up on trying to squeeze in a binge watching session cause I officially suck at completing TV shows. I have a very long list of all the shows I need to watch and it’s definitely overwhelming. On the bright side, Game of Thrones is back and I am loving it so far. Honestly the main reason I still watch the show is down to my dedication to Sansa. She is the best character on that show. I could care less about Dany to be honest. What are your theories for the rest of this season?

July was a fantastic reading month for me.
How was your July? What was your book of the month?
What are your plans for August?

 

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24 thoughts on “July Wrap Up 2017

  1. well done!! Love the Rusk University boys πŸ˜€ And Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite authors. I’m currently reading The Conjuring of shadows by Schwab and when I’m done with that one I’ll dive straight into the Monsters of Verity series.

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  2. Congrats on your great reading month! I had a uniquely good one as well, primarily because I had a lot of time to read while on vacation. I didn’t rate any of my books below four stars, and my very favorites were As You Like It by Shakespeare and Legion of the Dead by Paul Stewart. πŸ™‚

    AHHH THERE ARE SO MANY SHOWS I NEED TO FINISH AS WELL. Anohana, Your Lie in April, Supernatural, Sword Art Online…the list is infinite. XD

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    • It definitely sounds like you had a great reading month. I hope August is proving to be just as good a reading month for you.

      I swear we need designated reading/watching hours so we can fit everything in to the day haha.

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    • I booked my flights last night and I’ll be there from mid May- mid June 2018. As a novice traveler I think that’s a reasonable length of time, especially since it’s my first solo trip haha. I’m trying to figure out the route but I’m thinking of focusing on the Toronto/Ottawa area. I’ll DM soon with more info haha.

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      • Yeah, definitely let me know! I think there’s loads to see in Ontario depending on what you want to see. I am not sure if I will be in Canada during that time, but we can talk more in the DMs πŸ˜€

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  3. oh I am thrilled to see that July was such a good month for you here. I had a fun time reading Cora Carmack’s series…and book four is coming out this fall so I can’t wait on that one. And yay for doing a trip to Canada. I just love Canada, I have family there so I visit often. Hope you have a fun time.

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    • The Rusk University series was just what I needed. They were stress free and fun to read. I’m so excited to see Stella and Ryan get their happy ending in the fourth book.
      I’ve just booked the flights so now it’s all about planning and saving up. πŸ˜€

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  4. Hello! Congrats on reading 7 books in July! That’s amazing! And thank you so much for linking my blog post. Glad that you liked it πŸ™‚
    That’s awesome that you got a Kindle. My Kindle is one of the favourite things that I own! Hope you enjoy many ebooks to come.
    Out of curiosity, where are you travelling to in Canada? πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you. I loved the posts you published.
      My kindle has quickly become my best friend haha. I am blitzing though books at the minute.
      I’m going to focus on the areas in and around Toronto and Ottawa this time round. I’ve just booked my flights so I’ll be there from mid May to mid June of next year.

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      • Aw! Thank you! I’m glad that you like my posts!
        That’s great that you are liking your kindle! These days I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks since there haven’t been enough time to read…
        That’s awesome that you are visiting Toronto (it is my hometown!) It’s an amazing city. There are always things happening, and the food is great! Hope you will like it there πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m so glad you had such a good reading month, that’s great! πŸ™‚ I haven’t read the Schwab series you mentioned, but loads of people have been recommending it to me. Maybe I should read it? πŸ™‚
    Gemina was SO CRAZY – I’m still a bit confused and a mess about it all, ahah, I can’t wait to read the next book – but also, I am soooo scared because… I feel like it will be terrible. In the sense that everyone will die, not in the sense that the book will be bad.
    Thank you so much for sharing my post! I hope you’ll have a great month ❀ ❀

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    • It’s such a great duology and there’s a really good exploration of identity in the series. It’s not my favourite Schwab book, that honour goes to the Shades of Magic series, but it’s still really good.

      How are we suppose to wait until 2018 for Obsidio. I literally cannot wait that long. I will riot if one of them dies. That is simply not allowed at all!

      Hope you’re enjoying your travels. ❀

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