July Wrap

August 2, 2018

NOTE: I’m not including any of my assigned reading for my class in this wrap, because that will be in a specific course wrap-up post soon!


July Reads…

? = ARC
? = POC rep
? = LGBTQ+ rep
✨ = Throwback Event
? = Sci-Fi July
? = TBR Jar Readathon

1. A Quiet Kind of Thunder — Sara Barnard ★★★★☆ ?
review coming soon!
2. Anna and the French Kiss — Stephanie Perkins ★★☆☆☆ ✨?
review coming soon!

3. Twilight — Stephenie Meyer ★★★☆☆ 
4. Hush, Hush — Becca Fitzpatrick ★☆☆☆☆ ✨?
review coming soon!
5. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer — Michelle Hodkin ★★★★☆ ✨?
review coming soon!
6. Spinning Silver — Naomi Novik ★★★★★ ??
7. Clockwork Angel — Cassandra Clare ★★★☆☆ ??✨
8. The Hunger Games — Suzanne Collins ★★★★★ ✨?
review coming soon!
9. Hullmetal Girls — Emily Skrutskie ★★☆☆☆ ????
10. Mirage — Somaiya Daud ★★★★★ ???
review coming soon!

11. Contagion — Erin Bowman ★★★★★ ????
12. City of Fallen Angels — Cassandra Clare ★★★★★ ??
13. Sawkill Girls — Claire Legrand ★★★★★ ???
review coming soon!
14. Grace and Fury — Tracy Banghart ★★★☆☆ ?
15. The Doll House — Phoebe Morgan ? (DNF) ?
This just wasn’t what I expected at all.
16. You — Caroline Kepnes ★★★★★
review coming soon!
17. Nyxia — Scott Reintgen ? (DNF) ??
I’ll try this one again another time!
18. Moon Called — Patricia Briggs ★★★★☆ 
review coming soon!
19. Sparrow Hill Road — Seanan McGuire ★★★★★ ?
review coming soon!
20. Devil in Ohio — Daria Polatin ★☆☆☆☆ ?
review coming soon!
21. The Prince and the Dressmaker — Jen Wang ★★★★★ ?
review coming soon!
22. The Opposite of Innocent — Sonya Sones ★★★★☆ ?
review coming soon!
23. Our Stories, Our Voices — Amy Reed ★★★★☆ ???
review coming soon!

I’m sorry that I have so few reviews for these! I’ve been in a major reviewing slump but hopefully, the majority of my August posts will be playing review catch-up.

Other Reviews Posted this Month…

Bright We Burn
Sky in the Deep
Children of Blood and Bone
The Astonishing Color of After

My Favorite Non-Review Posts of the Month…

Post-Book Ban Shopping List
Mid-Year Reading Goal Update!
TBR ROUNDUP: Looking Back At Old TBRs
HAUL ROUNDUP: Looking Back At Old Hauls
Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2018
Booktubeathon TBR & Booktuber Shout-Outs!
Let’s Talk About TBR Jars!
“Halloween in July” Book Tag ???


66% PRINT, 25% EBOOK, 9% AUDIO
PERCENTAGE OF JULY TBR COMPLETED: 74% completed, 20% in progress, 6% not started yet


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

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    1. Looking forward to your reviews on The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Moon Called! Both of these are on my TBR. and I finally got my copy of Spinning Silver, I’m excited to get to that this month hopefully!

      1. Hopefully I will get them posted on Goodreads this week and my blog in the next couple of weeks! I enjoyed them both so much. 🙂 Oooooh I hope you love Spinning Silver!! Let me know what you think, good or bad!

      1. Haha I did! It was for the “throwback” event I was doing. I originally planned to continue that into August but then I realized my ARC TBR is ridiculous and decided to ditch the throwback thing for ARCAugust.

    1. OH I loved A Quiet Kind of Thunder and Mara Dyer, I can’t wait to hear what you thought of them both 😀
      I hope you’ll have a fantastic August 🙂 <3

    1. I love your emoji key. 🙂 Interesting to see you didn’t love Clockwork Angel, tho you’re a CC fan. I’m definitely in the camp that I might like the prequels better than Mortal Instruments (as you mentioned many are). But, honestly, I love them all… who am I kidding? It’s always nice to see fresh perspectives though. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Thank you! 🙂
        Oooh yeah, it just hasn’t been a great series for me so far, but I will say I’m halfway through book 2 right now and I feel like it’s finally “hooked” me so I have VERY high hopes for the ending and for book 3!!

    1. Wow, you have read SO many books this month – go you! 🙂 My heart definitely fluttered when I saw you have read A Quiet Kind of Thunder – it is one of my favourite books and Sara Barnard is one of my favourite authors and people! Have you read her first book? Beautiful Broken Things (UK)/Fragile Like Us (US).
      I have a few of these on my TBR but I really do need to read the Mara Dyer trilogy soon – I’ve owned it for waaay too long for it to be acceptable!!
      I hope August is just as book-filled! 🙂

      1. Thank you! No, this was my first book by her but I will definitely have to check out more of her work because it was so sweet and fun. 🙂 Thank you, Kelly, I hope your August reading is perfect!

    1. Awesome wrap-up, you read a ton of great books! I also love how you use a key to signify all the different things each book has! That’s really helpful for me.

    1. All this old YA giving me throwback feels, I want to reread them too haha ? great wrap up! I can’t imagine what you’re reading is like when you’re not in a reading slump!

      1. Bahaha right?! I’m low key sad that I have to neglect this month’s half of the throwback event to focus on ARCs because it was pretty fun to have those nostalgic titles. Thank you! This actually ended up being a really good month for me once I kicked that slump!

    1. i am FREAKING OUT at how much you read. seriously. so impressive.
      & i’ll try to get over that 2 star to anna and the french kiss with the nice rating for You <3 <3 <3

      1. Thank you!
        Lmaooo you know I had a lot of fun with it while I was reading it! It was just one of those that, once I finished it and thought about it more, certain things rubbed at me wrong 🙁

      1. Thank you! ♥
        I’m sorry Sawkill didn’t work as well for you! I definitely think it will be a polarizing read because it’s being marketed as horror/thriller when it’s more of a magical realism story IMO, and I think a lot of people don’t like MR or have to be in the right mood for it, you know? Plus the writing is a bit unusual – my point is, I can 100% understand why it wouldn’t be a 5 star read for everyone lol! I hope your reads this month are better, though!

    1. Girl, HOW DO YOU HAVE TIME FOR ALL THIS READING!? And with a baby???? Teach me your ways!!

      1. I… I honestly don’t know ?? I just have no life and I never sleep, I guess? Plus I read a lot of ebooks and he likes cuddling on the couch watching TV while I read on my kindle! And this month, I managed to find audiobooks for a few of these on Scribd.com, which helped SO MUCH because I would put them on 1.5x or 1.8x and listen while I did chores!

      1. It was a surprisingly good month for my class to have been going on for most of it – I’m proud of myself! 😀 Thank you! And yessss, I really hope it works better for us next time ♥

    1. Holy wrap up girl! You killed it this month 🙂 I got my copy of Contagion and I’m SO stoked to read it (hopefully this month dang it). Hopefully August is another awesome reading month!

      1. Haha thank you! Oh awesome, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. 😀 I hope you love it and have nothing but 5-star reads this month (or as close to them as we can dream for, lol)!

    1. I am so excited for your review of Hush Hush, I can’t wait to read all your thoughts on it!

    1. Wow! You had an amazing reading month! The only book out of the above that I’ve read so far is The Hunger Games… but I read that both in English and in Spanish, so that counts twice, right? Several others are on my TBR though.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Spinning Silver and Mirage. I’m really looking forward to both those books. Ugh, Hush, Hush is the worse. If I ever had to burn a book, I’d burn that one. Hope you enjoy your August!

      1. Spinning Silver and Mirage were both excellent! I hope you love them. And I don’t blame you for threatening to burn Hush Hush, lmao! It was ROUGH! Thank you Alicia, you too! ♥

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