Wrap Ups

July Wrap: I feel better than I have in MONTHS!

August 2, 2019

As you all know, I’ve been in a slump of some sort almost nonstop for MONTHS… and in late July, I finally feel like I started to overcome it! It’s probably no coincidence that it came at the same time as the summer reading program ending and me cutting back my hours at work. πŸ˜‚πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ


Completed Reads:

✨ = review copy
πŸ“š = backlist title
πŸ“† = monthly TBR
πŸ” = reread
🍰 = graphic novel/manga/comics
πŸ“œ = poetry
πŸ‘Ά = children’s book
🌻 = POC rep
🌈 = LGBTQ+ rep
🌺 = disability and/or MI rep
🎧 = audiobook
πŸ’» = Kindle Unlimited

  • As the Crow Flies 🍰🌻🌈 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Immunity ✨🌈🌺🎧 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Decluttering at the Speed of Life πŸ’» β€” ⭐⭐⭐
  • Witchy ✨🍰🌻🌈 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Garden of Ravens βœ¨πŸ“œπŸŒΊ β€” ⭐⭐
  • Aphrodite Made Me Do it βœ¨πŸ“œ β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Halloween Tree βœ¨πŸ‘Ά β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Tea Dragon Festival ✨🍰🌻🌺 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • House of Skin βœ¨πŸŽ§Β β€”
  • How to Catch a Dragon βœ¨πŸ‘ΆπŸŒ» β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Llamas with Lemonade βœ¨πŸ‘Ά β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Double Life ✨🍰 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Mamma Mia! 1 ✨🍰 β€” ⭐⭐
  • Mooncakes ✨🍰🌻🌈🌺 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • No Homo 🌈 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A World Full of Spooky Stories βœ¨πŸ‘Ά β€” ⭐⭐

  • The Escape Manual for Introverts ✨🍰 β€” ⭐⭐
  • Changeling βœ¨πŸ“† β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle πŸ“šπŸ“†πŸŒΊπŸŽ§ β€” ⭐⭐
  • Madhouse πŸ’» β€” ⭐⭐⭐
  • Stud in the Stacks πŸ’» β€” ⭐⭐⭐
  • Welcome to Dead House πŸ” β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Wait, What? ✨🍰🌻🌈 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Let’s Be Weird Together ✨🍰🌻🌈 β€” ⭐⭐⭐

  • Almost Home: Poems βœ¨πŸ“œπŸŒΊ β€” ⭐⭐⭐
  • Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy ✨ β€” ⭐⭐⭐
  • Choking Back the Devil βœ¨πŸ“œπŸŒΊ β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • BTTM FDRS ✨🍰🌻 β€” ⭐⭐⭐
  • Gleipnir, Vol. 1 ✨🍰🌻 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Cosmic Crystals ✨ β€” ⭐⭐
  • Stargazing ✨🍰🌻🌺 β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Born Under a Good Sign ✨ β€” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


❌ DNFs:

  • Wilder Girls
  • Hope and Other Punchlines
  • Little Mama


Watched this Month:

  • Happy Death Day β€” 5 🌟
    • little blurb of thoughts
  • Happy Death Day 2 U β€” 4 ⭐
  • Pet SemataryΒ (2019)Β β€” 4.5 ⭐
  • The Prodigy β€” 3 ⭐
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018) β€” 3.5 ⭐


Listened to this Month:

  • The NoSleep Podcast β€”Β I’m finally back in the groove of actually listening to the episodes when they release instead of falling 3 months behind and catching up all in a week πŸ™ƒ
  • Of Monsters and Men β€”Β new ‘Fever Dream’Β album (I adore OMAM with everything in me but… I am really not digging the genre change on this record)
  • Gregory Alan IsakovΒ β€” back on myΒ ‘The Weatherman’Β bullshit (lol, this implies that anyone in my household has NOT been obsessed with that album for the last 3 years straight)


Played this Month:

  • World of Warcraft
    • I re-subscribed to WoW and have basically been unable to pull myself away. What else is new?


My Favorite Non-Review Posts of the Month:


My Favorite Posts from OTHER Bloggers This Month:


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  • Reply Rachel August 2, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I love this post and I really enjoy reading your blog. I do a Follow Friday segment on mine every other Friday and I featured your blog this week. You can check it out here: https://themustreads.com/follow-friday/
    Thanks so much for producing good content!

  • Reply Becca Leighanne (Bex) August 2, 2019 at 11:22 am

    1) Thank you for sharing ,my posts!
    & 2) SANKLDJASKLDJA I’M SO HAPPY THAT YOU BEAT THE SLUMP! A reading legend, you are! β™₯

  • Reply Chana @ Paper Procrastinators August 2, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Yayy! I’m so happy that you’re out of your slump! Though you always read *so much* I don’t really know what’s considered a slump for you πŸ˜‚ Someone just recommended that I check out Happy Death Day, and seeing that you enjoyed it will definitely make me get to it faster. Hope you have a great August!

  • Reply Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. August 2, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Destiny, I’m so glad you’re feeling better and you’re getting out of your reading slump, that makes me SO happy, you deserve the best things and I hope you have some amazing months ahead of you πŸ’›βœ¨πŸ’›βœ¨

  • Reply Let's Get Galactic August 2, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Ahh, love you so much & I’m SO glad you’re feeling back to yourself again! Slumps of any kind can really suck, I think I’m sort of in one now and am really looking forward to it being over.

  • Reply Avery @ RedRocketPanda August 2, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    ahhhhh you read SO much this month <3 well done!

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall August 2, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Wonderful wrap up, love! It’s so great to hear that the end of this month has started taking a turn for the better for you! I hope this continues into August! <3 I had no idea Of Monsters and Men released a new album, so I'll definitely check it out! Also, I'm dying over the fact that you omitted the cover for No Homo here (I did end up looking it up that one time. Hahahaha!!)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2019 at 2:23 am

      Thank you!! LMAO KELLY I’M SCREAMING!! I told you not to look! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It’s so awful but it’s hilarious!

  • Reply evelynreads1 August 3, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Glad to hear that this month was so good!

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  • Reply Annemieke August 8, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I”m glad you are feeling better <3

  • Reply Kal @ Reader Voracious August 26, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, you had an AMAZING READING MONTH! I am so happy for you! And omg you loved Happy Death Day, I still want to see that one. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy Wilder Girls but can’t say I am not surprised – I didn’t enjoy it at all lmao.

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