I’ve got my very late wrap up for July! I would count this month as pretty successful reading month. I got to chill a bit before classes started again and there has been a lot happening in the bookish community – adaptation news, cover reveals and a lot of HP.
In July, I was able to make much more progress to my 2017 reading challenge than previous months. As of the end of July, I read a total of 40 books out of my goal of 80 (40%). I still have a long way to go, but hopefully I can keep up this pace and eventually reach my goal.
Being on holidays gave me much needed time to just read. I read 7 books in July. If you want to be technical about it I read 6 novels and 1 short story. And these were pretty satisfying reads, so I’m rally happy about that. If you have been following my monthly wraps for this year, you would have known that I haven’t had the best of luck with good reads. ALSO, I started a couple of old, popular YA series! It has been super fun to delve into these different worlds and read different writing styles.
- The Bane Chronicles: there were a couple of good stories about Magnus in there but I was a tad bored at times.
- Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2): this was an awesome sequel but I was just expecting more. I just didn’t quite have that intense and mind-blowing experience from the first novel.
- The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1): this is such a strange novel. I don’t even know what to say about it. It left me a bit confused but I really enjoyed it.
- Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1): this was such an addicting read. I love Leigh Barudgo’s writing! I just wish certain aspects of this world were explored more.
- Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1): considering all the mixed reviews, I was a bit iffy going in. It’s definitely unique but I don’t think I can deal with the style of writing that comes from narrating through Juliette.
- Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6): and I’ve FINALLY finished this series. It was loooong. I’m mostly satisfied with the ending, but I think there could have been a more of a punch.
- Power Study (Study, #3.5): such a fun short story about some of my faves from the Study series (who I believe have been severely neglected since the first book): Ari and Janco. This duo is hilarious and thus, I was blessed with witty dialogue and banter.
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DUUUDE, look at that TBR!!! (I don’t even know what I’m thinking). I participating in a reading challenge in August (and September), and apparently I think I’m a reading machine *future self laughs at this ambitious fool*.
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1): I’m always down for creepy books so hopefully this one lives up to those expectations.
- The Witch of Duva (Grisha Trilogy, #0.5): I don’t know anything about this story but Leigh Bardugo wrote it.
- The Tailor (Grisha Trilogy, #1.5): once again, no clue about the plot but I trust her.
- Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil: it’s a Melina Marchetta novel so of COURSE I’m gonna read this novel.
- The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2): I’m so excited to continue this series because the first book was so intriguing (but I will probably be eternally confused about this series is).
- Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy, #2): super pumped to continue Alina’s story and know what happened after the events of book #1.
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3): another book from The Raven Cycle…
- The Raven King The Raven Cycle, #4): so yes, I’m marathoning this series.
- The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, #1): I know NOTHING about this series. I’ve heard the hype so I’m reading it. This pretty much describes how I put books on my TBR pile.
- Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1): sci-fi and a cyborg protagonist – literally all I know about this book. (Also I’m gonna make an educated guess that this some sort of a Cinderella retelling).
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1) Is massively confused that my top post (Shadowhunters: season 2 premiere thoughts) is not even from this July. In fact, it’s from January?!??
2) I can’t believe the amount of people who read through that HUUUGE book review of Empire of Storms.
- The second Fantastic Beasts movie has begun production. There are some plot details in the linky if you wanna know. I will say the first one wasn’t that impressive but we’ll see how the next one goes.
- Check out these illustrated editions that have been added to the Harry Potter collection. This month: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Release: November 2017.
- A (kind of) release date has been set for the Chaos Walking adaptation. I don’t know much about this series but I’m planning on reading it soon.
- Cover reveal for Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker. The next book in the DC Icons series is releasing in January 2018 so get excited if you’re a a fan of Batman and YA.
- MORE Harry Potter book cover reveals. We’ve got two different editions: US and UK. Which one do you prefer?
- A actress has been chosen to play Lara Jean in Jenny Han’s adaptation for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I HAVE heard that the protagonist is supposed to be Korean-American, however the movie has chosen a Vietnamese-American actress to portray her so that’s disappointing.
- A lot of people have been casted for The Hate You Give adaptation. The hyped YA novel has an equally hyped adaptation and I need to read it soon!!
I had a nice month of July without the pressures of school and exams, but NOW… classes have begun. I’m hoping I can juggle this semester better than the last and fingers crossed there won’t be any blog hiatuses.
I would say that I had a triumphant month of reading. Not as much reading I would have liked, but they were all pretty great reads. And it’s made me realise how many fictional worlds I haven’t visited yet *howls into the wind*.
On the book reviewing side of things, they haven’t been quite as successful. As of the current moment, I have 15 books I want to review *gulp*. I know lately, a lot of my blog posts have been reviews. Playing catch-up isn’t fun, but I really want to get them up. I am hoping to get a couple of posts that aren’t just reviews – maybe some discussion posts or some good old lists??
As I mentioned before, I’ll be participating in The Reading Quest reading challenge in August and September and I have a hella amount of books I want to read. I am SO excited about this. If you want to join in or figure out what I’m talking about, you can find my signup and TBR list HERE!
It’s been difficult for me to keep up these monthly favourite quotes because I’ve been slacking in writing notes whilst reading. I’ve found that the reading experience is less detached since I don’t need to constantly put the book down. BUT, it’s probably the reason I’ve been finding it difficult to write reviews for the books I read. I read two Cassie Clare books in July, so choosing a favourite quote for July was HARD. You’ve got the deep and meaningful ones, then there’s the iconic and humorous quotes. I chose to go with a deep one this month for no reason whatsoever…
“Everyone is afraid of something… We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.”
– Lord of Shadows, Cassandra Clare (Julian Blackthorn)
And with that, happy August-ing!! May many awesome books come your way :D
How was your July? Learnt anything new? Eaten any great food lately? Good books? Comment below!