July Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful July full of lots of good books. This month was actually pretty successful for me, and I’m happy that I finally picked up the pace. I’m still seven books behind on my reading goal, according to Goodreads, buuuut that’s okay. We don’t worry about that. Hopefully I’ll have more good months like this to catch up.

This month I read a total of eight books, and I think I wrote reviews for most of them:

  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
    • My rating: 3/5 stars
  • Gilded by Christina Farley
    • My rating: 3/5 stars
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon hale
    • My rating: 5/5 stars
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
    • My rating: 5/5 stars
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
    • My rating: 4/5 stars
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand
    • My rating: 2/5 stars
  • The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle
    • My rating: 3/5 stars
  • The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
    • My rating: 4/5 stars

I was able to read these mostly due to the fact that it’s summer, so no school, but also because I did quite a bit of traveling this month. First was Boston, the week of July 4th. While there, I did my orientation for Northeastern University and also did a bunch of cool tours to see the history of the city, which was really fun. We also went to Disneyland! It’s one of our favorite places to go as a family, and this year it was exciting because we saw the redesigned Pixar Pier. It was super cool and I’d totally recommend going if you have yet to see it.

Other posts:

PLUS: A huge thanks to all the new followers who’ve joined me this month 🙂 I can’t wait to get to know all of you!

Books I tentatively plan to read in August:

Okay, well that’s all for now everyone! How was your July in terms of books? What books do you plan to read next month?

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The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

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  • My rating: 3.9/5 stars (petty, but I don’t want to give it 4 full stars lol)
  • Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • 385 pages
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon
  • TW: rape, sexual assault

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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  • Spoiler-free Review (there may be minor spoilers for the rest of the series)
  • My rating: 4.25/5 stars
  • Series: The Raven Cycle #4
  • Published: Scholastic Press, April 26th 2016
  • Pages: 439, Hardcover
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon
  • Maggie’s Site

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

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Bookish Book Lover Tag

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you well. I just started school and it’s already insanely stressful, which is mostly my fault for taking four AP classes, but oh well. I had several hours of homework today (it’s only day 2. This is going to be a fantastic year), so my posting might get cut down a little.

Anyway, today’s tag was created by Shantelle Maryh (such a pretty name). Thank you to Pierina for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Use the banner
  • Answer the questions
  • Use lots of book covers
  • Tag your friends

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that have been on my TBR since before time

Okay, I think we can all relate to it never being the right time for that certain book… and weeks, months, years later, it still isn’t the right time.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (created by The Broke and the Bookish) are the top ten books that have been on my shelf/TBR since before I started blogging. Okay, so maybe my headline is exaggerating a little, because I’ve barely been blogging a year, let alone since before time, but you get what I mean.

I’m going to be digging deep and baring my soul here. This is a painful tag. I can already feel the guilt. I’m going to spare myself some of that and make this a top-five list only. Not even sorry.

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July Wrap-Up

Well… another month of summer gone. I cant believe school starts August 29th. July went by WAY too fast.

I haven’t really been keeping a list of my July haul, so I’ll just show you the books I read and the ratings I gave them. If they were really fantastic I’ll probably rant about it. Anyways, at nine books, this was a semi-successful reading month–although I try for at least ten a month. That way I’ll have quite a bit of leeway in my 100-book 2016 goal.

2016 Progress as of Today (8/2/16): 74/100 Books

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