We’re now almost a week into August, so I suppose this wrap-up comes a little late. Admittedly, this is because I actually hate writing these and always procrastinate doing them, haha. Anyway, July was quite a good month for me. I actually broke my record of most books read in one month (former record was 7; new record is 8) which I thought was pretty exciting, haha. I’m hoping August will be just as good, if not even better because I have a lot of books I want to try and get to this month which you can see in my August TBR.
Books I Read
- Don’t Write It Down by C.E. Wilson (3/5)
- The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (4.5/5)
- We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (4/5)
- Station Fosaan by Dee Garretson (3/5)
- By Your Side by Kasie West (4/5)
- Juniper Limits by Lora Richardson (5/5)
- The Elite by Kiera Cass (3.5/5)
- The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember (review to come; 4/5)
As I already mentioned, I set a new personal best for the amount of books read in one month. I’m quite happy with that, even if it is only one book more than my old record. These were a bit of a mixed bag. Some, like The Last Magician, We Are Okay, and Juniper Limits, were books that I really loved. Others were kind of “blah” like Don’t Write It Down and Station Fosaan. Luckily, there weren’t any books that I hated or even really disliked, but still. Mixed bag. Juniper Limits wins favorite read for the month, although The Last Magician was a very close second.
Things I Posted
I feel like I finally got back into my groove in July after having a few months of not really feeling like doing much other than weekly memes and reviews. I’m not really sure what changed, but I’m not complaining!
- I posted my July TBR on the first of the month. I did get through most of these, but I also went a little bit off of my TBR and ended up reading some other library books that I didn’t have at the time.
- Of course, I also posted my June wrap-up if you missed that and are still interested in seeing it.
- I shared a teaser from The Last Magician in a Teaser Tuesday post.
- I posted a combined and incomplete May & June book haul. There were a lot of books included.
- I talked a bit about unfollowing blogs and how I’ve struggled to do it in the past.
- While Top Ten Tuesday has been on hiatus, I’ve been doing some old topics: sequels I need to read, books I don’t know if I want to read, and authors who deserve more recognition.
- I did a Top 5 Wednesday post and talked about some of my favorite children’s books.
- I did another Around the Blogosphere post, highlighting some recent blog posts I’ve enjoyed reading.
- I talked about how reviews are really for readers and not authors and why reviewers should keep this in mind.
- I signed up for the Make Me Read It Readathon and had you all vote for what books I should read. An Ember in the Ashes and The Lie Tree won the two polls.
- I talked about modern language in historical fiction, why it bothers some people, and why it doesn’t bother me.
- As usual, I mentioned some books releasing this month that I’m excited for. August has a lot of them.
- I made the last-minute decision to sign up for ARC August.
I set a goal to read 50 books this year and at the end of the month, I had read 39. That puts me 10 books ahead of schedule. I don’t think I’ll have any problems meeting this goal, haha. 39/50
Beat the Backlist Challenge
Most of the books I read this month were 2017 releases, but The Elite is, of course, a backlist book. Up to 14 on this challenge. 14/20
Read More Classics, Nonfiction, and Longer Books
I’m going to count The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell as a longer book since it was (barely) over 500 pages. I’ve kind of stopped paying attention to this challenge… 2/15
Read Diverse 2017 Challenge
We Are Okay and The Tiger’s Watch are both being added here. We Are Okay has a girl protagonist who likes girls (similar to the author) and The Tiger’s Watch has a genderfluid protagonist. My progress for this challenge has definitely slowed down and I need to pay more attention to it. 17/25