Sorry for the delayed wrap up! It’s been a crazy month.
What have I been up to?
In the beginning of the month, I was on vacation. I had a great time, and got to read many amazing books. So, during that time I didn’t post almost at all.
July just felt crazy. I didn’t post as much this month because there were a lot of weekends when I was away and some day trips.
To be honest, I really slacked off in July. I kind of hit a reading/blogging slump and it was TERRIBLE. Reading slumps are bad enough, but I hit a patch where I wasn’t blogging much either. Which I hated. I’m back now, however.
I am going to try to make sure that doesn’t happen again, especially as I start school at the end of the month. Writing and scheduling posts ahead is crucial.
And so I also kind of decided to cut back a little. I’m pretty sure I’m dropping Waiting on Wednesday. I may start doing it again eventually, but for now I’m stopping. Also, I dropped the weekly wrap-ups. I liked them, but it was kind of a lot to do every week. From now on, I’m just going to be doing the monthly wrap ups. Since the school year is starting up soon, I think this will really help to simplify things. I feel like these changes will help me to be able to focus my energy on more reviews, discussions, and tags. Which are what I really love to do.
*note* just to let you guys know, I’ve been linking the covers to Goodreads in my reviews, so that’s why there’s no button anymore.
What books did I read?
I read 10 books this month. It really isn’t too bad, since more than half of them were read within the first week of July and I was kind of slumping the rest of the month.
Legend by Marie Lu // 4 stars // I really liked Legend! It was different than I thought it would be, but definitely in a good way!
Prodigy by Marie Lu // 4 stars // More awesomeness. Also, I LOVE DAY.
Champion by Marie Lu // 4 stars // Great conclusion! THAT ENDING THOUGH.
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins // 4 stars // Cute and kick butt all at the same time. Fantasy mixed with contemporary all in a southern setting makes for awesomeness.
Confess by Coleen Hoover // 4.5 stars // Another great book by Colleen Hoover. Definitely recommend this!
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour // 5 stars // THE CUTENESS. MORGAN MATSON IS THE QUEEN OF YA CONTEMPORARY.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson // 5 stars // GUYS. I FINALLY READ BRANDON SANDERSON. WHERE HAS THIS SERIES BEEN ALL MY LIFE. If you couldn’t tell, I adored it. Those 700 pages just flew by ;) But seriously. I’m in love. If you like fantasy, read this book now please. Review coming soon.
Alive by Scott Sigler // 3.5 stars // Alive kept me guessing at every turn. I will be continuing on because I NEED to know what’s going to happen next.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson // 4 stars // More graphic nolvels! This one was super cute and action packed.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline // 5 stars // Another book that I’ve heard nothing but FANTASTIC things about. Reading this book was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I fell in love with it and I can’t wait to read Armada. I can’t emphasize enough how great this is…so just go read it please. Review coming soon
I have reviews up for *almost* all of these books. So, click on the links to go to the reviews to get more of my thoughts on all of these lovely books.
What else did I post about?
What other posts did I write except for the above reviews? Well…
I reviewed Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, which I read at the end of June. Heir of Fire was the best ever and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing a review. (also the longest, which is kind of fitting considering the size of the book)
I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award. I always have the best time doing these and answering the questions, so thanks so much Anjie! (I also nominated some people, so go check it out)
I discussed “Do books get "lost" in your TBR?” This was super fun and I absolutely love doing discussions. (although sometimes I’m bad at replying…I’m working on it guys, I promise. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! I appreciate it immensely.)
I did the “Find Me” book tag, in which I attempted to take pictures of books and actually make it look good. How did that turn out? See for yourself. (Spoiler: not good.)
Am I even still trying to do TBR’s? Apparently, I am. Though I’m not sure why I bother.
But, first an update on my July TBR! I had set aside 7 books that I wanted to read on vacation and I ended up reading 5. That’s pretty good. The only thing is that I changed my TBR pile like 5 times before I actually packed them. So, the TBR in my June Wrap up isn’t really what I packed. Oops.
Still, though, in terms of a TBR, I’d say that was a success.
This month I NEED to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve had at least five people tell me just this week how much I need to read it. And I agree. IT WILL HAPPEN. HOLD ME TO IT, GUYS.
Ideally, I’d like to read Cress by Marissa Meyer, too. But we’ll see. I don’t want to be too over ambitious here.
And that’s all for this wrap up! Leave me a link to your wrap up, so I can check out what you were up to this month! Here’s to a great month of reading in August!