July has been a surreal but decent reading month. There were several days this month that I spent 80% of the day reading because the books were that good! A lot of time was also spent on work and the remainder on self-care.
First off, how many of you watched Hamilton? I did! I social-distanced watched it with my best friend from our respective houses. It was so good and I was happy to have that chance to see the original cast perform. Hamilton gives me goosebumps and my writer heart sing. Everything is just so creatively, cleverly, and artistically put together!
I’m ending July with 18 books read and 7 reviews posted – all 4 or 5 stars:
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Protecting What’s Mine by Lucy Score | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rick by Alex Gino | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Scala by Christina Bauer | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I binge-read a few outstanding books this month that left me with major book hangovers. My favorite July reads were Legendborn (ARC), Protecting What’s Mine, and Red, White & Royal Blue. I cannot even with these books they gave me all the feels. I highly recommend them!
Yesterday, I was curious about how many books I added to my tbr this month – because I have no shelf control – and wow. I underestimated that number greatly. I added 81 books throughout July. What was I thinking?! No wonder I never make any progress ahaha!
As for blog posts, I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted, but here are a few that I liked:
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London | The actual most dramatic season ever. | Shruti @ This is Lit
Behind the Name: Why I Love Dragons | Marley @ Dragon On A Book
Last Year I Was Reading…. | Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
SEO For Dummies | Pooja @ lifesfinewine
Perhaps one of the most notable moments for me was winning an ARC copy of Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons. I won it through Kristen‘s birthday giveaway on Instagram. I’m currently still reading it and as stated in yesterday’s post, hope to have my review post on Tuesday, August 4.
My summer reading list may never end if I don’t stop adding books to it. Currently, the list contains 23 books, 7 of which have been read. Usually, I end summer reading by early September but I think I’m going to continue with this list until Fall begins.
So that my July in a nutshell. August may be a little more chill just so I can recharge. This weekend I’m going to do some self-care, so I have that to look forward to.
Always choose kindness.
Please wear a mask.
Please social distance.
Please listen to science/health experts and facts.
Wash your hands thoroughly.