I only have two moods: “time is sluggish” and “what the heck where is time going.” I most notably have the former during school, and the latter when I check the calendar and REALIZE THAT IT’S ALREADY THE END OF THE MONTH? It seems like I wrote my June wrap-up just a week ago! At this rate, I’ll be an old woman and I won’t even have realized it.
I started school in the third week of June, and July was my first full month in school. Naturally, I’m quite miserable because now I have less time to blog and read, but time is flying by so fast that I honestly think it’ll be my semester break in no time, even though October seems so far away right now..
Notable Life Stuff
🌿 I’m officially in school mode! I think I’ve finally accepted that the time for pleasure is over and I now have to study. Not gonna lie, my performance at the beginning of the year was miserable. I even cried a little because of how bad I was doing. *fingers guns* But thankfully, my failures taught me an early lesson, and now I’m actually putting in the effort–sleeping at 12AM as one does–and seeing results, even though my early mistakes have bogged my grades down to an almost irretrievable extent, and I really wish I could go back in time and fix them.
🌿 I rejoined my school’s ping pong team! I was in my school’s team for two years, but then I quit in the third year because the sport wasn’t fun for me anymore. I decided to join again this year, and the good news is that table tennis is becoming fun again. I seriously don’t remember getting this sweaty or sore from training though? Whatever–I like the exercise. But the bad news is that everyone else in the team has gotten better because they didn’t skip a year of training like I did, so my skill level is not the same as theirs anymore. It’s discouraging, but I’ll just have to work harder and bear the losses.
🌿 I made it to Round 2 of the Book Blogger Awards?? I already mentioned this in one of my posts, along with a bit of shameless self-promo, but I wanted to talk about it here anyways because it’s definitely a highlight of the month. I’m still in awe that people thought of me for their nominations and said such nice things?? The category I was nominated for is Best New Book Blogger, and I would shamelessly tell you to vote for me again, but sadly the voting form is now closed.
I’m not only excited because I was nominated though, but because so many blogs I love were nominated as well, and though I almost died having to pick who to vote for, I’m very excited to see the results!
🌿 The welcoming ceremony for the members of my school’s paper happened! Last school year, I applied for my school’s paper and was very nervous about it–but I got accepted for some reason?? I’m still in shock now. The first meeting consisting of all the staffs happened early this month, and it was so fun! I’m really excited for more meetings and issues to come!
Books I Read
I read seven books this month, which is pretty impressive because that means I’m still ahead of schedule on my Goodreads reading challenge, and because I had school the whole month. But I was probably able to read as much as I did because I was slacking off studying-wise.. oops.
However, I put six books on my July TBR, and I read a grand total of *drum roll please* one of them in July!!! I seriously read seven books and not even two of them were from my 5-star predictions TBR. At this point, why do I even bother with a TBR when I can’t plan my reading to save my life? This was right after I did so well reading my “unrealistic” June TBR too. I think the key to success on my TBRs is me saying that they’re unrealistic and that I probably won’t get to them, only for my brain to surprise me and decide that it actually wants to read them.
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco– This book is a testament to the fact that 3-star ratings aren’t bad ratings. I still enjoyed it despite the confusing world building and writing that I didn’t click with. The world and magic system is so unique, and I’m excited to read the sequels because I think they’ll be a big improvement. I also want to see more of Tea and Kalen’s relationship! 🌟🌟🌟 [Read my review.]
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver– I finally read it! One of my most anticipated LGBTQIAP+ releases, and 2019 releases in general. The romance between Ben and Nathan is so cute, and it was so wholesome to see Ben finally find people who accept them for who they are. The writing was hard to get into at first, and the plot didn’t blow me away, but I highly recommend this nonetheless! 🌟🌟🌟.5
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman– My initial plan was to read this during my senior year of high school so that I could get the most cathartic experience as possible, but my previously mentioned breakdown about school happened, so I decided to pick this up ahead of schedule. And friends, I loved it. Amazing characters who jump right off the page, are relatable and also lovable? Check. Phenomenal messages about school and the pressure put on students? Check. I initially rated this 5 stars, but decided to lower my rating because I think the pacing could be better, but you best believe this book lived up to its hype, and that I flew through its 400 pages like they was nothing. 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang– DECEASED. R.F. Kuang really did that to us, huh? I thought that her debut, the first book in this series, was strong but had some unpolished bits, but this sequel shows just how much Kuang has improved her craft in such a short amount of time. Naval battles are also given a spotlight in this book, and they’re epic and so clearly well-researched. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 [Read my review.]
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone– I picked this up on a whim one Friday after school and finished it on the same day because this book is really short. It’s an adult sci-fi featuring two women on two sides of a time war who slowly fall in love. The world building was confusing (though it was really interesting!), and I don’t think I connected with the main couple a lot (though their relationship development and back and forth letters are stunning!). 🌟🌟🌟.5
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston- I was so nervous that all the glowing reviews for this book would set my expectations too high, but I’m so happy that I was wrong! I love all of these characters so much, especially Alex and Henry, who start a heartbreaking yet wonderful forbidden relationship! But what I loved most about this book is that it portrays all the flaws in our world today–but it shows us that there’s still hope yet. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 [Review to come.]
Check, Please! #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu– THIS WAS SO CUTE. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. The art style is amazing. It’s not very colorful or in your face, but it’s so distinct and enhances the story so much. Bitty, the main character, must be protected at all costs. He bakes a lot and has a hopeless crush on the captain of the hockey team, Jack. Their relationship is so cute, and one scene between them made me (internally) squeal with delight! 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
My three posts a week game is still going strong, and I think I may have posted four times in a week once but I’m probably wrong. I think my posts will dwindle a little since I’m starting to focus more on school, but I’m obsessed with consistency so we’ll see. My plan right now is to schedule all posts for the week on the weekend before, and I’m doing it, but just barely.
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Most Popular Post of the Month
I’m so happy that this is my most famous post of the month, and also my entire blog so far, because I really needed to be reminded of all the things I said in it, and I’m so happy that it’s helping other people too.
The set-up of this section is similar to Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall’s wrap-up’s, because whenever I see the photos of her past blog posts, I immediately want to click on them. Plus, nobody told me how therapeutic it is to find aesthetic pictures on Unsplash and put a blog post title over it. I hope you notice my effort and click on my posts. *wink*
Blog Posts I Read and Loved
This is the first month that I’m sharing my favorite posts of the month from other bloggers, like other bloggers often do, and I can’t wait to do this more! Sadly, I don’t have my phone with me right now, where all the blog posts I wanted to feature are saved, so I’m simply gonna go off of memory. Sorry if I left you out–chances are that a post of yours is saved and my bad memory failed you!
🌿 Mahana @ Sapphic Libary wrote this wonderful discussion entitled Are We Not Hyping F/F Books Or Are You Just Ignoring Us?, and this post should be required reading. Once in a while, someone on Twitter whines about how there are “no f/f books” or “not enough powerful f/f ships,” and Mahana addresses all of this in her post. You should immediately read it, read the f/f books she recommends and then follow her blog.
🌿 Arin @ Tomes of Our Lives shares how and why she annotates. This post is super helpful to beginner annotaters like me! Or you could find a fellow annotater if you’re a veteran!
🌿 Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages blessed us all with the ultimate summer reading list, featuring a whopping 50+ books from a wide range of genres. She reads so many books a month, and it’s really clear in this post!
🌿 Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall shares small things she loves in books, and this post was very relatable. Also, Kelly is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers ever! Thank you so much for gracing us with your presence, Kelly!
🌿 Kat @ Novels and Waffles shares why she reads book dedications and her favorite ones. Honest to god, this post almost made me cry, guys.
🌿 Xandra @ Starry Sky Books shares strange reasons why she read Harry Potter. This post is so hilarious, and you have to get a taste of Xandra’s blogging voice and love for Harry Potter if you haven’t yet.
🌿 May @ Forever and Everly shares four things you shouldn’t feel guilty about as a book blogger. Like Kelly, May is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers ever. Her blogging voice, blog aesthetic, blog posts and personality are amazing. Plus, she’s the hardworking host of the book blogger awards. Is there anything she doesn’t have to offer?
Books I Want to Read in August
Since I did really poorly on my July TBR, but I still want to read the books I put there very badly, the five books I didn’t read in July will be part of my August TBR. I also scheduled buddy reads for these books:
🌿 We Hunt the Flame (The Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal– Buddy read with Taasia! I’ve already started this, but sadly the writing isn’t clicking well with Taasia and she’s gonna be busy in August so I don’t know if the buddy read will push through. But I’m so excited to finally read this anticipated release, and so far I’m really enjoying it!
🌿 If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio– Buddy read with May! I have no idea when I’m gonna read this, probably when May decides to–I’m cool with any time. But this is supposed to be about a group of friends who perform Shakespeare but get a little too into it? And there’s murder involved? It’s compared to The Secret History a lot so I bet it’s good, plus I’ve never read anything like it!
🌿 Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno– Buddy read with Mahana and Elise! Hello, magical realism f/f that also tackles rape culture. I’m so excited to read you.. once I get it together and finish the 77329 books I’m currently reading and stop starting new ones.
🌿 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson– Buddy read with Saoudia! This was on my July TBR, and it’s a new release that everyone has been raving about. I’ve already read the first chapter and it’s good! I told Saoudia we’d buddy read it once I finish one of my current reads, and I really need to do that, so I’m sorry for being such a mess, Saoudia!
However, I also requested/downloaded a bunch of e-arcs from Edelweiss that are releasing soon..
🌿 Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir– I feel like we all added this to our TBRs because of Melanie. And it was available to download, so I did the thing! I really want to read this before most people do, so that I can go in with less knowledge about the plot and less expectations. Ideally, I’d also review it before it releases, but that’s probably not gonna happen.
🌿 Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela– I requested and got approved for this a while ago, and then I signed up for the blog tour hosted by Karina and got in! I really want to read this early so that I don’t accidentally forget to read it before my assigned date. It’s f/f with the there’s only one bed trope, so sign me up!
🌿 How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters– The cover is so cute, and I love that the author recreated it on Twitter! I have wanted to read a book by Julian Winters for a while and this seems like a good place to start.
🌿 There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool– This is the one I know the least about out of all of these books, but it has a Six of Crows-esque summary from what I remember. It’s available to download on Edelweiss too, so go get your juice!
Phew, this post took a while to make, so if this flops, I don’t know what I’m gonna do. I hope you all have a wonderful August!