July Wrap-up & Messy August TBR || “Time Flies” is an Understatement

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..

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๐ŸŒฟ 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.

๐ŸŒฟ 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.

๐ŸŒฟ 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!

๐ŸŒฟ 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.

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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! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ [Read my review.]

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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! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5

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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. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5

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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. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ [Read my review.]

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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!). ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5

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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. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ [Review to come.]

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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! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5

Blogging

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.

Clicking on the images will lead you to the post.

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.

Other Posts

Reviews Posted

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!

๐ŸŒฟ 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.

๐ŸŒฟ 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!

๐ŸŒฟ 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!

๐ŸŒฟ 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!

๐ŸŒฟ Kat @ Novels and Waffles shares why she reads book dedications and her favorite ones. Honest to god, this post almost made me cry, guys.

๐ŸŒฟ 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.

๐ŸŒฟ 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:

๐ŸŒฟ 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!

๐ŸŒฟ 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!

๐ŸŒฟ 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.

๐ŸŒฟ 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..

๐ŸŒฟ 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.

๐ŸŒฟ 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!

๐ŸŒฟ 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.

๐ŸŒฟ 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!

What are some interesting things that happened to you in July? Is time flying by really quickly for you as well? Favorite book/s you read in July? What are you gonna read next month? What are you looking forward to next month?

42 thoughts on “July Wrap-up & Messy August TBR || “Time Flies” is an Understatement

  1. i loved your wrap up! congrats for making it to the second round of the bba!! and for being in your school’s newspaper! i loved if we were villains, it was soooo good!

    nothing much happened to me in july, but it was a great reading month! i can’t wait to start sorceryof thorns with you, don’t stress about it take your time: school n mental health come first!!!!! โค

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    1. thank youuu Saoudia! even though I probably won’t start it, I’m hoping I’ll love it as well!

      lol same, I think the only thing going on in my life right now is school. but i read your wonderful wrap up and it does look like you had a great reading month! awww thank you ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– I’m really excited to read it anyways, but thank you for being so understanding ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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  2. First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR KIND WORDS I swear I didn’t get emotional or anything… ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’– And second of all, I remember agreeing to buddy read If We Were Villains with someone but totally forgot who, so thank you for the reminder ๐Ÿ™ˆ I actually already started reading from where I left off, but I genuinely have read like 3 pages this month (I’m on page 52), so if right now’s a bad time, just let me know and we can set another date! We can DM on Twitter to figure things out โค

    I'm so sorry to hear the beginning of your school year was a little rough, but I'm glad you're settling into it better now! Definitely post less if it'll help you manage your time and stress with school better ๐Ÿ’• And oh I'm so excited to hear your thoughts on all the eARCs you got! I'm anticipating a lot of them, especially Gideon and Crier's War. Hope you have an amazing August, Catilin!!

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    1. no, May you deserve them so much and I can’t believe I didn’t nominate you for best overall smh you deserve it so much! I would probably forget too haha, and ahh, I’ll probably be okay to start it in a few days–sorry for the wait!

      thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’• I’m really excited to read them and I hope I can somehow fit them all into my reading schedule! I hope you have an amazing August as well, and that school isn’t too bad ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. my favorite books i read in july were girl made of stars and girls of paper and fire!! radio silence, the poppy war, and red white and royal blue are all on my tbr and i can’t wait to read them. sadly, there are like 150 holds on red white and royal blue at my library so it’ll take like… at least half a year until i can read it :/

    aughh, i hate slumping at the beginning of the school year! i have to like, rewire my brain so it can actually function after doing nothing for 2 and half months. being on a ping pong team sounds really fun!! i hope you enjoy being on your school’s newspaper – have a great august (:

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    1. yes, GIRL MADE OF STARS. i finally read it recently and really enjoyed it! sadly, I was pretty underwhelmed with gopaf, but I’m so glad you loved it as much as everyone else did. you have to read it ahhh, especially Radio Silence because it’s such a good book! omg I was in the same boat because I won a copy of it from book depository, but then it took a while to get back in stock and arrive. but I think i more or less survived the wait, and you will too!

      Exactly!! my brain was so used to waking up at an ungodly hour in the morning, but now I can’t sleep in and I actually have responsibilities, so yeah ๐Ÿ˜ฆ practicing is fun–losing, which I’ve been doing a lot lately, is not haha, but I’m working on it! i have been so far! I hope you have a lovey August ๐Ÿ’œ

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  4. Wonderful wrap-up, Caitlin!! Iโ€™m sorry the stress of school is back. School pressure always sucks so much, but hopefully things will go quick and itโ€™ll be break before you know it!! And ping pong certainly doesnโ€™t seem like a vigorous sport but goodness, it certainly gets intense. Hopefully you keep enjoying it!!

    Iโ€™m super excited to see what you think of a few of your books on your tbr list – sorcery of thorns, how to be remy, and there will be a darkness are all books in my tbr that Iโ€™ve been looking at to move up.

    And glad you had some good reads in the month! Iโ€™ve been looking at reading more graphic novels, and Check Please came up on my radar. Iโ€™m for sure adding it now. Great post, and hope you have an amazing August!!

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    1. Thank you so much Mandy!! Yeah, it’s been hard to accept but I think I’ve finally gotten the swing of things again, and I truly think that it’ll be break before I know it! it’s definitely not as rigorous as basketball, but it’s pretty tiring and it burns a lot of calories! thanks–I do too!

      I really have to read Sorcery of Thorns already. I don’t think I’ll have time to fit Remy and There Will Come a Darkness into my reading for the month, but I think my mood reading tendencies will surprise me.

      Thank you! omg yes, read Check, Please! i have had horrible luck with graphic novels so far, but this one was so good and I love it so much! thank you so much, and I hope you have an amazing August as well โค

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      1. Yes!! Once you get into the groove, it gets easier thankfully.

        Yes! And omg yes, sometimes mood reading will truly surprise you. You will go into the month with one thought and end up with something completely different.

        Ooooh perfect! And graphic novels either really work for me, or I totally fail. Iโ€™m not sure if you read this one yet, but I really enjoyed The Prince and the Dressmaker. The art is stunning and the story was a lot of fun.

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  5. caitlin ur doing so well balancing school and blogging, i’m honestly in awe!! also lol i did the same thing as you by downloading gideon the ninth and there will come a darkness- the latter book is really good so i hope u enjoy it!!

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    1. sabs you would be abhorred my my sleep schedule and prioritizing skills. I’m only being consistent because I’ve stuck to this posting and blog hopping schedule for so long, and I don’t wanna let it dwindle now! so happy you enjoyed there will come a darkness! my copy is probably gonna expire before I read it but who knows? still holding out hope that i can read gideon the ninth though!

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      1. rip I think my copy of Gideon the ninth is going to expire as well but I have hopes. just have it sent to your kindle and you can a always speed read through it on release week and publish a review!! also pls sleep ur still growing!!

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    1. emma, you would be abhorred by my sleep schedule prioritizing skills. It’s just that I’ve stuck to this posting and blog hopping schedule for so long, and I really don’t want to let it go. Thank you and I hope it is for you as well ๐Ÿ’–

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  6. Psh, TBR’s are soooo overrated. Spontaneously choosing books to read and ignoring all your goals is way better! I’m so impressed that you’re juggling blogging and school so well! I become an absolute disaster the second school starts so I just stand in awe at your prowess. And oh my goodness, a ping pong team?? THAT’S SO COOL!

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    1. Very true. Honestly, I think the only reason I do tbrs is because my generic post header say “wrap-up and tbr,” plus I have a catergory of the same name, but I’m too lazy to change them! Omg no, you would be abhorred by my sleep schedule and ability to waste time! I think I just really hate not being consistent, and I’ve stuck to my posting schedule and blog hopping schedule for a month now, and I’m really stubborn so I don’t wanna let go of them :’) I’m sure you can do it as well! oh lol, to be honest, we’re kind of forgotten at our school and nobody wants to join :-((( but it’s a really fun sport and I’m pretty sure it would make you look good in applications so jokes on the people at my school

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  7. Awwww, oh my gosh, Caitlin, you flatter me too much!!! Love ya, sweets! โค I'm sure you're going to redevelop so much of your ping pong skills, and will be a force to be reckoned with! And congrats on reaching it to the voting round of the awards! You're amazing and your nomination is so well deserved! I hope you have a wonderful August! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Kelly, I’m so sorry for the late reply ahhhh! Your comments went straight to my spam ๐Ÿ˜ฆ No, you deserve it so much I love reading your blog so much! thank you–I really needed that ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’• thank you! I could say the same to you! being nominated for as many times as you were is so well deserved! I hope you have a wonderful August as well!

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      1. No worries at all, love! A lot of bloggers have been telling me that many of my comments have been going to spam lately, and I have no clue why! WordPress must hate me. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ And awwww, you’re too sweet. I love you!!! โค

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  8. Wow, you read so many amazing books in July??? Radio Silence, Red White and Royal Blue, and Check Please are some of my faves, and I also loved I Wish You All the Best and This Is How You Lose the Time War so much! I’m so glad that you did too! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Good luck with school – YOU GOT THIS – and congrats on both your blogger award nominations and getting into your school newspaper! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope your August is full of amazing reading โค

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    1. I know Iโ€™m so happy!! So glad you love them too because theyโ€™re sooo good!

      Ahh thank you. School damages my mental health so much and Iโ€™m trying not to let it get to me. Thank you so much!! I hope your August is amazing ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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  9. I loved reading your wrap-up and may I say that you are doing amazing with balancing school and posting so many incredible posts as often as you do!! That is awesome and you should definitely feel proud of yourself for it!!
    I hope school isn’t too bad for you– the work load is always horrible so I’m sending you my best wishes!!
    I’m glad you read some good books this month– there are certainly some books I want to get to. I am excited to read Radio Silence (and You Asked For Perfect) as they both touch on school and the pressure as it is something I like to hear more about and I found it so relatable!!
    I’m glad you liked Check, Please! It looks super cute and it is one I would love to read as well.
    I am very excited to read the books that you have as e-arcs too– Crier’s War sounds incredible and it includes so many good tropes from what I have seen!! I need that book– I’m going to try to get when it comes out!! And I am excited about How To Be Remy Cameron after reading a review and it sounds really interesting. I really hope you love your next reads!!
    Have a great August!! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

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    1. Ahh thank you Sophie!! Ahh, my mother would disagree because sheโ€™s not happy with how much time I spend blogging instead of studying, but Iโ€™m glad that you think that ๐Ÿฅฐ it means so much to me!
      Ugh, I hate it. Iโ€™m not even interested in the things Iโ€™m studying and I wonโ€™t even use the things Iโ€™m learning in real life. Thereโ€™s just no point??
      Iโ€™m definitely reading You Asked for Perfect during my senior year even though I read Radio Silence in advance! I can relate so much to both booksโ€™ themes & I was very happy with one so Iโ€™m excited for the other! I hope you enjoy both of them!
      OMG PLEASE READ CHECK, PLEASE. It was so so good!!
      Yes, Crierโ€™s War is a trending book right now and I have to know what everyoneโ€™s talking about! Same, enemies to lovers and thereโ€™s only one bed are the superior tropes! Yes, I saw your wrap up and Mahanaโ€™s reviews are so good arenโ€™t they? Iโ€™m so excited for it too! Hopefully I can squeeze it in this month.
      Have a lovely August ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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      1. I get that. My mum always put so much focus on studying as well when I was like you it felt pointless and I didn’t think I was gaining anything as it can be so repetitive and like you said you don’t really use it. That’s why it is important to have something you enjoy like blogging.
        Thank you, I think I will enjoy both of them!!
        I can’t wait to read it!!
        I am very exciting for Crier’s War– it might have to go on my Christmas list because I’ve got no money but I am excited haha!! They are brilliant reviews!! Thank you!! I hope you had a great August (sorry about my super late response!!) ๐Ÿ’›

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  10. Okay but you’re killing the blogging and reading game right now Caitlin?? Like you’re in full time school AND posting and reading so much, can you please teach me your ways!! But seriously, you’re doing amazing and I’m in awe of you. โค

    Congratulations on making your school paper! That's awesome, I hope it's really fun. Also, yay for rejoining ping pong, that's really cool! I…cannot play ping pong to save my life, my friends and I were playing the other day for fun and it was quite disastrous. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I loved Summer of Salt, and I hope you do too! Looking forward to hear your thoughts on it. It's magical (both in setting and in plot), has great sister relationships, and was a truly beautiful read. Wishing you the best August, friend!

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    1. omg thank you!! honestly, I never even noticed it until a few of you pointed it out, but I’m so proud of myself, honestly :’) even though part of the reason why is that I neglected school for the first few weeks hehe. I think it’s just that I made sure to cram reading and blogging into Fridays and the weekends! There’s also a lot of procrastination that goes with it, but shhhhh

      thank you, and it really has been so far! so many of my classmates say they’re bad at ping pong, and that’s why our team is lacking members :-(( but it’s honestly such a fun sport, and I really think anyone could get better at it!

      I really hope I will, and I haven’t read enough magical realism so I’m so excited to get to it! i wish you an August as amazing as you (which is very amazing, mind you) xx

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  11. I’m glad school is starting to go better for you. Congrats on making your school’s paper. That’s awesome. And how fun your school has a ping pong team!! I have Sorcery of Thorns that I will hopefully read soon – I’ve been hearing great things about it too. I love that you included blog posts from other blogs; I need to go check some out now!!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  12. yay! congrats on making into round 2 of the book blogger awards!
    as for your grades, donโ€™t stress so much about what happened! even if your performance wasnโ€™t the best, you had the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll compensate from now onwards! i was also really competitive and obsessed with my school performance so i understand how you feel, but iโ€™m sending positive vibes your way so that you have a much better semester!
    itโ€™s also really nice you got to be a part of the schoolโ€™s paper. i really wish something like that existed in high schools around here! it sounds like a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet new friends.
    i hope you really enjoy if we were villains! iโ€™ll be looking forward to your review of this one, as it is a book iโ€™m hoping to read soon. iโ€™ve bought recently a copy of the secret history so i think iโ€™ll be right in the mood for something like it!
    iโ€™m also really excited about how to be remy cameron. i have already read julian winterโ€™s debut and i really liked that one; it was super sweet and the characters were hilarious, so i have high expectations for this one. plus, from what i recall, it deals with labels and expectations over people of color, which i can not even tell you how much it means to me!!! i relate so much with the feeling of being trapped around stereotypes and expectations regarding where iโ€™m from or my sexuality and itโ€™s just a lot to bare, so i feel like iโ€™ll relate to this one a lot!
    wishing you an amazing august, caitlin! (and sorry for the humongous comment lol someone needs to just stop me).

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    1. first of all, lais, your comments always make my day! don’t worry!
      thank you! my congratulations to you too, and also an apology because I completely forgot to nominate you for small book blogger ughhhhhhhhhh. I made a lot of mistakes with my nominations post!!
      omg, Lais :(( somehow that was exactly what I wanted to hear about my performance at school. I think? I’m doing a little better, and I’m gonna give myself some leeway because i was still getting used to school. I’m still really mad at myself though! I hope college is going well for you โค
      awww, it’s so sad that you don’t ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so far it’s really fun even though we don’t meet a lot, since the issues are quarterly!
      Ohhh, I’m currently reading If We Were Villains and it’s really really good! I’m hesitant about starting The Secret History because I think I know of a major plot point that happens? But i think the memory has faded enough that I can read the book!
      ohh, I’m so excited to read something my Julian Winters! Though I’ve thought about it before, I don’t think I really struggle with my labels or with racial stereotypes? I think that’s just not a queer/questioning Asian thing to say but it honestly doesn’t bother me much. But maybe reading about Remy’s experience will still somehow me cathartic. I definitely hope it will be for you!
      I wish you an amazing August as well ๐Ÿ’•

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