I’m gonna be honest right now and say that I don’t remember much about July.
I’m writing this on August 8th (because I’m too much of a mess to pre-schedule posts), and I’m racking my brain, trying to remember the highlights of the month, because I know I’m gonna forget some. 🤡 But I’ll try my best to make this wrap-up as comprehensive as possible.
Also, since I don’t have much to say in the intros of my wrap-ups, I’ve decided that every month, I’m gonna call attention to one issue that needs urgent attention in them! I have a platform, and it’s my responsibility to use it for good.
This month I’m directing you to this carrd about how to help Lebanon deal with the Beirut explosion. (But please don’t sign the petitions—they’re useless in the Middle East.) If you don’t have money, but still want to help, this Twitter thread contains ways to donate without spending a single dime. Some of the links simply require you to click on them to donate!
July was my last month of summer break!! Five months of summer, quarantine, and having no responsibilities baby. 😌 But I was such a clown for thinking that I’d get lots of writing done in summer! I mean, I did. But this month I had a breakdown over what exactly I wanted my WIP to be about. Thankfully, I figured it out, though not without a lot of days spent doing nothing but think. So yeah, right now, I’m still in the planning stage, and I’ve accepted that I still have a lot of thinking to do before I can outline. I’m trying not to rush myself, but it would be nice if I finished outlining in time for NaNoWriMo. 🥺
I also tried to continue doing Chloe Ting workouts after I successfully completed her 2 week shred in June, but I just had zero motivation to exercise this month! Me and Chana @ Paper Procrastinators even tried to do it together, but we both gave up lmao. Though the plus side to this is that we’ve started talking more!! By the way it’s her birthday today, greet her or else. 🔪
Lastly, I made a Bookstagram account because Chana convinced me to! I haven’t posted any pictures yet, but rest assured that I have pictures to post and my friends have told me that they look good. :)) I just have to find the motivation to finalize how I want to edit my pictures and take more pictures (but I’m so lazy to set up and put everything back 😭). Anyways, leave your Bookstagram handle down below and let’s follow each other!
July was an abysmal reading month in terms of quantity and quality. I only read four books, which is an all-time low. I’m pretty sure I’m behind on my reading challenge now—I’m too scared to check! And pretty much all of the books I read were disappointing, even a highly anticipated read…
But I’m trying not to fret too much because four books is great, and I focused on my WIP this month!
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee– Hands down my favorite read of the month! This was so easy to fly through. I loved seeing a fat bi girl defy a fatphobic industry’s expectations and fall in love with an amazing guy. Simply gave it 3 stars because it wasn’t very complex or memorable.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller– As I feared, knowing how their story would end prevented me from caring about Achilles and Patroclus lmao. I just… was not invested in this book at all. Plus, Greek mythology isn’t my cup of tea because I despise the idea of your fate being set in stone and reading about misogyny and casts of characters that barely have any women.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong– ………… It’s time to come clean and say that I didn’t like this book. I’m the only one so far, I know. I’m so devastated because this was my most anticipated release of the year and everyone I buddy read it with loved it! I just, found the characters flat, wanted more from the setting, and found some things about the plot unrealistic?? I was expecting so much from this, and I think that’s what ruined it. 😭
Jade War by Fonda Lee– Another disappointment that I had to force myself through. I was enjoying it so much at first, but as I kept reading, I got so bored and tired of being fed information. Also, some lines were lowkey fatphobic and… no spoilers but did that one character need to be a pedophile? Seriously what did that serve the plot
I only posted five times in July, which is a disappointment because I wanted to post more, especially in the last month of summer break. But again, July was a writing month, and five posts is still good!!
Also, this was such a good stats month even though I didn’t post a lot and what I did wasn’t very flashy?? My blog is gaining followers and views at such a fast rate—thank you so, so much. 😭💕 I feel like I’ve finally figured out my blogging voice and what makes a post do well (hopefully saying this doesn’t jinx it lmao).
What I posted:
I mentioned this in my last post, but I’ve started school already! I’ve finished the first week, and so far online classes are super chill. They end at 12 and sometimes 10, there are 15-30 minute breaks in between classes, and we have free periods sometimes. I don’t think I’m in danger of disappearing, especially because I procrastinate doing homework a lot. But please send me good vibes anyway I hate doing homework, especially math ❤