July Wrap Up: Where did the summer go?!? How did I read 25 books?!?

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HOW IS JULY OVER ALREADY?!?!?!?!?! IT WAS LITERALLY MAY YESTERDAY. WHAT THE WHAT?

No but seriously I’m having a crisis here. Where did July go?

I haven’t done a wrap up in forever. Probably because last time I checked it was still May 2nd and no where near the end of a month… much less the end of the summer! AHHHHH

Breathe Emma, breathe.

I’m just now realizing the sheer number of books I have read this month.

I’ve kind of been in a reading binge, which has been wonderful. BUT THAT MEANS I’VE BEEN POSTING SO MANY REVIEWS!!

There are also a bunch of books that I read that I haven’t posted reviews for yet… so I’m gonna split this up into two sections:

Books I have Reviewed This Month:

 

Links to the Reviews:

5 ‘s:  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart //  King’s Cage //  A Midsummer’s Nightmare
4 ‘s:  The Hidden Oracle //  Glass Sword //  How To Hang A Witch //  Just Friends //  Cress //  The Wood //  Traveler
3 ‘s: Illuminae // Winter // Caraval
2 ‘s:  The Book Jumper // #famous //  Romeo and/or Juliet
1 ‘s:  As I Wake

Books I have Read this Month but Haven’t Posted Reviews for Yet:

The Infinity of You & Me and Scrappy Little Nobody were actually both DNFs, so I’m going to be publishing a post on DNFs pretty soon.

The Throne of Glass series is amazing so far, and I’m going through them like nobody’s business. I’m planning a series review rather than individual reviews, because why not?

I am going to be a part of the “A Short History of the Girl Next Door” blog tour in September, so my review for that will be in the blog tour post.

And the other two reviews are drafted, I just haven’t had a chance to post them yet!

Woah… I have read 25 books this month?! I’m in awe of myself. I might need to go get ice cream to celebrate.

Any excuse for ice cream, am I right?!

So, along with reading a record amount of books, here are some of the posts and tags I have published this month:

The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them

Why did I write this post? I was so obviously not in a book slump. Maybe I just wanted more people to join my book binge? Idk…

Author Q&A with Peyton Garver

It’s been a while since I posted an author Q&A, but I’m so glad I got to interview Peyton! She is so nice, and her book, Sublime Karma, sounds amazing!! (I have a copy of it sitting on my TBR pile, so I’ll write a review of it eventually!)

Discussion: WHAT’S WITH ALL THE GREEN EYES IN YA? Have all other eye colors been banned?

In which I talk about the over abundance of green eyes. Seriously, I know like 3 people with green eyes. Something is wrong here.

Comparing US and Foreign Edition Covers

Because book covers are beautiful, and I love looking at foreign edition covers!

The Book Titles Tag

Welcome to the title of my life. Read at your own risk. Featuring: Food: A Love Story

You are probably wondering right now if I have a life offline. That’s a good question. I’m not really sure anymore. Here is what I have done this month:

  • Binge watched The Night Shift (in which Jill Flint plays Jordan, a female doctor)
  • Binge watched (this is an ongoing binge) Royal Pains (in which Jill Flint plays Jill, who runs the hospital) (totally coincidence by the way..  I had no idea she was in either show)
  • Wrote 40,000 words for Camp Nano (a project that will probably never see the light of day)
  • Became a volunteer librarian at my local library
  • Stayed over at a friends house because I haven’t seen her in forever (it was a blast!)
  • Got a head cold from my younger brother when he (and my two other brothers and dad) visited me (seriously dude, cough into your arm)
  • Had three (yes 3!!!) picnics while my family visited.
  • Mowed the lawn, twice
  • Went to target to buy dorm essentials for the school year (which is coming wayyy to fast)
  • Chopped my hair off (waist length to shoulder length) and got bangs.

When did I sleep? What’s my secret?

HAHAHAHA good question. I don’t sleep. As I said in my Book Titles Tag, I am the Queen of Shadows.

AKA I am never asleep. It’s becoming a problem.

BUT IN OTHER NEWS I AM ALMOST AT 500 BLOG FOLLOWERS!!!!!

HOLY COW GUYS, YOU ARE AMAZING AND I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR ALL OF YOU!!!

Also, I’ll be running a giveaway when I do hit 500. I’m thinking either a book of the winner’s choosing (from book depository) or maybe an ARC? Let me know in the comments what you would want to win!!

And finally, to wrap up this wrap up, here are some of my favorite posts from other bloggers this month!

The “Never Have I Ever” vlog from Paper Fury and her sister!

I love Paper Fury! Her blog is amazing and 100% goals. Also this vlog was hilarious and I was laughing the whole time!

Ten Weird Habits of Mine from Bionic Book Worm

These habits are so relatable!!

Books that aren’t set in/inspired by The Western World from My Bookish Dream

This post showcases some amazing books (like The Forbidden Wish ) that are set away from the Western World.

The Dreamy Book Covers Tag from Reactionary Tales

Because I think we all know by now how much I love a pretty book cover!

August is on the horizon.

I’m not a big planner (which I why I don’t do monthly TBRs), but I do have some pretty exciting plans for this month.

  • I have a friend from school coming to stay with me for a week (probably, she hasn’t gotten her tickets quite yet)
  • My best friend and I are going on a road trip together!!!!!
  • I have an ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco to read (and I can’t wait to start it)
  • I have some AMAZING blog posts lined up for you guys (or at least I think they are amazing… hopefully you’ll agree)
  • and of course I’m going to be doing a lot of blog surfing, so I can see all of your amazing posts!

And that’s my July Wrap up! What have you guys been up to this month?

Thanks for reading!!

The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them

The Dreaded book slump

What is a book slump and why do they happen?

Book slumps are kind of like bookworm-purgatory. Basically you can’t bring yourself to read a book.

Like I said: purgatory.

Slumps can be the result of a lot of different things:

  • Finishing a life changing series/book and being too emotionally attached to move on
  • Not wanting to start a new series because *commitment issues*
  • A new season of your favorite series was added to Netflix/Hulu
  • All of your time is not spent watching said season
  • When you are done with said season you are too emotionally attached to move on
  • Basically just emotions… OKAY???
  • Being too indecisive to pick what book to read next
  • Spending 1000000 hours on Goodreads looking at blurbs and still being indecisive
  • Looking at the sheer number of books some people can read and feeling like a failure
  • Making up random excuses why not to pick up a book
  • Picking up books then putting them down before you read a word
  • Saying that you are going to read a book… but not right now because (insert excuse here)

Am I in a book slump?


Most bookworms know that the absolute worst thing in the world is a book slump (seriously, think of something worse. I dare you). But, sometimes, the symptoms can be hard to recognize, and you find yourself asking: am I in a book slump? If that sounds like you, look for these symptoms:

  • Lying around the house bored out of your mind
  • looking at the ever-growing pile of books in the corner of your room
  • feeling dread while looking at that pile
  • thinking to yourself: holy mackerel, how am I ever going to get through that whole pile?
  • Singing randomly at the top of your lungs out of boredom
  • having family members worry about you because of said spontaneous singing
  • taking a shower so you can sing without sounding *quite-so-crazy*
  • Surfing the internet but getting super bored
  • Thinking: reading a book right now would be great, but not picking one up because you’re too bored
  • Screaming into your pillow out of sheer boredom
  • Talking to yourself in the mirror… out of sheer boredom
  • JUST BEING SUPER BORED BUT NOT PICKING UP A BOOK

I could go on and on… but I think you get the point.

Okay so I am in a total slump but WHAT DO I DO?


Getting out of a slump is mostly sheer will-power… and by that I just mean finally getting yourself to pick up a book and then asking yourself the obvious question: Why have I not done this already?

But, because that’s obviously not as easy as it sounds (as I can attest to… on multiple occasions), here are some tips and tricks to beat the book slump:

  • Reread one of your favorite books
  • Except this time try not to be *too* emotional so you can move on when you’re done
  • Talk to another bookworm friend who is going to get you super excited to read a book they just finished and loved
  • Go to the library and check out some new books that you really want to read
  • Create a book-circle in your room and sit in the middle of it
  • Meditate in the circle until the bookish-power-circle inspires you to pick up a book and read
  • Burn book inspired candles
  • Resort to witchcraft and hold a book-circle-séance
  • Run in circles until you are tired enough to not want to do anything but relax and read a good book
  • Try an audiobook!
  • Read some children’s books/MG books that aren’t quite as daunting as the *huge* books you are scared to tackle
  • Join a book club! Check for one at your local library, or find one online
  • Join a fun reading group or challenge
  • Join a Round Robin!!! (Link is to the one I am hosting now)
  • Read out loud to yourself in dramatic voices
  • Read out loud to someone else in dramatic voices
  • USE DRAMATIC VOICES (this also works wonders when trying to read a boring book for English… but that’s a whole other discussion)
  • Try a genre you don’t normally read
  • Put a timer on for 5 minutes and see how many pages of a book you can get through
  • See how many pages you can get through while using your dramatic voices
  • See how many pages you can get through while sitting in the middle of your book circle and using dramatic voices…

Or you know, if none of that works… you can always just wait it out. They always end eventually… right?

How do you know when you are in a book slump? What do you do to get out of it?