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!!

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June Book Wrap Up

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I can’t believe that June is over already. It’s seriously messing with my mind (like, where did all the time go???). June’s been a pretty exciting month for me. I got my advanced divers card and have been scuba diving quite a few times. I made summer travel plans and am going to visit a lot of friends. I also graduated from school last night!

Another very exciting thing I did this past June was organize a whole bunch of giveaways for the month of July! I will be running giveaway’s here on the blog, on Instagram (click here), on Twitter (click here), and on Facebook (click here). Some of the prizes include:

and more. So if your interested in winning any of those awesome prizes be sure to keep your eyes peeled this month!

Now, back to the June Wrap Up! Here are all the books I’ve read this month and a few thoughts on them!


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Beyond The Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I loved this book so much it hurts. Really. The story is moving and beautiful and real and emotional and I ugly cried right around the ending. It was just great.

Also look at that cover. That is one beautiful cover. I need to go to the book store and get a hard copy of this book. It’s too beautiful not too!!


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From Filth & Mud by J. Manuel

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This was a pretty good book. It was a little bit of a slower paced book than I usually read, but the story was great and it kept me guessing every step of the way.

I especially loved how well the characters stories were woven together. It was masterful.


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Turning Grace by J. Q. Davis

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was a cute story, but a little too unrealistic for me to really get into and enjoy. The characters didn’t feel real to me.

I feel like this book would be great for a middle school crowd… especially those kids that love zombies!


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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I think this may be my new favorite book. It was amazing! Hawthorn Creely, the main character, is hilarious and full of imagination and fresh and a wonderful narrator. I didn’t want this book to end!

Also, this is another cover I am completely in love with! I can’t wait for the book to come out cause this is another one that I need a hard copy of!!


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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Honestly Fangirl fell flat for me. I just didn’t get what was so special about it. There was no plot line, no driving force, and nothing really special about the characters (unless you count Cath’s writing and her fan-fic following).

I guess I just feel like this book could have been so much more. There was so much unused potential.


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Autobiography of a Serial Killer by Travis D. Bickel

Rating: ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This book definitely lived up to its tagline; dark and disturbing. It was really short, so it didn’t take much time to read, but its the content that matters. This is a book that could seriously give someone nightmares (luckily for me I don’t really have nightmares).

I don’t think I’m ever going to pick this book up again. No way.


 

And there you have my June book wrap up. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books did you read this month?