I can’t believe July is already over. Fall is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! Come to me pumpkin spices and horror flicks. I’ve missed you….
This month I changed up my reading habits and decided to forego a reading list in favor of catering to my mood. I also reduced my Goodreads Challenge (a discussion post saved for later) and as a result, I read far less than I usually would, but I enjoyed the reading process far more than usual. It was really laid back and I didn’t feel pressed for time. Which was good because I’ve been stressing out pretty badly this entire month.
I’ve been interviewed a few times these past few weeks, so my focus hasn’t been on blogging, but on landing a job. I feel terrible because I haven’t really blog hopped and I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot. But, since it looks like I finally found a job, I may just be able to return to blogging without the stress of being unemployed!!
Anyways, let’s take a look back at my July!
Cold Summer | Gwen Cole | Review to Come
Initial Thoughts: An interesting YA time travel book with a cute romance that could have been developed just a bit more and a very heartfelt look into strained family relations and PTSD. Very good but could have been a bit better.
By Your Side | Kasie West | Review to Come
Initial Thoughts: A pretty cute book. The romance was sweet with a side of fluff and hardship. A bit surprised (and slightly disappointed) at how short the library segment was in comparison to the rest of the story. It wasn’t the perfect contemporary but I liked some of the issues that were explored in the book.
The Unexpected Everything | Morgan Watson | Review to Come
Initial Thoughts: Morgan Matson is a contemporary queen. One of the most relatable books in YA. Loved all the characters. A very insightful look into teenage friendships and the unexpected surprises for those who are maturing and discovering themselves.
When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon | Review to Come
Initial Thoughts: Absolutely adorable. Rishi is a pure cinnamon role too good for this world. Dimple was a little annoying at first but I admired her determination and ambition. Loved their romance and the authenticity of their culture and traditions.
Dreams of God & Monsters | Laini Taylor | Review to Come
Initial Thoughts: No one is as surprised as me when I say I thought this book was a bit disappointing. By no means a bad book. Just not the book I wanted. All the characters are amazing, especially Liraz and Ziri. But the action was scarce, the angst was high, and the ending was lackluster. Liked it, but not as much as I hoped I would?
Now I Rise | Kiersten White | Review to Come
Initial Thoughts: This book is something special. Not one character is in the right. There are no good women or men in this cutthroat world. Lada, Radu, and Mehmed become even more ruthless than I ever imagined. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
The Love Interest | Cale Dietrich | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
My Lady Jane | Cynthia Hand | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
A Gathering of Shadows | V.E. Schwab | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
1) I’ve found a job as a Starbucks barista and cashier at Target! And I may also have a job at Regal Theaters and an editorial internship at Red Hen Press in Los Angeles!
2) I finally requested my first few ARCs on Netgalley and have gotten approved for three, so far!
3) I attended Anime Expo with my friends and it was SOMETHING. I’ll do a post on this later.
4) I’m still listening to my first audiobook but now I’m 100% sure I love audiobooks.
I think I’m going to keep avoiding a set TBR. I’m really enjoying not having to force myself to read a book I’m not in the mood for.
It’s taking me some time, but I’m still working through the audiobook version of The Red Sister. I’ve also begun reading my first ARC, Starswept by Mary Fan (I’m only a few chapters in and I think it’s FANTASTIC) and Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody!
My focus this month, however, will be on catching up on all my reviews, so don’t be surprised when the majority of my posts are book reviews haha. Be on the lookout for them. And I also have a midyear’s resolution:
I will allow myself only two days before I must write a review.
If I manage that, I won’t fall too far behind on my reviews anymore!!
All right, that’s all for now! Thanks for sticking around. Hope to hear your guys’ thoughts on any of these books 😀
See ya soon! ❤