Wrap Up 2018 | My July Reads and Reviews

My July worked out a bit differently than intended. My goal to blog consistently took a nosedive about halfway through the month. The story: I rediscovered the magic of libraries. And so began a month of heavy reading. Almost all the books I read in July were library checkouts, meaning all those book that I’ve bought in the past two months still have YET to be read.

But that’s okay. I’ll get to them eventually! I’ve been so wrapped up reading so many books that I put aside blogging for a bit. I’m going to try to catch up on my reviews sometime this month, but I guess we’ll see.

Honestly, I’d love to just delve deep into books again and then emerge once more in September when my work schedule becomes set and school begins. Maybe then I’ll be able to keep to a more organized blogging schedule.

But until then, wanna see the books I read???

What I've Read

ORANGE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTIONS 1 & 2 | Ichigo Takano

I zoomed through this manga like no one’s business. I was ABSORBED. The characters and their relationships with one another were fantastic. Of course there were some stereotypes and clichés thrown in here and there but that doesn’t stop this series from being one of the most touching stories I’ve read in a while.

MY PLAIN JANE | Hand, Meadows, Ashton

I really wanted to love this one as much as My Lady Jane but I just couldn’t. The humor didn’t always hit the mark and the characters weren’t as lovable as I wanted them to be. I like the idea of deconstructing a classic gothic novel but not at the cost of a classic character’s integrity, namely that of Jane Eyre herself.

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER | Stephanie Perkins

Despite it’s questionable messages, Anna and the French Kiss was an enjoyable romantic piece of fluff that I wouldn’t mind reading again. Isla, however, is one I wouldn’t mind to keep off my shelves. I didn’t like the characters, the romance was flat, and the story was really predictable.

LOVE, LIFE, AND THE LIST | Kasie West

I stumbled across this one in a new library that I found and thought it’d be a perfect little summer read. And I was right! It’s fluffy, romantic, and predictable. It’s nothing special but I wasn’t looking for more than what I got with this one.

TIMEKEEPER | Tara Sim

This book has been on my TBR for some time and I FINALLY got around to reading it. I can’t say that it lived up to my expectations, but I enjoyed the originality of the plot. The world-building is a bit lax in its steampunk theme and the pacing is slow, but I still wouldn’t mind reading the sequel.

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS | Francesca Zappia

I’m not sure why, but this book took me a month to finish. I guess I was never fully in the mood to read it. But one day I was and binged the rest of it. Even though it took me forever to finish, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book. The complete opposite in fact! I LOVED this book. It was a relatable experience that played with my heart.

THE DARKEST MINDS | Alexandra Bracken

I actually hadn’t planned on reading this book until I learned that it was going to be made into a film. So I gave it a go and now I’m so glad I did. This book easily became one of my favorite dystopians I’ve read since Hunger Games and The Blood of Eden series. I loved the characters and the themes. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

My Reviews

A Court of Frost and Starlight | Sarah J. Maas |⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Top 5 (Belated) Wednesday | Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

Top 5 Wednesday | Future Classics

My 2nd Blogiversary!!??

Highlights

1. SO. MANY. BOOKS.

2. I found a new library to visit! The YA section is outrageously large and now there are so many more books to check out 😀

3. I learned that Voltron is coming back this August! And that Shiro has (or had?) a S.O. before becoming a Paladin!!!!

4. Mission Impossible: Fallout was, hands down, the best action film I’ve seen all year and is most certainly the best MI in the series. I think I’m gonna see it again, actually.

5. My love for Sims has been rekindled and I redesigned a 4-story home to look like a modern House Hunters dream. I’m so proud of the final product that it’s actually kinda ridiculous.

Monthly Goals

1. Finish up my blogiversary post.

2. Return to blog hopping when I have the time.

3. Read. Read. Read.

4. Prepare for my new job as a school librarian!

5. Exercise more, even if it means frequenting the gym (I hate the gym…)

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HAPPY AUGUST!

Enjoy the rest of your summer! Fall is just around the corner and I can’t wait!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time ❤

Azia Sig

 

 

7 thoughts on “Wrap Up 2018 | My July Reads and Reviews

  1. Oh I am so so so glad you loved The Darkest Minds Azia. I first picked up the series a few years back (before I started blogging) and loved it, but now the movie’s coming out I need to re-read the series and the new book that’s being released too (I’m really really excited for The Darkest Legacy). Also I completely agree with you on My Plain Jane. I want to love it because I really enjoyed My Lady Jane but the humour wasn’t as funny, I wasn’t as much of a fan of the romance between any of the characters as I was between Jane and G in My Lady Jane, and overall it just failed to live up to my expectations. :/
    It seems like you had a good July, so I hope your August is just as great, and good luck with your goals for the month as well.
    Happy reading! 😀

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    1. Thanks Beth ❤ I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds. It was a great throwback to the heyday of YA dystopians LOL. I'm not all that interested in seeing the movie but it piqued my interest in reading the book. So glad I did. Can't wait to read the next book!
      And isn't it a bit disappointing? My Lady Jane was just so full of heart and My Plain Jane seemed to be lacking most of what made the first book so wonderful. Maybe the next book will be better??
      Thank you, and you too! 😀

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      1. That’s all right. 🙂 Yeah I’m kind of on the fence about the movie as well, I’ve heard some mixed things about it so maybe when it’s released so I don’t have to spend money on the cinema ticket.
        Fingers crossed. I just think that after My Lady Jane I expected more from My Plain Jane.

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