July was kind of amazing. It felt like time was moving slowly and I managed to enjoy the good things in life without stressing too much, I went to the beach, to the pool, I read outside… The whole month just felt like a good holiday while still having some very productive days and some very bad mental health days in there as well. You’ve met me, you know I’m a positive person and I’m choosing to only focus on the best of July.
Let’s talk about books & blogging!
I’ve been feeling unmotivated and uninspired lately due to real life stress and although my blog is doing well, I want to do more in August! Be more creative, be more active, be more spontaneous, maybe work more on the graphic aspect of my blog (like headers and the overall site look maybe). Honestly, it’s my blog, reading and all of the other creative things I do that keep me busy and sane in these difficult times.
One of the most wonderful things that happened this month was that Soffii @ A. Book. A Thought, who is one of the most wonderful and supporting people in the book blogging community, nominated me for 2020 Blogger Awards in the category of Best Personality! It’s amazing bloggers like Sofii and everyone she mentioned that inspire me to try harder to be more creative and supportive and although I did not make a nominations post for this year’s awards, I will making a blogger’s appreciation section at the end of this post, something I should def do more often!
Other happy things that happened this month:
- The Reading Rush 2020 // I hadn’t realized how much I missed participating in readathons, this was just so much fun and I got to read a couple of books that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I didn’t read all the books I wanted but I had fun, though I don’t think I’ll be doing any more readathons anytime soon.
- I started following booktube channels and I’ve found some very funny and relatable people with great taste in books!
What I Read
I also read: Haikyu vols. 05, 06, 07 by Haruichi Furudate (4.5⭐) and The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton (ARC, 3⭐) and I DNFed Ripper by Isabel Allende.
The majority of these are contemporary romances (and not fantasy for once) because after my stressful June, I was just craving cute, sexy, funny romances that warmed my heart and that’s what I got from all of these above!
My favorites of July are Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Emergency Contact, Hate Thy Neighbor. Aurora Burning and Rage and Ruin were some of my most anticipated reads of this year and I loved them, both were super unpredictable and kind of mind-blowing in their own way… (and I may not write more than a mini-review for them? You know, sometimes I just loved a book so much and I have no idea what to say about it? ) Bossman by Vi Keeland is an adult romance (or erotica maybe? how are these defined? legit question, though, is it the shirtless man on the cover?) but it really didn’t have more graphic sex than some of the others I read, so why does it get this shit cover instead of a colorful illustrated one?
Overall, these were all pretty great (except the DNF I suppose) and I really enjoyed them all even if some were less exciting or didn’t quite live up to the hype (I’m looking at you Serpent & Dove, and surprisingly also The Music of What Happens).
This Month on the Blog
- The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman
- Hella by David Gerrold
- The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton (ARC)
- You Say It First by Katie Cotugno
I also posted:
- Mid-Year Reading Update of 2020
- Let’s Talk Bookish: What Makes a Book YA?
- Anticipated Releases of 2020 | Part 2
- My Summer Watchlist
- Birthday Book Haul & other recent books
- Reading Rush 2020 TBR
- Stay Home Book Tag
- Booktubers I’m Following!
*In no particular order, here are some of the posts I loved in July (for several reasons like I might love the books mentioned, or think it’s an important topic, or what this person wrote just really resonated with me..):*
Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books 🌻🌿🌼 “Trigger warnings in books and why they matter to me”
Soffii @ A. Book. A Thought 🌻🌿🌼 “MY EXPERIENCE WITH WORDPRESS PREMIUM FOR A YEAR & READING UPDATE” & also 🌻🌿🌼 “DISCUSSION POST: READING SLUMPS | HOW THIS AFFECTS MY READING HABITS & MY TIPS TO OVERCOME THIS MENTAL STATE 📝”
May @ Forever & Everly 🌻🌿🌼 “5 Reasons Why I Love Book Blogs + 7 Ways to Support Book Bloggers”
Sahi @ My World of Books 🌻🌿🌼 Book Review: Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Aldii @ perfection in books 🌻🌿🌼 “But, do I miss bookstagram?”
Sophie @ themoonchildpages 🌻🌿🌼 “17 books on my tbr with disability/neurodiversity rep!!”
Catarina @ Pages and Plots 🌻🌿🌼 Animation Watchathon