My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July.– Rick Bass
The year is positively flying by, and I haven’t accomplished half the things I wanted to, but time marches on relentlessly and I resign myself to my human limitations. (There’s a million things I haven’t done [and another million that I could do after that]. But just you wait …)
If you’ve left me a comment recently, I love you and I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to reply yet! And if you’ve published a post lately, I probably haven’t had a chance to bloghop to it yet either, though I have tons of tabs open and waiting. (I have a midterm on Thursday, so I’ve been focusing on that; this weekend I’ll hopefully catch up on all the bookish stuff I neglected.)
- While I wouldn’t consider myself super patriotic, 4th of July was a great excuse for a social hangout! We saw the fireworks and had some good food; of course, it was also nice just to catch up with my friends.
- I was a host for Bookending Summer! Some of the posts I have yet to hop to are based on my prompts, and I’m really looking forward to reading them. Also, I hosted a Twitter chat that was pretty much just me talking to myself — just bad timing on my part, scheduling it around dinner hour 😅
- 24 in 48 readathon was the weekend after my first midterm, so I celebrated by reading for almost 13 hours the first day (finishing two blog tour ARCs and 5 other books) before returning to my regularly scheduled life upkeep tasks (i.e., cleaning, TN setup, meal prep) and more studying.
- At long last, I’m unpacked and fully moved in to my off-campus housing! Okay, there are a few boxes that I still need to take care of, but for the most part I’m settled. What matters is that I can now switch my focus to lifestyle and academic goals. Organized room, organized mind, or however the saying goes.
My Best July Posts
- Setting Up My First Traveler’s Notebook
- Fireside Friday #1 (Bed/Wed/Behead Fictional Characters + ASOUE Drinking Game!)
- [Bookending Summer] Table for Two
Other Awesome July Posts
- Kal @ Reader Voracious: Paid WordPress versus Self Hosted
- Clo @ Book Dragons + Charvi @ Not Just Fiction: Blogging Pressures We’ve Faced As Teens
- Rain @ Bookdragonism: Recommending Books by Asian Authors Based on Books You Probably Love
- Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader: I Like What I Like
- Michelle @ Michelle Likes Things: Why I Hugely Reduced My (One Use-)Plastic (And Other Things)
- Becky @ Uptown Oracle: Post University Blues
Clicking on the titles below will take you to the book’s Goodreads page; clicking on the flames (which indicate my rating out of 5) will take you to my review. Books marked as [ARC] were received as Advance Review Copies; [RC] indicates a post-release review copy.
23 total, 3.67 average rating
- They Are The Tide (The Psionics #3) by Tash McAdam [RC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Warm Up (Villains #0.5) by V.E. Schwab | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, illustrated by Wendy Xu [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon | 🔥🔥🔥
- Of Kindred and Stardust by Archer Kay Leah [RC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood [ARC] | 🔥🔥
- Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Mindfulness for Students by Natasha Kaufman [ARC] | 🔥🔥
- Stargazing by Jen Wang [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee [ARC; Blog Tour] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Mind Games by Shana Silver [ARC; Blog Tour] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman [reread] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book by Neil Gaiman | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han | 🔥🔥 1/2
- The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by The Try Guys | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life by The Fab Five | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
- House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥
- The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy #3) by Shannon Hale | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner [ARC] | 🔥🔥
ARCs I Have
- August 6 – Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood | 🔥🔥
- August 6 – House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig | 🔥🔥🔥
- August 20 – Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner | 🔥🔥
- August 20 – Color Me In by Natasha Diaz | TBR
- August 27 – Mind Games by Shana Silver | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Waiting for Release Day
- August 1 – All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
- August 5 – The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
- August 13 – The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Although I’ve been doing pretty well keeping up with review copies, I’ll be participating in ARC August and Netgalley #Reviewathon to hopefully stay ahead of the game — with my summer vacation half over, I’m all too aware that, all too soon, full-time-student commitments will retake control of my life.
Although summer vacation is a relative term here, since I’ve been taking a class that meets five days a week and requires a lot of self-study time. It’s the main reason I wasn’t able to participate in Tidyathon or generally engage with the bookish community as much as I’d wanted. My final exam is August 14 (wish me luck!); once that’s done I’ll have the rest of the month to rest and prepare for the upcoming semester.
In addition to the usual back-to-school reorganization, I plan on doing a lot of the blog maintenance / optimization that I didn’t get to this past month, as well as finally clearing out my backlog of reviews. I have a pretty long list of each to work through, but none of it is really urgent so I’m trying not to overwhelm myself.
Other than that, I’m keeping my options fairly open. True summer vacation, in my mind, calls for some spontaneity and flexibility … whether that’s a beach day with my friends or a Good Omens rewatch on repeat for a week.
What’s the best book you read in July? Did you read any of this month’s releases, or ARCs of August/September releases? Have you set any goals for August?