July Recap (The One Where I Did Nothing and Loved It)

In my update post a couple of weeks ago, I said I’d be making my end/beginning of the month posts (e.g.: wrap ups, TBRs, anticipated releases) bimonthly to prevent repetition. Well, I decided against that. Because if I did follow that path, my August and September releases would be in one post, and then I’d be writing for two years because there are easily 20 books coming out in just two days. (September 5th and 12th)

Okay, so that’s that. Now let’s talk about the fun stuff! I didn’t read much because I spent every day partying with a different friend and in general was just super social. It was so much fun!

Hopefully you could tell I was being highly sarcastic. The more accurate description of my month would be leaving the house maybe eight times total and reading an absurd amount of books. #introvert


I READ 20 BOOKS IN JULY. WHO AM I? Seriously, though. Every time I mention it on social media, someone asks how I did it, and honestly I DON’T KNOW. Lack of social life and other hobbies, maybe? Oh, and Booktubeathon probably helped. πŸ˜›

All reviews can be found on my Goodreads.

  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – 5 stars (first reread)
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen – 2 stars (eARC, out Sept. 12, DNF)
  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard – 3.5 stars
  • Ensnared by A.G. Howard – 4 stars
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – 5 stars
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – 4.5 stars
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – 4 stars
  • The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon – 3 stars
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard – 3 stars
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – 5 stars
  • By Your Side by Kasie West – 4.5 stars
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake – 3 stars
  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – 5 stars
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – 4.5 stars
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 5 stars
  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – 5 stars
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake – 5 stars
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – 5 stars
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston – 4.5 stars

As you can see, I had a pretty good month, in both numbers and ratings. I can’t pick a favorite, so instead here are my top five: Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart, When Dimple Met Rishi, The Upside of Unrequited, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. ❀

This puts me at 83/80 on my Goodreads challenge, which means I COMPLETED IT. Technically, in July I was at 81, but I’ve read two books already this month (not listed) and I’m including them anyway because I can. πŸ˜‰


This is where I didn’t do so well. I took another unintentional break, and started posting only once a week. Oops.

I’m hoping to do better this month, and not miss any posts. I might also go back to posting twice a week, but I’m not sure yet. I know Sunday will be my post day for sure, and then on either Wednesday or Thursday there might be another. It all depends on how much time I have, and if I’ve got any motivation or inspiration.


There’s not much of anything to put here because 1) it’s summer and I’m lazy, and 2) I was busy reading, as I’m sure you can tell. Despite some of the personal issues I had in July, it was arguably the best month of my summer. I read basically all month, and what more can I ask for? It’s a book nerd’s summer dream. Well, I could ask to be reading on the beach, but I won’t. I don’t live near any. So.Β Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

I did go to a launch party for Enigma by Tonya Kuper, though! I got an eARC from Netgalley so I’d already read it, but I got to buy my own physical copy and see Tonya again. It was my third time seeing her, and she was just as fun and nice as she was before. It wasn’t a long event, but I enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

And… I go back to school in two weeks. Less than that, if we’re being specific. Next week I help with check-in at my school, and the week after I volunteered to help with the freshmen first day. Then it’s my turn. I have people at school I’m excited to see again, and there are a couple of classes I’m looking forward to, but for the most part I can’t say I want to go back. Personal issues aside, I enjoy the freedom to take naps or read six books in a week or spend the day with a blanket and YouTube if I want to. But who wouldn’t?

School is also going to play a big part in how much I read and post. I’m hoping for fairly easygoing classes and teachers, but I’m going to be a junior. I don’t know if that’ll happen. I’m taking an AP class and a handful of honors classes, and this year I’ll also have to start thinking about the ACT and college. Realistically, I’ll be busy, but I’m still hoping for the best. πŸ˜‰

How many books did you read in July? Any new favorites? Did you do anything fun? Let’s chat! I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

I’m off to start reading Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart and watch Splatoon 2 videos. πŸ˜› I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…


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9 thoughts on “July Recap (The One Where I Did Nothing and Loved It)

  1. I’m in awe at the 20 books thing. That’s one book every day and a half or so. I’m barely getting through one book a week right now.

    Also, good luck with the start of junior year! I remember that year being stressful, but you’ll get through it, and hopefully read some awesome books in English classes (I remember that being my favorite year of high school in terms of the school books we had assigned).

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