Monthly Wrap-up: July 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Wooooooow, WHERE HAS MY SUMMER GONE? I'm both anticipating and dreading the next two months. I move August 12th to a neighboring city, so I'll be spending the next two weeks packing. I have to figure out where I'm gonna put my bookshelves, since only half of them will fit in my room. School starts at the end of this month, which kind of makes me want to vomit. Then in September, Summer Fest, this festival my neighborhood throws to end the summer, will be happening, and I'll get to go and have one last hurrah with my best friend before she leaves me for UC Santa Cruz. I'll also be helping her move in, which will be bittersweet. So, lots of changes! I also need to find a second job, because winter is brutal for a country club employee. 

Books I read this month

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler - 3.5 stars // Goodreads

I managed to almost finish my July TBR, which was incredible. I struggled with reading in May and June, so I was a little worried I would barely get half way through my July TBR, but I ~technically~ completed it. I just substituted The Memory Book by Lara Avery for The Thousandth Floor. 
I DNF'd How To Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, which I'll go more in depth on in a different post.

On the blog
July was my first month where I initiated my new blogging... policy? Style? Whatever you want to call it! I came to a few realizations in June on how I wanted to run my blog, and so far, it's working out perfectly. Quality over quantity. I posted a review/discussion on The Raven King, then introduced a new feature on the blog (I link my reviews on Goodreads in my reviews tab). Next, I fangirled hard over The Graces, giving it a whopping 5 stars because it was so fucking perfect. I reposted my excerpt of The V Girl by Mya Roberts because I'm an idiot and got my tour date mixed up, then continued with another blog tour, one for Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies. Then I finished up this month with my review of The Thousandth Floor

Music I've been loving
Handclap by Fitz and The Tantrums // Too Good by Drake // Needed Me by Rihanna // Leave Me Lonely, Side to Side, and Touch it by Ariana Grande // Lights Down Low by Jessie James Decker // Tangerine Girl by Asher Roth // Drink to That All Night by Jerrod Neimann // Closer by The Chainsmokers // Dang! by Mac Miller // Wonder by MOONZz

Books I acquired
I'm a part of a traveling book shingdig on Instagram, and the amazing Erica from cozybooksandcoffee on Instagram (check out her page, it's seriously GORGEOUS) sent me The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Then a new bookish monthly subscription box sent me July's book box, which had The Walled City by Ryan Graulin and The Young World by Chris Weitz. (I have a 10% off code for any of the boxes if anyone is interested! It's Vibin10.) Little Bird Publicity sent me this gorgeous ARC copy of The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr, and finally, Penguin Random House sent me a finished copy of Results May Vary by Bethany Chase. 

Life shenanigans 
I was finishing books left and right in the first two weeks of July. That's when the bulk of my reading was done, but then something weird happened to screw it all up: I actually wanted to be social. There was one weekend where I had turned into my worst nightmare: I could barely stand to look at a book or my blog, or even be alone, and instead waned to be surrounded by people 24/7 and party. I was antsy and needed to be doing something. I remember telling my mom before, "How do people want to be around other people all the time? I don't understand!" Well, now I do. Thankfully, I've gotten over it a little. I can be alone and blog and read, but a part of me is still yearning to be out doing something, you know? I think it's because in a couple weeks, everything will be different and I won't have time to do this stuff (or be with my best friend, like I mentioned earlier), so I've been trying to cram in as much as I can do in a day.

The Graces definitely took the cake for my favorite book of the month, though Dangerous Girls came as a close second. What was your favorite book this month? Here's to hoping August is a successful reading month!<3

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