Am I the only one completely baffled at how quickly July flew past? It was a great month, all in all, but I’m still ready to move on to August. You wanna know why? Football. It’s coming back and I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER!
The biggest non-bookish thing to happen in July was that I bought my first ever brand new car. That’s right, folks… my girl Bluebelle is no more. She was the first car I ever broke 100,000 miles in. And I’ve owned quite a few used cars in my time. But now, I have Hermione. And I love her.
Other things of note that happened in July were a girls’ night trip to the casino in Pennsylvania with my grandmother, mom, two aunts and younger cousin. We had a great time. Sadly, however, I did not hit any jackpots. Would’ve helped with the whole car payment thing… 😉 Mom and I did a little shopping and even found a big ol’ discount book sale to hit. I always find sales like that totally hit or miss, but since I recently started reading historical romance, I came away with quite a few new additions. I also celebrated one year in my current position at work last month. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long!
I feel like I was a bad blogger last month. I mean, I did my fair share of reading and posting, but I kinda blew off my reading schedule and didn’t get as many ARCs read and reviewed before release as I usually do. I blame my new-found addition to historical romance. I just wanted to binge read the hell out of that genre (and I kinda did). Granted, my HR TBR is still a mile long, so you can expect more binges like this one soon.
With my new HR addiction, the release of a long-awaited series ender and getting my hands on an ARC for one of my most-anticipated books of August, July was an AMAZING reading month. I truly read some fantastic books. But more about that below. I also DNF’d five books this month. Or, well, four books in a novella series that just didn’t work for me… and a full-length book I just couldn’t get into for several reasons, but mostly because of the bizarre descriptions and words used during some of the sexy times. (Nest to describe lady parts… bowling ball analogies to describe sexual acts. Just no.)
The Booking Through Summer Reading Challenge BookNerd Betsy and I put together continues to be a lot of fun. I’m so excited about the amount of participation we’ve had from authors, bloggers and readers. I’ve enjoyed seeing the guest posts some of my most favoritest authors have come up with specifically for this challenge and introducing followers to new bloggers they should be following! In July, we spotlighted four awesome bloggers: Kaitlin from Reading is My Treasure, Brandie from Brandie is a Book Junkie, Jessica from Lovin’ los libros and Tonya from Lilybloombooks. We also had five awesome author spotlights: Lia Riley shared the first ten books on her eReader, Laura Ward talked about ten books she’s gotten lost in, Tessa Bailey recorded a video of her reading a *steamy* excerpt from Risking It All, Megan Erickson wrote a HILARIOUS post about the ten things she thinks about while writing a sex scene and Christina Lee shared five of her favorite bookish quotes.
Apparently I had a lot to say in July, too, because I wrote THREE discussion posts. One about positivity (or the lack thereof) online, one about my newfound addiction to historical romance and one about whether or not it’s necessary to review ALL THE BOOKS you read. (Or I read, more specifically.)
I introduced another new feature to my blog in July. Or, rather, I mashed up two different memes and put my own spin on it. I’d given up Sunday Posts several months ago, but I’ve missed them since I stopped. Doing both them and Stacking the Shelves took far too much time each week. So, now I’m going to do That’s a Wrap Weekly … you guessed it, weekly. You can find it on my blog each Sunday morning. Not only will I be showcasing the latest additions to my shelves, iPhone and eReader, but I’ll be sharing my post round up from the prior week and sharing interesting content from around the blogosphere.
In other bookish news, I just learned yesterday that I was blurbed again! This time it was for Bad Romeo, and in Broken Juliet. The only reason I even noticed is thanks to my awesome Vixen secret elf, Cecile. She just sent me a signed copy of Broken Juliet and as I was flipping through it to read the inscription, I noticed the blurb. I’m excited… even if they spelled my blog name wrong. It’s the thought that counts, right?
Here’s a breakdown of my month:
Total number of books read: 23
Young adult: 3
New adult: 4
Historical romance: 7
Women’s lit: 1
Books DNF’d: 5
Reviews posted: 26
Discussion posts: 3
I can’t wait to see what August brings!
Pssst. Do you do a monthly wrap-up post? Did you know Tonya @ After Hours at Lilybloombooks has a link up (and giveaway) for that? Check it out!
Oh, did I read some fantastic books in July. Here are my favorites.
Just Couldn’t Put It Down July Giveaway Hop
BEA Wrap Up Part II + GIVEAWAY!
Thinking Out Loud 
A Special Announcement & Giveaway from Laura Kaye
Booking Through Summer Author Spotlight: Tessa Bailey Reading a *STEAMY* Excerpt from Risking It All
August should be pretty chill and I’m happy about that. I’m ready to start watching preseason football – you know, in anticipation of regular season football – and read some more. I have zero travel planned for August (huzzah!) unless you count one author event next week that requires me to drive about 20 minutes. Haha. On that note, I’m excited to finally meet Dahlia Adler and Miranda Kenneally! Yay! Love these ladies and their books.
I have quite a stack of books to work my way through this month, including some that I blew off last month, some more historical romance and some upcoming releases. It should be a great one! 🙂
These upcoming releases are at the top of my (ridiculously long) TBR! Soon, my pretties, soon.
August releases I need to read immediately!
And, of course, I have to mention just an August release I read early that you MUST check out. I love, love, LOVED it.
Books YOU need in YOUR life immediately!
That’s pretty much it for now! Have a great month! 🙂