July was a month when I surprised myself…
I woke up each morning at 6:20am and walked for 1.5 hours. Not including the weekend of course, I refuse to get up early on weekends without an exciting reason – lol. But overall, I’ve never walked/worked out consistently in my life, and yesterday I officially finished my sixth week of going for morning walks and I’m so damn proud of me. I actually reached a point where it all feels like a habit and not a chore. This is a BIG moment for me, and I hope I can keep it up.
Now let’s get to the bookish news:
I read 21 books in July
July was a combination of reading old favorite books, listening to really great audiobooks, and finishing off some ARCs as well. Although I didn’t have the luck of reading a 5 star book, there were many wonderful novels that I enjoyed immensely.
The books I re-read are below
I was in the mood for some MM deliciousness, and Ian and Miro always make me happy.
July was also the month when I picked up Scoring Wilder again. I usually read this book at least once a year, this time there was a two year gap since I read it last – way too long if you ask me. Scoring Wilder was actually my first ever RS Grey book, many years ago in 2014, and it’s still my most favorite of all.
Because of the release of Engagement and Espionage I wanted to re-read Beard Science before I picked up the sequel. Cletus is my favorite Penny Reid character and he and Jenn are an awesome couple. It’s been a couple years since I read Beard Science, and it was awesome that I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time around.
And of course there must be at least ONE Nora Roberts book this month, so I decided to read last year’s Under Currents, which is one I really enjoyed. Her books are always comfort food for the soul.
|FAVORITE JULY BOOKS|
FAVORITE BOOKS OF JULY
I read two books in July that were part of beloved series, Archangel’s Sun (Guild Hunter #13) by Nalini Singh and The Princess Knight (The Scarred Earth Saga #2) by G.A. Aiken both were wonderful additions and definitely pleasure reads.
I’ve read Susan Elizabeth Philips books for 15 years now, and I remember binging her football series. The last couple years she took a break in releasing books – which made this new novel Dance Away With Me a special treat.
Extraordinaries was one of the funniest books I read in a long time. At times it was over the top ridiculous, other times it was just perfection. The book made me laugh out loud so much thanks to quality writing and wonderful narration. Overall I was wowed by how versatile the author’s writing is. Because this new novel is so different to The House in the Cerulean Sea which released earlier this year. And honestly, going by these two books, I can’t wait to see what he writes next.
One of the MUST READ books of this month, All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson is such an extremely relevant novel, and should be read by teenagers as well as parents. It’s so important to get this book into the right hands. A definite recommendation!!
Of course there were many other books I enjoyed this month, like Dear Martin by Nic Stone, Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey, I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman and Outsider by Linda Castillo – all books I would recommend any day.
|JULY AUDIOBOOKS 🎧|
|BOOK READING GOALS|
I’ve read 139 books of my goal of 100.
Although I already reached my Goodreads reading gaol for the year, I’m still working on my reading challenges/lists. None is finished yet, but I enjoy adding and checking off books each month.
My goal of reading more books by diverse authors has lagged a little this month. I’m still reading and adding diverse books to my tbr, but other books, mostly ARCs and re-reads took precedence this month.
|READING CHALLENGE PROGRESS|
I must admit that my July wasn’t a very diverse reading month, and I need to do better in August. July was a month full of library books that needed to be read before they expired and I was also happily re-reading old favorites. None of those two activities left me much wiggle room. But the few books I read by diverse authors were all exceptional and highlights of my reading month.
Although I added five more letters to my AtoZ challenge this month, I realized I might not be able to finish my A to Z challenge. The biggest problem is that I still haven’t found books for certain letters. I feel it would have been better if I started the challenge at the beginning of the year because I already read books that would have matched those hard to find letters like, Q, X and Z.
E – Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid ✓
P – (The) Princess Knight by G.A. Aiken ✓
I read another 5 books for my 20 Books of Summer challenge. Which means I’m at the midway point of having read 10 out of 20 books, BUT I must admit I don’t think I’ll be able to finish the challenge in time. To finish the challenge I would have to read the remaining 10 books in August. It’s doable, but I’m still waiting for books from the library, and that can take weeks. So, we’ll see how it goes.
This month I found out that NetGalley is offering FULL audiobooks for review. I immediately snagged two. Although The Switch is going to be a re-read, since I already read the book, but since I loved The Flatshare on audio I can’t wait to listen to The Switch. It will be a treat I’m looking forward to.
Current titles (12)
Crazy Stupid Bromance Lyssa Kay Adams
Say No More Karen Rose
The Guest List Lucy Foley
The Comeback Ella Berman
Eliza Starts a Rumor Jane L. Rosen
Anxious People Fredrik Backman
500 Miles from You Jenny Colgan
The Roommate Rosie Danan
The Paris Library Janet Skeslien Charle
Postscript Cecelia Ahern
The Queen’s Bargain Anne Bishop
Godshot Chelsea Bieker
On the other hand I still have many books on my NetGalley shelf that I have ignored so far. I’m not proud of it, but as a mood reader I’m not surprised either. Some ARCs I read immediately, others sit on my shelf for months.
|WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN AUGUST|
These are highly anticipated releases I’m looking forward to in August. NOTE: I already read Emerald Blaze and The Switch.