Sunday, August 06, 2017

July Wrap-Up

Welp, July was pretty pants in terms of reading and blogging was concerned.

Books read in July

1. A Change Is Gonna Come by Various
2. Way Down Deep by Charlotte Stein and Cara McKenna
3. Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
4. This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre
5. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Total read in July: 5
Total read in 2017: 64

Only five books read, what am I doing with my life? Seriously. It was a rather interesting month though. YALC happened. The boys finished school and are out of the summer. E graduated from primary school (all the wailing from me already!) I hit an unexpected slump but I feel like hopefully it's passed.  Going to YALC really inspired me so I hope that carries through to reading and blogging again.

July Book of the month


A Change Is Gonna Come by Various

My book of the month was undoubtedly A Change Is Gonna Come, the anthology of short stories and poems written by BAME authors. Even if I'd read loads more books than I did in July this book still would have been it. This book is so amazing and important and inspirational. I love that it exists in the world and that you all can go out and buy copies and read it. Please do that.


Books reviewed in July

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
Girlhood by Cat Clarke
Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

These were reviews I had written in June and had scheduled in advance. Sob, I was doing so well too. Let's hope August sees better results, eh?


Other posts in July

Yeah, nothing.  There wasn't a whole lot of blogging during the month of July. Bad Michelle.


Booktube videos in July

Yet Another Book Haul
Midyear Freak Out Book Tag
Unread Books Kindle Tour 2017
Quick Book Haul

Michelle Absolutely FAILS at the Speech Jammer Book Challenge
Michelle Reviews This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre
Michelle Reviews One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

So July was a month of booktube videos, apparently. It's the only section in this entire blog post I'm proud of, ha. Let's hope this continues. I have several videos that I've either recorded (and need to edit) or have written notes on and just need to film. Let's see. I have my fingers crossed though.


My progress in reading challenges:


British Books Challenge

A Change Is Gonna Come by Various
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre

Total in July: 3
Total in 2017: 21

Well seeing as how I only read 5 books in the entire month, I'd say the fact that three of them are by British authors is pretty good going. Phew.


Read My Own Books 

Why do I still have this as a category here? Whyyyy? It makes me feel bad every month that I'm not doing more to read my own books. Technically one book I read during July was a book I bought myself (a trashy romance book) but I don't count e-books so boo. 




Netgalley

A Change Is Gonna Come by Various
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

I did request several books on Netgalley this month so I will have to do more in August to balance this out, but I'm still at a reasonable percentage and a smallish number of my books on my shelf. I feel okay. 


What have you been reading and loving in July?

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