July seriously flew by, you guys! I can’t believe there is only five months left of the year! I am really excited that the first seven months of my blogging experience has been so successful! I honestly went into this thing with one follower, which was my bestie. I’ve met so many awesome friends on here and I am always making new friends and finding new books to read! I am even going into August with almost 300 followers! That’s pretty crazy, because I honestly didn’t think anyone would be interested in what I have to say! I appreciate you all though! Thank you! I wanted to let you all know that.
Now to the recap! I am trying out a new format for this recap post versus what I have done in the past. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did one. Toward the end of this post I will include some of my plans for the month of August!
DNF (did not finish) Books:
These are the books I started, but did not end up finishing throughout the month of July.
more than this by patrick ness – I do plan to finish reading at some point this year. I just got distracted with other books and I had borrowed this from the library.
across the universe by beth revis – I got the audiobook from the library. I do not plan to finish that book, because it was so boring.
paper towns by john green – I was really bored, but I may eventually finish the book. I didn’t give it an honest chance, because I only read a little bit over 60 pages.
Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (aka not audio) throughout the month of July.
we were liars by e. lockhart – REVIEW. – 2 OUT OF 5 STARS.
As you can see by the star rating, I really didn’t enjoy this book. It was too boring and I didn’t like the characters. The twist at the end was interesting, everything leading up to it wasn’t worth it in my opinion. I know a lot of people loved this book, but it wasn’t for me.
made you up by francesca zappia – REVIEW. – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Made You Up has been one of my favorite reads so far this year! It was perfect and so amazing, just like the book cover! I finished it so quickly and I already want to read it again. I laughed, I cried, I got angry. You will feel every emotion! I highly recommend this book!
game by barry lyga – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
OMG, GAME! ❤ Can I just tell you guys how much I love this series and Barry Lyga? (I know I have a million times 😛 ) The Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers) series has NOT let me down yet! The books just keep getting better and better. This book was amazing! So amazing! I can’t wait to read all the novellas and the final book. Bittersweet though. I don’t want to see it come to an end.
trouble is a friend of mine by stephanie tromly – REVIEW. – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I enjoyed this book so much and I loved all of the characters. It was a really fun, silly, hilarious read. It’s also really strange a lot of the time, but worth the read. There were a lot of unanswered questions at the end, so I am hoping there will be a sequel. The way it ended seems weird for there not to be one.
shadow and bone by leigh bardugo – REVIEW. – 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
This book…this book…it was fantastic! I am so glad that it was chosen for the book club! So many awesome characters and the story itself was so good! I just did a post about it, so I won’t go into too much detail. Just know it’s a great read,you’ll meet your new book crush, and I recommend it!
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions of throughout the month of July.
i was here by gayle forman – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I was here was a great book! I’m glad I was able finally to check it out. There were some parts that were kind of annoying, but overall it was really good. I really enjoyed the characters in the book and I felt like it played out nicely.
after the end by amy plum – REVIEW. – 5 OUT OF STARS.
I wasn’t in any rush to read After the End, but when I seen that the library had it I decided to listen to the audiobook. It was FANTASTIC! I loved this book so much and I am so glad I did. I wasn’t at all sure I would even like it. It didn’t have the best ratings on Goodreads, so my expectations were pretty low, but it blew me away! Can’t wait to read the next book!
hush hush by becca fitzpatrick – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
This book was okay, but I honestly did not like the characters that much. So many annoying characters. I definitely thought it was going to be so much better than it was. I felt like nothing was really going on and when stuff finally did happen, it wasn’t that spectacular.
from norvelt to nowhere by jack gantos – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
This book was enjoyable and pretty funny. I liked it, but the reason for the three stars is that I liked the first book so much better than this one. This one was a little boring at times, but when it was not, it was really good.
my sister lives on the mantelpiece by annabel pitcher – REVIEW. – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I loved this book! I listened to the audiobook, because it’s read by David Tennant. He did such an amazing job reading this book and the story was just as amazing. I highly recommend this one!
whistling past the graveyard by susan crandall – REVIEW. – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I loved Whistling Past the Graveyard SO SO much! It was perfect and it had so memorable characters. The storyline was awesome and played out so well. I love the history told in the book as well and there was never a dull moment.
ketchup clouds by annabel pitcher – REVIEW. – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
This book was okay, but it could have been a lot better. I was bored a lot of the time and the characters weren’t that great, in my opinion.
virals by kathy reichs – REVIEW. – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I thought Virals was a great read and very enjoyable. It took a little while to get into everything, but once it did it was really good. I would have liked to know more about the actual virus, but hopefully in the next book it’ll go into that. Still a good book
For August, I think I want to make it a month of novellas and get all of the I Hunt Killers and Dorothy Must Die novellas read. I also want to read The Wicked Will Rise and Blood of My Blood to get those series done.
I am also going to join in a read-along with Bibliophile Gathering and read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh with them. You can go to their Goodreads group over here to see more about the read-along. Also, if you join in, there is a giveaway at the end! I am really excited to read this book and it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long!
Honestly though, I am going into this month with really no clue what I want to read aside from the above mentioned. I think that happens most months. I have my TBR jar, so I may try to utilize that. I am also really trying to get a lot of the physical and e-books I have read before I go book buying crazy again! I feel like I am never going to finish all of these books if I keep buying or I will never read the books that I really wanted to read in the first place if I keep buying. Most of the books sitting on my bookshelves are books that I REALLY wanted to read, but because I found new books and bought more books, they just got forgotten. sigh.
That’s all for this post though, because it’s extremely long as it is! I hope you all have an awesome weekend! Bye! ❤
20 thoughts on “July Recap.”
I like your new format! A shame to hear Across The Universe is boring; I have an unread e-copy but I don’t think I will pick it up soon now. I’m glad you enjoyed Shadow & Bone! And I guess you already know I loved both Made You Up and the Jasper Dent series. 😉
I will also read Blood Of My Blood and The Wrath & The Dawn this month! The Wicked Will Rise was entertaining, although the amount of action in the first and second book isn’t really well distributed.
Have a lovely weekend! ❤
Glad you liked my new format! I think I may start using this for my recaps now. Across the Universe sounded promising, but it was so boring and weird for me.
I can’t wait to read Blood Of My Blood and The Wrath and the Dawn! I hope we both enjoy them! 🙂
I hope so too! 🙂
I like the new format 🙂 You’ve got me intrigued in After The End I haven’t really heard to much about it but I might check it out 🙂
After the End was so good! I really want to get the next book ASAP!
I feel the same way about the progress of my blog! I was exactly the same! In January I started with my best friend as my only subscriber and now, I am almost at 300, just like you! 😱😄
Haha! I know how you feel about Across The Universe. Everything went really slowly. But the story is pretty twisted as things develop.
Your reading month seems to be very successful! I hope next month will be great for you! And I can’t wait for us to read The Wrath and the Dawn this month! xoxo
Yay to us both with our blogging experience and progress! It’s been so awesome having this blog and being able to share my love for books with everyone!
I just couldn’t get into Across the Universe, sadly.
I hope The Wrath and the Dawn is amazing! I know I've heard so many good things about it and I can't wait for all the discussion posts in the group! 🙂
Hey the movie is good! Paper towns. 😀
The movie did look really good in the previews, so I wanted to read the book first. I think for me it will probably be a case of the movie actually being better than the book.
Yes. Cara Delevingne makes EVERYTHING so much better!!
Woo! We get to read The Wicked Will Rise. I cant wait!!!! You got through a lot of books this month 🙂 I can’t wait to get through I Hunt Killers and Red Queen
Me neither! 🙂 it’ll be fun and we can use our Percy bookmarks!
I can’t wait for you to get through Red Queen and I Hunt Killers. They are definitely some of my favorite reads this year so far.
I hope you enjoy The wrath and the dawn it’s really an amazing book. 🙂
I hope so too! I’ve heard nothing but good things! 🙂
Your blog looks amazing – congrats on the rapid increase in followers! I’m so happy to read that you enjoyed Trouble is a Friend of Mine; although it’s flying under the radar, I’m hoping to grab a copy from my local library. I know quite a few people were disappointed with We Were Liars, so you are not alone! I really liked it myself, but it’s definitely a story that appeals only to a certain audience. Wonderful post, and best wishes for August! 🙂
Thank you 🙂
I hope you get to read Trouble is a Friend of Mine soon!
It was disappointing that I didn’t like We Were Liars, because I was really wanting to read it so bad! 😦
Thanks again! ❤ And you too! I hope you have an awesome month!
Great post! Shame that you didn’t enjoy We Were Liars; I really love that one, but I can definitely understand why it’s not for everyone. I’ve had my eye on Made You Up for a really long time now. I think it just moved up a little higher on my list after this post, haha! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed Shadow & Bone. Happy reading! x
Thank you 🙂
It sucks that I didn’t like it, because I had such high hopes for it and really wanted to read it!
I hope you get to read Made You Up soon! It’s such a great book. 🙂
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