Another month where I didn’t really read much, sigh. I did read one book more than last month and I also listened to an audiobook, so I guess that can be a bright side? I’m going to jump right into my July wrap up and talk about some other things later in this post. Here is what I read in July. 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 a review.
Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of July.
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall – 5 out of 5 stars
Strung Out by Erin Khar – 4 out of 5 stars
Boyfriend Material was so good and I loved it so much. It was cute, fun, and a hilarious story. It also had ALL THE FEELS. I loved Luc and Oliver so much. Feel free to check out my review for more about what I thought. Strung Out was so good, but also so heartbreaking and sad. It’s about Erin’s life and struggle with addiction. She started using pills at eight years old and heroin by thirteen years old. The opioid crisis is a real thing and it’s so heartbreaking. With this virus happening, so many people have relapsed too and so the struggle is even more real and even harder than it already is.
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of July.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 2 out of 5 stars.
I’ve been seeing Where the Crawdads Sing everywhere since it was released and I was so excited to finally read it. It seems like everyone has been raving about this book. My sister and I listened to the audiobook on the way home from Illinois (16 hour car ride). I sadly did not love it as much as I hoped I would. It wasn’t a bad book or anything, it just wasn’t for me and the ending was a bit predictable.
DNF (Did Not Finish):
These are the books that I tried to read in the month of July, but ended up not being for me so I stopped.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
I started reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes in June and I got about 70% through it. I was going to try to finish reading it this month and that didn’t happen. I tried reading it myself and then I tried listening to the audiobook. I didn’t love it at all, I found it kind of boring, and hard to get into. It was a big bummer for me to DNF this book as The Hunger Games series means so much to me. But since this book is about President Snow, I kind of get an idea about how the book ended because of how he is in The Hunger Games series. Without thinking, my mom also told me what happened at the end. Thanks for the spoilers, mom! I highly doubt I ever finish it and I’m okay with that. It just wasn’t for me. I still love the series though.
What books did you read in July? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!
My anxiety pretty much ran rampant in July and I’m not entirely sure why. I want to say part of the reason was that I was gone for an entire month away from home and trying to get back into my normal routine has been difficult. Also, what is sleep anymore? I feel like I’m in this never-ending rut and I’m not really sure how to get out of it. I always tell myself that the next month will be better and then it’s not and it’s frustrating. But I guess it can never really get better if I don’t know why I feel the way that I feel or what is going on in my head. That’s where a lot of the anxiety comes into play and it keeps me up at night.
I get lost in music and tv shows. I don’t even have it in me to sit down and read for too long, because my mind just wanders and I don’t even know what I’m looking for; if that makes sense. I guess an example will be I can read a few sentences, stop because my mind is trying to remember something or figure out something and it can’t grasp the thought or the thing and then it drives me crazy, so I put the TV on or music on and forget about trying to think. That probably made zero sense either, lol. My mind doesn’t make sense lately…so I guess there’s that. I’ve just been doing more mindless things instead of blogging and reading, because I just can’t focus on those things for too long these days. 😦
Anyway, I think that’s all for this wrap up. I am going to go do a couple things around my house, and then jump back on to catch up with your blog posts and reply to comments. 🙂 I didn’t really have time to do it over the weekend like I had hoped. I’ll end this with a picture of the sunset from last night.
In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July.
Book Tag|| Stuck at Home.
Release Day|| July Releases.
I hope you have a great day!
14 thoughts on “Wrap Up|| July.”
I also listened to that Crawdads book and it wasn’t a favorite of mine either. It was so slow.
I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that felt that way about Where the Crawdads Sing.
I received a copy of «Where the Crawdads Sing» for my bday this year, hopefully, I«ll love it and it won’t stay on my shelves forever 😀
Oh, such a bummer that you didn’t like The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes! I’ve been seeing pretty mixed up reviews lately. Do you think I can still read it, even if I didn’t read the Hunger Games trilogy? I watched the movies though 😀
Anxiety is so difficult to deal with. Whenever I’m anxious or nervous I cannot read at all. My brain just can’t focus on it and everything seems to get even more amplified. I usually escape into youtube binge.
I hope you like Where the Crawdads Sing better than I did. I know so many people really love it, so maybe it just wasn’t for me. It might be for you though!
Definitely a bummer about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Yeah, I think you could still read it even if you didn’t read the Hunger Games trilogy, because it’s about events that happened before the main books in the series. It was basically about how things came to be and how President Snow became who he was. And I guess I don’t really need to finish it, because I know the type of person he turned out to be, lol.
Yeah, anxiety really is difficult to deal with sometimes. I’m glad I’m not the only one that can’t really focus when I’m too anxious/nervous. I usually escape into TV shows or YouTube videos too. So much easier to just do mindless things like that, I guess.
I ended up skipping The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Sorry you found it mostly boring. I hope you are able to get more sleep in August <3<3<3
Such a bummer that I found it so boring, but oh well. They all can’t be winners, I suppose lol. Thank you! ❤ The last few days I've actually been sleeping better, so fingers crossed it continues.
I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling great. I escape through books, tv and video games, all so I won’t have to think about whatever it is that’s making me feel anxious. I haven’t found a solution yet, but I’ll share if I do 🙂
I’ve seen Boyfriend Material a lot lately and it sounds so good! I’m glad you liked it! And that picture is gorgeous! 🙂
Yes, please do share if you find a solution. I’ll make sure to share with you if I do too, haha. Thank you 🙂 Boyfriend Material was so great! 🙂
I hope you will feel better soon! Anxiety is the worst; definitely don’t force yourself to do things that cause even more stress… Music and TV shows sound like a pretty good solution to me! Also, I definitely want to try Boyfriend Material now! It sounds SO good. Here’s to August treating you better! xx
Thanks, Yvonne! 🙂 I hope you get the chance to read Boyfriend Material soon.
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I’m sorry to hear you’ve been struggling this past month, it’s terrible when our minds slip away and we’re just unable to focus on anything, I know how that is. I hope you can get some more sleep and that you will feel better soon, I’m sending you all the love and positive vibes ❤ ❤ ❤
Thanks, Marie! ❤ It really is terrible when our minds slip away and stuff. It makes day to day life more difficult, especially when it comes to things you really love.
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