Monthly Wrap Up | July 2019

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Another month gone, and a busy one at that! July was a little slower on the reading front, but I did blog a lot more than usual. I also find myself with more ARCs in hand than I can read, especially as I’m still (slowly) working my way through the BookCon pile, and I’m really excited for some of my newer eARCs, so keep an eye out for the reviews! August has some great books set to be released, and I’m looking forward to reading Roar by Cora Carmack and Crown of Coral & Pearl by Mara Rutherford in particular. Overall, a long and productive month on the reading front!


Books I Read in July 2019
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
Kingsbane (Empirium #2) – Claire Legrand (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Wilder Girls – Rory Power (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Maybe This Time – Kasie West (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Mind Games – Shana Silver – ARC Review (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Stepsister – Jennifer Donnelly – ARC Review (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Merciful Crow – Margaret Owen – ARC Review (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Backlist
#Prettyboy Must Die – Kimberly Reid (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Love and Luck – Jenna Evans Welch (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
American Panda – Gloria Chao (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Re-Reads
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Other posts & reviews this month

WWW Wednesday | July 3, 2019
Furyborn (Empirium #1) – Claire Legrand (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
WWW Wednesday | July 10, 2019
WWW Wednesday | July 17, 2019
Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Frozen Sun Saga #1) – Jill Criswell – ARC Review (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
WWW Wednesday | July 24, 2019
WWW Wednesday | July 31, 2019


And as always, here are my reading challenge updates:
1. Beat the Backlist: This month, I read 4 books from my backlist, and focussed on some of the less hyped titles. I also finally finished my re-read of The Infernal Devices in audiobook this month and it was just as good as I remember – and more importantly, I’m ready for Chain of Gold, though it isn’t out for another eight months or so.
2. Year of Epic Reads:

    • Challenge of the Month: A BOOK THAT’S A TOTAL #BEACHREAD
      Beach readsβ€”be it romance, fluff, or simple dramaβ€”often get a bad reputation in the literature community. But there’s nothing wrong with a book that’s entertaining. In fact, some might argue that it’s one of the most important aspects of a book overall. So throw those bad vibes out the window, dive headfirst into a beach read this month
      Chosen Book: Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch
      Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbrokenβ€”and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brotherβ€”and her problemsβ€”behind.
      So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.
      And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.
      Not a book I enjoyed all that much this month, but it perfectly fits the criteria for this challenge. Fast paced, light hearted, and a very family oriented book. I also really liked that it was set in Ireland, and it was fun learning a little about the country through this story.

Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 13
Number of Pages: 4,985
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 103/150


Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!


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