Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in July ☀️ Hiatus over and annoying heat waves

July

Hello fellow bookworms ☀️ As you might have noticed, I didn’t post a June Wrapup, as I was still deep into my hiatus and after coming back I really didn’t feel like writing it or something similar that would be interesting. But I’m back for July! This time I’m trying out a new format though, I wasn’t 100% happy with how I did my wrap ups any longer so I decided to switch things up a bit, which you will see below!

Announcement: I’m going to be in Paris from August 2nd to August 5th, which means no more posts this week. I also won’t have the Internet a lot, but I’m really not gone for long! I don’t know what about the posts next week, as I usually prewrite on the weekend, but I’ll just post whenever I have something written 😄 AND I’M SO EXCITED FOR PARIS! I have been wanting to finally make it there for years!

MY DREAM IS FINALLY COMING TRUE

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What I read in July

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1. The Burning Maze (Rick Riordan) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  Well this book just destroyed me, so I’m still emotional talking about it. Rick Riordan really changed things up with this book and upped the stakes like never before. Apollo’s character Arc remains one of my favorites and apart from that I’m amazed by how this book dealt with loss. (full RTC!)

2. Scythe (Neal Shusterman) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Wow, Neal Shusterman just writes the most thrilling Dystopian stories and Scythe was no exception! The premise and plot were unique, interesting and managed to immediately hook me in. I really appreciated the characters and their respective journey as well. (full RTC!)

3. A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Reread! I loved this just as much the second time around – ACOMAF is one of the best sequels I have read and a huge step up from book 1. It discusses abusive relationships, trauma and introduces characters that quickly stole my heart. (full RTC!)

4. The Mark of Athena (Rick Riordan) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Finally we saw the whole ensemble of characters together, which was a great experience to read about! I also admired Annabeth character Arc and how the book explored the relationships and dynamics between all demigods! (full Review here)

5. The House of Hades (Rick Riordan) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Another great Heroes of Olympus book that managed to hook me in. I loved seeing Nico Di Angelo again and seeing him interact with the other demigods. There was also great suspense as well followed Percy and Annabeth’ journey! (full Review here)

6. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (Rick Riordan) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  I love that in this book we have Percy Jackson himself narrating the tales of the Greek Heroes in his own style, which made them very modern and entertaining to read.

7. The Demigod Files (Rick Riordan) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  This was a fun read, as I can never get enough of demigods and Camp Half-Blood! I love Rick Riordan’s world so it was great to be able to read some short stories with his typical humor and action!

8. If I was your Girl (Meredith Russo) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5  After years I finally got to this book and thankfully really enjoyed it. Amanda was such a likable protagonist and I wholeheartedly loved how kind she was to everyone. This book discusses what it means to be a trans teenager and it’s also written by a trans author. (full RTC!)

9. The Unexpected Everything (Morgan Matson) ⭐️ ⭐️ [DNF] Everybody loves Morgan Matson, but I found my first experience with her to be pretty mediocre and not exciting at all. The plot felt cliché and repetitive, which is why I dnf’d this book as it’s very long for a contemporary. (full Review here)

I’m still currently reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, as I didn’t manage to finish it in July!

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10. Miss Peregrine’s Home Graphic Novel (Ransom Riggs) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

11. Hollow Ciy Graphic Novel (Ransom Riggs) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

12. Stars Above (Marissa Meyer) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Since I adore The Lunar Chronicles, I knew that I would love Stars Above! It is a novella bind up and contains 9 stories, which I all enjoyed very much. We get a glimpse into the life of the characters before the events of the books and the last story is set after Winter, when everyone comes together again! (Full RTC!)

14. The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Patrick Ness) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I had no expectations going into this book, but I have to say that this really worked for me! The book was a good, enjoyable read and I liked that it focused on the minor characters in a story, instead of the chosen ones! This IS more contemporary though, as the fantasy elements are in the background, but that was kind of the point! (Full RTC!)

Average rating ⭐️ 4.4 Stars

Favorite Books 💕

 

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What I posted in July

Supervillain and Me BibliothonWinter Books removedTsundere Badass girl squaddeweyssummer

In the Bookish Community

For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

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Other Life Stuff in July

  • Exams Done. Hiatus Over. The most exciting thing that happened this month was definitely getting off university and being (mostly free)! After so many draining weeks I was so happy to have my long summer break and my exams in the best! That also meant getting back to blogging again, woooh!!
  • Summer Biannual Bibliothon. I was home alone for about 10 days, which provided a great way to get some reading done! Together with Swetlana I joined in with the Bibliothon, after having learning about it from Emma (emmmabooks)! I had a fun time doing it and you can read all about it in my Twitter Thread that I did! Because I was doing the Thread, I didn’t post a wrapup for the Readathon!
  • I actually worked out how to edit my WIP. OMG can you even believe this?? I used Susan Dennard’s editing advice, printed it all out and started working through it! It was super helpful and feels like the right way to approach this edit, as I have never done this before! I’m very excited to finally work on my project again, it has been too long! I also have 2 story ideas that I really want to write next!
  • Watching some shows again. Finally. I always get so bad at not keeping up with shows when I’m stressed so I got back into it now, especially as I don’t want to waste my Netflix subscription! I had a lot of fun watching Queer Eye with the lovely Sandra and I could convince her to watch Dark with me on Netflix – it was a rewatch for me! [in other news: go watch Dark on Netflix!!!!! I really want to write a post about it, because I LOVE this show, it has become one of my all time favorites!]

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Looking Ahead: August

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  1. Mirage (Somaiya Daud)
  2. Labyrinth Lost (Zoraida Cordova)
  3. The Girl from Everywhere (Heidi Heilig)

My TBR’s are not going to be a lot bigger than this from now on, because having too many books on my list has not been working out these last few months. So there you have it, these are the 3 books I absolutely want to get to in August! Mirage is for a blog tour that the lovely aimee over at aimeereads is hosting and I’m so excited & happy to be on the tour! 💕 Labyrinth Lost and The Girl from Everywhere are the books I will be taking to me when I’m in Paris for a few days, as we have a long bus drive, so hopefully I’m able to read during that time! (and not get motion sickness)

Goals for next month

  • Finish my research report for August early this month
  • Write all my overdue Reviews
  • Start editing my WIP Intoxicated
  • Maybe participate in another Readathon (I’m considering the NEWT Readathon as not a lot of Readathons are happening in August, but I will be late with my TBR post as I just decided and I’m in Paris soon)

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What was your favorite book this month? Has anything exciting happened in your life? 📚

33 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in July ☀️ Hiatus over and annoying heat waves

  1. I hope you’ll have a fantastic time in Paris, Caro! ❤ ❤ ❤
    I'm sorry to hear you didn't love Morgan Matson's book – are you planning on reading any of her other books, or not yet?
    I hope you're loving Children of Blood and Bone so far, I can't wait to hear what you think of it 😀
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my posts, this means a lot! ❤ ❤ I'm happy you started editing your WIP, I hope that it will go well!
    Have an amazing August! ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie!! ❤ ❤
      I definitely plan on reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, as I really liked the premise, so I will pick it up from my library sometime! 🙂 I’ve noe also finished Children of Blood and Bone AND IT LOVED IT! I’m so glad I did!
      Thank you, I’ll keep you updated! Hope you have a great month as well ❤

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  2. It’s so exciting that you’re going to Paris!! I hope you’ll have an amazing time. Also congrats on finishing your exams. Going to Paris seems like a great way to reward yourself 😛 Thank you so much for linking back to my post btw ❤️

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  3. Oh I hope you have a brilliant time in Paris Caro, you’ll have to share some pictures when you’re back again because I wish I was travelling so all I can is live vicariously through other people’s adventures! 😀
    You got through so many books this month as well, and pretty much all of them seem to have been great reads for you. I’m so glad you loved Scythe, do you plan to pick up the second book in the series soon, but oh that’s a shame about The Unexpected Everything. I love Morgan Matson but I guess her books aren’t for everyone.
    Great post, and thanks for sharing my post as well. Happy reading, and I hope you have a brilliant August. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you! I really need to share some more photos 😀 I even made a little photobook online, which should arrive next week 😍 July was definitely a good reading month! I loved Scythe and I really need to pick up the sequel!! I want to try Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, hopefully I’ll like this one more 🙂
      Thank you, I hope you have an amazing August as well! ❤

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  4. Aaaw have a great time in Paris babe! Well I see you binge-read RR books, I FREAKING LOVE ALL OF THEM TOO! And I hope you love CoBaB because I’m super into that book!!

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      1. Good for you!! Ahh I haven’t re read them for a long time, I guess it’s time for me to revisit PJO!! Yass so glad you liked it!!

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  5. Thank you so much for mentioning my post! ❤️❤️
    And omg enjoy Paris, it looks like such a beautiful city!

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Burning Maze. I tried to read book 2 last year, after loving book 1 so much, but I didn’t end up finishing it because I wasn’t enjoying it.

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    1. You’re welcome ❤
      Paris, was a really beautiful city and I need to visit it again sometime, as those few days were not nearly enough to see everything the city had to offer!

      Oh no, that’s unfortunate 😦 Will you give book 2 another chance, or have you DNF’d it for good?

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  6. GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Caro I LOVE Paris! I’ve been twice in my life… I always say everyone ought to visit Paris but I want to live in London (where I’m close enough to visit Paris!) ❤ I’m sorry to hear you didn’t love The Unexpected Everything… It’s sad when you can’t get into a book. BUT I hope you’re loving Children of Blood and Bone, I NEED to hear what you think of it 😀 And THANK YOU so, so much for sharing my meme directory post, I hope we get many more book memes! I’m so glad you’ve started editing your WIP, its so good to have a plan! Happy reading Caro!

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    1. Omg yes, PARIS IS GREAT, I love the city so much and I need to visit a second time 😍 I love London as well, so living there would be so great! Living in Paris too, but I’d need to refresh my French 😂 I’m sad about The Unexpected Everything, but hey at least I ended up LOVING Children of Blood and Bone, it was sooo great!! You’re welcome, I really hope to discover some more memes this way 🙂 I haven’t really started editing yet, but at least I have a plan 😀
      Thank you!

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  7. OMG HAVE FUN IN PARIS!! I would really like to see where you went if you could do a post like that! I just went in June and omg I miss it so much! So good! I need to get into that Percy Jackson train soon! I’m sorry you didn’t like The Unexpected Everything. I heard that was everyone’s least favorite. Mine is Second Chance Summer. I still have to get to Children of Blood and Bone. Oh I’m also doing NEWTs readathon (well kinda). She says we can do OWLs during the NEWTs and then do NEWTs at our own time but it’s going to be so much fun! And I hope you get a lot of edits done! Hope you have a great time!

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    1. THANK YOU! I had a great time and I really need to do a post of some sort about it ♥ Oh I feel you so much, time went by so fast and I really miss Paris a lot already 😭 You should totally get to Percy Jackson & Children of Blood and Bone, both books were amazing 😍 I think I will try Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour! Oh it’s cool that you’re doing the NEWT’s as well, what are you reading? 🙂
      Thank you, hope you have a great August! 🙂

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      1. I’m reading Never Fade (it isn’t part of OWLs but I’ve been wanting to finish it) and Furthermore which takes place for Care of Magical Creatures! I NEED TO GET TO PERCY JACKSON. It will happen I swear. My friend read the first 50 pages of The Unexpected Everything and she didn’t like it even though she loved Since You’ve Been Gone. But she’s planning on reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour! I recently got a book called Lunch in Paris where this girl falls in love with a French man but even more so with French cuisine and Paris itself. I’m so excited to get into it because it will take me back to Paris and how it felt!

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      2. oh I really have to start The Darkest Minds books! OH YES PERCY JACKSON IS THE BEST! I definitely think that Amy and Roger’s might be more the book for me 🙂 That sounds promising! (and will probably also make you hungry if there is a lot of french food 😄)

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    2. Yes I can’t wait to see what you think! I always love reading your reviews! And Lunch in Paris is probably going to make me very hungry because it has recipes throughout the book and that’s pretty much what sold me XD

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  8. ASDFGHKL I’VE READ PERCY JACKSON’S GREEK GODS BUT NOT GREEK HEROES YET AND THIS IS SO SAD SINCE I’VE OWNED THE BOOK FOR AGES??? I FEEL BAD I MISS PERCY. T_T I’m so glad you’re loving the PJO books!!! Which is your favorite??? (I’M SORRY FOR RAMBLING PERCY’S MY TRUE LOVE.)

    Anyway!! I hope you enjoy Mirage! Can’t wait to have you on the tour. ♥ Thanks also for sharing my post! ♥

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    1. OH I NEED TO READ GREEK GODS NOW! And all the bonus material like the crossover with the Kane Chronicles, I’m still not 100% up to date with all Rick Riordan has written 😱 Oh this is hard … I really like book 2 and 4! But in the end I adore all of them!! (OMG DON’T APOLOGIZE! PERCY IS GREAT!!)

      I’m currently reading it and I cannot wait to write up my Review for the Tour! ♥

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  9. Ahhh what a gorgeous wrap-up, I love this so much, Caro!! ❤

    I hope you had a wonderful time in Paris, and ahhh I thought I was the only one who didn't love Morgan Matson – (I recently put another book of hers on hold, which everyone loved??). I'm glad the other books you read were amazing, though.

    I hope your August is even better, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Mirage! 🙂

    Thank you so much for including my blog post & happy reading!! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Lily, I’m glad that you liked it ❤

      Thank you, I had a great time in Paris and I really need to visit the city again, as I already miss it sooo much 😭 I’m kind of relieved that I’m not the only one who couldn’t get into Morgan Matson, everyone loves her a lot, but at least this book wasn’t for me 😅
      I’ve started reading Mirage and it’s already really good, so I hope for the best 😍

      I hope you have a great August as well! 🙂

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