July Wrap Up

Hey guys! July has come and gone in a whirlwind and I can’t believe it’s already over. During this month I didn’t think I was reading a lot, but that’s probably because I read so much in June. But all in all this month has been pretty good and I read a total of 6 books and I’m still on track with my goodreads reading challenge so I’m happy! If you stay with me until the end of this post I have some pretty exciting giveaway news!

As always click on the book cover to find out more about each book.

1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

I’m late to the game reading this series but with the movie coming out so soon I just had to pick this up this month and BOY am I glad I did! I adored this book. I became so invested in the characters and the plot. I don’t think I’ve been so invested in a book series for a while and the end of this book broke me. I can’t wait to read the next book, I can’t wait until I have enough money to buy the whole series and binge read them all, I can’t wait for the movie. I’m in love. If you haven’t already; READ THIS!

I gave this book 4 stars.


2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

This is another book that has been on my radar for a while. I’ve owned the book for a few months and it was always kind of in my peripheral vision when choosing which books to read but I always felt like it wasn’t quite the right time. So when I found Puddin’, the sequel for this book in hardcover, and on sale for half price I couldn’t resist picking it up. I hate having the sequel for a book without having read the first one, so I knew it was finally time for me to read this. I really enjoyed Dumplin’ and I loved the story and the characters. Willowdean was a little annoying at times and there were some things I wish she’d done differently, but overall this was a really enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend picking it up.

I gave this book 3.5 stars.

3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This was another book that I’d had on my shelf for a long time. I didn’t realise it until now, but this was the month of catching up on books I’ve had on my TBR for a while. I wrote a full review for Caraval  which you can find here.

I gave this book 4 stars.




4. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

This has got to be one of my favourite books of the year. I am obsessed with this story and even though it was super long, when I finished I was left wanting so much more. Again, I wrote a full review for Renegades which you can find here.

I gave this book 5 stars.




5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this book has been on my radar for a while. I’d heard good things and bad things. I know so many people love this series and I know lots of people who dislike it. Unfortunately, I fall into the latter category. I’m sorry, but this book just wasn’t for me. I hope to write a full review on this as I have a lot to say, so if you want to find out my in depth feelings and opinions on this book, stay tuned, hopefully it will be up soon!

I gave this book 2 stars.



6. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

I am steadily making my way through the Rick Riordan books I missed while growing up and finished the audiobook for The Dark Prophecy. Listening to these books on audiobook is something I’ve come to really love my time listening to these books. The first book in the Trials of Apollo series was probably one of my favourites in this world. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to that. I really liked Emmy and Josphine but for some reason this book just didn’t grip me. I just don’t think a lot of it was very interesting, and the way they got out of problems often felt very convenient with not a lot of skill involved. Honestly, my favourite part of this book was the fact that I called that the prophecy was a Shakespearean sonnet before it was stated in the book. Oh, an Apollo is still awesome and I still love him a lot.

I gave this book 3 stars.

The longer you live the weirder the world gets.

– Rick Riordan, The Dark Prophecy

Some non-book related updates

  1. I went to a reunion party for my brass band and met up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a long time;
  2. I got the results of my degree and I found out I’ll be graduating with a 2:1;
  3. I saw The Incredibles 2 and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again;
  4. I got a haircut but I think it’s a little bit too short;
  5. I binge watched The Big Bang Theory for some reason;
  6. I bought a new mug;
  7. So yeah, I basically did nothing except work and read and watch TV. My life is fun.

Giveaway Time!

So, like I promised I have some pretty exciting news about a giveaway! Right now, on twitter, the hashtag #BookishWish is going round. I know I am so lucky to be able to buy, and keep buying, myself books. I am luckier than so many peoples, despite how much I moan and gripe about money. It’s an issue, this is true, but not so much that I can’t pick up a book now and again. So this month, instead of buying myself books I am going to buy you guys books. #BookishWish is all about giving and I want to do something for someone who can’t do it for themselves. I will be giving away 3 books and this giveaway is international as long as Book Depository ships to you. Click the photo to find out more or head to my twitter or Instagram.

Thats it with my July wrap up. What was your favourite book this month?
How many books did you read? Did you do anything exciting this month?

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8 Replies to “July Wrap Up”

  1. I ordered Caraval this morning, and I cannot wait to read it. It makes me even more excited when I see others enjoying it. Congrats on your 2:1. A month of TV and reading sounds pretty lovely (minus the work part). Hope you enjoyed it! 💛

    1. Oh yay that’s exciting! I really hope you enjoy it!
      Thank you so much! It was pretty fun just kinda dull at the same time haha!! x

  2. I read The Darkest Minds when it first came out years ago, and I loved it! I’m so glad they’re making it a movie, even though I probably won’t watch it 😂

    1. Oh really? I’m really excited to see the movie! I think it looks like it will be so good!!

  3. Hallo, Hallo Cerys,

    I took a ‘personal’ month in July. I blogged about it off/on as well – especially during my s/o for the INSPY Reading challenge for July I participated in for the first time and during my Sunday Post where I updated my reading progress. The reason I decided to take ‘July’ as a personal month to read/recover/reclaim is because my clustered migraines of Spring wrecked me worse than in the past. It is one thing to be a migraineur it is another to realise even after five years of progressively seeing them increase, you can still be surprised by their ‘after effects’.

    Therefore, I tucked in like a tortoise – I have wanted to halve my reading life between INSPY Reads and mainstream reads since I started, but as you well know – when your a book blogger you get easily *distracted!* right!? Plus, I hadn’t realised how attached I am to Historical Fiction (it should have been very obvious!) til I started blogging my bookish life. In July, I celebrated the fact I could :read for pleasure: again – the joyfulness of tucking into a book w/o the added worry of typing up my notes as I read or sorting out my thoughts on behalf of the *characters, plot points, locale, pacing, etc* – to where I happily consumed a dear amount of #LoveINSPIRED Suspense novels!

    Those were my favourite books for July aside from discovering the start of *Hope Harbour* by Irene Hannon? And, the first of a trilogy of Amish stories – where the plot of the series is spilt in half between the English / Amish narrative perspectives? It was very interesting truly – which is why I discussed the elements of it during @SatBookChat (I host a bi-monthly Rom / Women’s Fic chat) — “A Stranger’s Wish” truly had me on pins, as I was not expecting it to turn into a Rom Suspense! Ha! Love those surprises!

    Reading wise – my counts have been down lately.. as said, migraines are beastly – I have a personal pace of reading a certain number of stories per month – however, I’m off-setting this more away from print and opting for #AudioReads… so July for me was not just a wake-up call to segue my reading life but to recover the joy of what I want to read outside the blog schedule. I started pairing down my schedule two/three years ago and I coudn’t be happier. Now I just need to sort out the ratio of print to audio and I hope to overcome the last hurdle which is how to read/hear stories before, during and after the migraines which are still a firm fixture of my life.

    /// In regards to your post — I can relate to what you said “seeing books on the periphery’ as I do this myself! Especially as I borrow loads from my local library, where I am thankful I can sample different genres, try new authors and sort out my own passageway through literature. “Dumplin” is one I’ve been considering to read myself.

    I also agree – sometimes the books which get the most attention are the ones which disappoint us the most; not always, mind, but there are those stories which others run after which such sweet affection we wonder why we can’t attach ourselves? It’s just a classic case of ‘not all stories are our cuppas’!! Similarly, I’ve had a few people tell me they didn’t get why I gushed my love of a story on my blog only to find they tried the same book and it let them down. I wasn’t offended – I do think others should realise- we’re sharing our bookish lives as book bloggers – we articulate what works or doesn’t work within a story and if that inspires someone to pick up a book – (great!) – it should be with optimism but not remorse. Never apologise for your reactions – reading is such an interpersonal experience!!

    1. Reading really is a personal experience – you’re so right! So many people experience life in such different ways you can’t help but experience stories about life differently!
      And I would definitely recommend picking up Dumpin’ – as a plus sized girl it was so awesome to see myself represented in a way that wasn’t the sidekick or comic relief!
      I hope your migraines get better! That doesn’t sound like fun at all!

  4. Congrats on graduating girl! I did too back in June *cheers*

    Amazing wrap-up!

    1. Aw thank you! And congrats to you too! That’s awesome!

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