Oh, July. Lol. I kind of tried with you? No, I’m actually really surprised that I actually crossed a few books off my TBR, because I think during the first week of the month, I made a pact with myself that I was going to literally forget that I had set a TBR and go, MOOD READER FOR THE WIN…which is precisely what I did. What I read…was not what I set out to read and why there is a lovely question mark up on the top there. Shall we see what this book princess actually did do?
Even though most (okay, like, two) of these books weren’t on my TBR, I still managed to read a decent amount. Okay, like a lot. Mandy = stunned. She had a very busy July apparently. I read 25 books this month.
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
- The Selection by Kiera Cass (DNF)*
- The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (reread)
- A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
- Wild Irish Women by Marian Broderick (FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY)
- Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (DNF)
- Odd & True by Cat Winters (review coming sometime in August!)
- Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser
- Romeo and What’s His Name by Shani Petroff
- Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews (DNF)
- We Are Okay by Nina Lacour
- Dreamfall by Amy Plum
- When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn (review coming on 8/3)
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Buddy Read with the amazing Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional)
asterisk = audiobook
July was an interesting month. Shall we just call it the month of Sailor Moon? Because I mean, I was in quite very deep with her. I loved her dearly, and I still have yet to read the final two books (the additional short stories) SO MY LOVE AND FANGIRLING CAN LOVE ON FOR ANOTHER DAY. ARE WE EXCITED?
No books were quite added to the favorites list this month. Of course, Cinder is always on the favorites list, but nothing added. Hunted was a very close addition, but some of the things kept me from adding it immediately. Maybe it will be there by the end of August?
That being said, I did read a lot of good books this month. Four stars seemed to be the thing. Some of my favorite reads this month: Hunted, A Map for Wrecked Girls, When I Am Through With You, The Love Interest, and We Are Okay.
I DNF’d not many this month, which I mean, SUPER YAY. Maybe I’m picking better books or books are just getting better? 😉
The worst of the month was probably Dreamfall and Odd & True for me. So many things went wrong with Dreamfall for me, and Odd & True just fell super flat for me – despite my hugely high expectations and love for Cat Winters.
And the most exciting thing happened this month: I FINISHED THE BOOK THAT I HAD BEEN READING SINCE JUNE OF LAST YEAR. That’s right: Wild Irish Women was finally crossed off the reading list after awkwardly chilling on my Goodreads shelf for a year and a month. Is anyone else super excited to see that weird red cover off the side of the blog?
Overall, though, I thought it was a solid month. Got a lot of books off and totally expanded what I thought I would do. SO MUCH YAY.
Okay, there is a very valid reason that I have a question mark going on at the very top of this post. I’m debating whether or not to fully give up making TBRs. For June, I did so amazingly well – then again, I decided to make a themed TBR where I only read contemporaries. However, this month, without a theme or really any desire to stick to a TBR, I went wild. Like, straight up, I’m not going to stick to any book I wrote on this list.
Therefore, I think what I am going to do is write a list of books that I have to get to this month (due to ARC obligations) and then some books I’m sort of feeling at the time. My mood readerness has come back in full and basically I’m just reading whatever calls to me at the time. This isn’t a set TBR in the slightest, but totally just some books I’m intrigued by.
Books For Sure on the TBR
Books I Really Am In the Mood For
- Final Girls by Riley Sager
- Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
- …and…I’M NOT EVEN SURE. I’M FAILING. OMG.
Other Bookish Thoughts
This month was also the month that I started my delight in audiobooks. I’m not sure how long it will last since I do find myself drifting in parts, but I’m going to keep on going with them until I fail completely. It is such a cool form of medium, though, and I love that I can do things while still listening and immersing myself in a whole new world (*insert Jasmine singing here*)