Time is a strange thing. Let’s just pretend I read 20 books this month and assume I finished my goals. 😌
This year has truly been like no other. The one great constant in my blogging life has been the fact that I am constantly working on something bookish! Whether it was blogging, writing my WIP, taking pictures for bookstagram, or scrolling through book twitter, I was constantly doing something these past two months.
And now I’m tired, okay? Blogging is hard. I still accomplished some things, and to me, that makes me feel proud.
Let’s just get on to the post!
The only reason I delayed this wrap-up is because I read one (1) book in June.
I feel like I read a lot in July. I could have sworn I read like 5 books, which is really good for me. But in reality, I finished 8 in July, and since that’s WAY more than I normally read, I actually feel… accomplished? For once? 😳 Who am I? How did I even read so much while Camp Nano was going on? Why don’t I remember any of this?
Anyway, here’s what I read over the past two months.
Furyborn, by Claire Legrand
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | goodreads
I really enjoyed this one! I don’t remember much of my feelings for it, but I definitely want to pick up the sequel. 🙂
The Henna Wars, by Adiba Jaigirdar
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | goodreads
!! One of my favorite books of the year! (although I must admit it has not been a great book year for me, but let’s just forget about that for now) The Henna Wars was just so… good. It was fast to read, simple and sweet, and I loved the characters. I even teared up a bit at the end. I will have a more in-depth mini review soon!
I read an ARC, and I really liked it! It was better than I expected. I have a full review for this one! Read it if you’ve been looking for a twisty Cinderella retelling!
I love this series! It’s seriously so so cute. Nearly a year after reading The Tea Dragon Society, I decided it was time to read this sequel, and I am so glad that I did. I cried multiple times, but that’s probably just a me thing. I also have a full review!
A Gift for a Ghost, Borja González
n/a | lol don’t recommend
Yes I read this graphic, but no, I do not recommend it. I accidentally borrowed it from my e-library and they wouldn’t let me take it back, so I had to finish it. It was okay, just a little slow at times.
The Sound of Stars, but Alechia Dow
⭐️⭐️⭐️ | goodreads
I liked it, but The Sound of Stars was just okay. I really really liked the characters and their journey, but the pacing of the book was just slow, and I think that was my main issue.
You Should See Me in a Crown, by Leah Johnson
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | goodreads
This one was so cute! YSSMIAC was a great and fast read, but I kind of wish it was longer! Anyways, it was cute and I recommend it. 🙂
Nocturna, by Maya Motayne
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | goodreads
I made the executive decision to read this before A Darker Shade of Magic, and it was probably the best advice I’ve ever given myself. I had seen some negative reviews for this book, but most of them had to do with the similarities between it and ADSOM, and since I had nothing to compare it to, I can safely say that I loved this book.
I will be making a mini review post soon!
Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | goodreads
I really need to stop saying this, but this book was so cute. 🥺 It reminded me of why I love MG, and it especially reminded me of when I was a simple 12-year-old enraptured in the world of Percy Jackson. This book, and The Storm Runner (and probably other RR Presents books), are exactly what I want this generation of new readers to read. I’m so excited for young readers to read these books, and I’m excited for myself to read them, too!
Something about the fact that the main characters were both girls made me so… happy. It made me feel good inside. I also related to Aru, and I loved that. I have a lot of other things to say, so I think I’m going to include this in the mini review post later!
The Storm Runner, by J.C. Cervantes
I haven’t finished this one yet, but I am definitely enjoying it. 😌 Just like Aru Shah, it’s making me so happy to read MG again! Why didn’t I try reading this sooner? I need more Latinx Middle Grade in my life!
Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | goodreads
Obviously, I am living my best Latinx life, and I have never been happier.
I never knew how much I needed to read more Latinx #ownvoices books until recently. But now? Only Latinx, please. I am Mexican-American and that part of me is screaming to be nourished.
Also! Cemetery Boys is amazing. (For me, anyway.) Just as I expected. I’m not including it in the “completed” wrap up, because I finished it in August while writing this post, but I loved it. Please pre-order!
I’ve been kind of busy but I really need to get back to reading this graphic novel. It’s so visually interesting! I love it. 🥺
The Fever King, by Victoria Lee (?)
Okay, I’m not technically reading this one… I just accidentally read the first 20 pages because I was so excited to finally have it in my hands. But I’m waiting to finish the other books on this list before I read more.
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After years of questioning how the heck I could edit books onto my photos for free, I made a discovery and posted about it!
I made a mistake.
Okay, so I will admit that I am guilty of not being very up-to-date on things, so I totally missed it when Cait @ Paper Fury made an updated post about her editing methods between my first editing post and this post.
This post was inspired by a post Cait made fours years ago! I used Pixlr E and it was absolutely magic. I highly encourage you to try it!
Blogging has changed my life in so many ways. I wrote a discussion post about how that happened, and why I think making a book blog is a great idea!
I made a nomination post for the 2020 BBAs! Please check out this post for some awesome bloggers to follow!
In June, I finally wrote a discussion post! This time, I made a Part III to my “Things I Should Have Known When I Started Blogging” series.
Other posts I made:
I am terrible at keeping track of the post I liked. These aren’t all from June/July, but please check them out!
Ruby wrote a great discussion about her complicated history with writing reviews, and I related to it so much!
🌟 Ash @ Starlight Strands: Recreating Our Favorite Book Covers! // a collab ft. El @ Elated Books
Ash and El @ Elated Books recreated their favorite book covers, and it was so cute and fun to read about!
🌟 El @ Elated Books: ALL ABOUT STAR RATINGS (WHY I DON’T USE THEM & EXPLAINING MY SYSTEM)
El wrote a discussion about star ratings, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately! I feel like all reviewers struggle with star ratings at one point, and this point reminded me to make a more structured review system!
🌟 Mandy & Sha @ Book Princess Reviews: Going Book Shopping w/ my Co-Blogger (& a $50 limit)
Mandy and Sha went online book shopping together and it was such a fun blog post idea! 😊 I loved reading how they worked out their shopping limits online, and I could just imagine how this would go down in real life! (I also miss in-person book shopping, and this reminded me of that past life ability 😔)
Summer time! 💫 I finished school in early May, but for some reason, it didn’t truly feel like summer until June. I tried to do a lot more relaxing in June, but it just didn’t happen, and I ended up being stressed for most of July. 🙃
Camp NaNoWriMo – July edition! 💫 I joined Camp Nano! (and omg i just remembered i promised an update post for that! i am truly all over the place) It was going really well at first, but then I posted my first update about it and jinxed myself. 😔 After that, I was never on track again! But, spoiler alert, I won Camp Nano at the very last minute! *celebrate noises* I was able to finish my 30k words just in time! I’ve never actually written this amount of words in that amount of time before… and therefore, this was super productive! 😊
An internship! 💫 I’ve mentioned this before a few times, but I got an internship with a small literary agency! My boss and the other interns have been very nice to work with, and I especially liked talking about books, but I am going to be sad when the internship ends. I might return in a few months, so that could be cool! (But it will also take up some of my time so please be gentle with me when I suddenly become even more sparse than before. 🥺 I’m trying my best to be here, okay)
A new home? 💫 With my family over the past few months, we have been talking about moving house for a while now, but… there have been some complications with this. There’s a very nice house (perfect for storing a lot of books 😉 ) that we all like, but it’s a little risky for a few reasons, so we’ve been spending a large amount of time talking about it and looking at other houses. This takes up so much time! 😦 I wish I could do some blogging things while we have those conversations, bc this really ate up a lot of my normal free time. And we still don’t have the house yet!
Stress!! 💫 Once again, I fell into the trap of Blogging Anxiety, and it stopped me from doing a lot of things here. Nothing felt good or good enough. I was stressed over the possibility of not completing Camp Nano, and… idk. I almost quit blogging, maybe two times. But this is all in my head and I just need to think about it a little more.
Bookstagram! 💫 I started to post regularly on bookstagram! For the first time ever! Please go follow my bookstagram here, for top-quality mediocre content. 😌
Book Blogger Awards! 💫 Thank you all for nominating me for Most Helpful and Best Discussions in the 2020 Book Blogger Awards, and for taking me to the voting round! 😭💕 I highly suggest that you look at a lot of the other blogs, to support as many blogs as possible! You can vote for your favorite blogs on May’s post or here. Once again, thank you so much for just supporting my blog in any way, I love you all.
I don’t even know why this is a category! It will only press my stress further! But if I do complete them… I will be happy.
💫 Post 4 times. I hope I can post more than this! But 4 posts seems very doable for right now.
💫 Complete WIP draft 1. I’m so close to finishing the first draft! I can probably finish this week, so I can start editing soon!
💫 Read 5 books. This is pretty self-explanatory! I’ve already complete liked 2 books this month, so it shouldn’t be too hard. I hope.
💫 Self care to reduce stress. I really need to do this. 😦
Hello! What did you do over these past two months? Did you do anything exciting? If that’s even possible? Are you going into online school anytime soon? Join me as I mourn my freedom to blog.
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Happy reading, everyone! Have a lovely day! Please stay safe and healthy!