July has come and gone and now we’re in my birthday month, which isn’t something I particularly celebrate, but still always feel the need to mention. Most of July, I was in a massive reading slump. All the books I did end up finishing (we’re going to ignore that I technically read the last pages of one of them on August 1), I read towards the final days of the month. It’s not a big haul, but here is what I read:
- Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn by Matthew Mercer/Hannah Rose/James J. Haeck (5 stars)
True to my Critical Role obsession, I couldn’t resist getting this book to further delve into the world of Exandria. It was an early birthday present from my parents, but I have like zero restraint and immediately checked it out instead of waiting. If you aren’t necessarily interested in running your own D&D campaign in Tal’Dorei, this is still a great tool for worldbuilding in my eyes.
- Walking Gentry Home by Alora Young (5 stars)
- Before Takeoff by Adi Alsaid (3 stars)
As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! OR find me on Storygraph, where I have become more active this year. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above, if there are posts for them.
Surprisingly enough, I’m still doing well on my reading challenge. I’m two books ahead in order to reach my goal in terms of number of books. The challenge that I’m not doing so well on is the one for pages read. I’m more or less 1K pages behind, but weirdly I’m not worried about it. There’s still lots of books I want to read this year and some of them are quite chunky.
As for August, I don’t really have a plan or reading schedule, but I did get approved for an ARC for Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid, so that’s on the menu for sure.
July wasn’t any less busy for me than June, if I’m being honest it was maybe even more busy. Part of it has to do with me taking on more hours at work until the end of the year, which didn’t seem like much of a change at first, but has turned out to have more of an effect on my energy levels than predicted. Still, I’m working on creating routines for myself to rest, relax and still get things done that I want to do.
Here’s a progress report on my summer plans:
- I’m really, really bad at roller skating, but I have every intention of keeping at it. I honestly need to make more time for it, but doing it all by myself is just a bit boring at times.
- My D&D session with my cousins is fast approaching, but I still have loads to prepare. I think I’m building it up in my head a bit more than necessary, but oh well, fingers crossed it’s just going to be fun in the end.
- I binged Brandon Sanderson’s 2020 lectures on creative writing (which you can find here) and have now started outlining a standalone Fantasy novel I plan to write over the course of the rest of the year. I don’t really want to talk about specifics yet, maybe once I’m farther down the line. I’ve just kept thinking about Soulswift and D&D and how much I love Fantasy adventures. We’ll see if I can finally stick with something again. Here’s my main character (based on a D&D character I created for myself).
MOST POPULAR POSTS OF JULY 2022
I know these lists look really similar every month, but I was actually surprised by how many reviews made it into the top 5 posts of July list!
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Book Review)
(originally posted December 2021)
There’s something ironic about me refusing to promote the book and movie ever since I learned about the author’s past (which I hadn’t mentioned in my review, because I didn’t know about it) and now the post is taking off regardless?
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Book Review)
(originally posted in December 2020)
It’s my most consistently visited post, I think.
- Are Chris Evans and I compatible (readers)?
(originally posted July 2021)
I’m assuming it has to do with the recent release of The Gray Man?
- The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston (ARC Review)
(originally posted May 2022)
It makes me beyond happy to see this post be so popular. It’s one of my most favorite reads of the year so far!
- Should YOU Read “The Atlas Six”? (What I learned from my reread!)
(originally posted March 2022)
Still going strong with my love for the Atlas Six!
MY FAVORITES OF THE MONTH
It’s still Critical Role. I don’t know why you would expect it to be anything else, because it consumes almost all my waking thoughts. I wish I could have been at SDCC 2022, just to soak up the energy in the room with them.
ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE
Again, due to me being so busy, I was really bad at keeping up with what everyone else was doing. I hope to be able to take some more time for that this month.
- Sumedha talked about her SEO strategy as a blogger.
- Shealea shared some Filipino books you could potentially read for Wikathon 2022.
- Sophie reacted to the British Fantasy Awards Shortlist 2022.
- Lashaan reviewed Asterix the Gaul, which transported me back to my childhood.
- Becks shared some thoughts on the Netflix show Bonding.
- Marie revealed how she finds book recommendations (and she may or may not have mentioned me in her post).
- Lais compared Brazilian and American book covers!
- Stephanie has redesigned her site and relaunched it with a new design.
MY OTHER POSTS
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