july wrap up

Happy August!

I hope you’re all doing well. I can’t believe we’re already so far into 2022 – autumn is just around the corner! 

July was, for the most part, a good month! I got to take a break from work and also see some friends. I also read a lot, surprisingly! I read 8 books in July, which means I’ve read a total of 75 books this year so far.


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contemporary

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
This was just so cute. I loved how fun and fast-paced it was. It was such a cute rivals to lovers story, all taking place in the span of 24 hours. I started my month off with this novel, and I’m so glad I did because it made a really good start to the month.

Everyone Dies Famous In A Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one! The novel is a series of short stories about different characters in small towns. I enjoyed seeing their different experiences, and how their experiences were influenced by their small town surroundings/upbringing. There were some stories I enjoyed less than others, but overall it was a wonderful read.

The Heartbreak Bakery by A. R. Capetta
This was teatimelit’s book of the month, and I absolutely adored it. It was such a cute novel, and just so sweet. I adored the main character Syd, and seeing Syd’s journey throughout the novel – and Syd’s love story was just beautiful. It was the perfect pick-me-up novel.

Aces Wild: A Heist by Amanda DeWitt
I was so excited when I got this ARC, this one sounded so interesting! Its so rare to find a book with an asexual protagonist, much less a whole group of them. I really loved the representation and their close bonds and friendship. The heist was unfortunately not the biggest factor in the story, but it was still fun to read.

sci-fi

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
I had tried to read this before with the audiobook but it was so slow in the beginning and hard to get into. I remember seeing that Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner liked the novel, so I thought I would give it a second chance by picking up the paperback – which the best decision because it made the story much easier to follow.

I thought the story was so interesting; I loved the sci-fi and space, and these young characters trying to find footing in this team. It felt very Lord of the Flies but in outer space, with how they struggled with teamwork and how things with teeter on becoming very dark. While some of the characters were frustrating, they were also young adults/teenagers going through a lot and dealing with a lot of mental health issues, which were handled very delicately in the book. I did have to suspend disbelief about these young adults being sent to outer space on such an important mission, but overall I loved reading their perspectives on this big bright journey.

horror

Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton
This… wasn’t the best, to be honest. It was a lovely quick read, but there was hardly any horror. It was pretty predictable, and it felt hard to believe that these characters were big youtubers when they were making such silly mistakes while trying to film this spooky documentary/youtube video.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
I absolutely adored this novel. It’s been a while since I read a horror novel that really got to me and made me feel uneasy. Jones had such a way with words, forming such an intense story with high stakes. For a 330 page novel, Jones managed to develop all the characters in such a short period of time, and I worried for all of them. I look forward to reading more of his work.

And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin
I really really wanted to enjoy this one, but… it just wasn’t for me. The premise of the story was so interesting – a virus that, instead of turning you into a zombie, makes you think that everyone else has turned into a monster and you’re one of the only survivors – but the story itself didn’t feel entirely compelling to me. I would still recommend it for a quick read!


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Okay so I didn’t do much blog hopping this time round because I took a mini hiatus, but hopefully I’ll catch up on posts soon!


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July was overall a good month! I got to go on a little holiday to Edinburgh for a few days, and it was really fun and just lovely to get away from responsibilities in general, haha.

I also bought a few books while I was there, and I’m excited to jump into them (I’ve actually just finished my reread of Pride and Prejudice, and I’m glad I bought my own copy so I could annotate it).

The end of July was… okay? Getting back into working was a struggle, especially because I came back to a heatwave and that was a lot to deal with. I also barely read anything in the last week of July, which isn’t typical for me. I have a feeling I won’t be able to read much in August because of work responsibilities, but you never know! 

I don’t really have any plans for August other than seeing my friends and enjoying the nice weather (and maybe doing a beach trip!). As for reading goals, I’m hoping to finish reading Persuasion by Jane Austen this month, and later seeing if the Persuasion 2022 movie is as bad as everyone says. 


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Thank you for reading!
How was your July?

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21 thoughts on “july wrap up

  1. saima!! IDK IF MY OTHER COMMENT GOT THRU but ur pics are gorgeous! so happy u got to go to a castle! that’s so cool and horror in books is so interesting i need to read more horror books. hope august is kind to u!

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  2. Crossing my fingers you can find some time to read in August! And those Edinburgh pictures are so pretty, my last time there was 2018 because I had to cancel my 2020 trip (for obvious reasons rip) and I miss all the bookstores so much 😭 Do You Dream of Terra-Two? is still on my audiobook TBR but I’m tempted to also get the ebook so I can read along, that usually helps me with more complex sci-fi stuff as well! Here’s to a good August, I hope you get to do that beach trip!

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    1. aw it’s a shame you had to cancel your 2020 trip!! I hope you’re able to visit Edinburgh again one day!

      honestly I would recommend reading the book version of terra-two, the audiobook is lovely but feels so slow for the first 1/4. I hope you enjoy it! 💛💛

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  3. I’m glad you thought giving Do You Dream of Terra-Two? another chance was worth it! 🥰 I’m with you on pretty much everything you said about it – the dark, psychological aspects made it so intriguing, but even with the explanations the book gave, I was verrrrry skeptical about how no one objected to sending these slightly unhinged kids into space 🤣 I still had a ton of fun with it, though!

    And wow, your trip to Edinburgh sounds amazing! I hope you end up loving Persuasion – although, in my opinion, the public opinion is correct and that movie is attrocious 🙄 How could they ruin one of my most beloved Austen novels like that??! 😫

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    1. Yess your review in your wrap-up convinced me to read it, and I’m so glad I did! 💖 but gosh yeah I can’t imagine what the government/scientists were thinking in sending young adults into space…

      I have heard the Persuasion movie is terrible so I can’t wait to see it for myself haha. However, I cannot believe these rumours about them adapting Austen’s other novels 💀 one bad movie is enough please.

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  4. Ooh, Edinburgh! When I lived in the UK for a couple years (ages ago) I think I visited Edinburgh the most in the amount of time I was there. It’s such a gorgeous and picturesque landscape and I loved the old town! 😍 I’d definitely love to go back again someday… It looks like you had a pretty great month of reading as well with great ratings! I’ve been thinking about re-reading Austen lately as well and Persuasion is one of my all-time faves. I think public opinion is right in that the adaptation is just… NOT it! Quite disappointing… 🙈 I’d be keen to see what you think of it if you do give it a try! Have a great August and happy reading 🙂

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    1. Edinburgh really was so beautiful, I can understand why you visited more than once – I really want to go again!
      have you read many of Austen’s novels? I’m thinking of reading her other books now that I’ve finished and loved Persuasion.
      Hope you’re having a lovely August 💖💖

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  5. the heartbreak bakery sounds like exactly what I need right now haha, adding this to my tbr!! and I haven’t read much horror at all and the only good indians sounds interesting, I’ll need to check it out! hope you have a good august, and I’m just avoiding the persuasion film for now, some of the dialogue I’ve seen screenshots of is enough for me 😭 need to see what you think though, if you do watch it!!

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  6. Glad to see that you enjoyed Today Tonight Tomorrow, I loved that one as well! 🥰 I also struggled with the heatwave, but it’s great that you got to have a nice holiday in Edinburgh! I hope you have a good August 😊

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