I know I’ve been saying for a while that I was going to start a monthly wrap-up link-up so that we can all enjoy each other’s monthly wrap-up posts. Well, the time is now! Link up your monthly wrap-up post, and then next week I’ll create a scavenger hunt style giveaway to encourage everyone to check the posts out! Click HERE for all the details and to join us!
My Goings On in July:
I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by! I’m starting to feel stressed about preparing for the school year (I homeschool my two older kids and also teach a few homeschool co-op classes, so I have to get things planned!). This past week, my two oldest were at overnight camp, though, so I had some time to get myself coordinated! Still plenty more to do! Here’s what went on in July:
- My family spent the first two weeks of July in amazing, beautiful Colorado. If you want to see what we did, along with some pictures, check out my Colorado Vacation post!
- Once I got back from vacation, I found myself in a bit of a blogging slump. I just couldn’t get motivated! It’s (mostly) passed, though. (I think.)
- I finished editing Summer Haikus by S.J. Pajonas, Dare You Forever by Allie Juliette Mousseau and The Future by Kate Thomas, all of which release in August. I also started proofreading The Undays of Aralias Lyons by K.L. Horvath.
- Since we got back from vacation, we’ve been keeping ourselves busy by adding a new dog to our family. Bella is an Aussie Shepherd mix who’s one year old (our other dog, Snickers, is also an Aussie mix – she’s four). Bringing a new dog into the household is both fun and stressful – she has a few issues we’re working on – but I love both of my dogs to death! (Not literally – no worries; they’re safe.)
Coming in August:
I’ve joined ARC August, which is being run by the girls over at Read, Sleep Repeat. They’re challenging us to read as many ARCs in August as we can and get caught up. I have lots of ARCs from RT and NetGalley that I need to read, so I think this is a great challenge! I don’t have a specific list of ARCs I’m going to read yet, but I’m going to try to get at least ten in! There are only a few more hours to sign up, so head over there now if you’re interested!
Most Popular Posts:
The discussion challenge link-up was back to being my most popular post this month. I really love this challenge and I hope all of you are checking out all the amazing discussions linked up there!
Other Features & Discussions:
My Favorite July Discussions on Other Blogs:
- Jen at The Bookavid talks about Unrealistically Young Protagonists in YA Literature
- Tonyalee at Lilybloombooks gives some important advice in her posts, Are your giveaways legal? and Giveaways Part 2 – Privacy
- Michelle over at Book Briefs gives TONS of great advice in her series Blogging on a Time Crunch – I’ve linked up to the introduction, but make sure you check out all of the posts because there’s so much great information!
- Shannon at It Starts at Midnight asks Does a Bad Ending Ruin a Series?
- Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek talks about advertising and links a really amazing slam poetry style advertisement that I loved. She calls the post SO. MUCH. YES!
- Elizabeth at Thoughts from an Evil Overlord talks about her fun commenting strategies in Commenting: If You Feel Guilty, You’re Probably Doing it Right!
My 2015 Reading Progress:
Here’s my reading for 2015 so far. Those books at the bottom that are unrated are mostly books that I’ve edited (so I don’t review them, since that would be a conflict of interest), except for the first one – I can’t figure out why that one is there at all, since I haven’t actually read it yet, but I can’t seem to get it off the list, so … oh well.
July 2015 Reviews
Since I was on vacation the first half of July and in a bit of a slump the second half, my review list is a bit shorter than usual.
- Safe at Last by Maya Banks | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Scorch Trials by James Dashner | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Six by Mark Alpert | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- Animal by Nikki Rae | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Get Even by Gretchen McNeil | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
My Favorite July Read:
This month, I had a LOT of four star reads, which is great. But the only book that stood above the crowd for me this month was The Orphan Queen. I loved this book while I was reading it and actually felt like I appreciated it even more as I was writing my review. The more I thought about the book, the more I loved it! (Does that ever happen to anyone else?)
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh h orrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.