July Recap & Best of the Bunch

August 6, 2016 Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 16


My Goings On in July:

  • We started out the month by celebrating my son’s birthday (and his cousins’). All of the kids did indoor skydiving, which was a blast!

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  • I continued the first class toward my copyediting certificate at UC San Diego.
  • Carmen was a big fan of manga and anime, so she introduced us to a couple new anime series. We watched the entire Special A series while she was here and started watching Maid Sama. It was fun to share this pastime with her! We also listened to lots of Nightcore music and she learned that crazy dance parties are a regular occurrence in our household. (I’m sorry, America, I think we made American families look more than a little crazy!)

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  My 2016 Reading Progress:

Still 30 books ahead on my Goodreads goal. It’s been a good reading year!


July 2016 Reviews

Since I was so incredibly busy in July, I didn’t get as much up on the blog, but here’s what I did manage to review:


  • Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • The Siege by Mark Alpert | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty| Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Reliquary by Sarah Fine | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Supergirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee | Review | Rating: 4/5

July Best of the Bunch:

The Best of the Bunch meme is hosted over at Cocoon of Books and encourages us to pick our favorite book of the month! I use books I reviewed this month for this meme, rather than books I read.

Again, I had a hard time deciding between these two books because they’re so completely different:

How to Keep Rolling After a FallRebel of the Sands

Reading Challenges:


Status: 24/49 Discussions posted

Well, this was NOT a good month for discussions. Since they’re the most time-consuming (and thought-consuming) posts to write, I couldn’t manage it during this busy month!

Audiobook Acceleration
I Dream in YA!
The Perils of Growing a Bigger Blog
Is Celibacy Shaming a Thing?
Fun with Spam!
#BEA16 Day One Wrap-Up & Giveaway!!
#BEA16 Day Two Wrap-Up & Jennifer Niven Holding Up the Universe Giveaway!!
#BEA16 Day Three Wrap-Up and Giveaway
Do Stats and Reports Help You?
Do Author Bios Ever Make You Want to Read a Book?
BEA is Coming Soon! What You Need to Know. (BEA Tips)

A Completely Useless (but kind of fun) Bookish Infographic

The Series Dilemma

Sometimes You Just Need to Disappear for a Little While
How Much Do You Read?
The Fine Line Between “Inspired By” and “Copycat”
Can Book Blogging Lead to a Job

Some Books Just Aren’t All That Memorable
Books that Intimidate Us
2015 End of Year Book Survey
Replying to Comments on Older Posts
What Blogging Has Done to My Bookshelves
What Type of YA MC Would You Be?
Culling the TBR

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight

Unique Format Challenge

Status: 3/5 Books Read

None this month.

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Shooting Stars Mag

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Status: 13/12 Books Read

I passed up my goal!

Rebel of the Sands is a fantasy set in something along the lines of Persia (mixed with the Wild West)
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall features a character who is paralyzed from the neck down

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Chasing Faerytales & Read Sleep Repeat


Status: 10/21-30 Books Read

Um, I’m failing at this challenge. Nothing new this month.

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Chapter Break, Second Run Reviews & Bookworm Brandee


Status: 5/12 Series Finished

None. Though, I think technically, according to the rules, I could count the Dead Things Series because I’ve read all of the books in the series so far.

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Love at First Page


Status: 6/9-10 New Series

Nothing. Sigh.

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Lisa Loves Literature

Wrap-Up Round-Up!

Don’t forget to link your July wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! And check out the giveaway, which will be posted right here on FYFA on the 8th!



16 Responses to “July Recap & Best of the Bunch”

  1. Joy // Joyousreads

    Oh, wow. You and your family had quite a month! So much fun and outdoor activities. And on the reading front, you did splendidly well summer family fun notwithstanding. I hope your August will be just as fun filled, and good luck with your studies!

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    It looks like you had a great July, and that’s awesome that Carmen was able to share some anime that she enjoyed! I’m hoping to make it to the Renaissance Fair near me this year. I went last year but early in the season and it was SO HOT. I think I need to find a good weekend in October to go this time around. haha

    And OMG INDOOR SKYDIVING! This is one my bucket list. Could you let me know where you went?
    I don’t think there’s a place near me…


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    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      There’s an indoor skydiving place in Rosemont, IL (near O’Hare airport). It’s called iFly, I believe. The kids loved it! You actually only go in for like a minute or two at a time because that’s all you can typically handle at first – there are different packages for how many times you go in. The best part was at the end when they went up to the very top and spun around and did some other cool stuff with the instructor holding them!

  3. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I’ve always wanted to try indoor skydiving! And wow, you really did do a lot of fun stuff while Carmen was around, but that’s awesome! I still remember your mention of the toxic waterfalls lol. But are you kidding? I think you made American families look FUN! I would’ve loved if my family had random, crazy dance parties, haha.

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