My Goings On in July & August:
- At the very beginning of July I won the opportunity to get editorial feedback on my MG manuscript from a Penguin UK Children’s editor (via the Authors for Grenfell Tower auction). Then, at the end of August, I got that feedback back, and it was incredibly positive! (Click the links to read more since I’ve already gushed about both of these things.)
- I took my kids to various camps and the swim season ended. My oldest decided he doesn’t want to swim anymore. Sigh.
- My oldest started drivers’ ed, which is incredibly scary to me. Both on an emotional level and literally—you forget how nerve-wracking it can be when you first start driving!
- We had a Japanese exchange student stay with us for a month. He spoke the least English out of any of the exchange students we’ve had in the past, so it wasn’t quite as fun as the experience we had last year (with our Spanish exchange student)—we didn’t learn as much about Japan as we would have liked. Still, we had fun!
- We rented an RV and went on a ten-day vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We had a great time (though we still prefer the Rocky Mountains to the Smoky Mountains, we think). We also stopped at Six Flags St. Louis on our way home, which was fun!
- We started (some of) our homeschool co-op classes.
- I took a bit of a blogging break. This was the first time in 4.5 years that I’ve done that, and it was a bit strange (but also good!).
I didn’t really post anything bookish on my feed, but I did post this pic of the street in front of my house when we had massive flooding in the area. Luckily, our house was fine (some other people weren’t as lucky). Of course, compared to Hurricane Harvey, our flooding seems like child’s play, but there were lots of people affected by it nonetheless.
Most Popular Posts:
My stats look wonky this month, and I honestly don’t have the mental energy to figure out what’s going on with them. (I had a weird spike at the end of July that seems like it must be bots or something). As always, my spoiler-filled discussion of Three Dark Crowns was the most popular, though. I’ll be reading One Dark Throne soon!
Other Features & Discussions:
August Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up
Book Title Tag
July Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up
August Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
Do You Follow Authors You Haven’t Read? Let’s Discuss.
The YA “Perfection” Trope & Today’s Pressures on Teens: Let’s Discuss.
June Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch
My 2017 Reading Progress:
I’m down to 3 books ahead of my Goodreads goal, but at least I’m still ahead!
July & August 2017 Reviews
- Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli| Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Dead Ed in My Head by Barbara Catchpole | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- Bang by Barry Lyga | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan | Review | Rating: 4/5
- What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | Review | Rating: 5/5
- Crash Land on Kurai by S.J. Pajonas | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | Review | Rating: 2.5/5
- Death’s Queen by Janeal Falor | Review | Rating: 2/5
- Lucky in Love by Kasie West | Review | Rating: 4/5
- No Good Deed by Kara Connolly | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- Wandering Star by Romina Russell | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland | Review | Rating: 4/5
- In 27 Days by Alison Gervais | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 1 – Japanese Cuisine by Tetsu Kariya, Akira Hanasaki | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Little Monsters by Kara Thomas | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Firstlife by Gena Showalter | Review | Rating: 2.5/5
- Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
July & August Best of the Bunch:
(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)
For July, my favorite read was What to Say Next. I loved the unique POV of a teen on the autism spectrum. I was a bit more torn about August, so I ended up with a tie. I was going to choose Deception So Deadly because that one has been on my mind a lot since I read it. But, to be fair, I listened to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy quite awhile ago and just now got to reviewing it, so the second book in that trilogy seemed like it deserved equal props. Like I said, I couldn’t choose so I went with the tie.
2017 Reading Challenges Progress:
Status: 20/41 Discussions Posted
I think I have to face the fact that I’m permanently behind on this challenge and I’m not catching up. The busier I am, the more my discussion posts suffer, and that’s definitely been the case in July and August. I only posted three!
Book Title Tag
Do You Follow Authors You Haven’t Read?
The YA “Perfection” Trope & Today’s Pressures on Teens
This or That Bookish Edition
The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)
What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account
Do You Ever Add to Your Posts After You’ve Published Them?
Meet a #BroodyBFF! My Foray Into Street Teams
Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me!
Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right)
Graphs Make Me Happy!
Two (Free) Tools that Have Transformed My Replying and Commenting Back
Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”?
My Haphazard Reading Habits.
Watching Bloggers Come and Go.
A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang
Am I the Only One Without an OTP?
Why Does Technology Scare Me So?
Special Niche Genres
Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses
Status: 42/50 Books Read
I reviewed five fantasies this month (again, a few are more paranormal or sci-fi dystopian, but I’m counting them since it looks like the people who run the challenge count these types of books).
Still haven’t read any more of Alexa and Rachel’s favorites: The Winner’s Curse! I’m keeping the others here to remind me: Throne of Glass, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Six of Crows, Graceling.
Status: 17/21-30 Books
Three books from off my shelf this month:
Status: 10/5-10 Series
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!
Coming Up for Air was the final book in Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks Series. And I reviewed the entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series this month!
Here are some of the other series I’m hoping to finish this year (as a reminder to myself):
Status: 71/61-100 books read
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!
Here are the ones I read this month:
Status: 17/15-20 Books Listened To
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!
I reviewed eight audiobooks this month! (The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series included four audiobooks):
Status: 55/76 Possible Gameboard Spaces
If you’re interested in which books I read for each category or in seeing a bigger version of the updated gameboard, then go to my 2017 Bookopoly Progress page. The image above has been updated to reflect my newest reads. (I used 5 of the books I read in July and August for the challenge.)
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Broc’s Bookcase
Don’t forget to link your August wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! And check out the giveaway, which will be posted here on Feed Your Fiction Addiction right around the 8th!