Somehow I blinked and the entire month of July blew past?? Not sure how that happened.
So in July, I managed to get done almost none of what I planned (including utterly failing Camp NaNoWriMo) and time just kind of passed most days. I’ve been having difficulty lately even doing things that usually bring me joy, like reading and blogging. And that sucks!
In terms of blogging, this month has been full of extreme highs and lows. On the upside, the Book Blogger Awards nominations have been going on, and I have been so honored to be nominated by some of the bloggers I most admire! A huge thank you to all of you. And I’ve discovered so many new bloggers to follow from these nomination posts, which is always exciting!
(Edit: The voting round for the Book Blogger Awards has begun, and I’m nominated for Best Adult Blogger and Best Recommendations! Thank you AGAIN ❤ If you like my blog, maybe consider voting for me?)
But at the same time, I’ve been feeling a huge lack of motivation when it comes to blogging. Even though I’m proud of the posts I put out, it’s been harder than usual to rub my two braincells together and actually write words. I think I’ve been putting this pressure on myself lately to make every single post the Best Thing I’ve Ever Written, which is not a realistic thing to expect.
For the past two years, I’ve been pretty consistently posting twice a week, but for the time being, I’m going to take a step back and change to posting once a week, or maybe less. I don’t want blogging to feel like an obligation, so hopefully taking some pressure off myself will help bring that joy back.
Anyways…in terms of reading, this month has been…not great either. I read a grand total of six books!
My average rating for the month is 4.25 stars, which actually isn’t bad. But like I said, I had so little motivation to read this month that I sometimes went for days at a time without picking anything up. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Oops.
Well, hopefully in August I’ll get some of my reading magic back. But in the meantime, let’s talk about what I did read in July!
Books I read
Out Now: Queer We Go Again! edited by Saundra Mitchell ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
This anthology had some standout stories, but for the most part, I wasn’t wowed by many of them. Mini review to come.
The Deep and Dark Blue by Niki Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
This middle grade graphic novel was wonderfully fun and adventurous. I loved the magic in here and I hope the author writes more stories in this world! Mini review to come.
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green (Carls #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
The long-awaited sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is here at last!! Even though this one didn’t blow me away quite as much as the first one, I am still in awe of Hank Green’s genius. Review to come.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
Of the two Holly Black books I’ve read, this is undoubtedly my favorite. I loved the eerie vibes and all of the characters! Mini review to come.
Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli (Simonverse #4) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This novella serves as an epilogue of sorts to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat and it just made me incredibly happy?? I’m way too emotionally invested in these characters, and that will never stop. Mini review to come.
Loveless by Alice Oseman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Full review here. This was my most anticipated release of the year and not only did it live up to my wildest expectations, but it blew them all out of the water. I cannot stress enough how much this book means to me. (The book hangover is real, though.)
Have you heard of this little musical called Hamilton?? Because that’s a thing that happened this month.
I already wrote an entire post about Hamilton, but since it was one of the best parts of July for me, I have to mention it again. I just!!! love this show!!! It’s the show that revitalized my love for musical theatre back in 2015, and it’s such a joy to be able to see the incredible original cast. I even made cookies to celebrate!
Basically, Hamilton is one of the only good things to come out of 2020 and Eliza Hamilton deserves all of our love and appreciation.
The Old Guard (2020)
Charlize Theron. That’s all I have to say.
Just kidding, you’re not going to get me to shut up about this movie that easily, because wow, this one was so good! I’ve never been much of an action movie fan, but this reminded me of everything that can be done right — complex characters, well-choreographed fight scenes, impeccable pacing. I’m obsessed with all of these immortals. I definitely want to read the comic that this is based on, and I can’t wait for the next movie!
I turned 23 this month!
Even though these are certainly not the ideal circumstances in which to enter a new year of my life, I still had a nice, if lowkey, birthday. I made a lemon elderflower cake that might not have been perfect, but it looked pretty and tasted delicious! Mmm, now I want cake again…
In case you missed it, I did a Q&A for my birthday, which was a lot of fun. Thanks again to everyone who asked questions! ❤
folklore by Taylor Swift
What a wonderful surprise this was!
Taylor Swift’s latest album is probably my favorite that she’s ever done. In the week or so since it’s come out, I’ve been listening to it pretty much nonstop. The ~vibes~ are so good! I can’t stop! My favorite songs (as of right now):
- seven | “Please picture me in the trees / I hit my peak at seven”
- cardigan | “But I knew you’d linger like a tattoo kiss / I knew you’d haunt all of my what-ifs”
- invisible string | “And isn’t it just so pretty to think / All along there was some invisible string / Tying you to me?”
- betty | “But if I just showed up at your party / Would you have me? Would you want me?”
Other music that I listened to
- Hug All Ur Friends by Cavetown | “Life’s too short to worry about things that we got wrong / So hug all your friends and let them know / You’re not letting go”
- June, After Dark by Elliot Root | “I will wait for you / Until the summer comes / At the park in June after dark”
- Burning by Maggie Rogers | “But I’ve got a feeling / And keep believing / I’m never gonna give this back”
July blog posts
I wrote some posts this month that weren’t too shabby, if I say so myself…
What does Hamilton mean to me in 2020? 🌺 Writing update 🌺 Birthday Q&A 🌺 Recommendations: books involving Greek mythology 🌺 My nominations for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards 🌺 7 books that would make great musicals 🌺 Review: Loveless by Alice Oseman 🌺 The Jane Austen July Tag
And of course, around the blogosphere, there were so many incredible posts this month! Including…
🌺 Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks discussed trigger warnings and why they’re important, which I fully cosign.
🌺 Olivia @ Purely Olivia recommended YA books based on TV shows, and these recommendations are so good!
🌺 May @ Forever and Everly judged people based on their favorite books, and I feel called out by so many of these 😅
🌺 Lauren @ Twenty-Seven Letters wrote about what she learned reading Percy Jackson for the first time this year, which is such a lovely and heartfelt post!
🌺 Emme @ a literary latte talked about why she’ll DNF a book, and as a constant DNF-er, I completely relate to this.
🌺 The Orangutan Librarian gave some, uh, advice for editing a novel, and since I’m currently struggling through that process, this post made me laugh a lot.
🌺 Maha @ Sunshine N’ Books recommends some of the fluffiest romance novels, which includes some truly amazing books that I also recommend!
My local library just reopened for curbside pickup and I went a little overboard with placing holds. 😅 So I have a lot of books to read this month! Let’s hope I can get to all of them.
- The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
- The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
- The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- Harrow the Ninth by Tamysn Muir
- Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson
- Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
How has your July been? What books did you love this month? Have you watched Hamilton or listened to folklore yet?