July in Review // The Month That Didn’t Exist
How is it August? I literally was sending emails out yesterday and referring to today as July 1; I feel like I lost a month of my life!
July was a stressful month for me. My reading largely suffered when I had an especially bad week and did nothing but lay in bed and stare into space. But the good news is that week is behind me, Flapping Pages has been soft-relaunched and is accepting both arc donations and requests (I am working on something exciting, too!), and am slowly accepting my new reality.
Patreon News: I’m currently running a poll for feedback on early post access as a patron benefit. In my mind, I can’t fathom someone finding value in seeing a reader interview or book review early but what matters is what you want. Even if you aren’t a current patron, the poll is open for anyone that wants to help me build something of value.
I read eight books in July! (Technically I read 9 books in July but I read most of Immunity in June.) Another month of weird reading patterns; I’ve been reading a lot in spurts and then not reading for 1-2 weeks each month for awhile now. I’m just trying to go with the flow as best as I can.
✨ As a quick reminder, I’ve done away with star ratings on my blog reviews. You can read more about my reasoning in this discussion post on ratings systems, but you can find my ratings on Goodreads!
My Favorite Read of July
I read a few amazing books in July, but The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson stands out above the rest in my mind.
If you enjoy books that feature good sibling relationships, intricate world-building, and female friendships, then this book is for you!
It’s no secret that that book meant a lot to me personally. I don’t talk much about my depression, but this book made me feel seen in a way I don’t think I have ever experienced before. It is powerful to see yourself and your struggles on the page; it validates your experiences and lets you know that you are not alone. I needed this book when I read it, and I am forever thankful.
All July Reads
ARCs/copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *
- * Immunity (Contagion #2) by Erin Bowman – Immunity was one of my most anticipated sequels for 2019, and this was such a satisfying end to a great duology! There is a notable genre shift to more science fiction than horror, but the overall plotting of the story makes sense and I enjoyed it so much! | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- * American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan – if you are a fan of true crime, this account of the hunt for Israel Keynes is a must-read. Incredibly well written and haunting, at times it reads like fiction instead of non-fiction. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalo – It is rare that I love the second book more than the first, but Hunting Prince Dracula is one of those instances! The writing is beautiful, engaging, and fast-paced… I devoured this book in one sitting on a hot afternoon. I found the mystery better developed and less obvious, and of course Thomas Cresswell is still too pure for this world. | 📖 Read my full review
- * This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – this was such a unique reading experience. I went in thinking it was one thing and it turned everything on its head. The writing is poetic and the story is beautiful, but the novella did challenge me to let go of my need to understand everything and just experience the writing.| 📖 Read my full ARC review
- * The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow #1) by Kalyn Josephson – I loved this book so much and bought a finished copy when I was 10% into my eARC. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- * Salvation Day by Kali Wallace – I am still trying to sort out my thoughts on this one, but this definitely is sci-fi at its best of looking forward to potential futures. The world-building is vast; Wallace crafted a fully-realized future for humanity which touches on a refugee crisis, a government corrupted by power and secrets. | 📖 ARC Review to Come
- A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo and Jill Twiss – A sweet story about two bunnies falling in love and standing up to the Man (aka Stink Bug), featuring the power of voting and supportive friends. | 📖 Read my full review
- War (The Four Horsemen #2) by Laura Thalassa – I have to say that this was not nearly as problematic as the first book, and was pleased to see more of the mythos of the Four Horsemen built into the narrative.
- * The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen – this book is incredible, with a really cool magic system and world which touches on power, politics, and fighting for what is right. | 📖 ARC Review to Come
DNF – Did Not Finish
Total Books Read: 8 | Total Pages Read: 2,894
Total Books Read in 2019: 52
Goodreads Reading Goal: 52 🎉
ARC Mountain Update
I recently put myself on an ARC Ban (as of July 12, 2019), and last week I wrote a post about the ban to hold me accountable. I know it has really only been a few days since the ban was announced but I want to start including this new section now.
Current ARC Total: 36
Finished in July: 1 (The Merciful Crow)
Reviews to Write: 3 (Rage, Salvation Day, The Merciful Crow)
Awesome Community Posts
My blog hopping has been sporadic and apparently I didn’t save many links because I am almost 3 weeks behind right now. 😓 But here are a few posts that I read and loved last month, and I will try to be better in August!
- Hexen Librarian and Everybody’s Dead Podcast wrote a great post on How to Start a Podcast
- Over 400 bloggers were nominated for the Third Annual Book Blogger Awards hosted by May @ Forever and Everly, and about 70 made it to the voting round (including yours truly in 3 (!!!) categories! Voting closed last night, but I want to share this list of amazing bloggers, as well as express my gratitude for everyone who nominated me and to May for all of her hard work!
- Xandra @ Starry Sky Books wrote a list of Discussion Prompts They’d Like to Read
- Shri @ Sun and Chai’s series #RepresentationMeans is fantastic and a must-read. I especially enjoyed this post on intersectionality.
Upcoming Readalong: August 4 – 31!
Don’t forget that Kate @ Your Tita Kate and I are hosting a read-along for A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna! Will you be joining us?!
Thank you, everyone, so much for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your bookish thoughts with me last month! Unrelated to the blog, but I am hosting an international giveaway on Twitter to celebrate reaching 2,500 followers. Check out the tweet below for info! (And if you are an international blogger, be sure to check out the Flapping Pages giveaway!)
🎉 2.5K FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY 🎉
One lucky follower will get a book of their choice (up to $15 USD) and go on a new bookish adventure!
✨Follow & retweet to enter
✨INTERNATIONAL as long as Book Depository ships to you
✨Tag a friend in the comments for extra entry
✨ Closes 8/15 pic.twitter.com/YH4J4NGS2a
— Kal is a ⛈️ #Stormling (@kalventure) July 28, 2019
I hope that you had a fantastic July, let me know how your month went in the comments below!
Let’s go on another adventure together!