Thursday, August 2, 2018

July Wrap Up and August TBR

Read in July:

Wow, I actually ended up having a really good month of reading in July. This used to be normal for me but it has been a long time since I read over 10 books in a month and in July I ended up reading 13 books. Managing to read this many books in a month when I had so much going on is a pretty big accomplishment and puts me back on track for my Goodreads goals. To be fair though most of them were audiobooks and three of them were comics. But still, it's an accomplishment.

For challenges, this year I'm low key doing challenges. I set a Goodreads goal of reading 120 books in a year. I am back on track for that goal having read 72 books total for the year and if I can maintain 10 a month then I will meet this. Which is really good because I did not want to have to lower it to 100. For the rest of the challenges I only low key set them. I want to read 20 debuts this year. I didn't read any this month so I'm still at 8 total for the year which is behind schedule but I will probably make that up in the fall. I want to read 36 books from Netgalley and Edelweiss and I read 1 this month which brings my total up to 13 for the year. I haven't really been reading e-books lately so I am very behind on this one so I'll probably need to lower it to 24. I also want to read 20 backlist books. This month I read 3 which brings my total to 14 for the year so I'm doing well on that.

The Books

1.) The Secret by R.L. Stine Rating: 7 out of 10 [Podcast Website]
2.) Paper Girls Vol 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and 
Cliff Chiang Rating: 9.5 out of 10
3.) Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
4.)  Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [My Review]
5.) Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
6.) Bright We Burn by Kiersten White Rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars [My Review]
7.) Paper Girls Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang Rating: 9.5 out of 10
8.) Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Waters,
and Carolyn Nowak Rating: 8.5 out of 10
9.) Puddin by Julie Murphy  Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
10.) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
11.) Competence by Gail Carriger Rating: 9 out of 10  [My Review]
12.) The Burning by R.L. Stine Rating: 8 out of 10 stars [Podcast Website]
13.) The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken Rating: 9 out of 10 stars [Review to Come]

To Be Read in August: 

I am once again participating in this awesome event run by the lovely ladies of ReadSleepRepeat. It's a month where you try to read your advance reader copies and with my stack from ALA, I definitely need that. My goal was to read 12 books in August and I want 8 of them to be ARCs. It's is on the higher end of reading for me but I want to try and get back on track. I think that it's doable but hopefully I'll at least get 10. I want to keep on track for my goal of reading 120 books in the year and that will make sure I maintain that.

Books for Review

Heroine's Journey by Sarah Kuhn - Add to Goodreads
I started reading this recently and I want to keep reading it. I've been so bad with e-books though so let's see how long it takes me to finish.

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black - Add to Goodreads
I think I was interested in reading this book and then I saw it recommenced by Kerri Maniscalco and her book recs are usually really fantastic so I was extra glad to get an ARC on Netgalley.

Campfire by Shawn Serles - Add to Goodreads
I picked a copy up at ALA and I'm excited to read it but I am waiting because I think we are going to buddy read it and then review it on my podcast as a special episode.

#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil - Add to Goodreads
I have not read any of Gretchen McNeil's books but she has been on my list for awhile now. I picked this one up at ALA and I think I am going to take it with me when I go to DC for work next week.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch - Add to Goodreads
I am so excited for this pirate fantasy book. I have been a fan of Sara's for awhile and I remember learning about this book and really wanting to read it. I'm part of the blog tour for this so come back next week so come back for a fun post!

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorran - Add to Goodreads
I picked a copy of this up at ALA and it sounds like a really interesting contemporary. It's not my typical read so I may wait a little bit before I read it but it definitely sounds like a book

Seafire by Nathalie C. Parker - Add to Goodreads
Another book I picked up at ALA and another kind of ocean inspired fantasy. I am really excited about this one because it's about sisters.

A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma - Add to Goodreads
I love Nova's books and I am super excited to read her newest one. I got a copy at ALA and I am excited to read it.

New Releases

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab - Add to Goodreads
Victoria is an autobuy author for me. I am super excited to read her new Middle Grade book. It sounds really interesting!

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl - Add to Goodreads
Ihave heard really good things about Night Film so I am excited to read her YA novel. My library hold on the audiobook should be coming in soon so I am planning to read this as soon as that comes in.

The Cheerleaders by Kara ThomasAdd to Goodreads
I wanted to read this book last month but I don't have a copy so I was waiting for it to be released to pick up a copy of the audiobook.

Backlist Books

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - Add to Goodreads
Speaking of library holds coming in. I think all the ones I have are all going to come in at once and that includes this one. After loving Out of the Easy I am excited to read this one.

There you have it. Some of the books I hope to read in July. As always, these are subject to change. I may read all of these or I may only read a few and then read a bunch of different ones. But honestly I think this list I can stick to. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. I’m glad you had a good reading month. Congrats on catching up on your challenges! I really liked Between Shades of Gray. I still need to read Out of the Easy. Enjoy your upcoming reads. Happy August!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I hope to be reading These Rebel Waves in August too, or at least start it and finish it in September. :)