Apparently there is only one month of summer left.
Even though that is tragic, July was actually a pretty good month!! It’s not like I *did* anything (mostly because I never do anything) but it was fun.
- I bought a new laptop.
- I was brave and pretended to be Inej Ghafa.
- I got a little too involved in a game of laser tag.
- I went to Utah for the second time this year, which was weird. Normally I only go once!
Also, it’s officially monsoon season, which means it rains three times a month instead of -75 times a month. (Yes, it’s quite dry where I live.)
Now that I’ve both depressed you with thoughts of the end of summer and bored you with news about the weather, I’ll maybe start talking about books, which is why we’re all here.
I didn’t buy any books this month!
Odd & True by Cat Winters // I am SOO excited to read this!! You all know how much I love Cat Winter’s other books. This one has monster slaying and sisters in it, and it sounds fanTASTIC. And the cover is so pretty. Normally I hate books with cover models, but for some reason I just love this one! The inside is gorgeous too. There are illustrations at the end.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson // This was better than I thought, but I’m honestly still not quite sure why everyone raves about it so much! (3 stars, mini review coming soon!)
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly // This was a super disappointing DNF. I loved the first 20% and was positive It’d be a new all time favorite, and then it got really weird, and a little too dark. (2 stars, mini review coming soon!)
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West // This was a reread, because I randomly decided to marathon all of her books. (4 stars, mini review coming soon!)
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West // ^^ (4 stars, mini review coming soon!)
On The Fence by Kasie West // ^^ (4 stars, mini review coming soon!)
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West // ^^ (4 stars, mini review coming soon!)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // I finally read this, and I can confidently say I’m officially a Schwab fan. // (4 stars, mini review coming soon!)
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab // I didn’t like this as much as This Savage Song, but I did enjoy lots of it. // (3 stars)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater // I honestly didn’t think I would like this, but it ended up being SO GOOD and I LOVED every second of it. I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, and it was FANTASTIC. (5 stars.)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente // I randomly picked this up from the library even though I knew nothing about it, and I ended up loving it!! (4 stars, mini review coming soon!)
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // This was one of my most anticipated fall releases… and it ended up being nothing but disappointment. (1.5 stars, review coming closer to release date.)
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // I’ve been meaning to read this book since it came out, and it was amazing. It also destroyed my feels, and endangered my life. Literally. I listened to the audiobook (so, so good, by the way!) and was sobbing while driving home from work. I could have died. It was worth it. (4 stars, review coming soon!)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor // I love Laini Taylor’s writing so, so much. Even though it took me a while to get used to the idea of hot angel warriors flying around, I ended up LOVING this. (4 stars.)
- Be more consistent in posting. I’m sorry I’ve been so sporadic lately! I feel like I got a little burned out in terms of blogging, but I think I’m back now. I made a blogging schedule a couple months ago, and so far I’ve failed at keeping it. But, I’m determined to make it work this time!
- Post more discussions. I have a few ideas, but they’re so much more time consuming to write!
- Finish my current WIP! I am working on a really cool novella right now. It is probably my favorite piece of writing I’ve done so far. It started out as a short story retelling of The Twelve Swans, but quickly morphed into something very different and very lovely. It is set in a fairy tale world inspired by ancient Norway, with very long, cold winters and a fjord that never quite thaws. There is a girl who knows Death very well, a charming religious zealot who believes he is always right, and a very old church.
How was your month? Does it rain a lot where you live? Did you read any good books? Should I give you snippets of my WIP? Do you keep a posting schedule, or do you just wing it?