July Wrap – Up // Laser Tag, hot angel warriors, and ancient Norway.

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.

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I didn’t buy any books this month!

{For Review}

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.

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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.)

bookish + writerly goals graphic

  • 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.

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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?

30 thoughts on “July Wrap – Up // Laser Tag, hot angel warriors, and ancient Norway.

  1. I’m glad you liked The Distance Between us, I read that book a while ago and really enjoyed it! 🙂 Also, yes yes YES to knowing more about your WIP, it sounds so cool! 🙂

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  2. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION. Germany’s weather is annoying. It gets suuuuper cold in the Autumn/Winter/Spring, and then insufferably hot in the summer, but then it randomly rains a lot in between summer weeks. #rude. I really miss sunny San Diego and the constant warmth and the cool breeze. (The breeze where I live is like getting blasted with a heater on high hahahaah).
    I am actually posting a wrap up later today yayyyy. Wrap ups scare me so I’m pretty proud of myself haha.
    I need to be more consistent too! And I want to finish my WIP!! Will you be sharing your progress on what you’re working on?? It sounds so cool! I’m working on a genter swapped dark fairytale retelling 😀

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    1. I’ve heard Germany’s weather is like that! It sounds terrible. That’s one thing I like about where I live; we have four distinct seasons, and winter/summer are very mild. Are you German, or did you just move there?
      Ooh, yay!! I will be sure to read it. I know. I’m always worried I’ll forget something. Have you not done one before?
      I think I will! That sounds super cool. Which retelling is it?

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      1. Yeah, Germany does have distinct seasons, it just doesn’t get warm until summer usually and the rest of the year it’s cold D:

        I’m actually American, I moved to Germany five years ago and for some reason I’m still here hahaha

        Oh haha I think I’ve done maybe one wrap up??? I have a lot more going on now though haha so it actually makes sense to do one!

        It’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty! But only loosely haha (the prince doesn’t sleep the whole book haha. That would be boring!)

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      2. That sounds frustrating!! At least it’s pretty there.

        Oh, cool!!

        Yeah, I always kind of wonder why I bother doing these wrap ups. i like talking about the books I read, but I never have any exciting news/books hauls to share xD.

        That sounds amazing!! I haven’t read a lot of Sleeping Beauty retellings!

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      3. Haha it is pretty! If it was cold AND ugly I don’t know if I’d still be here haha!

        Well I’m trying to be more productive haha so hopefully I’ll have more to share in the future!!

        The more I think about it, the less retellings I can think of! It’s a shame really, because I LOVE retellings!!

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  3. Aw, I hope you finish your WIP this month! Snippets would be awesome. 😉 I’m so glad you liked ADSOM — the series only gets better! And agh, sorry to say that you didn’t enjoy Forest of a Thousand Lanterns! I was looking forward to that as well. (Though the cover makes me cringe.) WOO HOO FOR PRETENDING TO BE INEJ GHAFA!!! Hope you have a great August! 😀

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    1. Me too!!
      Yeah, I’ve heard that! I definitely plan on finishing the series.
      I know, it’s tragic. It had the potential to be great, but… Really? I personally love the cover, but I can see why you don’t like it!
      Yes, it was fun!! Thanks, you too!!

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  4. Wow, you read a TON! Awesome! I only read 5 books this month…but they were all pretty decent reads, so that’s good.

    You should definitely continue with the Mistborn series…I think they only get better as the series goes on, and I can see how the first book might not have lived up to the hype. And I’m glad you liked A Darker Shade of Magic! I love that series so much! Victoria Schwab is wonderful.

    Also–your WIP sounds so cool! You should definitely share some snippets, I would love to read them!!! 🙂

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    1. That’s good you liked them!!
      I probably will I have the second book on hold. I want to try at least one other Sanderson before I give up on him, since I didn’t like Steelheart and didn’t love Mistborn xD. Victoria Schwab is the best!! I have totally jumped on the fandom.
      Thank you!!


  5. Ahhh, I feel like you and I had both hit a bit of a wall in terms of blogging this month. I am going to call this the *6 month blogging crisis* because it just feels right (even though I think I’m only at 5 months whatever it’s FINE). I didn’t buy hardly any books this month either and I was shocked with myself but also #proud because my bank account was SUFFERING.
    Also, I’m sorry you were so disappointed with Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, I knew how excited you were for that one.
    GIVE ME YOUR WIP. I love Norway. LOVE. IT. Also, swans.

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    1. Yeah… it’s frustrating. That does feel right. When did you start your blog? Did we start ours the same month?! I started mine Feb 28.
      Good job not buying books!! I have the opposite problem, which sounds stupid, but it’s true xD.
      IT WAS DELIGHTFUL. The sequel is on hold!!
      I know!! I almost cried 😥

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  6. OMG listen, I TOTALLY get what you mean about Mistborn. It wasn’t bad by any means, but really… it isn’t all that… Brandon Sanderson’s writing feels really robotic to me, for some reason, and the characters never pull in. I’ve tried hard with his books, but they’re mostly mediocre, ya feel? I’m really glad you enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic though! I love her books, and the series just gets better and better. Shame about Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. 😦

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. Thank you!! I’m so glad someone agrees with me. That’s a good way to describe his writing; it was really bothering me, but I couldn’t really figure out why.
      ADSOM was great!! I’m excited for the next books.
      I know, right? It was sad 😥


  7. THREE TIMES A MONTH?!?!?!??! I’m pretty sure we once had a month where it rained something like twenty-six times… and it didn’t seem all that unusual…
    I really need a blogging schedule, but I haven’t bothered yet… I would probably stress about it too much.

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    1. Wow!! See, even three times a month is somewhat exaggerated. Never move to the desert. We do have pretty mountains, though xD.
      My blogging schedule is pathetic. I don’t even know why i try, honestly xD.

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  8. New laptop!!! Congrats! And WOW INEJ WOULD BE SO PROUD! That looked terrifying and amazing I’m so jealous! Also very impressed you didn’t buy any books this month TEACH ME YOUR WAYS! YAS to shades of magic reading (my absolute FAVORITE) I just recently got daughter of smoke and bone and am planning on reading it soon I’m glad to hear you liked it!! I read strange the dreamer when it came out I really like it and was surprised at how well Laini Taylor does world building. I can’t wait to read more from her. Good luck on your WIP!! That sounds amazing! 🙂

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    1. Thanks!!
      It was kind of terrifying xD. It was fun though.
      Haha! It’s a combination of having a great library and not wanting to spend any money xD.
      I hope you like DoSaB! I was really surprised I liked it as much as I did, even though I loved Strange the Dreamer too. The world building in DoSaB is fantastic!
      Thank you!!

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