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July 2017 Wrap-Up + Book Haul


Goodbye July, and hello August!

I cannot believe how quickly this summer is flying by.  One minute my kids are getting out of school for summer break, and the next I am gathering lists for back to school shopping!  July was a crazy month for me, but despite all the craziness I did manage to read 9 books & get a good amount of blogging done!  Yay for productivity!  My biggest news this month is that we bought a new house.  Unfortunately this isn’t a simple move… we are completely renovating the house over the next few months before we move in.  My husband flips homes for a living, and assures me that he can get this done in 2 months.  I’m not holding my breath lol  My goal is to move in before Christmas.  Please send me good vibes for my sanity throughout this process 🙂

Let’s see what I got accomplished in July, shall we?


What I read this month
*Book titles link to Goodreads


5-Star Rating System

3.5 Stars

Feelings in a few thoughts: gorgeous writing as per expected with Schwab; what makes someone a “monster”?; liked how Kate was rough around the edges; a few YA tropes & clichés; didn’t connect to the story like I did with Schwab’s Shades of Magic series; definitely think this book is leaps and bounds above many of the YA books out there

» Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts: One of my top reads of 2017; completely mesmerized by this story; Lazlo Strange is my new book boyfriend; unique & fantastical; moral questions; what makes someone a hero? a monster?; NOT a fan of the insta-love but this was my only issue with the book; the ending!  how will I wait for the second book?!

» Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend


5-Star Rating System

4.5 Stars

Feelings in a few words: this book is a gem – I wish more people would give it a chance; technically WWII historical fiction, but doesn’t go into the war much; fictionalized life of real person, Frances Conway; explores different types of relationships & love; espionage story, but not exactly action packed; more drama than I was anticipating; would make a good book club selection


Challenge UpdatesScreenshot 2017-07-31 19.48.23 I am super excited that I *should* be able to hit 100 books this year!  This will be my biggest reading year EVER 🙂



Book Reviews:


 Book Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis


Kids’ Corner: Diverse Middle Grade Books in Review (July 2017) #DiverseKidLit


Book Review: The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell


Book Review: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Other Posts:


 June 2017 Wrap-Up + Book Haul


July 2017 TBR


Book Event: Mary Kubica’s Every Last Lie Book Tour


Top 5 Wednesday: Best Middle Grade Books I’ve Read in 2017 (Thus Far)


Book Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017 Edition)


Book Blogger Recs: Bloggers to Follow for Romance Readers #BookBloggers


Book HauleBooks:

» The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

» The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

» A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

 Physical Books:

» Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (20th Anniversary – Ravenclaw Edition) by J.K. Rowling

» The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

» Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

» The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

» Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

» Euphoria by Lily King

» We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

» The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller


Which books did you read this month?

Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month?  If so, what did you think?

Did you buy any books?  If so, which ones?

Comment below and let me know 🙂

19 thoughts on “July 2017 Wrap-Up + Book Haul”

  1. The summer is just flying by!! I can’t believe that it is almost over already!!
    Also, I’ve been seeing Strange the Dreamer (and Taylor’s other books) everywhere lately! And everyone seems to love them!! I need to get on reading those ASAP

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    1. I think Strange the Dreamer is definitely worth all the hype! YA can be pretty hit or miss for me, but this one was a home run. I really think you would love it. I haven’t read her other series, but have heard mixed things about it…

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  2. I didn’t know they had special house editions of the Harry Potter books! That’s awesome. I’m glad to know you enjoyed the Gaiman book. I’ve seen it at the library and wondered if it was good. I’ll have to add it to the list!

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    1. YES!!! For the 20th anniversary of the first HP book! There are paperbacks and hardback editions 🙂

      Fortunately the Milk was such a cute little book. If you have kids, it would be the perfect book to read aloud at bedtime with them. I think boys would especially appreciate this story.

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    1. Thank you! Demo should hopefully start right after we get the keys next week. I am both excited and terrified at the same time lol My son is also not happy about school starting up again in a few weeks. I’m ready for them to go back though and get back into my routine lol


  3. Congrats on the new house and good luck with the renovation! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. 🙂 Can’t wait to read Caraval and Strange The Dreamer now!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully demo will start next week after we get the keys…. I’m going to need all the good vibes I can get lol

      I think you’ll love Strange the Dreamer! Definitely worth the hype. Caraval on the other hand… for some reason I hesitate to recommend. It is definitely one of those books that people either enjoy or hate. I think people go into it expecting The Night Circus, but it isn’t anything like that book (from what I’ve heard… I’ve never read TNC). I think people were wanting more dark carnival vibes, but it isn’t that either. Hard to explain. I enjoyed it, but my expectations were super low too lol


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