Is Summer Over Yet? // July 2018 Wrap Up

Happy summer is totally almost over day! Or something like that. August is really actually here and school starts back up in just a couple weeks. It’s my senior year and I CANNOT WAIT to get started! And finish it all up! Kind of weird that I’ve been in college four years???

Anyway, other good news is that this summer has been crazy busy but I only have two more weeks of work AND then I’ll have my life back, ha! At least, my school job is a desk job and it gives me more time to read and write. Also, back to school means back to journalism work and getting behind the camera, which I dearly miss.

And I’m just one of this super weird people who absolutely loves school. But ignore that, because it’s time to chat about what happened in July! 

I only read four books this month, but there were all so good! I mean, if you can’t read very much, choose incredible books that are WORTH your time. And might even change your life.


Dress Codes for Small Towns is AMAZING. My favorite read of the entire summer.

Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy was an ARC read and it is very good! A tad different in style from the first book but still really good. Felicity is always incredible.

What Happened – This was definitely a bit of a harder read. But it was good! And Hillary Clinton has a cheeky sense of humor. I mean, I think you have to have some sense of humor to deal with 2016.

When They Call You a Terrorist – Everyone go read this book RIGHT NOW. I could not put it down. It’s enthralling and heartbreaking and so stunningly true.

While I didn’t get to read or write as much this month, I did manage to keep on top of blog hopping? This must be some sort of miracle because I have no idea how I did this.

Anyway, here’s some of my favorite posts from July! 

Abbie’s social media quiz post is super fun! Even though it says I should be on youtube and making yotube videos is a crazy amount of time and energy which I do not have right now.

Cait @ Paper Fury – her thoughts on mental illness and writing. So good! I reread it twice because it’s so good!

Juliana talks about some things she would like to see in the bookish community and I definitely agree with her list!

Tiffany is reading through the Lunar Chronicles and I love her book reviews and discussions! Basically, because this series deserves all the love.

Savanah is an incredible blogger and I think her post on book blogging burnout is fantastic!

A guest post on Word Wonder’s Blog is one of my favorites this month! Tyler chats about writing PTSD and trauma into your own writing. Since I have been diagnosed with PTSD, and often think about this subject, it was super great to read his perspective.

Also, you may have noticed I changed my blog menus (AGAIN) and switched around things on the sidebar menu.

Along with trying to tidy up my blog look a tad bit, I also think I’m going to blog more widely? As in, not just talking about book. I do want to chat about my writing work AND talk about being creative. That’s why the blog isn’t titled Redgal Reading – it’s Redgal Musings because I’m supposed to be MUSING. Not just reading, ha!

So, I’ve decided to work harder to write more creatively themed posts. Do I know what that entirely means right now? No. But I’m exited to see how it works!

July was fairly busy because of work, but I did manage to do some pretty cool things! I visited King’s Mountain National Park which is a really cool battlefield from the American Revolutionary War. It’s also on a mountain, and is SUPER PRETTY.

And yesterday, (July 31st) I drove to attend the Road to Change Townhall from the March for Our Lives National Tour in Charleston. It was INCREDIBLE. Hearing the Parkland students share their story and advocate for common sense gun laws was worth the very long drive. OK, it was 4 hours. So not THAT long. But still.

Also, it’s 97 days until the November election in America…so if you’re an American and you can, please vote. if you know people who aren’t registered to vote, get them to register and vote, too!

Me @ Kings Mountain. 

Also, I sort of have a TBR for August…but it’s very up in the air because I’m going on trips and reading is hard to find time for right now. But I have some blogging ideas and can’t wait to see what happens! 

lets chat

So, this post was maybe thrown together in a last minute kind of way? Maybe because I wrote it sitting in my AirBnb in Charleston? YES. THAT is TRUE. So, life is crazy. But August is here, yay! 

How was your July? Are you going back to school this month? Did you read any fantastic books that I should add to my TBR? 



  1. August 1, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    Ooh, I’m so glad you liked Lady’s Guide!! I’m really interested in it, especially for the aroace rep (and I loved Felicity in Gentleman’s!). And I’m glad you liked Dress Codes in Small Towns as well! I don’t think many people have read/talked about it, but I’ve heard good things from the people who have. I hope you have a great August (and enjoy school when you go back, haha, though journalism sounds like such a fun thing to study)!

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Journalism is the most fun thing to study! What’s not so fun is telling people my major and then having a mini-discussion about the president’s diatribes about the press. Whether they agree or not, it’s always exhausting!

      Have you tried requesting books through Edelweiss? I’ve had some good luck, getting both What If It’s Us and Lady’s Guide through them.
      And everyone needs to read Dress Codes! It’s so good talking about gender identity and sexuality, especially in a small town that’s not so openminded. I appreciated the knowledge that there were close minded, transphobic people without it being abusive on page. And the finale, and the acceptance at the end was SO heartwarming.

      • August 2, 2018 / 9:39 am

        Yeah, I’ve tried Edelweiss and gotten accepted for a few! I’m kind of holding back on requesting things though because I still have to write reviews for the ones I requested. 😅 And aaaahhh that sounds so good!! I know that Dress Codes dealt with sexuality and gender so I’m glad to hear the rep was well written!

  2. August 1, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I hope your August is great, good luck in your senior year!❤️I really want to read What Happened, hopefully I’ll get around to that soon.

  3. August 1, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Yes, I’m going back to school this month! August 26, to be exact. In July I read Emma, which was very good. I also just finished Absolutely American, where a journalist basically lived at West Point for four years and then wrote about it- that was good too. Oh! I read A Tale of Two Cities! It started off slow, but then it took off. Sydney Carton is a new favorite character of mine. I’m excited to read your more creatively centered posts, and your trips to Charleston and the national park sound amazing. :))

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      Oh, Emma is one of my favs! I love Mr. Knightly, maybe more than Mr. Darcy. He’s just so kind and wise!
      And yes, A Tale of Two Cities is the best English novel, ever. it’s so layered, and Dickens presents things so WELL! And the way characters are introduced, while sometimes confusing, comes together into such a beautiful finale!!! Sydney is beautiful and his words at the very end break my heart.

  4. August 2, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Thank you for sharing my post <3 I can't wait to read more of your non-book posts! I've been branching out lately as well but my name has 'book' in it hahaha so idk what to do about that

  5. Ilsen Leon
    August 2, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I didn’t read any books this month but I am going back to school this month. Which I am excited for and scared at the same time. Help me.

  6. August 3, 2018 / 2:54 am

    Great wrap-up!! I really want to get Dress Codes some time soon, I hear such good things ♥

  7. August 4, 2018 / 3:42 am

    My July was good! I’m starting college in a few months actually. Well in terms of books you should add to your tbr, I think Bruja Born is pretty good! I’m currently half way through it and I’m enjoying it even more than the first book. Great post! 🙂

  8. August 4, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Ohh I have to check out Dress Code for Small Towns, given that you loved it so much, I’m so curious right now 😀
    It’s so exciting about the creative blog posts, I will be looking forward to reading more of these, I always love these kind of posts and more often than not they are such a source of inspiration, too 🙂
    I hope you’ll have a lovely August! <3

  9. August 7, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I’m going back to school early September and am dreading all of the summer work I’ve pushed off until now…

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