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!
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?