Happy Birthday, Harry! And Happy Birthday to Neville, too. It’s the end of July!!! And what a month this has been.
July had a ton of highs and some real lows, and overall, I’m just glad to be done with the longest month of the summer. Because that means we’re that much closer to Halloween and pumpkin spice lattes.
Of course, those lattes will be iced because this is florida, after all. and yes, i googled to see if starbucks has announced their pumpkin spice lattes starting date this year and there’s not an official answer yet. sadness.
Apparently, I read 18 whole books in July? Not sure how that happened but it did. And that means I finally caught up on my reading challenge!!! i’ve been behind my goodreads reading challenge since April so it feels REALLY great to officially catch up on it.
Jack of Hearts and Other Parts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very funny and great conversations about sex and teenage life.
I Wish You All the Best ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SUCH a tender story that I think everyone should read.
The Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ i LOVED this historical fiction! it had a great sense of humor, two very interesting main characters and a very tense plot.
With The Fire on High ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ One of the best contemporary authors, ever, Elizabeth Acevedo, does a masterful job with this story. I just really like the way Acevedo writes and her storytelling is just GOOD.
Again But Better ⭐️ not that good, sadly. It was a bit hard to read and the main character felt like an author insert.
100 Days of Sunlight ⭐️⭐️⭐️ this was fun and sweeet! I interviewed the author, and i’ll be sharing that later!
King of Fools ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WHAT A FANTASTIC SEQUEL! And left me hanging dangerously scared for the third book. opps.
Let Me Hear a Rhyme ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not exactly my cup of tea, but it was good!
Girls on the Verge ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ VERY good and feels very real and centered on important issues.
Orpheus Girl ⭐️⭐️ Ergh, not really sure how to talk about this book. It’s set in Texas, so plus for that. But it features conversion therapy and is very triggering.
The Dukes Defiant Debutante ⭐️ – I know what you’re probably thinking, Elizabeth did you really read this? it looks like a sappy regency romance novel that has little to no character development, guessable plot, and is historically questionable? The answer is yes to all that. But sometimes when I’m fighting a reading slump, this is what happens. Also, this is why I force myself to list everything I read each month so i can resist the temptation to read trashy regency romance novels when I need to zone out on work breaks.
Going Off Script ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – My first official read for the reading rush!!! Such a cute read! Going Off Script features a Lesbian main character, a crappy tv director, and a queer Southeast Asian love interest. It’s also pretty funny and set in Hollywood. Very fun.
All for One ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Okay, take Hamilton the Musical and turn it into a continuing sappy YA romance. Also, mix up the history so that all the drama happens in manageable doses. Annoyed yet? Okay, these series has it’s ups and downs and is definitely not my fav. It’s not bad but not great either.
The Gravity of Us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really liked this space centered story! Journalism + Space is my JAM and the love story was sweet.
Brightly Burning ⭐️⭐️ I have never really liked Jane Eyre and maybe I shouldn’t have expected to enjoy a retelling.
Soul of Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ i love the way Ashley Poston tied this duology up and I simply adore Robb and Jax.
Black Wings Beating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ a STUNNING new fantasy that absolutely gripped my imagination and left me begging for the sequel.
Twilight ⭐️ Well, I finally read it. Very boring. That’s pretty much all I’ve got to say. May chats about four things you shouldn’t feel guilty about as a blogger, and this list is so good!
I love chatting about and reading hyped books, and Olivia talks about the pros and cons of hyped books. There’s definitely some positives and negatives and I think Olivia does a great job summarizing them!
If you’re not following Tiffany just for her recipes alone, I don’t know what else you’re doing online.
Also, I love this list of best YA enemies to lovers stories from Cait, because enemies to lovers is the BEST YA cliche, hands down.
And if you want an insightful discussion post about gay culture, Elise has that covered for this month.
and now for some semi-serious articles around the internet that I enjoyed reading 😊
Why you should take the millennial left seriously, and what they’re fighting for – a great article. please read it.
Nevertheless she persisted – a look at how Elizabeth Warren struggles with independent voters in her home state. I’m a Warren stan, so yeah, this article makes me think.
I think Bengali Tigers are some of the prettiest creatures in the wild, and this news about Bengali Tiger population increases is very encouraging!
You might have seen this essay floating around the internet about how your emotions really do matter, and it’s REALLY GOOD. So go read it.
Oh, before I forget, if you’ve never read the Esquire story about Mr. Rogers, here it is! The new mr. Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks centers around the man who wrote this article, SO REQUIRED READING! get to it, muggles.
July started out not so great, because I ran into some terrible car troubles. Which means I haven’t had a car ALL month and I’m still saving to get my poor vehicle repaired. And yes, I’ve definitely missed having a car because I can’t go places I normally like to go. But I ride the bus to work and while not perfect, most days I get to read a book on the hour long bus ride. Hurrah for that 🙂
Anyway, I do love making my monthly highlight reels. And vlogs for youtube. I haven’t finished all my Reading Rush vlogs, yes, they’re going up late. But they’ll be uploaded eventually. And I’ll be visitng Galaxy’s Edge in August, so you can bet there’ll be a Star Wars vlog soon!
On another note, I started watching Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and laughed so much. I liked the first season and yes, it can be super funny. But I didn’t really like Midge? the way she treats her parents and kids just really got on my nerves. So I didn’t start the second season and not entirely sure if I will.
And yes, I’ve watched some of the new Queer Eye episodes and absolutely bawled. The fab five just hit me right in the feels.
I am very excited for August, though I don’t even have an official TBR yet. Opps. But there are some really great things happening this next month, including a friends visit, my first Disney staycation, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opening, and some exciting blog posts planned!
Also, did i mention pumpkin spice lattes might come out in August? We’ll see.
How was your July? are you celebrating Harry Potter day? What’s your best tips for using mass transit? Were you an OG Twilight stan or did you always avoid the series? Any exciting reading or writing planned for August?