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July Wrap Up

This month started out at a normal pace and then somehow sped up at lightening speed. The last two weeks flew by and I have no idea why. I didn’t have much going on. In any case I ended up reading 4 books this month. I am still 9 books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge. As long as I stay ahead of schedule I am happy.

I was pretty good about book buying this month, only bought two. I am trying really hard to save money for the books that are coming out over the next few months and not fall into a book buying hole. I have plenty on my shelves right now.

As for writing that was kind of on pause for the month. Again I am not sure why but I wasn’t very motivated. I felt busier and more tired then I was. I did manage to write a short story that I am proud of. I am currently typing it up then going to edit it. I plan on spending some of August going through an outline of a novel I want to work on. Though August isn’t going to have a lot of extra time available so we shall see.

Books I read:


Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly – This was fascinating and prompted me to want o read more about little known historical figures.

Darkest Warrior – Gena Showalter – This was not my favorite. I don’t quite understand some of the choices made. I finished it because I do enjoy the series and hope the rest of the series is better.

Smoke and Iron  – Rachel Caine – I really enjoyed this installment in the series. It set up a lot and I can’t wait to see how the whole series ends.

Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman – I loved this. I learned so much about these myths and I also am eager to reread a series I loved from when I was a teenager to see how things compare.

Posts Written;
Running with Lions – Julian Winters – Review
Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire – Review
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly – Review
Hogwarts Tag 
The Darkest Warrior – Gena Showalter – Review
Down the TBR Hole #7 
Book Blogger Insider Tag
Top 7 Harry Potter Characters  (I am just now seeing that this post is a mess for some reason. I will be fixing it so the it doesn’t look so all over the place.)
Smoke and Iron – Rachel Caine – Review
Book Blogger Memory Challenge 

Note about posts: I have caught up on my back log of reviews which means I will be doing some other type of posts, such as tags and about writing, more frequently. I am always reading I just am not the fastest reader so I will have to balance things a bit.

Books Bought:

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I only bought two books this month and that is because the special 20th anniversary edition Harry Potter books with cool covers came out. I can’t afford to buy the entire series so I bought my two favorites, Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince.

Currently Reading:

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I haven’t reread any of the books in a little while. I love the way this one looks at Voldemort’s history. I wanted a comfortable and welcoming read for a bit.

Movies Seen:

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Went to see Incredibles 2 with my dad and brothers. It was my dad’s first movie in like 15 years. It was really good. Had an interesting message about technology and screens and was just fun. I highly enjoyed it.

Favorite thing of the month:

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In a small town in my city there is a Harry Potter festival. They have done it for 3 years and this year was the best year yet. I bought way too many things but had a lot of fun as always. Best way to end the month!

What was your month of July like? What were some of your favorite books you read? Favorite movies? Favorite moments of July?

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