This month felt like a slower month for me. It was a slower month in terms of blogging actually. Reading wasn’t as bad, though apparently according to my Goodreads challenge I am 2 books behind. I am not going to get too upset about that yet.
This month was busier than I planned on it being. I didn’t have as much time during the weekends to read or write as I am used to. Hence why I had much fewer posts than I have in the past. I plan on trying to make that better in March but we will see if I am able to that or if things pop up again.
I was able to read 3 books this month. It was a decent reading month. I enjoyed this months books.
Crucible – James Rollins – I love this series. This was a good addition to the Sigma Force series. It didn’t focus on who I thought it should focus on though. I did enjoy that it made me more afraid for the main characters than the any other ones have ever done.
Black Wings Beating – Alex London – I was expecting more from this book. It was interesting but didn’t spark enough for me to anticipate the next one.
Fear the Fantastic – K.A. Applegate – I didn’t remember this one from my first readings. It was interesting but it felt kind of boring compared to the other ones.
The Crucible – James Rollins – Review
Black Wings Beating – Alex London – Review
Fear the Fantastic – Everworld #6- K.A. Applegate – Mini-Review
Down the TBR Hole #13
(Not only do I plan on making sure to post more I also will get back to reading and commenting more.)
Books I Bought:
Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried – Sean David Hutchinson
Here and Now and Then – Mike Chen
The Masked City – The Invisible Library #2 – Genevieve Cogman
In an Absent Dream – (Wayward Children #4) – Seanan McGuire
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
My writing group is going well. I have found it is helping me stay on track with writing. I may be writing random things and not necessarily my novel but the drive is there. At this point that is what I needed.
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.
Running with Lions – Julian Winters – Review
Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire – Review
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly – Review
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
I feel like May flew by. I think this was definitely the fastest month of this year. I don’t know if that is because I have a big work event next month or because of the weather change but either way I feel like May just went by in a blur.
I only read three books this month but with how busy I was, that is pretty good. I am still 5 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge so that makes me feel good. The book I am currently reading is a 500 pages so I knew it would slow down my progress.
As for writing I am proud of my work this month. I kept up a decent blogging schedule even though I am getting low on books that I need to review. I also have been working hard on a few short stories for a contest in the first week of June. I think I am getting into a good routine now that my work life has evened out a bit.
Leah and the Offbeat– Becky Albertalli – While I enjoyed this story I didn’t love it as much as I loved Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda. I thought it lacked the magic of the other book but was still a sweet read.
Feral Youth – Shaun David Hutchinson ( and nine other authors) – I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. While it was simple it had a strong message. I liked the storytelling element.
Dread Nation – Justina Ireland- This one was so much fun. A twist on zombies that was fresh. I have no idea how I am going to wait until the next book.
A Monster Calls – Review – Patrick Ness
How I See Myself as a Fictional Character Tag
Scythe – Neal Shusterman – Review
Leah and the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli – Review
Thunderhead – Neal Shuserman – Review
Feral Youth – Shaun David Hutchinson (and nine other authors) – Review
Down the TBR Hole #5
Dread Nation – Justina Ireland- Review
This is My Genre Book Tag
I actually saw two movies this month which is rare for me. I usually only see movies if I am really interested in them. I mostly wait until they are out on video because the movie theater is expensive!
Ready Player One – I loved the book of this movie. I will say the movie was good but I prefer the book. There was a lot of changes but I don’t think the story lost anything. It was fun but not my favorite.
Avengers: Infinity War – This movie was a serious ride. I loved all the characters coming together. I haven’t seen all the Marvel movies so I wasn’t completely sure what parts of the story were about but it was still fun to watch. It also left me desperately wanting the next movie.
The Handmaids Tale – I love this show. I am two episodes behind but I am just enthralled by it. It is terrifying yet fascinating at the same time. I am interested to see where it goes now that this season has gone past the book.
What was your May like? Did it seem to fly by for you as well? What were your favorite books, movie and tv shows?