Monthly Recap: July 2015

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I feel like the term “monthly recap” is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case here’s my spiel! I’ll be recapping what I’ve read for the month and what reviews I’ve written, along with what I’m planning to read for next month. What’s been happening in my personal life may also be making an appearance from time to time (this of course depends on whether anything interesting happens!).

What I Read in July:

  1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  2. The Fade Out: Vol. One by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  3. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  5. The Veil by Chloe Neill
  6. Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
  7. Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
  8. Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  9. The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey
  10. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
  11. One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

What I Reviewed in July:

  1. Blood Cross by Faith Hunter
  2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  3. Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
  4. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Reading & Blogging Updates:

July was an exceptional reading month! I read Uprooted, which was one of my favourite books of 2015; I finally got around to reading Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong and loved it; and I gobbled up the first book in a fantasy-romance series, The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey. There was a minor incident with Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout (it was the worst…see my GR review for my thoughts), but all things being equal I’m gonna call this month a win.


It seems that as soon as I get on top of my review copies I go on a requesting spree…and I have no one to blame but myself! I desperately need to go on an ARC reading spree. Maybe a read-a-thon? Hmm.

Life Updates:

July was an insane month full of work, celebrating Canada Day, comic book fairs, and traveling around.┬áBut the biggest thing I did in July was a week-long vacation to Boston/Cambridge, MA to visit my guy. He goes to grad school there and I’ve got a lot of free time these days, so why not?

We had a wonderful time walking around historic neighbourhoods, trolling bookshops, eating at great restaurants (and one truly horrible pizza place, HA!), and just spending time together. I’m really glad I went because my own grad school adventure is imminent and I’m not sure how it will impact my schedule. ONE MONTH, PEOPLE.

What I’m excited for in August:

  1. Deceptions! Deceptions, the third book in Kelley Armstrong’s “Cainsville” series, releases on August 18th. This series has quickly become one of my absolute favourites and I am DYING for this book!
  2. Hamlet! Anyone who’s familiar with Southern Ontario knows that there’s a huge Shakespearean theatre festival that happens all Summer, and I’ve got tickets to see Hamlet with some friends. It’s one of my favourite Shakespeare plays – and I’ve never seen it live! Much excitement.
  3. Reviews! Well, maybe I’m feeling more anticipatory than excited. I’m planning to write and schedule an entire month of reviews & posts in August so that I won’t need to worry too much about blogging stuff during my first month of grad school. We’ll see how that goes…

How was your July? Did you read any great books or go on any fun adventures? What are you looking forward to in August? I’d love to hear from you!

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