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. But 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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  • Woo, that’s a great reading month for sure! 🙂

    I’m a bit envious of you for starting grad school – not about the studying and writing the thesis part but for new classes, getting new notebooks and stuff, finding your way around to classes… I miss school!!! 😀 I’m such a nerd. Did I ever mention that Kiddo is born on September 1, which is the day school always starts in Slovenia (not University classes, those start on October 1, but elementary and high school)? He was 1 week overdue and I thought it was cool he was born on that day because I always enjoyed the first day back to school when I was younger!

    Wow that Shakespearean festival sounds cool. I wish I could see the Midsummer Night’s Dream live in English one day, but Hamlet would also be cool. Our theatres do a Shakespeare every couple of years but they usually make it into some sort of modern production with lots of naked actors (ick) and the last time I saw a Shakespeare play it was a 3.5-hour, excrutiating version of King Lear.

    • Whoop whoop! I’m especially happy about it because June was kind of slump-y.

      Yes, I expect the studying and thesis writing will be my least favourite aspects of grad school! 😉 But I do love how invigorating a new school term can be, and I’m really looking forward to meeting my classmates/cohort. And maybe I’ll pick out a few snazzy pens. 😀 Whaaaat, that’s awesome! Kiddo is destined to be a complete nerd who looks forward to school all summer, obviously. HA!

      Stratford (the town where all the Shakespeare stuff happens) is definitely my favourite thing about southwestern Ontario! Some of the productions have a more modern setting, but they’re usually very close to the original. I saw Romeo and Juliet a few years ago that used Shakespearean language but had the Montagues and the Capulets as black and white Americans during segregation, for example. Very well done! BLERGH 3.5 hour King Lear…awful!

  • All right, that’s it. I obviously need to read Uprooted like tomorrow. Everybody that mentions it does so with such reverence and awe for how good it is. I’m needing some more favorites of the year and it looks like a very safe bet.

    Shakespeare! I really, really need to go to the theater more often. It is one of my favorite things but it’s been years since I’ve gone with any regularity. I hope you enjoy it and have a good time!

    • Excellent, my evil plan is working! Read Uprooted and becoming one of us – the legion of fans, haha. It was such a lovely and clever book. Kind of reminded me of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, actually.

      Thank you, Stephanie! I admit I’m a bit of a theatre nerd, especially for early modern theatre…and Hamlet is a favourite. I feel very lucky that I live in a region in Canada where I can go annually since there are many places that are so remote there isn’t even a coffee shop, let alone a theatre.

  • *runs to read your review of Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout* ugh, you gotta be kidding me. Based on what you wrote, I’d say you were a bit generous with 2 stars. Slut shaming and gender based slurs? If you don’t treat those topics carefully in books, especially when you use that in the context of childish name calling, it can be a huge turn off.

    And Shakespeare festival in Southern Ontario? You’ve got to be talking about Stratford, ON (also home of Justin Bieber, oh boy) 😀 When I was still living in the good old T-dot, my husband and I took a drive to check it out and got to watch Colm Feore in a modernized performance of Macbeth! The festival is awesome!

    ~Mogsy

    • It was actually the worst. You know what, I think you’re right. *scampers off to change rating* It is now a much-deserved one star review, haha. The whole thing left a really bad taste in my mouth and I’m very glad her more recent books avoid that kind of language. I’d much rather read a book where two girls have a feud about something legitimate (for teens, anyway) than see slut shaming and slurs.

      Ayyyy Stratford! If only it were solely known for Shakespeare…JB is Canada’s shame, haha.YES, I saw Colm Feore in King Lear and he was great. I love it so much – I actually used to volunteer there in high school with some friends and we’d poke our heads into the theatre to steal a peek at the shows. 😀

  • Lynn Williams

    You had a great reading month. Really looking forward to reading Uprooted soon – particularly as you loved it so much!
    Lynn 😀

    • Definitely made up for some of the less impressive reading months I’ve had! 🙂 Hopefully I haven’t hyped it up too much, but I think you’ll really love Uprooted. It has a fantastic whimsical, lyrical quality to it!