How many books that I planned did I read?
Of the 9-ish I had planned I finished 4, DNFd 1, and was in progress with 1. In total though, I ended up reading 13 and DNFing 2.
I planned nine, which was kind of ambitious, but I figured I could at least start them. In particular, The Mists of Avalon was a lengthy one that I knew for sure would be carried over (again).
I read a lot of books I didn’t plan to read this month, clearly. And I never actually published a TBR post. So I guess I’m back to my old habits! 😁 A lot of these were planned based on my 20 (well, 15) books of summer sign up! book list that I’m trying to finish up. Now that I’m in the last month (halfway through the last month!!) the pressure is on! But I have most of them wrapped at this point. 🙂
The best surprises of the month were A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice and Love, Comment, Subscribe by Cathy Yardey.
Morgan Rice’s book was delightfully classic fantasy, with knights and princesses and chosen ones and noble deeds. I frickin’ loved it. There was something so comfortable about it embracing some of the classic tropes of good versus evil and humble, chosen peasants that made it super easy to sink into and love. The voice all through is wonderfully accessible and I just loved hearing about every character. There was never a point where I was bored or wanted to skip a part. Plus, highest praise of all, I immediately started (and finished) the second book (also great).
Yardey’s book was a surprise because I figured it would be an okay kind of book that was maybe kind of stupid but I wouldn’t mind because it was a fluff read. That was pretty incorrect. The amount of soul-searching the characters do was not what I expected, and so much of their conflicts are genuine issues with no easy solves. The YouTuber aspect of it was also unexpectedly engaging! I do have several people I follow on YouTube (but.. I guess to be honest, it’s mostly summed up by just saying I enjoy Gavin Free content, which feels a little weird) so the idea of what might go into their efforts was interesting to see. I also just loved the actual things they filmed in the book, and could imagine them vividly. I tend to like social-media based books, but this one felt unique in it’s approach. Most are thrillers.
The disappointments: The Spanish Love Deception (Elena Armas) and If You Ask Me (Libby Hubscher).
The Spanish Love Deception is one I didn’t enjoy from very early on. I don’t know why I kept reading it. Misguided hope, I guess, that maybe finally a Goodreads winner wouldn’t let me down. Yet… here we are. To sum it up, I disliked both characters and the sex was creepy and weird. “Let me feel you milk me” is not a believable or appealing thing to me. 🤢
If You Ask Me is a little more on the line, because for the most part I enjoyed it! I had fun reading it, laughed a lot, and it actually tackled some issues besides romantic relationship stuff. The issue is the way the romance focus started was with the dude just showing up to her house uninvited after being there for a service the night before. He just goes to her address, which he got through work as a public figure. I was WILDLY uncomfortable with that and it tainted everything else. It was a little too much leeway given to the situation, where if the woman hadn’t been interested or he was unattractive, etc, they’d be calling the police and not flirting over pastries.
- Review: If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher
- Review: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
- ARC Review: Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee
- ARC Review: Boys I Know by Anna Gracia (7/26/22)
- Review: Dragon’s Protector by Ava Richardson
- 2 Second Review: A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice
- Review: Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June
- ARC Review: A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin (7/12/22)
- My reading was 7% nonfiction this month.
- My top genres were Young Adult (8 books), Romance, and Contemporary (both 7 books)
- I mostly read books that were emotional, lighthearted, or hopeful.
- My average rating was 3.04
- I traveled to England, South Korea, and Spain, and in the United States I went to Texas, Virginia, California, and New York.
This was a very social month with an event every weekend. What a change! It was nice to see folks and go to some new places. After a friend’s 80s themed birthday party, we went to a club in our 80s attire and learned that my boyfriends rocker-hair-wig was believable enough to get a lot of high fives and admiration for his… bravery? Dedication to his own style? Lack of conformity? I’m not sure, but boy was it a challenge fending off all those drunk happy people. 😂
I also went exploring on a rocky cliff beach with my boyfriend, and a few minutes after we found a cool place with only a few other people around to settle down and hang out, he came over to me and said we had to leave because, uh, that guy is naked and this is apparently a nudist beach and also that other guy is now getting naked too so we should probably go. WELLLL THEN! It certainly wasn’t signed anywhere so I’m curious if it’s like a locally known thing, or if it’s just that it’s secluded so people just go for it. Either way, we decided to try elsewhere. 😅
In reading some posts in the past few months about blogger stats and people tending to inflate what they thought was normal or average or a “successful” number I’m going to do something a little uncomfortable for me this month and post the WordPress-tracked stats for my blog to try and help with visibility for people. That said, July was VERY much an outlier. I have no idea why but my view stats went crazy high.
- Views: 4339 (HIGHEST EVER BY ABOUT A THOUSAND. No idea what happened this month. You tell me??)
- Likes: 257 (about the same as usual)
- Comments: 128 (a lot but not out of the general range)
- Followers: 362 total @ end of month, 10 new followers in July
Here are some of my favorite posts I worked on this month, in case you missed them!
- Word Origins: Ditto? ditto?? ( . ___ . )
- Top Ten Tuesday: Super summery book covers (plus crowdsourced list!)
- Kindle 2022 Summer Reading Challenge Achievements Guide!
And here are some of my favorite posts by other bloggers!
- Book Review: A Master of Djinn (P. Djèlí Clark) by Nicole @ Bookwyrm Knits
- ‘Dating Dr. Dil’: not the review I expected to write! by Destiny @ Howling Libraries
- Top Ten Tuesday – My Favourite Audiobooks from the First Half of 2022 by Michael @ The Unseen Librarian
- Show Your Bujo Theme | July 2022 by AnneMieke @ A Dance With Books
- Currently in July 2022 by @ Tumbleweed Vibes
- Blog Tour Review: It’s All In How You Fall by Sarah Henning by Dini @ Dinipanda Reads