July 2020 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

It’s that time once again to take a look back at what I read over the past month. Now, before I sat down to write up this post, I was under the impression that I really didn’t read a lot in July. It just felt like a slower reading month to me, especially since we were busy with moving to our new home at the very beginning of the month.

Y’all… I read eight books last month. Which, though not a huge number, is a big deal for someone like me! My average is typically five books a month, so I was floored when I counted up my July reads. And I’m not even sure how it happened. I honestly felt like I barely read last month and, yet, it was my most productive reading month of the entire year! It’s a mystery πŸ˜‚

That being said, let’s take a look at what I read in July.


Books Read

Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

  1. Fire and Vengeance by Robert McCaw::β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…::My review
  2. Voice of War by Zack Argyle::β˜…β˜…β˜…::My review
  3. The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar::β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…::My review
  4. Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall::β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…::My review
  5. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste::β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…::My review
  6. The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker::β˜…β˜…β˜…::My review
  7. The Call of the Wild by Jack London::β˜…β˜…β˜…::Review to come
  8. Thomas Wildus and the Book of Shadows by J.M. Bergen::β˜…β˜…β˜…::Review to come

Challenges

Popsugar Challenge prompts completed: 3

  • A book with a bird on the cover (The Ship of Shadows)
  • A book that has a book on the cover (Thomas Wildus and the Book of Shadows)
  • A book by an author who has written more than 20 books (The Call of the Wild)

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge prompts completed: 1

  • Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK (The Ship of Shadows)

#StartOnYourShelfathon books read: 2

  • Fire and Vengeance
  • Knightmare Arcanist

Highs and Lows

If you look at my star ratings from July, it was kind of a mediocre month. Lots of middle-of-the-road three stars, which is still a good rating, but I tend to be more in the four star range. Still, there was one book that stood out among the crowd. My high for the month of July was…

The Ship of Shadows was my only five star book last month! I absolutely adored this adventurous, fun middle grade story. There were female pirates, a girl gang I would definitely want to hang with, and a ship that runs on magic! I was enthralled from page one and I’m so glad I got a chance to read this because of #TheWriteReads.

As for my low this month, there was one book that I was so excited to read and it ended up just being kind of meh. My low last month was…

This book promised magic and danger and, though those elements were definitely present, I just found myself… kind of bored? I’ll leave it at that as I still need to write my review. It was still an enjoyable read, just not all that I was expecting.

Reflections

July was such an anomaly of a reading month for me! I read a lot, for me, but the ratings weren’t as high as usual. The only thing that stayed consistent was the genre. Seriously… everything I read was fantasy except for two books, lol. I did check off a few more challenges than I typically do, including one from the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. I think, for a month were I was focusing on our move so much, this was a pretty great one!

As for August, I’m participating in the Trope-ical Readathon and I made a point to pick all of my books from my owned TBR. So I’m gonna slay the #StartOnYourShelfathon next month! I’m not participating in quite so many blog tours, which is good because I’m gonna need a bit of down month before September. September is going to have.. a lot of tours, lol. I’m so excited for each and every one of them!


How was your reading in July? Did you find a new favorite? Did you read something that surprised you? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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