July Wrap-Up & August TBR

Goodbye July and hello to August!

I might sound happy about it, but I’m actually not. I don’t know about you but July is one of my favourite months of the year. When I was still in school, it was the first month of summer holidays (something I looked forward to for weeks!) and now that I’m working, July is the month I take two weeks off. I’m grateful I can take two weeks off…but I’m still sad it’s over. No more full days of reading, blogging, and watching Netflix for me 😦

Blogging and reading-wise, July has been an excellent month though. I set out to read 4 books in July which you can read about in my June Wrap-up and July TBR

Books

I over-achieved! Just last month I was complaining about how I never seem to be able to find the time to read more than four books and then I went ahead and did it anyway. I know 6 isn’t a big number for 90% of all book bloggers, but it is to me and I’m proud I’ve read this much.

This month I also read my first ever (e-) ARC which was one of my goals when I started blogging so yay me!

Blog posts

Reviews

  • Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (e-ARC): a book with an interesting concept and a wonderful, rich setting but one that ultimately disappointed because of a lack of depth
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley: an all-time favourite about two ex-best friends and book worms who fall in love through spending time together at a secondhand book shop and writing letters to each other.
  • On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold (e-ARC): a book made to raise awareness for autism and orthorexia but one that didn’t quite deliver because of an unnecessary focus on underdeveloped romance.
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: another all-time favourite about a nonromantic, platonic (!) friendship between Aled and Frances who’re both obsessed with a podcast called Universe City and who struggle to do what’s expected of them.
  • Wing Jones by Katherine Webber: Review to come
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus: Review to come

Bookish Posts

Infinity Talks

Around the Blog

Memes

Tags

Miscellaneous

Favourites

I watched two very different movies this month but both were incredible for different reasons.

Spider-Man: Homecoming – I’ll admit that I was very sceptical when they announced yet another Spider-Man reboot a couple of years ago. I wasn’t a fan of Garfield’s Spider-Man at all and I thought the story had been told enough times already. But, boy, was I wrong. I started getting excited for this movie when Spider-Man showed up in Captain America: Civil War where he completely stole the show. After that, I was mildly enthusiastic and wondered if Tom Holland could pull it off for an entire movie. Let me tell you: he sure did! Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fresh take on the popular comic with a brilliant Spider-Man (the best by far!) in the lead.

Dunkirk – I’ve been Nolan fan for a while now so when I heard he was going to make a movie about Dunkirk – one of the most important and significant events in WWII and the history of the Western World – I knew this movie had the potential to be incredible. And it was. It was honestly one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in my life. The subject matter. The actors (yes, even Harry Styles!). The cinematography. The way Nolan played with time (again). The music (by Hans Zimmer!) The way he pieced the movies together. Everything was on point. It’s one of those movies that really leaves an impact and one you’ll want to rewatch over and over again.Β I predict a lot of Oscars for this one.

TBR

Even though I’ve read more this month, four is still my go-to number.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: This was on my July TBR as well but I didn’t get to it because I (unexpectedly) got approved for two ARCS. I’m going to read it this month, though.

My Heart and Other Black Holes: I’ve heard many great things about this one. Very excited to read it.

More Happy Than Not: While I’m (impatiently) waiting for They Both Die at the End, I’m going to read Adam Silvera’s debut novel. Some say it’s even better than History is All You Left Me so I have very high hopes.

Fangirl: I can’t remember how many times this book has been suggested to me so I guess it’s time for me to see what the fuss is all about. I’m buddy-reading this one with Noriko which I’m very excited about.

What’s on your TBR for this month? How was July? Did you have a good month? Let me know in the comments because I’d love to hear all about it!

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21 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up & August TBR

  1. Ohhh I’m eager to hear your thoughts about More Happy Than Not. It’s the only book by Silvera I read, for now, and I really enjoyed it πŸ™‚
    Hope you’ll have a lovely month, Lauren, and best of luck for getting back into the working routine ❀ ❀

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  2. I’d love to read My Heart and Other Black Holes, it’s been on my TBR for ages! I’n a bit worried about read More Happy Than Not because I wasn’t a massive fan of History Is All You Left Me, but I will give it a go, and I do really want to try and read They Both Die At The End too! Fangirl is one of my favourites I’ve read so far this year and I’n desperate to read it again! I really hope you enjoy your first time reading it, it is so relatable! And who doesn’t enjoy a Harry Potter re-read? I started a re-read of the series last year but I was reading with a friend and she didn’t finish OOTP, so I want to read Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows by the end of the year!
    Sounds like you had a fabulous July reading month, and I hope your August is equally good! ☺️

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    • I think you should definitely give More Happy than Not a chance. I’m about halfway through and it’s very different from HIALYM.
      I’m excited about Fangirl! I’ve heard so many good things about it but I hope my expectations aren’t too high.
      YES to HP re-reads! πŸ™‚
      Thank you and I hope you have a great August as well!

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      • Yeah I’ll definitely give it a go ☺️ I don’t like going into any books with high expectations because it jut makes me more disappointed if I don’t enjoy it!

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