July Wrap Up

So, this has been a really bad reading month for me. I haven’t done the math yet, but I’d say from my monthly average rating, it probably didn’t seem so bad. But as far as how many books I read, it sucked. I managed to read only 7 books and three of them I shoved into the past six or so days. But, in my defense, July was a pretty busy month for me. I spent a lot of time this month out of the house (which, no, is not really all that normal for me). I had my 21st birthday (and celebrated my 21st birthday, if you’re catching my drift), spent some time with friends, and still didn’t make it to the beach (I was last in a sandy, salty area in 2014). It was a good month for my personal well being, so I guess I’ll let that make it OK that I neglected my reading.

Let’s get started:

Angels Can’t Swim (07/03/18 – 07/03/18)

Rating: 4 stars

This was my first read of the month and was sent to me as a review request by the author! It was a very short, albeit packed full. I really did like this one and was pretty amazed that McCann was able to fit so much into this without ever making it feel like too much. My only issue with this one was some of the writing, but because it wasn’t a big issue throughout the entirety of the book, I only docked one star.


Emergency Contact (07/04/18 – 07/12/18)

Rating: 5 stars

First off, I’d like to say I’m really angry about the cover image having a white border around it that makes it impossible for me to seemingly align all of the images. Ugh.

This was a really great book that I didn’t initially expect to like. I got lots of Fangirl vibes from this one but I decided that I liked this better than Rowell’s novel. There are some serious topics discussed, so read with caution.


The Spectacular Now (07/12/18 – 07/18/18)

Rating: 3.75 stars

I was initially really excited to read this because I used to love the movie a few years back, but the book was sadly not what I was looking for. Unfortunately, Sutter is an extremely unlikable prick of a guy and since the entire book was from his perspective, it was more than a little difficult to be happy with everything that I was reading.



Thanks for the Trouble (07/21/18 – 07/24/18)

Rating: 4 stars

This was a really heartbreaking kind of love story that leaves you at a loss for words because, for once, there is no happy ending. I can’t believe I’m saying this but, I had no issue with any of the characters in this! I was genuinely sad after finishing this one up, but I still think it was a worthwhile read.



I Do Not Trust You (07/25/18 – 07/30/18)

Rating: 4 stars

Obviously, it was a month of four stars for me.

I loved this ARC a lot and I credit that entirely to it being so largely centered around mythology. It was a fun, heavy adventure/action book, and we saw some character development for both of the main characters (which seems like should be an automatic thing in books, but sadly, it’s not).


Hide and Shriek (07/30/18 – 07/30/18)

Rating: 5 stars

This was super fun to read and I’m sad that it was so short. Hide and Shriek is a part of the Orca series, which I previously knew nothing about, but now understand to be a kind of short story series made to bring some interest to reading from teens usually reluctant to do so. I finished it in about 45 minutes, but despite it’s shortness, it was a pretty enticing read. I don’t see the story line working for something too much longer than this, but for this size, it was perfect.


The Last Wish of Sasha Cade (07/30/18 – 07/31/18)

Rating: 5 stars

My heart is still aching from this one 😦 The relationships and friendships in this story were so pure of heart and sweet that I don’t know when I will fully recover. This a story about loss and love and you’ll want to cry and smile all at the same time. I’m in love with the cover and I’m sad that I gobbled this up so fast because I would’ve loved for it to be a longer read.


My average rating for July was 4.39! This exceeds last months 4.09 and greatly exceeds May’s rating of 2.55.

How much reading did you get done in June? Talk to me 🙂




8 thoughts on “July Wrap Up

    1. Thank you! It was a slow month for me, though. I can usually average 12-15 but the past few months have been really busy. I’d definitely check out Emergency Contact! It’s really good 🙂

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  1. I think 7 in a month is pretty darn good! I’m lucky to get in three. You are right. In education, we use the Orca books for reluctant middle school readers. They are short—usually less than 100 pages—and written at lower Lexile scores, so it gives kids confidence to complete literature at a level they will be successful at reading. I’ve read a few and do find them to be high interest. Can’t wait for next months reviews.

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    1. In hindsight, 7 isn’t too bad! I’m just used to being able to fit in 12-15, but I’ve been falling behind the past couple of months. This was my first experience with the Orca books but I really loved it! It was definitely a shorter read but also really interesting, so I see why they would use these books to help build up confidence as well as interest in younger readers!


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