July Haul and Wrap Up!

A combo post?! *GASP* But you see, I have my reasons, which I will list here.

  1. I didn’t haul an enormous amount of books like I did last month, so it wasn’t deserving of its own post.
  2. I am incredible at the art of procrastination, and it seems that if I make two separate posts, my July Wrap Up won’t be posted until September 15th or something ridiculous like that.
  3. It’s my blog and I can do what I want.

img_3974I told my boyfriend on June 30th, that I didn’t want to buy more than 5 books in July.  Because, well, I have run out of bookshelf space and am now stacking books underneath the window on my side of the bed.  He laughed at me, said there was NO way I was only going to be able to buy 5 books.  And so we started negotiating.  He said any book that came in a subscription box counted.  I countered with a “no way José, I’m not choosing the book, and book boxes are about the experience anyway”.  Anyways, to summarize a two-week ongoing argument: he won.

So here is my meager July Haul, which I am actually kind of proud of!  Not pictured is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, because I took this picture before I went to the midnight party naturally.  Yes, I am aware it is more than 5 books, but not much more!  I think I was pretty well-behaved with book buying.

  • Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie: I bought this for a read-a-long on Instagram
  • This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab: My OwlCrate book for July!
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown: I wanted a quick middle grade read for a reading marathon I participated in two weekends ago.  Check out my thoughts on that here.
  • The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers:  Also a quick middle grade read I purchased for the marathon, the cover is beautiful and I have decided to explore more of the middle grade genre.
  • The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes: I am not joking when I say I bought this book specifically because I needed a pink naked hardback book for my book rainbows.  I don’t even know what it’s about.  But, pink.
  • The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: This is the book I bought on July 1st, after I told my boyfriend I would only get 5 books this month and he laughed.  “You know its July 1st and you already bought one correct?”

And that’s it people!  Not too bad right?!  I mean, crazy yes, but not bad.  Well, here is the really insane thing:  I read two of those six books in July as a part of my wrap up.  Usually I just buy books and then hoard them for months before I actually read them.  But not July.  No, July was special.

Here is my Wrap Up.

  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown: urged on by my insane father, I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning finishing this book.  I read it in two days.  It was fantastic, take 5 stars Pierce, Darrow, and the rest of the gang.
  • Golden Son by Pierce Brown: all I can say is HOW DO YOU END A BOOK LIKE THIS WHAT IN THE WORLD?!? TAKE FIVE STARS.
  • Morning Star by Pierce Brown: this book was an epic ending to an epic series.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, even though I may have had a minor heart attack 4 separate times.  Take another 5 stars Pierce!
  • Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley: Good lord, this book made me cry.  Even though there was not one moment during this story that I didn’t know what was going to happen at the end, I still couldn’t prepare myself for it.  The book is weird, but in a good way.  I loved the writing, and I loved the lesson: Love trumps all.
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown: A cute middle grade read I picked up for the 24in48 marathon.  I enjoyed the book, but I wish the writing wasn’t as juvenile as it came off.
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith: I loved this book, but hated the ending.  Why would you do this to us JK Rowl- I mean Robert Galbraith?!  I did not realize how invested I was in these characters’ personal lives, until I didn’t know what was going to happen to them.  I don’t know how I am going to wait for the paperback of the next book to come out, when the hardback date hasn’t even been set.  Hell, it doesn’t even have a name yet.
  • Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie:  I enjoyed this read even though I thought the reveal of the ‘whodunnit’ and how they accomplished it was a bit odd and unrealistic.  It was still a fast read, and I am glad that I am starting to pick up more books by Christie, her writing is intoxicating.

Overall, it was a fantastic month of reading.


Here are some other awesome, yet random highlights 🙂

I also started using a real camera on my bookstagram, and I think it looks so much better than just the pictures taken with my iPhone.

img_4143I finally decided to see what all of the hype was about on the Hamilton Musical, and oh god.  It’s so good.  I can’t stop.  Send help please.

I have tried to get my boyfriend, my brother, and my sisters to listen to it, but everyone thinks it sounds too weird.  Yes, I know its historical rap/hip-hop but it is so much more than that!  As a history major in college, this is the type of teaching implements we need in high schools to get kids caring about history.  It’s important, and its underrated.  Keep doing your thing Hamilton.

If you haven’t listened to this yet, I implore you to reconsider life decisions.

Also, Pokemon Go.  That is all.

4 thoughts on “July Haul and Wrap Up!

  1. OMG! I loved your post!😂😂😂 I legit go back & forth with my husband all the time about books in a very similar fashion. I honestly think he secretly supports my book buying habits but he won’t admit to it lol. Ahhh! I read The Red Rising trilogy with him & we are Howlers for LIFE!!! Can’t wait for the spin off he is already writing 😱😱😱 nice photos btw, I was just asking hubby whether or not he thinks getting an actual camera will improve my Bookstagram photos oh & the pics of our 2 babies also 😂😂😂


  2. yay! i plowed through the red rising trilogy, at my dad’s urging lol. iron gold is going to be sooooo gooooood! and i agree, i think the boyfriend likes it when i buy books, because he likes teasing me, but honestly books make me happy so why not? and as for the camera, my mom gave me hers that she wasnt really using, but if i am still hardcore instagramming when christmas comes around, i may ask for a nicer one 😉


  3. I read The Star-Touched Queen recently and quite enjoyed it! I hope you like it!

    Honestly, people think I buy way more books than I actually do. I do acquire a decent number because they’re required for classes or because the library is having a “fill a bag for $5” sale. But I actually buy very few books new or just for my own enjoyment. I’ve always been lucky enough to live places with good libraries, so I read a lot of books there.


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