Wow, was July a whirlwind.
June was rough and I think July tried to top that as I dealt with some puppy blues/puppy-related depression, sleep deprivation and feeling like a failure for most of the month, before things started to look up here in the past week. And while this puppy threw me through the ringer and forced me to start getting up at 6am (why), I also would hang outside in the backyard with her while she explored and played and napped in the mornings, before I had to go to work. While she did all of this, I sat and read. Looking at the number of books I’ve read this month compared to not reading anything six weeks prior to that?
Damn, I am proud of that.
On top of us getting used to having a puppy and the puppy getting used to us, I saw a few friends, my cousin came in town to visit, I said goodbye to one of my favorite students, I chaired my first search committee at my job, I finished editing BLOOD PRICE (for this round, anyway) and revamped Artemis’s story and dove back into editing it, toured a natural history museum and went to a family-type reunion thing.
July was busy.
And August might just top it. I’m working days for the next four weeks (yay!), so I get to see my boyfriend more and hopefully sneak in some family and friend time before I go back to nights at the end of the month and have to be antisocial again. But we’re also gearing up for the students to return at the library, which is always a lot of work before the storm hits. And I’m starting a new adventure I’m going to reveal Thursday that I’m hoping will take up some time…
What I Read
The Golden Spider by Anne Renwick [review]
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik [review]
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri [review]
Kindgom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau [review]
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig [review]
City of Lies by Sam Hawke [RTC]
What I Hauled
**Thank you to Orbit for this lovely batch of books!!**
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
The Bone Ships by RJ Barker
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry
Jade War by Fonda Lee
The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
**I did want to drop a quick note and say one) my library is really freaking awesome and two) when my cousin stopped by my house and saw my pile of library books sitting on our counter, he just looked at me and was like, “Do you actually plan to read all of those?” I had a nice laugh before also crying inside yet still determined to actually read all of these?**
The Golden Spider by Anne Renwick
City of Lies by Sam Hawke
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Iron Fin by Anne Renwick
The Silver Skull by Anne Renwick
The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston
Pestilience by Laura Thalassa
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Kindgom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau
Received for Review:
**My thanks to the author for the next installment of this series. I’m excited to dive in!**
Warlord by Keith McArdle
What I Posted
In this section, I like to share posts that I personally wrote this past month that I either really enjoyed writing, am really proud of or wish might have gotten a little more attention.
**So, I, ah, didn’t write too many posts this month (though I did write a lot of reviews), so this section is a little sparse. Hopefully there will be more posts next month!**
→ I gushed about a lot of bloggers in my nominations for the 2019 Book Blogger Awards post, so you should definitely check it out if you haven’t had a chance to, yet!
Posts I Enjoyed
Curious what blog posts I really enjoyed around the blogsophere this month? Check them out here:
**I was horrible with blog hopping this month (and keeping track of it) so I’m so sorry I don’t have many posts to share when I should have tons**
→ Kat @ Novels and Waffles shares her favorite book dedications.
→ Jade @ Jade Writes Books discusses why you *shouldn’t* tag authors in negative reviews and I’m still trying to figure out why this is still an issue?
And that’s a wrap for this month! I hope July was kind to you, you are surviving this hot weather that seems to be everywhere (but if it is cold where you live, I’m praying for you and if it’s a beautiful 70F, where do you live and how do I get there?!) and that August has a lot of wonderfulness in store!