July 2016 Wrap Up

July was not a good reading or writing month for me. I read only two books in the entire month. Two! And this month I fell off the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks wagon and I “acquired”a number of of books. Book boxes arrived on my doorstep along with settlements from Amazon and book sales at small town libraries. The universe wanted me to get books, so it’s totally not my fault. Plus I did not post to my blog  as much as I had planned in June. Tomorrow I will list my writing and reading plans for August. In the mean time,  here is a wrap up of July!

What I read:

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (paperback)

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (audio book)

Total Pages read: A whopping 807.

New Arrivals in July: 

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard (eBook)

Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (The Taliban Shuffle MTI): Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker

Herland (The Herland Trilogy #2) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay

I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert

Persuasion by Jane Austen

One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Quarterly Lit Box:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

Library Books:

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (audio book)

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (audio book/eBook)

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab (EBook)

July on my Blog:

June 2016 Wrap Up

Top Ten Tuesday, #1

Time Travel Novels: My Top Ten

Review of In a Dark, Dark Wood

The Friday 56,#6

The Friday 56, #7

Around the Blogsphere:

Just a few links to posts of bloggers I follow that I particularly liked in the past weeks.

Sally Allen wrote a lovely piece about her struggle reading in unsettled times. Click Here.

And here’s a link to a post at Taking on a World of Words discussing her book clubs reaction to The Invention of Wings. Click here.

This one is from Read Diverse Books and discusses lessons learned in the first few months book blogging. As a newbie to this world I appreciate any help I can get. click here.

Across the internet

These are links to articles I’ve read online and want to share.

Here is a link to a list of 10 Habits of Book Lovers that Non-Readers Don’t Understand. I’m not sure this is true, but it’s always nice to see that I’m not alone in my “odd” behaviors. Click here.

I don’t often think of MTV as a platform for articles, but I ran across this one by Brian Phillips earlier this month and fell in love with it. It’s titled Lost Highway: Aliens, Archeology, and the Atomic Bomb-A Road Trip through the Ruins of the American West.  It’s beautifully written and intersects with some of my favorite urban legends and modern mythologies. One day I’ll write about my own visit to Area 51! Warning, it’s a long article, but well worth the read.   Click here.

Have you fallen off the wagon? Have you read any of the books, blog posts, and articles that I’ve listed? If so, what do you think of them? Make sure to let me know in the links below. Cheers, and happy reading in August.




9 thoughts on “July 2016 Wrap Up

  1. I think summer is hard on everyone’s reading time, what with more daylight and travel and whatnot. I know my reading’s been “off” this season. I love the Cormoran Strike series – the third one is my favorite so far! I hope you’re enjoying them.

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  2. Thank you for sharing my piece – that is very kind of you!
    I have a slow month of reading also. It has been hard to get into a groove, but it’ll happen. 🙂 I love seeing Persuasion on your list. It’s the one Jane Austen book I haven’t read. I need to fix that!

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    1. Well, I hope my reading and writing goals get met in August. July plans just fell apart!
      And I really liked your book club wrap up. I may borrow it for my Skype Book Club this month.


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