July Wrap Up

I was doing some blog hopping yesterday and saw a bunch of monthly wrap up posts. I thought it was strange that so many people were posting their wrap up’s so early…. until I looked at the calendar on my phone and realized that it’s no longer the middle of the month! Summer is just so full of chaos, work, late nights, and everything else that I just lose track of days! I finished 6 books this month which I couldn’t be happier with. I didn’t think I would finish more than 4 so this is a good number. August will be more of the same and then I can hopefully pick up my reading speed for my last push at the end of the year. Before I get into the wrap up, I made a new graphic for my monthly wrap up! I’m happy with it one minute, and then not happy the next. Maybe it will grow on me. Anyways, on with the books!


Daughter of smoke and bone

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor (<—– full review) 4.5 stars
I held off on reading this for the longest time. I read the synopsis a few years ago and there was something about it that didn’t grab my attention. Then I picked up Strange the Dreamer and fell in love with her writing so I immediately picked up this series. It still sat unread for a while but i’m glad I got to it eventually. It was so unique!

Days of blood and starlight

DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT by Laini Taylor (<—– full review) 3.25 stars
Yeah, well. I don’t know what happened. The first book in the series was stellar. The characters were feisty and strong, the plot and setting was like nothing I’ve read before. And then it seems that all the things I loved most about book one fell away and this one lost a bit of it’s spark. I still enjoyed this, and plan on reading book 3, but I needed to take a bit of a break from this series after this one.

My best friends exorcism

MY BEST FRIENDS EXORCISM by Grady Hendrix (<—– full review) 4.5 stars
EEEEKKKK!! This book was everything! The cover is my obsession and I really hoped that the inside would match the outside – and it did! This book was wonderful! It was creepy, funny, cheesy, gross, suspenseful, and so much more! It brought me back to the 80’s through song titles and references, and just the general vibe was like that of a cheesy 80’s horror flick. Go read it!

Eliza and her monsters

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia (<—– full review) 4 stars
This book was such a pleasant surprise. I didn’t plan on picking this one up but the reviews of every blogger convince me that I needed to. It was such a quick cute read! I did wish I had more of the Monstrous Sea comic to relate to, but the story itself was adorable!


NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson (<—– full review) 4.5 stars
This one was a reread for BookTube A Thon and I actually enjoyed this one more the second time around! It’s just so fun and playful with Nimona and her shapeshifting abilities, and the grey area between good and evil. The illustrations were great which made it even easier to enjoy!


ARMADA by Ernest Cline
I finished this one late last night and will be posting my review tomorrow. I read Ready Player One a year or two ago and enjoyed it WAY more than I expected to. This one was great, but didn’t quite reach the heights that Ready Player One did. Check out my thoughts and rating tomorrow!


What was your favourite read this month?? I would have to say that mine is My Best Friends Exorcism 🙂

Until next time, happy reading!

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Amber says:

    I felt similarly about Armada, I think, and I’ll be peeking in to see your thoughts….

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    1. It was very much a case of “it’s not you, it’s me” for this one. There was so much that went over my head I think!

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  2. July went by so fast! I still have to write my wrap up post, they take so long! I hope you have a nice and bookish August!

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    1. Yes they really do take forever! I love reading wrap up posts but not a fan of composing them! I hope your August is amazing as well 🙂


  3. I felt the same way about July! Woosh! And, I love Nimona as well. I have to add a couple more of your recommendations to my TBR list.

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    1. Yay! That pile is a monster in itself – always growing!

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  4. Sophie Li says:

    Time flies doesn’t it?! I am surprised that it is almost august too! My favorite book this month is Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda 🙂

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    1. I loved that one!! Hope you have an amazing August!

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  5. Em says:

    Ohh that looks like a good bunch of books!! I really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone because I’ve heard so much good stuff about the series!

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    1. I was iffy on the series but the first book was fantastic! Such a different story! I didn’t like the second book as much but it was still an interesting read. I hope you get the chance to read it! 🙂

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  6. Marie says:

    Ahah I agree, July came and went by SO fast, it’s crazy. It seems like you had a lovely reading month, wishing you an even better one for August 🙂

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    1. Thanks! You as well!

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  7. I can’t believe it’s that time of the month… I have a feeling I’m gonna be late again!

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  8. Beware Of The Reader says:

    You had a great month Shanah! 😉 I didn’t have time to do my wrap up this month …

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    1. It’s not even technically the end of the month yet! There’s still lots of time!

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  9. mhelissalifeinthebooks says:

    Great wrap up😉

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  10. kyera says:

    Oh my gosh you’re right!!

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  11. bookswithbex says:

    I cannot believe how quickly July has passed, especially as BookTubeAThon is over already 😭 You’ve given some high ratings for a lot of reads this month, it seems like you’ve had a good reading month! I seriously need to read Ready Player One and find out what all the hype is about…

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    1. Yeah the books I managed to finish this month I generally really enjoyed! Still been a while since my last 5 star rating but oh well 😂 and yes! I hope you get the chance to get to Ready Player One soon! It was so good!!

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  12. You read some great books in July! I really want to read Eliza and her Monsters. I hope I can get to it soon! Happy August reading!

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  13. I love Horrorstor but didn’t get approved on My Best Friend Exorcism 😦 I wish I can find the book someday, it’s hard to find Hendrix books in my country! I also feel Days of Blood and Starlight lost some of the DoSaB awesomeness…. which is why I haven’t read the final book.

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    1. Ok so it’s not just me then…. DOSAB was amazing and then it just fell a little flat. I hope the characters can come back to their original glory. But 600 pages though….. 😐


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