Hi everyone! It’s time for another monthly wrap up. This one is a bit different since I decided to combine the months of July and August into one wrap up. These past two months I’ve sort of been in a reading slump so I’ve barely finished any books. In July I completed 4 books and a total of 2,368 pages. In August I finished 2 books and a total of 1,207 pages. (Page counts include the books I DNF’d.)
Books Read in July
- A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes – 4 stars
- The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes – 3.75 stars
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – 5 stars
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen – 4 stars
I guess that July was the month of rereads for me! Three out of the four books I read in July were rereads (The Darkest Magic was the only first time read). I started off the month by finishing up my reread of A Book of Spirits and Thieves. I began it in June in preparation for the release of the series’ sequel but didn’t quite finish it before June ended. After finishing that book, I moved onto the sequel. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first book but I still liked it!
After DNFing the next book I picked up (see below), I decided to return to an old favorite (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) because I could feel a reading slump coming on. Unfortunately, Harry Potter didn’t stop the reading slump. For the next week, I read absolutely nothing. It wasn’t until I went on vacation to the beach that I picked up an old favorite – Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. I was so glad that I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first time I read it! It was a great book to read while on vacation. After reading it, however, my reading slump continued. I ended up DNFing the next two books I picked up (again, see below) and didn’t finish any other books in the month of July.
Books I DNF’d in July
- The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas – DNF at 55%
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – DNF at 60%
- Boy Robot by Simon Curtis – DNF at 50%
Books Read in August
Unfortunately, my reading slump continued into August. I was only able to finish 2 books this month. However, I really enjoyed both books that I did read! The first one, The Sword of Summer, had been on my TBR for a very long time so I decided to pick it up. It was one of the few Rick Riordan books I hadn’t read. I really liked The Sword of Summer! It was really cool learning about Norse mythology! The second book I read, Blood for Blood, was the conclusion to a duology that I started in June. Overall, this was a fantastic duology that I recommend to fans of historical fiction and fantasy! After finishing Blood for Blood, I started reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Unfortunately, I ended up DNFing it (see below).
Book I DNF’d in August
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer – DNF at 52%
This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2016 but unfortunately, I ended up DNFing it. I was never that into Alice in Wonderland so I guess it’s my own fault for expecting to like a book based on that story! I just knew I had to read it because Marissa Meyer wrote one of my favorite series, The Lunar Chronicles, and I really wanted to read another one of her books. In the end, I was more interested in the descriptions of food than in the characters and the plot so I had to DNF. This is in no way a bad book – it just wasn’t for me!
Reading Challenge Progress
This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.
1. Goodreads Reading Challenge
My Goal: 70 books
Completed in July: 4
Completed in August: 2
Total for 2016: 52
2. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Goal of the Challenge: To read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)
Completed in July: 0 letters
Completed in August: 0 letters
Total for 2016: 18 letters
3. Full House Reading Challenge
Goal of the Challenge: To read a book for each of the prompts found here
Completed in July: 0 prompts
Completed in August: 1 prompt
Total for 2016: 19 prompts
Prompt Completed in August
- Been on TBR ‘forever’ – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
4. I Love Libraries Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 36 books from the library
Completed in July: 0 books
Completed in August: 0 books
Total for 2016: 18 books
5. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 40 fantasy books
Completed in July: 3 books
Completed in August: 2 books
Total for 2016: 19 books
How did your reading go in the months of July and August? I hope you were able to read more than me. Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your monthly wrap up!