Well, here we are at the end of another month already. This year is just flying by. Managed to read 13 books–8 Specfic (5 Fantasy, 2 SciFi), 4 Romance, and 1 Thriller. Overall, not a bad month by any means, but I was hoping to get through more books on my 20 Books of Summer TBR list. I’ll have an update post on my challenge progress soon.
Favorite Reads of the Month:
- Touch by Claire North. Ah, my second Claire North book and the second that I’ve loved! It’s hard to explain why I love her writing so much, except that it’s about that human connection, she’s telling multiple stories, etc. Can’t wait to read more of her work.
- Last Bastion by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach. Most of you probably know I’m a fan of Rachel Aaron’s by now–she’s my most reviewed author on the blog! I love her style and I’m really digging this LitRPG series she’s co-writing with Travis Bach. This series is fun because it takes place in a very World of Warcraft like setting and it brings back memories from my WoW days. But what makes it special is the heart, you really love the characters and root for them, even when they’re in conflict with each other. I love the direction this is going in and can’t wait to read more.
July’s Book Reviews:
I’ve had several books to review this month, but I’ve been spreading out my reviews more–only posting two a week right now, so I have a posted a few less than normal. Only eight this time around, here they are in case you missed them.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – 5/5 stars
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross – 4.5/5 stars
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – 5/5 stars
Asha & The Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan – 4/5 stars
The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso – 4/5 stars
Myths & Mortals by Charlie N. Holmberg – 4.5/5 stars
Touch by Claire North – 4.5/5 stars
The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey – 4/5 stars
Again, not a ton of other posts this month. I continue to not post discussions much, womp womp. I vow to get better at this one day!
- 20 Books of Summer Challenge – July Check In
- Quick Fire Fantasy Tag
- The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag
- Soul Ripping Romance Tag
Plans for August:
August will be the final month of 20 Books of Summer, so my concentration is going to be be on getting books read from my challenge TBR pile. In addition to the Summer TBR pile and the few eARC’s I had on there, I’ve since been approved for a couple of other eARC’s so I’ll be doing my best to get through those as well, because I want to stay ahead of my ARCs instead of waiting until the last minute like last year.
The other thing I’ll be doing for August is prepping my Fall TBR. There are lots of great releases coming out this Fall, so many books that I’m looking forward to. I also really want to concentrate on backlist books this season, however. I have a HUGE pile of books in my living room that I am slowly but surely working my way through and my goal is to continue to do this.
There’s also the DC book festival upcoming–The National Book Festival. I’ve heard in years past that they didn’t have a great selection of SFF authors there, but this year there is a plethora of amazing authors attending. I don’t think I’m going to head down for this one because it a) will be super crowded and crowds are not my thing and b) it means a weekend away from reading and I’ll already have a busy month with a couple of other social events. But, wanted to make others in the area aware of it in case they were on the fence about going.
So, that was my month and my plans for August! How was your month? What are your plans for August? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!