Hey all, Dani here.
It’s my birthday today.
As usual with my monthly wrap-up, let’s start off by checking in on my overall goals for the year.
- Reading: So…for some reason I thought that this month was going to be a slow reading month, because I had a week where I only read a couple hundred pages, and I was expecting my month wrap-up to only be like 15 books. But no, I somehow wasn’t thinking about quite a few of the books I read in July–probably because my days/weeks are blending together. I’ve actually read 25 books this month. That takes me up to around 175-180 books read for the year. I raised my reading challenge goal from 125 to 200 a couple months ago, and it looks like I’ll probably need to raise it again in the next month or so. Cool.
- Blogging: I will freely admit that I wasn’t the greatest at blogging in the month of July. I eventually got up the posts I had planned to write up and all that, but many of them did not go up on time, and I’m sorry about that. I’ve been so stressed with our internet issues and all the time I’m spending on both my jobs. Then add into it the stress of likely needing to completely reschedule our wedding…because I really don’t see the USA getting things under control by October. I’m so upset about that, because I loved the idea of our wedding anniversary date being 10/10/2020. I’m hoping I’ll be a little more on top of things for my blogging in August.
- Writing: I wrote up a couple backstories for some D&D characters…and that’s basically the extent of my creative writing for the month. I have copied over what I’ve drafted of my D&D romance book from Scrivener to Google Docs so I can work on it no matter where I happen to be or what device I’m using, and I’ll be doing a quick re-read over it all so that I can hopefully manage some progress in August. I hope.
- Conventions: Well, I’m currently sitting in a hotel room participating in Gen Con Online, so I guess this counts as being at a convention? It’s a weird experience, for sure, but we’re trying the best we can to still enjoy our geeky hobbies. A couple days ago they announced the cancellation of Cincinnati Comic Expo, so I guess we’ll just have to start marking our calendar up for next year’s conventions. But my friends at Colorworld Books are still doing Colorworld LIVE convention style events just about every week, sometimes two a week. They gather up three or four awesome voice actors, hold a livestream panel, then a VIP panel for anyone who buys some signed merch, and of course you can get shirts, metal art prints, and more with characters these actors have portrayed. It’s pretty cool.
Okay, now that the general month wrap-up is over, let’s go ahead and jump into the specific reading wrap-up. As always, if I have a review up already then I will include the link to it, because my weird posting schedule might have meant missing some of my posts. So, let’s go over everything I read in July.
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 5 by Natsuki Takaya — 4.5 stars
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 6 by Natsuki Takaya — 4.5 stars
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 7 by Natsuki Takaya — 4.5 stars
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 8 by Natsuki Takaya — 4.5 stars
Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey — 5 stars
Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter — 4.5 stars
Stranger Planet by Nathan W Pyle — 5 stars
Mayhem by Estelle Laure — 4 stars
And Demons Followed Behind Her by Russell Nohelty — 4 stars
The Price of Creation by Lance Conrad — 4 stars
Shielded by KayLynn Flanders — 4 stars
Restaurant to Another World Volume 1 by Junpei Inuzuka and Takaaki Kugatsu — 3.5 stars
The Weirn Books, Volume 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova — 4 stars
How to Build Your Creative Career by Russell Nohelty — 4 stars
Teleworld by Rachel Kelly — 5 stars
Shadoworld by Rachel Kelly — 5 stars
Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter — 4 stars
Hounded by Kevin Hearne — 5 stars
Lobizona by Romina Garber — 4.5 stars
My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero’s Volume 2 by Matsuri Akai and Hiroyuki Aigamo — 4 stars
Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter — 4 stars
Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter — 4 stars
Spells for the Dead by Faith Hunter — 4.5 stars
My Hero Academia Vigilantes Volume 7 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court — 4.5 stars
The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee — 5 stars
Whew, okay, with all of that done, now it is time to move into the book haul and OwlCrate unboxing portions of today’s post.
Yes, most of this book haul is from my “birthday trip” to B&N just a couple days ago. It is the biggest stack I’ve had in a single trip to the bookstore in a long time…21 books in total from me, though I also took a photo of the 5 books Damian bought himself, and the 1 book he bought me for my birthday (as well as “My Neighbor Totoro” chopsticks).
Okay, and here’s the OwlCrate. I am actually very happy with the OwlCrate exclusive cover this time around. The color change really makes this book stand out, and the shimmery sprayed page edges are gorgeous; the photo really doesn’t do them justice.
Now I guess it’s time to talk about my August TBR. Noura at The Perks of Being Noura is hosting the Diversify That Shelf Readathon August 10-19th and it sounds great, so I want to participate. You can find out all the details at her post.
I still need to narrow down my choices for the readathon, because I want to continue reading diversely the whole month of August, like I have in June and July.
However, here’s some of the books I’m planning on/hoping to read in the month of August. Also, I will definitely be adding The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen to my August TBR, but that book will be out on August 18th. Oh, and I’ll have a Blog Tour Review for Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. And if I have time this month I’d also like to read Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard (release date Aug 18), Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar (release date Aug 11), and Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho (release date Aug 18).
So overall it could end up being a very busy month. We’ll see what happens.