Saturday, 1 August 2015

July 2015 Wrap-Up


Things have been a lot better this month, thankfully! My aunt’s health is improving, and things are looking up. Normal routines are starting to appear again, and I never thought I’d appreciate them so much. Hopefully August will continue on this way and settle back to normal.

I’m linking up to both Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post memes this weekend.

What I Read in July

I’ve had a pretty good reading month: I read eight books and I’m currently half-way through my ninth.

Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman 
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Waterfall by Lauren Kate

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan The Selection by Kiera Cass

Fairest by Marissa Meyer Rome in Love by Anita Hughes

Fairest, Untold and The Heart of Betrayal were easily my favourites, and the rest were all-round meh or terrible. I don’t know if I’m getting harder to please, but with the exception of the Lynburn Legacy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan, nothing has really wowed me since I read An Ember in the Ashes a while back. I’ve tried writing a review for that book several times and the glittering fangirling I’m feeling isn’t really transferring into text form that easily!

Books I Bought

Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

I’m currently reading Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan, and it’s the final book in the Lynburn Legacy trilogy. I read Unspoken at the end of June, and I ordered the next book straight after I finished reading. Rinse and repeat with Untold, and now I’m just about to finish the trilogy around a month later. This doesn’t happen very often! Most of the series I’m currently obsessed with have more books still to be released, so it’s a real treat to find a new series that I love and can devour right away.

I can’t wait to read The Winner’s Crime! I think the third book is released early next year… so technically I should hold off reading it for a while and cut down on the wait time. Humm. We’ll see how well that works out! While I was on Amazon recently, I found a brand new hardback edition of The Falconer for £3. Needless to say, it’s now mine! I also got Shiver, Storm Glass and The Bronze Horseman on Amazon, and they’re all second hands. I’m not exactly happy with the cover of The Bronze Horseman… I ordered a different one! Thank goodness it was cheap, so I can’t complain too much I guess.

My New TBR Jar...erm, Box

I’ve seen so many bloggers and booktubers with TBR jars, and I’ve been intending to make one for myself for quite a while now. I was in Ikea the other week and I had a plain jar eyed out, but then I spotted this pretty box, and changed my mind!

Jar… Box… Same thing. Tomayto, tomahto. Anyway!

The vast majority of titles in this box are physical books, with maybe around a dozen or so ebooks. I NEED to chip away at the books that are sitting around the house, and this seems like it could work.

I’ll be using my lovely box:

    1) Each month to choose a TBR pile book to read.

    2) When I can’t decide what to read next. Having all my to-read book titles that I own in one place means I can pluck a book at random, thus avoiding having an internal debate over the merits of which book cover is prettiest, and therefore I should be reading it.

My August pick is The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve been putting this book off for so long, as I have a pretty good idea it’ll kill me! I need to read it before Queen of Shadows arrives and I hope to get around to reading the novellas ASAP. I've pre-ordered Queen of Shadows, and let's be honest here, once I have that book in my hands everything else will not exist!

How was your July? What did you get up to, and what books did you read? Are you anxiously waiting Queen of Shadow’s release, like me?? I can’t believe it’s only a month away! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, and happy reading!


  1. SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS! The Assassins Blade is so good! I need Queen of Shadows in my life, ONE MORE MONTH!!! I haven't read The Winner's Crime yet, which idk what I'm doing with my life or why it's still unread, but I heard it's even better then The Winner's Curse. I hope you enjoy all the lovelies you got this week!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I can't wait to read The Winner's Crime, but I'm trying to hold off for a bit, just to cut down on the wait-time until the last book in the trilogy is released in March 2016 (it's not going to last much longer!)

  2. I just finished The Winner's Curse and YES you need to read it! Also, I've read The Bronze Horseman and that was the only cover I've seen of it! So I don't know the other one you're mentioning...oh wait maybe I do...I'll just have to check again.

    TBR JAR! I could never commit to those things.

    1. Ohh gosh, now I really need to read The Winner's Curse! I've tried to put if off for a while, but I think I'll have to give in! With the Bronze Horseman, I was hoping to get matching covers, and I had my eye on a particular one... and they sent me the one I didn't want *sobs* Oh well, it's not the end of the world (even though I love my matching covers!)

  3. Great books! Most with good reviews: Shiver, Assasin Blade, and Heart of Betrayal. I'm very curious about Waterfall.

  4. An Ember in the Ashes ruined me for awhile too! It was just SO good that I had a hard time finding anything I loved after that... I love your TBR box, by the way! Haha! I tried that, but it didn't work out for me... I hope you enjoy The Assassin's Blade! I need to read book 2 in the series!

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

    1. I loved An Ember in the Ashes, and I can't wait to read the sequel next year. 've tried writing a review several times, and I've failed to sum up how I feel about it! Thanks Tracy!

  5. Shiver is one of my favorite reads. I loved that entire series. I definitely need to check out An Ember in the Ashes. Everyone seems to love it.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Oh, I really, really hope you love An Ember in the Ashes! I was really skeptical going into it, but it completely blew me away. Thanks for stopping by, Krystianna!

  6. So many books! I LOVED The Winner's Crime and Fairest! I totally recommend waiting to read The Winner's Crime until the third book comes out. The ending killed me!

    I love that little box! SO pretty! I've seen a lot of people doing that, so I'm thinking that maybe I should try it too.

    My STS

    Lizzie @ Big Books and Grande Lattes

    1. Oh gosh! Now I'm scared! I've been putting off reading The Winner's Crime until close to the third books release, and I think I should put it off a little longer. Thanks for stopping by, Lizzie. I didn't realise you changed your blog name! I love it!



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