It can’t be August already! The months are flying past this year! I had a pretty productive July though, so I’m hoping that keeps up next month.
July marked the end of this round of the #otspsecretsister project. My sister revealed herself as being Chantelle from Oh The Stories You’ll Know. She spoiled me rotten with two books (one by Kristin Hannah that I can’t wait to dive into after LOVING The Nightingale so much!), a Cafe Nero gift card for my latte fix, an adorable Mushu and Cricket Funko, and a fab t-shirt that isn’t pictured. She made up a word search for me to figure out who she was, which was a really creative way to reveal herself!
This month, I treated myself to a couple of new books, including On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher (which I’ve already read – review to follow shortly), Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, and The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan. I’m also (im)patiently waiting for my pre-orders of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.
Movies and TV Shows:
There definitely hasn’t been as much movie and TV show watching this month. My sister and I re-watched all of The Royle Family after hearing about the passing of Caroline Aherne. Throughout the month we also watched Me Before You, Shutter Island, and White House Down. I’ve yet to review Me Before You (the book) on this blog, so once it’s up I’ll do a review of the movie. I have mixed feelings.
Wrappin’ It Up!
- Christina @ Christina Reads YA asks is “light-hearted” SFF taken seriously?
- Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide discusses Book Slumps and the relationships forged through book blogging
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction shares that she still dreams in YA and asks do you speed up audiobooks?
- Dani @ Dani Reviews Things declares that she’s become the DNF Queen, shares her top tips for visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour, and hosts a guest post on 10 things to expect when reading NA
- Laura @ Books Against The Current shares 5 reasons to read historical fiction and asks what makes a good book cover?
- Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa wants to see more diverse book bloggers
- Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity shares why she justifies the blogs she follows
- Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland shares a guest post discussing mental health problems in children
In Case You Missed It:
This month I reviewed Only Ever Yours (4*), The Proposal (5*), Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (3.5*) and More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (3*), Jam and Roses (2.5*), The Crying Tree (4.5*), and The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh (5*). How good was I with reviews this month?! Also, I’ll be interviewing the author of The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh, Marina Fiorato, in August, so keep an eye peeled for that!
In July, the Transatlantic Book Project reached the half-way point, so I posted a Transatlantic Book Project Catch-up. I asked the impossible question – is there such a thing as too much Harry Potter? I also decided to create The Ultimate Book Geek Glossary so newbies know what we’re talking about when we speak our own Book Geek language, and so old-hands can have a giggle, as it’s a little tongue-in-cheek. I wish it had’ve gotten a little more attention though, as I put a lot of effort into it!
This month, I took part in two Top Ten Tuesday topics, which were: My Favourite Reads With Less Than 2,000 Reviews on Goodreads and Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do.
And now for some exciting news! Confessions of a Book Geek has made the longlist for Blog Awards Ireland in the Books and Literature category! My post #NotAskingForIt (inspired by Louise O’Neill’s book, Asking For It) has also been nominated in the Best Blog Post category! Yay!
My most popular post in July was my rant called, What is the POINT of pre-ordering?, and my most popular review was for All The Light We Cannot See.
What did you get up to in the month of July? Share with me in the comments!
Congratulations on your nominations! I hope you win them both!
Thank you! You’re too kind 😀 R xx
You seem to have had a fantastic month. Those books from your OTP secret sister look awesome and I didn’t know you could get a Mushu/Cricket Funko but I want one! Congratulations on your nominations, that is so exciting but you definitely deserve it. I’ll keep my fingers and toes crossed for you!
Hey, Becky! I had a MUCH better month than recent ones where I didn’t post as much at all, and so far so good for August, I’m scheduled for a week anyways! I’m so excited to read more by Hannah, and the extra book was a lovely surprise. I’m taking a break from secret sister this round as I might be moving house soon and have other stuff on, but I’ll do it again in the future for definite. Thanks very much! There’s a public vote section, so I’ll be calling on all my blogging buddies, including you, shortly if I get shortlisted! R xx