Where did July go!? We are officially in the midst of summer labiuefgbiudxvgb
So, in my June Wrap-Up I said that I loved the sunny weather that June gave us in the UK. It’s July and I have to admit I take it back- it’s too hot now! Us Brits are never happy, but I can’t cope in weather that is consistenly over 25 degrees celcius. I am a bit bored of summer weather, and I have to admit I am planning my winter holidays to make myself feel better. London actually got its first bit of rain in almost 2 months at the weekend, and I was so excited!
Apart from constantly keeping an eye on the weather, what else has happened this July? Well, I decided to go the Hyper Japan festival in London! ❤ I have always loved Japanese culture, but I haven’t been to a convention for it in years. The cool thing about Hyper Japan is that it is organised by a Japanese team, so the cultural aspects of it are sourced directly from Japan 🙂 There were stalls for Japanese cuisine, homeware, fashion, gaming, art, you name it!
The main reason I decided to go was because some artists I follow on Instagram were going to be there, and one day I’d love to have my own stall there, so I went to check it out. I went on a Friday afternoon, and I had a lot of fun! I bought a lot of artists’ work and stickers, and it was great to see so many different things! ❤
Sadly I also decided not to attend YALC this month either. I took a day off work and everything to go, but as the event got closer I just wasn’t feeling it? I didn’t have the same level of excitement as I usually do, and the thought of trekking to London really got me down. As such I decided to give it a miss, but I heard that Jason Mamoa was there! Sooo gutted, all I can hope for is that some other cool actor turns up next year instead!
Book-wise I haven’t done that amazingly to be honest… can I use the excuse that heat drains my energy? Better if I just get stuck in to this wrap-up…
Books I Read
In my July TBR I said I wanted to read My Lady Jane, Invictus, Run and Spare & Found Parts. I had a bit of a slow reading month to be honest, but I did make a decent attempt!? This July I read:
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows~ ★★★☆☆
First of all, the US edition (that I bought) has the best cover! I really enjoyed the comedy element of this one, as well as the relationship between Jane and G! ❤ However, it didn’t quite match up to my expectations. It is a good read, so I think it’s one of those ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ moments!
Invictus by Ryan Graudin~ ★★★★☆ [3.5]
I’ve had my eye on this book for a while, as I liked the idea of heists + a character being born out of time. I think I was in a reading slump for this one though, as I found the first half hard to get into. The second half was a lot more interesting though, with all the surprise reveals, and an intense climax quest! All the characters were lovely and, although not the best book ever, it definitely got better as the plot progressed 🙂
I still didn’t read any more of Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, but I’ll keep mentioning it on these wrap-ups as a reminder to myself to tackle the beast! I also started reading To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin, as I am part of the book’s blog tour in August! It’s quite an addictive read, I have to admit 🙂
Anyway, I definitely had a bit of a reading slump this month… can I blame the hot weather?in all I feel like I made a good attempt at my TBR. Even better, they were all really nice reads! I’ve definitely got a few new favourites, now all I need to do is get my butt into gear and actually finish writing those reviews!
July Blog Posts
I’m quite happy with the variety of posts this month🙂 I do wish I had a few more reviews up there though, it’s just hard to find the time at the moment! I really want my blogging mojo back so I am going to try and make an effort~
Okay, so what books should I read this month? I feel like I’m in a bit of a slump at the moment, so I can’t quite decide what I feel in the mood for? But I know that I tend to get through Kindle books a bit quicker, so I’d like to try and get through some of my ebook library if I can. I’ve chosen a mixture of physical books and ebooks though, just in case 🙂
This August I’d like to read:
- To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin~ As I mentioned earlier I’m very excited to be part of the blog tour for this book! I read the first half already, so I’m definitely going to finish it before its pub date later this month. Look out for my review nearer the time! ❤
- Seduction by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington~ This is book 3 of my guilty pleasure- the Curse of the Gods series. I find these books really easy to read (despite their problems), so I cant wait to dive back in to the series 🙂
- Divergent by Veronica Roth~ I find dystopians really easy to read, so I’m hoping it can break my reading slump!
- Graceling by Kristen Cashore~ I’m not sure if I’m feeling this right now, but I wanted to add a fantasy book that would be more of an ‘easy’ read, and this one jumped out at me when I looked at my bookshelf. It does have an interesting premise, so hopefully it’s a good read.
This is just a guide, so of course if I’m feeling something completely different then I will go ahead and change the TBR, but I always find it is good to have a small list to choose from, just for those days when I don’t know what I’m feeling in the mood for!
And that’s a wrap! It’s been so hot in the UK, and I’m going to use that as an excuse for my less-than-perfect reading and blogging progress. But it’s okay, August is a new month, and a new set of books are waiting for me ❤
How was your July? Did you meet any of your goals? Let me know in the comments! ♥