Month In Review: July 2016

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July was probably one of the best reading months so far this year, and I’m still surprised I was able to read this much since I’m still busy with preparations for my trip. I guess finally signing up for Netgalley was a great idea, because no less than 7 books were Netgalley reads in July. The cold weather did help a lot as well. 😉 I don’t think I won’t be reading that many books before I leave this August 14th though… And I will be going on a hiatus starting that date as well. (Although I will probably still update my Goodreads account with the books I will be reading). I’m not particularly looking forward to the paperwork, but I AM happy to escape the last of the cold weather down here in Argentina haha.

  • Number of books read in July: 21
  • Total number of books read this year: 114 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of pages read in July: 6.470
  • Total number of pages read this year: 35.479

July was an excellent month when it comes to ratings with one new 5 star rating and eleven! other titles with 4 stars or more. Sure, four books were a bit disappointing but the good reads definitely made up for it.


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
The Summer That Melted Everything – by Tiffany McDaniel

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Cascadia – by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard // Out Of The Easy – by Ruta Sepetys // The Night Stalker – by Robert Bryndza // The Girl With All The Gifts – by M.R. Carey // The Fire Child – by S.K. Tremayne

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
My Girl – by Jack Jordan // Everything, Everything – by Nicola Yoon // The Sister – by Louise Jensen // The Ice Twins – by S.K. Tremayne // Rot & Ruin – by Jonathan Maberry // When We Collided – by Emery Lord

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Last To Die – by Arlene Hunt // Wanderlost – by Jen Malone // Ruler Of Beasts – by Danielle Paige // Environmentally Friendly – by Elias Zanbaka

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
The Straw King – by Danielle Paige

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
As Red As Blood – by Salla Simukka // The Stepmother – by Claire Seeber

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
The Neverland Wars – by Audrey Greathouse // The Hired Girl – by Laura Amy Schlitz


In 2016 I initially decided to join in total four yearly challenges. And I finally managed to finish the first one this month! I did decide to update my Goodreads Challenge to 150 books though. I’m getting behind with the Reading Through The Centuries Challenge; I need to pick up some classics ASAP.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals…Basically, I haven’t made any progress since last month other than that I’ve cleaned up my kindle and TBR pile and it’s now down to 254 books. Still enormous, but I might actually be able to bring it down to 200 by the end of the year! I’ve also finally been able to pick up my running, so hopefully I will be able to at least add a km or two in the next two months.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count): 3/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books: 2/3 (red queen, harry potter y la piedra filosofal)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 254/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages: 0/1 (longest book 608 pages)
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 4/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 4/14
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Happy August and Happy Reading!

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24 thoughts on “Month In Review: July 2016

    • I’m definitely glad I finally signed up! 21 books is definitely an exception though, and I was lucky a lot of them were either short or quick reads. 😉

  1. wow, you definitely did have a great reading month. 21 books is pretty impressive and it seems like most of the books were also wonderful reads. Congratulations. I hope that August will also be a great month for you.

    • Thanks! I’m going to try and read some big ones this month (and September as well), so I guess my numbers won’t be that high next time. 😉 A lot of books I read in July were either short or quick reads…

  2. My jaw dropped when I saw that you read 21 books in July!!! That is amazing!!! I am very jealous of your reading skills!

    I am currently reading The Summer That Melted Everything, and hope it’s a 5 star read for me as well!

    • Thanks! I was lucky to have a lot of short and quick reads though in July… The Summer That Melted Everything is such an excellent read; I hope you’ll enjoy it as well! 🙂

  3. 21 books. How do you do it? I’m jealous, haha. I also had issues with The Stepmother, that’s why my review is still being written. I think my expectations were too high.

    • Haha to be honest I don’t know myself either… But I guess I was lucky enough to have a lot of either short or quick reads. I had a hard time writing my review for The Stepmother as well; the blurb sounded really good, but the actual story just didn’t live up to it.

    • 21 is definitely an exception though! I normally don’t reach these numbers, but I guess I was lucky to have a lot of spare time (and awful weather) in July. 16 is an awesome amount of books. 🙂

  4. Wow, that’s a huge month of reading! I feel like such a sloth reading you post! NetGalley is great! I love how it makes it so easy to keep track of your TBR and the pub. dates, and streamlines the whole requesting process. Good luck with all your other goals, esp. the running. I used to HATE running, but once I cracked 5k, it became so much easier and more enjoyable.

    • I love my Netgalley experience so far! It’s been hard to resist requesting a lot of new books, but I like not having too much ARC pressure 😉 And I can’t wait to properly start training again; speedwalking is becoming ‘boring’ and I’m starting to enjoy running more and more… I’m still keeping my fingers crossed I will reach the 5k before the end of the year!

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