Month number seven gone and July has both flown by and taken forever. The month was quite uneventful to be honest as with the cold weather we’ve been cooped up inside a lot… I’ve been painting too, and below a few samples of the fishing themed mates I’ve made as well as the Punisher themed set for a fishing shop owned by a friend of the hubby. On another note: the blogging slump seems to be here to stay though sadly, which means a blogging break is coming up soon. I do miss being around more though! ❤ July also marks the first full month of finally focusing on my health again, eating better and exercising 2 hours 4-5 days a week. I already feel better and the first 10+ pounds are gone, which is a bonus. And another positive: I’ve finally had my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine a few days ago! And the exact same day I hit the 100% ratio mark on Netgalley, so a double reason to celebrate. ❤

Next: the bookish numbers.

  • Number of books read in July: 18
  • Total number of books read in 2021: 151
  • Total number of pages read in July: 6.254
  • Total number of pages read in 2021: 53.765

I managed to read more than expected during July, and although I did have four books with a 3 star rating and even a DNF, there were some new favorites too.

JULY 2021 READS

5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 

The Devil’s Advocate – by Steve Cavanagh // The Second Blind Son – by Amy Harmon

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!

Girls Who Lie – by Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir // Her Deadly Touch – by Lisa Regan

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

Blood Lines – by Angela Marsons // Starlight Over Bluebell Castle – by Sarah Bennett // A Baffling Murder At The Midsummer Ball – by T.E. Kinsey // The Noise – by J.D. Barker // Stranded – by Sarah Goodwin // The Hidden – by Melanie Golding // Darkness Falls – by Robert Bryndza // If This Gets Out – by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

A Dog’s Promise – by W. Bruce Cameron

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.

The Meeting Point – by Olivia Lara // The Library – by Bella Osborne // The Chateau – by Catherine Cooper // Elle’s A To Z Of Love – by Claire Huston

0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Either horrible or definitely not for me!

The Outsiders – by S.E. Hinton


I ended up joining more challenges than planned this year, but I’m hoping to finish most without too much effort… And I managed to finish my Goodreads goal with five months to spare! I’m not increasing the goal for now, but I might set it to 200 in a month or two depending on how the slump/reading goes.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals: my ARC/backlist ratio went up considerably, but that is no surprise as I decided to read all of my remaining Netgalley ARCs to be able to take a break afterwards (just look at that shiny 100% Netgalley ratio!! ❤ ). I did manage to finish my series goal, which I’m really happy about, but I need to work on my Karin Slaughter goal and DI Kim Stone goal soon. (Let’s just accept that the TBR goal is impossible and be done with it haha.)

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) DONE!! 3/3 (The Big Four // The Mystery Of The Blue Train // The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes)
  • Complete at least 6 series (rereads don’t count) DONE!! 6/6 (Harold Fry // Martini Club // It Happened In Charleston // Hidden Iceland // Bluebell Castle // A Dog’s Purpose)
  • Catch up with Karin Slaughter series (Will Trent/Grant County) 3/15
  • Catch up with DI Kim Stone Series 6/15
  • Reread at least 2 books DONE!! 2/2 (The Shadow Of The Wind // The One)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 650 books and keep it that way. 759/650
  • Read at least one book over 600 pages DONE!! 1/1 (The Stand; 1327 pages)
  • Keep ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% 46,4%
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish DONE !! 2/2 (Los Plebeyos // Las Onomatobellas)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch DONE!! 1/1 (Harry Potter En De Steen Der Wijzen)
  • Read at least 15 international authors and/or translations (each author counts only once) DONE!! 15/15 (The Shadow Of The Wind (Spain // Snowblind (Iceland) // Crazy Rich Asians (Singapore) // Smoke Screen (Norway) // Hotel Cartagena (Germany) // Los Plebeyos (Argentina) // These Violent Delights (China) // Inborn (Norway) // Facets Of Death (South Africa) // The Final Chapter (France) // Tears Of Amber (Mexico) // Harry Potter En De Steen Der Wijzen (UK; Dutch version) // The Maidens (Cyprus) // Float Plan (Germany) // Las Onomatobellas (Argentina))
  • Read at least 10 TBR jar picks 7/10 (Radio Silence // Shutter Island // Hidden Figures // Inborn // My Dark Vanessa // Take Me There // Every Single Secret)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year DONE!! 5/5
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% 100%

Stay safe and happy reading!


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