As you can probably gather from the title, July was a pretty crazy month for me. I finished up my 2nd year of uni by taking a resit test of my course on cross-cultural psychology. It was a test with open-ended questions, instead of multiple choice, which I wasn’t used to anymore. It’s safe to say I was super nervous about it. I was so scared I wouldn’t make it because then I spend an entire month on it for nothing. But I ended up getting a 9 on it! Which is absolutely crazy! I haven’t gotten such a high grade in my uni career. I’m very proud of myself. After that, my summer break officially started and so did freaking out. My boyfriend is going to start studying too, in September, in my hometown. He lives pretty far away from here so we need to find a place for us to live (because there is no such a thing as living on campus around here). I went online and started searching for a place to live, going at it like a complete maniac. It’s basically all I did this month and it was such a frustrating progress. I’ve learned nobody wants to rent to students. We are currently awaiting the verdict on some things we showed interest in. Hopefully, we’ll get something and I’ll get to actually enjoy some of my free time in August! Because I definitely need some rest before uni starts again in September.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (audio) –
I started this back in June and only had about 40 pages left. So I finished this very early on in the month. It wasn’t for me. The crazy amount of perspectives (11 if I remember correctly) killed it for me. I couldn’t keep up or connect to any of the characters. I didn’t care and the ending was kind of boring. Find all my thoughts on this book in my review. Yes. I actually wrote a review.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater –
I jumped right on the bandwagon and started this very hyped series. I’m always so scared when it comes to hyped books because I feel like it’s impossible for them to still blow me away. I did really enjoy reading this book, though. The characters are very unique, vivid and lovable. The plot is very interesting and I can’t wait to see how it continues on from here. The only downside for my personal taste is that the writing is a little too flowery at times, which made it a bit slower. But that’s just something I have trouble with.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (audio) –
I picked this up during the 24 in 48 Readathon, which took place during the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of July. The audiobook wasn’t that long and I’ve heard it was a very cute and fast read so I figured it was perfect for that moment. I ended up loving every minute of it! I loved the main character so much I just wanted to hug him through the entire book. It was very fast paced and I always enjoy when books incorporate emails.
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 9 & 10 by Hiromu Arakawa
During the 24 in 48 I also ended up picking this manga up again. Still really enjoying it. Very excited to see Major Armstrong again :).
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid (audio) –
I went into this knowing absolutely nothing about it. Nothing. I ended up really liking it! It was very strange and unique read. You can read all my spoiler-free thoughts in my review. Another review. Who am I?
Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Emeriie – 149/342 pages read
I found this book in a bookshop at the train station, 3 days before the release date. I saw an opportunity. “Read it in a weekend so you can have a super early review”. That clearly didn’t work out. I had trouble with some of the stories and feel generally underwhelmed so far. It’s fun, but I want more villains to actually be evil and scary. Still waiting for a story to blow me away!
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – 429/780 pages read
Remember how I said last month how I might finally finish GOT this month? Well.. It didn’t happen. I only read 20 pages since last month. I just keep being distracted by other books. Dang it! August will be the month I finally do it. It has to be!
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (audio) – 2h 32m/12h 45m listened to
Around the end of the 24 in 48 readathon I picked this one up because I was excited to continue with the series. I decided to try the audiobook for this one (mainly because I don’t own the physical book and I’m too broke to be buying books). I think the flowery writing I talked about before is making it hard for me to focus on the audiobook. I always listen to audiobooks when doing other stuff but with this one, it seems impossible because I keep getting distracted. I listened to the first hour 3 times because I keep missing stuff. That’s why I decided to put it down for now.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – 164/435 pages read
Since I was having some trouble with reading other books, I decided to get back to my quest of reading the entire Harry Potter series for the first time. It’s been about a month since I finished the second book in the series, so it was about time anyway. I remember loving the movie for the Prisoner of Azkaban, but like before I don’t recall any of the plot or details. The plot is only just picking up so I’m very excited to keep reading this in August.
This month I kinda got back into the habit of blogging, after taking a small break to study for finals like a madman. I ended up still being a little inconsistent, but I’m definitely trying to get back on track. In August I plan to be a blogging machine and pre-write a bunch of posts to go up when I get back to uni again.
- One Year Blog Anniversary! – A very exciting milestone and discussing some of my biggest blogging mistakes, so that you can hopefully learn from them.
- Surprise! A New Design… Again – Talking about how I’m horrible at committing to a design and present my latest redesign to you.
- 2017 Mid-Year Goals Check Up – Confronting myself with the fact that I’m failing the majority of my yearly.
- The Most Exciting Update Ever Made – Making a very bold statement in the title and continuing to inform you about some huge changes to my weekly meme.
- August Book Scavenger Hunt Directions – Presenting the directions for August, the first month for the revamped weekly meme.
Besides the books I already started in July and want to finish up in August, I would like to get to these: