July ’21 Wrap Up

My TBR for July was pretty ambitious. I had twelve books on there and I got through 10.5 of them! While I didn’t finish Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers before the end of the month, I hope to finish it soon because I love this duology! (And no, I didn’t read the original trilogy. I know! I know! I need to!)

With everything going on in my life, I’m so proud of myself for how much I read and getting through all the required reading, and even some optional read I put on the list if I had extra time, which I did! I call July a win and here’s what I read!


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The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

Dates read: 7/1

Genre: YA Paranormal Horror

Rating: starstarstarstar

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A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert

Dates read: 7/2 – 7/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: starstarstarstar.5

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Untethered by KayLynn Flanders

Dates read: 7/6 – 7/10

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: starstarstarstar.5

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These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Dates read: 7/11 – 7/12

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: starstarstarstarstar

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The Dragon and the Queen by Kaitlyn Davis

Dates read: 7/12 – 7/14

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: starstarstarstarstar

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Curses by Lish McBride

Dates read: 7/14 – 7/18

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: starstarstar.5

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They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman

Dates read: 7/19 – 7/20

Genre: YA Thriller

Rating: starstarstarstar

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Dates read: 7/21 – 7/24

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: starstarstarstar.5

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Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Dates read: 7/24 – 7/26

Genre: YA Historical Fiction Fantasy

Rating: starstarstarstar

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Dates read: 7/26 – 7/27

Genre: Romance

Rating: starstarstarstar

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For my required reading, 8 out of the 10 books needed to get read in July either for blog tours, or it was author requested, or just because it released in July and I wanted to get it read! The other 2 books, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, and Red, White & Royal Blue, were optional “if I had time reads” and I did! While I didn’t finish Igniting Darkness, that was another “if I had time read” and I got almost halfway through the book before the month finished.

For August, my TBR is a bit more strict. I kind of over-committed myself ARC wise, especially on NetGalley. Being a Penguin Teen Partner is great for getting advance copies, but not so great if you request too many – like I did. So I will be working my way through those.

I’m starting to get to the point where, while I love getting to review books early, I kind of want to take a break from reading so many ARCs. I used to be lucky to have any ARCs on my reading list and now I feel like my TBRs are almost 100% ARCs and it’s overwhelming. There are a lot of book series and books in general I’ve put on the back burner to get through these advanced copies and now I’m getting burnt out. I might stop requesting so many and just allow myself to read and enjoy some of the books on my TBR and currently on my bookshelf.

But anyways, here’s what I read in July and if you want to see what I plan to read in August, you can check out my TBR post here.

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