wrap ups

July 2019 Wrap Up

How is July already over? How does school go back literally next Tuesday (here at least)? What is happening? Why do I always start out my wrap ups by freaking out about time passing? Will the thought of how time will continue to pass whether I want it to or not ever not make me anxious? Will I ever find out the answers to these questions? Seems unlikely.

Anyways, onto the wrap up because I feel like it is going to be a long one.

Non-Bookish things from July:

Work and other IRL things:

This month was a bit of the mess in terms of my life. I went back to my summer job after taking a week off due to my grandmother’s passing and then ended up missing another two days to some sickness or another. Also, some exciting things happened, but more on that in a minute. Here is a list of some of the good or happy things that happened this month:

  • I had my first ever job interview! This could be a good place to explain that my summer/current job is very much under the table and not legal in the slightest and that I literally got it through nepotism because my aunt is the marketing director for the team, so there was definitely no interview for it. I showed up on the first day and my boss was like, “oh, are you Karen’s niece? nice.” Anyways, I actually had a real job interview and I didn’t make a complete fool of myself! It went pretty well, actually.
  • Completely related, I got my first ever legal job!! I am really really excited, somewhat ridiculously so. But, I think I will really enjoy it! It is just a part time job as part of the local parks and rec department’s after school program but it can open the door to lots of other opportunities. Also, it is a legal job, it pays more than minimum wage, and it is literally working with kids which I love to do anyways. I will be able to check in on my August wrap up with whether it is actually as good as I think, but that’s next month. For now, we’re just excited.
  • I got to hang out with my friends a lot this month. I am really going to miss them when they leave for school next month even if they are super close, it just won’t be the same.

Anyways, this section is now way too long, so I will stop here.

Movies and other show like media: 


  • What a Girl Wants (2003)
    • I already posted about this on the Sunday post, but my mom and I watched this on one of our movie nights. It wasn’t like, a cinematic masterpiece, but it was super fun and I definitely enjoyed it. Give me any and all content that even vaguely involves royals. Especially if that content also involves Colin Firth.


  • Carmilla – season one of the web series
    • This was very interesting and also the episodes are super super short so you could probably binge them super fast. I mean, I didn’t because I am not capable of binging anything but oh well.

Now, onto the books. 

I read 24 things this month, which is honestly so wild for me to think about. I felt like I was barely reading and honestly barely existing this month, so the whole 24 things caught me off guard. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean I stuck to my TBR in the slightest, because I definitely didn’t. Anyways, here are the things I read this month:


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 6/26-7/3
  • Format: paperback, owned; ebook, from library
  • Review like thing can be found here.


Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 7/2-7/3
  • Format: audiobook from Scribd
  • I reread this after I talked about it on a post about my childhood favorites and I’ll admit, I feel like I remember this book being a lot more interesting as a child. I still gave it four stars though, because nostalgia.


City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 7/4-7/6
  • Format: paperback, owned; ebook, from library
  • I have no memory of reading this book this month, but I wrote a review, which can be found here, so I guess I did.


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

  • ☆☆☆☆.5
  • Reread from 7/6-7/9
  • Format: paperback and audiobook, owned; ebook, from library
  • Listen, I barely remember reading City of Ashes, don’t expect me to remember this one. But, I would just like to take this moment to say that Amatis Graymark/Herondale is a queen and y’all are sleeping on her.


The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/11-7/13
  • Format: audiobook, from library
  • This book was hard hitting, emotional, and captivating and I would highly recommend it with the footnote that it is very, very dark and violent and the homophobia is very bad.


Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

  • ☆☆
  • Read from 7/6-7/15
  • Format: physical ARC, from giveaway
  • This was how I learned that just because things are gay doesn’t mean I should think I will enjoy them. Review here.


Little Mama by Halim 

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/16-7/16
  • Format: eARC from Netgalley
  • This graphic novel was a lot. My thoughts on it and the next graphic novel can be found here.


Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/16-7/16
  • Format: eARC from Netgalley
  • This was so cute and so wholesome and the autumnal vibes are on point.


The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/17-7/17
  • Format: ebook, owned; audiobook, from Scribd
  • This was really cute!! It also made me really want to eat an unhealthy amount of chocolate, so there is that.


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/17-7/19
  • Format: audiobook, from Scribd
  • Hi, did I mention that this is about gay princesses? Because it is. And it’s amazing. Please read it.


As I Descended by Robin Talley

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/19-7/20
  • Format: audiobook, from library
  • This is Macbeth but with gay girls and it is also very creepy, if any of that sounds interesting to you I would recommend checking it out.


Colorblind by Siera Maley

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/18-7/20
  • Format: ebook, from Kindle Unlimited
  • Hi, this blog now doubles as a Harper protection account. This book was very cute but it also made me think a lot, I would recommend it highly.


Coral by Sara Ella

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/19-7/21
  • Format: eARC from Netgalley
  • This was interesting, also not really a little mermaid retelling. Full review to come closer to publication date.


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

  • ☆☆☆.5
  • Read from 7/20-7/21
  • Format: audiobook, owned
  • Maybe I am dumb, but this book confused me and I was lost a lot.


The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/21-7/21
  • Format: eARC from Netgalley
  • This was a super fun graphic novel, as well as a really quick read (I read it in sixteen minutes, a random factoid I know because I read it during the 24in48 readathon so I was timing myself). I loved the art style and the purple based color scheme, the art was very cute and the purples gave it a somewhat chill vibe. I thought that this would be full of jokes, and while it did have some, it also gave some legit advice which was very nice. I do consider myself to be an introvert and some of these tips could prove useful in the future. I highly recommend this to introverts and non introverts alike.


Moonstruck, Vol 1 by Grace Ellis

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/23-7/23
  • Format: ebook, from library
  • This was cute but also confusing and also I have already forgotten everything about it.


Carmilla by Kim Turrisi

  • ☆☆
  • Read from 7/23-7/23
  • Format: ebook, owned
  • Just watch the web series, honestly, it is much better.


Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/25-7/26
  • Format: eARC from Netgalley
  • This was so sweet and cute and I would highly recommend it when it comes out.


Chasing Sunset by Missouri Vaun

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/23-7/27
  • Format: eARC from Netgalley
  • Full review to come.


soft in the middle by Shelby Eileen

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/26-7/27
  • Format: ebook, from Kindle Unlimited
  • Some of these poems were amazing, others made me go ?. But that is poetry, I guess.


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/23-7/27
  • Format: paperback, owned; audiobook, from Scribd
  • Honestly, I am still amazed that I finally actually read this book. I never thought it would happen.


The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

  • ☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/27-7/28
  • Format: audiobook, from library
  • I really wanted to love this, but sadly I didn’t.


Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/28-7/28
  • Format: hardback, owned
  • This book was precious and I loved every second of it. Full review to come.


The Avant-Guards, Vol 1 by Carly Usdin

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 7/29-7/29
  • Format: eARC from Netgalley
  • This graphic novel was so so cute!! The art style was brilliant and the attention to detail with even the smallest background details is honestly amazing. The characters were wonderful and realistic (Liv is at the level of organization I aspire to be at but most likely never will) and I can’t wait for a next installment to learn more about all of them! Also, that cliffhanger was very rude. I know the first volume isn’t even out yet, but I am going to need a second one soon. I feel like it goes without saying at this point, but I highly recommend this book!

Okay, so, those are all of the things I read this month and now here are some fun stats:

  • Pages read: 6,475 pages
  • Average rating: 3.66
  • Format breakdown:
    • 15 physical
    • 9 audio

Okay, I think that is about it in terms of things to talk about from last month! But what about y’all, how was your month? What was your favorite read? Let’s chat in the comments.

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