Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Maunder: July 2015 in Review

Where is the summer going?!?  I can't believe we are already into August and school is quickly approaching!  I gotta get reading!  I definitely had a better month of reading in July than I did in June, but I want to get in so much more in August before the chaos begins!  As the beginning of a new month dawns, you know that it is time to look at what the month before was like, so let's do it!

The TOP POST for the month was two-fold -- my announcement post for the High Summer Readathon received the most hits, but last month's wrap-up post received the most comments.  To be honest, I was simply horrible about posting in July, but I am really hoping to turn that around this month.  Maybe school starting back will finally get me back into the groove of writing in general.  I've been struggling in getting anything written this summer!

As I mentioned last month, I thought it would be fun to also share a post on the other end of the spectrum ... a post that NEEDS MORE LOVE.  I have had a blast joining in on Wordless Wednesday this year, but this cute little turtle family has had no comments.  You gotta stop by and tell me that I'm not the only one that thinks this is just too adorable.

The TOP PIC from Instagram during the month of July involved two of my favorite things:  books and nature!  I'm still working on this chunkster.  If I don't finish it this week, I might have to set it aside and come back to it later this month.  I have another stack of books that I want to get to!

As I mentioned earlier, I had a much better reading month in July than I did in June.  I ended up with a total of 10 BOOKS READ, and they were all pretty darn good reads!

  1. Four by Veronica Roth
  2. Bear Witness by Melissa Clark
  3. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
  4. The Walking Dead, Volume 20 by Robert Kirkman
  5. The Walking Dead, Volume 21 by Robert Kirkman
  6. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  7. French Milk by Lucy Knisley
  8. Sculptor by Scott McCloud
  9. Mother Mother by Koren Zailckis
  10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Can I choose just one FAVORITE READ?  Nope.  I'm going to choose two:  Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry and Sculptor by Scott McCloud.  These two stories cannot be more different, but I loved them both for very different reasons --- one for the lasting tragic beauty and the other for an awesome fast-paced zombie story that is really about so much more.  One of these days, I will get full reviews written to chat more about them because they both deserve in-depth discussions.

August -- there is so much happening this month!  Though I can't share more about it quite yet, I promise the news is coming in the weeks to come.  Be watching for it because I really can't wait to share!!  I am also thinking about setting a TBR pile for this month.  I don't do this often, but there are a number of books that I really want to finish before school starts back at the end of this month.  I am also hoping to get back into the groove of writing, get my reviews written and scheduled, and get back to writing for enjoyment.  

Oh, and before I forget, I should also mention that I'm going to be over at Book Bloggers International this month for a fun theme of Back to School.  I have some really fun posts planned, and I even have some additional spots still available.  If you are interested in writing a guest article for us, email me and let me know!

How was your month of reading and writing in July?  What big plans do you have for the month of August?


  1. I am going to try and finish Atlas this weekend. I stopped to read two books in between. I will say this, knowing that I have a chunkster to read is somehow making me read my other books, faster. I've read two books this week during my Atlas break and when I broke after part 1 I also read two books. I need to do this more often.

    1. Ti ... I have some traveling coming up, and Atlas is not a very convenient travel book. I think I am going to set it aside while I travel and enjoy a few books, then return to it in when I'm done. Reading other books in the middle of chunksters may be a good plan in general!

  2. Time moves faster and faster all the time.
    You did great for books though! Happy August reading!

    1. fredamans ... Yes it does!! Thank you, and happy reading to you as well!


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