Well, another month has passed and I only completed about 50% of the TBR I set at the beginning of July. But the good news is that it’s ARC August this month! So I don’t even care that I was so horrible about last month’s reading. Because in reality, I still read a bunch. Just not what I set out to read. And really, who cares? Not me. Which is probably why I keep making these ridiculous TBRs and never sticking to them. Oh well. I did read in July and I’m not behind (yet) on my goals for the year, so I’m still pretty happy about that but I just wish I had loved something that I read last month. Everything was pretty just okay and I get frustrated by that. But I am excited that ARC August has come around again and will hopefully motivate me to make some actual progress on my review books. And I have some that I’m really excited about so, really, that shouldn’t be a problem. And with the kids going back to school, I’ll have a bunch of free time. So really, there should be no reason why I can’t stick to my TBR this month. But I’m sure come next month’s post, I’ll have tons of reason why I didn’t. Until then, here’s what I did read in July and what I hope to read in August:
Lucky in Love by Kasie West and What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy: These are both two that I really enjoyed but they weren’t my favorites from either author.
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May and Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker: I was a little disappointed with both of these. It was my first Tucker book but I still want to check out some of her others because I think this one is a little different than her other books. And it took me forever to finish The Fallen Kingdom. I just didn’t love it and had a hard time really getting into sync with the story and characters. Which is a bummer for a series ender.
Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: Both of these are a bit slow for me and I’m still only halfway through HPD but I love the concept for these and the MC so much. I hope something starts happening in this one soon because I’m not completely loving the setting yet even though I thought I would. I don’t know yet. And again, maybe it’s my crappy mood but I just wished I loved any of these books as much as most people do. I’m seriously ready to fall in love with something!
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn and Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds: I enjoyed both of these but not as much as I had hoped, which pretty much sums up my whole month of reading. WJRML was cute and very short and fast but there wasn’t as much swoon as I had hoped and MM was more about Miles getting through school and dealing with rasicm than anything actually Spider-Man related, which was good but not what I was going in expecting.
The Duchess Deal and Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare: Okay, guys, these books are just so much fun. I don’t read a lot of historical romances or just romances like this but I’m starting to think I should be reading more of them. I think I like them because I always go into books like this with almost no expectations and, at least with Dare, always end up having so much fun with the characters. I really need to read more of her books but keep an eye out for The Duchess Deal near the end of August!
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty: I enjoyed this one but I think I might be just slightly too old to fully appreciate it. The characters just seemed so mean! And I know that’s a lot of what high school is, I’m not too old to remember being the same way, I was just hoping for funnier and lighter than it ended up being. It was definitely good and something I think I really would have loved as a teen. And I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of her stories as she ages.
It’s finally time for ARC August! This means I’ll be reading (probably) only ARCs in hopes of reducing my review books a bit. I have a lot coming up for the fall and a few I’m pretty behind on. I’m making a list of ones I really want or need to read but will let myself read any ARCs that grab my attention this month in the hopes that that will help make me more productive. I’m really hoping to finish between 10-12 ARCs this month. Including HPD that I already listed above, here are some of the others I’m hoping to read:
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush: I am so excited about these books. My brother brought them back from SDCC for me and I’ve already started WW and am hoping to get to D&T soon as well. These are probably my top most anticipated for the month.
Warcross by Marie Lu and Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows: I’m pretty excited for both of these but to be honest, I’ve only read one of Lu’s books before and that was a long time ago so I’m not really sure what to expect with this. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check with both of these and am just hoping to enjoy them.
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski and There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: The Wood was actually on my TBR last month because it came out August 1st but I just wasn’t in the mood for it last month. I’m hoping that’ll be different this month because I’m still really interested in seeing how this story plays out. And TSIYH is one I just don’t really know what to think about. I really enjoyed her contemporary romance series but a horror story is sort of throwing me a bit. I’m excited to read it but almost a little hesitant as well.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson and They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: I know almost nothing about either of these but they were so hyped that I felt I really needed to grab them at ALA. And I’m glad I did! So many of the books on this list are ones I have high hopes for or have been waiting for a really long time for or have a TON of hype and lots of amazing reviews. But for these, I’m going in blind and am just going to enjoy the ride. (Or at least as much as you can when the title already tells you the characters will die.)
Frazzled 2: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat, The Daybreak Bond by Megan Frazer Blakemore, and The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg: These are all sequels to middle-grade books that I read last year and really enjoyed. I’m definitely looking forward to these and am hoping they’re just as good as their previous books!
That’s what I’m hoping to read this month.
What are you excited to read?!