July wasn’t as busy a month in terms of exams, however, I did have one at the beginning of the month and one on the 25th of July. July was, however, my birthday month and at the end of it, YALC happened! I didn’t have a lot of time to read still but I knew that I wanted to read some of the books on my YALC list.
My birthday is around the middle of the month but the weekend prior to YALC. For my birthday, I dragged my mum and boyfriend to Hay-on-Wye, the famous little book town just over the border in Wales. It’s not too far from where I live and we were very lucky that the weather was so nice. As I had YALC the week after, I wouldn’t let myself buy any books. I was then taken on a surprise trip to London on Friday by my boyfriend where I took him to yet another bookshop, Daunt Books, before exploring the rest of London. We then stayed over before heading to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for my fourth trip!
I then spent the last weekend of July at YALC where I had the best time seeing so many of my friends that I hadn’t seen in a year and meeting new faces too! Team Celeb Spotters re-emerged again as we spotted celebrities like Iwan Rheon, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi (who came and spoke to my little group) and the star of the weekend, Jason Momoa.
Monthly reading total: 2 Books this year: 25
So really, July ended up being fairly busy over the last two weeks of the month. Unfortunately, I still wasn’t able to read nearly as much as I had hoped and I only managed to read a total of two books this month. I would hope that August would be better but I have a resit at the end of the month and so most of my energy will be going on that.
My goals for the month were:
1. Finish All These Beautiful Strangers
2. Read a book from my YALC list.
So these are the books I read this month (and somehow managed to write reviews for both before this wrap up):
All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth – There definitely aren’t enough YA thrillers/mysteries about, or at least I haven’t found very many, so I was very excited when Penguin popped this in the post to me. Although it took me a little while to first get into it, I ended up quite enjoying it and it’s given me a thirst for more mysteries. You can check out more of my thoughts on it here.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – I was a little indifferent to this one if I’m totally honest. I only gave it three stars as I didn’t really feel like it was a ground breaking book. I just thought it was ok, which is slightly disappointing as I was looking forward to it and it has such a pretty cover too! Again, you check out more of my thoughts here.
So there’s my July wrap up. It’s improved a little since June, but only by one book. How many books did you read this month? Did you have a good or bad reading month?