We’re back with another wrap up! Yes, we’re once again going to ignore our sporadic blogging habits and lack of blog hopping! Instead we shall distract you by talking about the books we read and purchased this month!
July was the first full month of my internship and I think you can tell just how much of my energy it took based on how much I read this month. Because I only read two books. Yes, you read that right. Two! I really just didn’t have the time and/or brain power to read most days, and that’s okay. This internship is only a few short weeks, so I’m trying to take advantage of my time here. I can always catch up on my reading some other month! Plus, I really enjoyed the two books I read this month! So at least there’s that!
This was such a solid romance! It made me laugh a ton, and I was shipping the two of them so hard the entire book! If you just need something to make you happy, this is the feel good book you need in your life!
I’m currently writing my review for this one, since I read it as an e-ARC, but let me just say this! If you read Spoiler Alert and were excited to read Alex and Lauren’s story, you will not be disappointed! And even for those of you that haven’t read Spoiler Alert, I’d definitely add this to your TBR if you’re a romance fan!
11 books later and I’m even further behind on my reading challenge than usual. How.
The whole Ancillary series, 10/10! Hail Mary was good but the ending was kind of meh, so probably more of a 4.5 star rating? And Haunting of Hill House was incredible, I now need to read as much of Shirley Jackson’s works as a possibly can.
All of the books I acquired this month were ones I purchased for myself. Yes, that’s right. I purchased 11 books, and then proceeded to read NONE of them in July. Oh well! I decided to break the books up into the groups that I purchased them in, since there isn’t really any better was to split them up.
These first three were purchased through Bookshop.org, and were each picked out because I wanted some more cuteness in my life. So I figured two romances and a manga could do the trick! (I actually have already read one of these and plan on reading at least on other in August, but you’ll have to wait for next month’s wrap up to see which books I’m referring to. Or you can check out my Goodreads, if you’re really that impatient.)
This next batch was also purchased through Bookshop.org and the books consist of anticipated releases. I was very excited for Chunky and Jukebox, since I adore graphic novels, and I had an e-book copy of Sweethand, but decided that I’d prefer to get a physical copy instead. So I did!
Then I visited a Barnes & Noble one day, and obviously I couldn’t leave without purchasing a book, or two, or three. I’ve heard amazing things about Anxious People, and Chana convinced me that I should buy it when I saw it. I was actually hoping to find a copy of Long Distance, since I really like Whitney Gardner’s work. And while I was trying to find Long Distance, I stumbled upon Paranorthern and the Chaos Bunny A-Hop-Calypse and with a title and cover like that, how could I not purchase it?
Lastly, I finally visited this cute indie bookstore near my internship and it was absolutely adorable! I spent so much time browsing and just taking in the cute knick knacks they were selling. And since I like supporting small businesses, I was ethically obligated to purchase some more books. I picked up The Anthropocene Reviewed, since I’ve listened to a few podcast episodes and thought the premise was super cute. I’m thinking of picking a month where I read one or two reviews a night. And then I asked the employees working there for a recommendation, and they suggested Queen of Babble as a fun, cute romance, so I’m excited to give it a try!
I can’t really remember the books I acquired this month?? But I’ll try my best.
I’m happy with all of these purchases except for Any Way the Wind Blows. That I bought in a moment of weakness (the weakness being, huh, I probably won’t like this but I own the other two and this will look pretty in my shelf). Ah well, hopefully I will learn from my mistakes.
Shoutout to Orbit for sending me this book! You can read my full review here!
Things We Did:
I interned some more! I’m working in a mechanical engineering lab on a novel biomedical device and it has been so much fun! I’ve gotten to use so many cool toys, *cough * I mean, tools, and have learned so many interesting new things. One of my current favorite tasks is coming up with designs that I get to 3D print or laser cut, which help to improve the device I’m working on! I finish up the internship right before school starts again, meaning that in a few months I will no longer have anything fun to talk about, so for now enjoy these pictures of my designs for a box that I ended up assembling from pieces of acrylic that I laser cut and then glued together!
In terms of actual things, nothing! In terms of media like things, almost nothing? I watched The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor (hence Haunting of Hill House and Turn of the Screw on my read books this month). I highly recommend THoHH! It was incredible! Very different from the book as I later found out, but still an incredible adaptation.
I also started playing Skyward Sword on the switch. It’s very different from BoTW (which makes sense since it came out 7 years before it), but I’m really enjoying it so far!