Wrap-Up: July 2018

  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (★★★★★)
  • Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange (★★★☆☆)
  • The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding (★★★☆☆)
  • Illusion by Paula Volsky (★★★★☆)
  • The Royal Art of Poison by Eleanor Herman (★★★★☆)


When July started, I had two very specific reading goals:

  1. Do not read too much.
  2. Do not read YA.

My first goal came after I felt overwhelmed with reading these past few months. I felt like I was reading way too much, not giving myself enough time to savor books, and it was beginning to feel kind of like a job. I also was not giving myself time to explore my other interests, namely television or lying around listlessly (yes, that counts). So, for this month, I would only read when commuting and when I really, really wanted to, not when I felt like I had to. Giving myself that space to breathe was wonderful. (Then again, two of these books were over five hundred pages long, and one was nearly seven hundred, so…yeah.)

My second goal came on the heels of last month, where seven out of the ten books I read were YA. I was starting to feel really frustrated with the various tropes present in YA fantasy in particular, the same old recycled plots…they all just started to feel very stale. But YA fantasy is my comfort genre, and I never want to reach a point where I never reach for it at all! So I decided it might be a good idea to take a break until I start to miss it again. This will also give me a chance to explore more books in different genres, which I did this month!

I am currently reading:

Last weekend I read like…thirty more pages of Jane Eyre (*sobs*). I’m getting there! I’m going to force myself to finish in August because this is getting out of hand. I’ve been reading this book since March. Unbelievable. A Place For Us is not as good as I was expecting it to be – I don’t hate it, but I probably won’t finish it as quickly as I want to. Not That Bad is so far as fantastic as I knew it would be, and I’m having to slow myself down in reading it so I can savor it (and so I don’t get all the essays mixed up in my head!).

Mini Life Update: July was a happy month, mainly because I was the recipient of two scholarships that will help me pay for grad school! This is just…incredible because not only are the scholarships prestigious but they just lifted a huge financial burden off my shoulders. I will also get paid trips to Seattle, DC, and an as-of-yet unknown location!

Currently I’m super busy with my summer class, which is ridiculously fast-paced, and I’m putting the finishing touches on my Fulbright application, which is due September 7th. I’m also preparing to enter #DVpit in October! My manuscript is pretty much finished; it needs one more full revision and it’ll be good to go. I’ve written a query letter and am starting to work on Twitter pitches. I want to be done with all this stuff before September, because I’m going to be heading to Egypt for two weeks!

Mini TV Update: I caught up on second season of Daredevil and will probably watch either The Punisher or the second season of Jessica Jones next. I’m also looking forward to the second season of Harlots, which was one of my favorite shows last year; it’s airing on Hulu right now but I think I’m going to wait until it’s all aired so I can binge it like I did the first season. I also want to catch up on the latest seasons of iZombie (which is so far not great), Supernatural (which is pretty awful this season), Agents of Shield, and The Fosters (it’s the last season, unfortunately). I’m also watching The Bold Type, which is the perfect summer show.

7 thoughts on “Wrap-Up: July 2018

  1. I can’t believe people are still watching Supernatural! It’s sad to hear that they’re getting worse, I stopped watching after season 9 where it was still okay.
    Hope you read more non-YA books in the future! Maybe switching it up with non-fiction will also be a good idea. Best of luck in August ❤


    1. djklajfal I know!! I thought up to season 10 things weren’t terrible but I’ve been struggling since then! The writers really need some new blood on their team because they keep recycling the same plots and character arcs. Oh, and of course, it’s still a Straight White Man fest.

      I’m definitely trying to read more non-fiction! And also trying to get to the ton of historical fiction on my shelves, haha. Thank you!

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  2. fyi I have NOT forgotten about reading your manuscript and I swear this won’t be another 3-month situation, I just had A LOT of library holds/ARC release dates to juggle in July, but I am v. excited to get to it soon!!! Good luck with querying!

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  3. I was surprised by your reading goals this month…until I realized that maybe I should have those as well. Lately all I do is read YA fantasy and my reviews are getting more and more critical…which probably means I need a break from it. Also keep pushing through Jane Eyre! Yes, it’s really slow, but it actually gets very interesting. It took me a year of on and off reading to finish it, until I just buckled down and did it—it was super rewarding! Congrats on your scholarship 🙂


    1. Yes, exactly! My reviews have also been getting so much more critical! And in general I really want to try to be a more diverse reader. I used to read pretty much only YA, which wasn’t great!

      I am determined to finish Jane Eyre this month!! I’m banning myself from reading anything else until I finish it haha.

      And thank you!

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