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July Stats Fever! And Sunday post #17

You know what! It’s the end of the month already! Has anyone been informed? Does everyone already know???

I mean… Maybe they sent the memo and I wasn’t there…

This month just caught up with me. I was not informed! But despite that, I finished 11 books and caught up with my yearly challenge! Just barely. (And we won’t mention that 3 of those are picture books which barely count like reading, it’s more like riffling through…. *shhh* Don’t tell anyone.)

I’ll be linking up with the usual crew at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, but this time I’m also trying something new as I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews! I will also be linking up with Book Date for It’s Monday! What are you reading? and Mailbox Monday once it becomes available.

~ Books Read ~

Omnia Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) Kat and Meg Conquer the World Red Rising (Red Rising #1)

I’m not showcasing the picture books, but you can see them among my posts this month. Other than those, I started the month off beautifully with Omnia – a wonderful middle grade book (I still say it’s perfect for adults too), written in a really flowing way, with a lot of adventure and loads of imagination. One of my middle grade favorites this year! I also finished Gemina, need I tell you more about it? (#feels) Kat and Meg Conquer the World is an ARC I read way too early, as it releases only in November, but it was a lovely diverse YA book about characters with severe anxiety and ADHD. Red Rising was my buddy read with Marta @ The Somewhere Library, and it blew my mind! You can read my review here. I recommend Red Rising to everyone, unless you’re really squeamish.

The Gargoyle After Many Years I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou's Autobiography #1) Where Is God When It Hurts?

This month I also read something amazing completely accidentally. Mom brought The Gargoyle back from the library, and it turned out to be on my Goodreads TBR! I’ve forgotten the feeling of an accidental beautiful find, but this is exactly what this book was. Poetic, mesmerizing, full of feeling and beautifully writter – review is forthcoming. I am still in awe by The Gargoyle. There were a few more reads this month, but they pale in comparison. After Many Years is a complication of lost and found short stories by L.M. Mongomery, and although it was interesting seeing the other side of the author of Anne, they weren’t particularly magical. I also read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, but I’m sad to say I struggled to finish it. I also read Where Is God When It Hurts, as I was struggling with my own chronic pain, and spotted this in the library. It’s worth a read if you have to deal with physical pain in your life, and although it’s Christian philosophy, you can read even if you’re not (I don’t consider myself Christian or religious.)

~ The Stats! ~

So yay, my Goodreads goal looks good! I also (accidentally) kicked it with the Mount TBR goal, but… The Blogger Shame could be doing better? It doesn’t help that I keep getting new ARCs and they become 4 months old and make my goal bigger xD

~ On The Blog In July ~

I’ve posted 16 times in July! Woohoo, this is probably my busiest month on the blog! Here’s what I posted in case you missed it (excluding Sunday posts):

This One May Be A Winner After All   What Happens To A Pacifist When He Has To Fight For His Family?

A Tour Of The Past With Schiffer Books   Anne of Green Gables v2.0: Slow Start, Good Delivery

Discussion: Crave Book + Buy Book = Put It Away?   Why Marta Thinks I Should Read Red Rising

Red Rising Simply BLEW MY MIND!   A Life Can Be Lived 4..3..2..1 Literary Ways?

What Are Some Of The Biggest Books I've Read?   Things To Do When You're Goth In The Country

~ Book Haul July ~

I know it sounds like it’s jinxed or something, but I’ve also acquired 16 books (I’m only showcasing 15 though, cause one of them is not even on Goodreads o.o) Yes, yes, I know – reading 11 and getting 16 is not going to make my TBR get smaller. But hey, at least I didn’t get 20 like I usually do, right? I’ve also been feeling jaded of the ARCs, which is a good thing, cause maybe I’ll request less. (One can hope?..)

Books I Bought

The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust #1) Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1) Kindred

The Long Way Down has been on my wishlist for a while since a friend recommended, Practical Magic I need to read because I got the ARC for The Rules of Magic, and Kindred is something I grabbed after I read a review on Grab The Lapels.

Books I Got For Review

The Worrier's Guide to the End of the World: Surviving a So-Called Spiritual Journey through India, Italy, and Beyond The Punch Escrow The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0.5) The Memory Tree

Out of these, I think I’m most excited about The Rules of Magic, The Growing Season and Endurance. It’s obvious about The Rules of Magic, because it’s Alice Hoffman we’re talking about. As for The Growing Season, I’ve read something else by Helen Sedgwick before and truly loved it. And Endurance is simply a treat for anyone who is interested in space – it’s a real-life tale about living for a year in space! Come on, doesn’t that excite you?!

I’m currently reading They Both Die At The End and it’s murdering my #feels (seriously, if you’re struggling with moods, this book is NOT FOR YOU.) I’m also reading The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice, which is an absolutely adorable book about a prankster angel who does a body swap on a middle age suicidal lady and a superstar. It’s wonderful.

I think that’s about it for my monthly wrap-up! What about you? Did you haul or read anything awesome this month? Share with me in the comments! And link drop all you want!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

95 thoughts on “July Stats Fever! And Sunday post #17

  1. Yeah I clearly wasn’t informed, because I wouldn’t have approved it. But clearly someone did, so…

    11 books! That’s great. And Gemina is one of my favorites of the year so far, I loved that book. I just read a really good review the other day for The Punch Escrow too, first I’d seen it. Hope you like it!
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    1. Haha 😀 I wouldn’t have approved it either! The memo must have not reached both of us 😀 faulty communications!
      Oh, I’m glad you saw a good review of that! I just grabbed it fresh off NetGalley, haven’t seen any reviews at all 🙂

    1. Not just almost August, it’s almost not summer yet!! And we only started having summer weather last week xD and yeah, definitely should try Gemina 🙂 you haven’t read Illuminae yet, have you? YOU MUST!!!

  2. I have heard Silvera’s books are on the sadder side. I let one of my co-bloggers take my More Happy Than Not, because me and sad books is never a good thing. I have such fond memories of Gemina, because I read it last year and need Obsidio now! Glad to hear Kat and Meg was good. I have been reading a ton of good anxiety books, and am looking forward to this one. And yeah! Glad you are back on track with your challenge.
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    1. Well, that means it’s good – people just keep checking it out 😀 I hope you can get it one of those days. It’s really worth it.

  3. I wasn’t informed either… something should be done about it – the year seems to be sliding about far too fast. You certainly had a great month with reading and reviewing. I’m totally with you regarding Red Rising – have you read Golden Son yet? Hope you have an equally good August – I love the look of The Rules of Magic. My Sunday Post –
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  4. July really went by quickly! I really should start working on lesson plans for the fall, but I don’t feel like it. Like, at all!
    I love your infographs, Evelina, very nicely done 🙂 and it’s nice to be somewhat on track with some challenges, right? My worst challenge is the Blogger shame as well *sighs*. ARCs are just irresistible, you know?
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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  5. Freakin’ A… It is NOT August yet!!! Where did you hear a nasty rumor like that??? I’m not ready!!!!!!!!! Don’t believe everything you read!!! 🙂 Too funny!!! Where did our summer go????!!!!

    Awesome stats!!! I wish I had the patience to do stats like you!!!! Someday… Goodreads is always my best challenge and you’re doing great!! Awesome post!!!

  6. I know, right? Someone messed with the calendar, I’m sure! In August, I’m supposed to go to the beach…but there are too many obstacles to that path this year.

    You have a lot of tempting books, and that should help. I also have The Rules of Magic.

    I whittled my NetGalley ARCs down to five remaining, with release dates of 8/22, 9/12, 9/26, 10/3 and 10/10. Almost manageable now!

    My Purchased Books…finished so far this year, 64. But I still have some purchased that I haven’t read yet…more than I should. Compulsive Book Buying Disorder. LOL.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
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    1. Well, this year we’re in the same boat! Unfortunately, the boat is hypothetical 😀 no beach for me either 🙁 I’d love to see the sea!
      You are so amazing!!! I have a buffer of maybe like 50 ARCs still waiting for me :/

      1. Thanks, Evelina, and I just have such a fear of not meeting deadlines, that I refuse to request more than ten, and try to keep it down to seven or eight, spread out over the months. But sometimes they clump together!
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        1. Oh dear, I once downloaded like 40 and I still can’t get out of it cause I get more current ones 😀 I have 105 at the moment and only like 40 are reviewed… respect for you 😀

  7. Wow! You read a lot this month!! I´m knowin the middle of Illuminae, liking it so far, very much looking forward to read Gemina as you recomended and as I keep seeing you talking about this series.
    As for the Book Haul part, you got 16 but only read 11, ok yout TBR is not getting any smaller but, you cannot go against the amazing feeling of a new book #bookwormproblems.

    1. Yes, you are absolutely right. And also, I’m slightly proud it’s not 20 books! 16 is my SMALLEST haul this year. Woot woot!
      So excited about your Illuminae review!!!!!

  8. Ooo I’ve read Practical Magic– one day I was wondering aimlessly through my local library and was seduced by the blue cover. It wasn’t my cup of tea– it wasn’t bad, I think it was too character-driven for my taste. I’m interested to hear your thoughts!
    Also I /love/ your stats info-bar graph thing!
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    1. Oh! Then I’m extra interested! I love character driven books. Unfortunately, I’ve seen the movie (also loved it), but I guess I know what happens, so… oh well, at least I’ll find out HOW it happens I guess 😀

  9. I honestly can’t believe July is almost over. Wasn’t it just winter? Summer always disappears in the blink of an eye here (Maryland), but winter lasts so long. And yet, we experience all four seasons and they last an equal amount of months during the year. O_O It looks like you had a great month in reading! I loved Gemina, and Red Rising. I read the sequel but I’ve still not read the conclusion. Someday!

    I hope you have a great month to come! Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Tell me about it, we have almost 9 months of winter here in Lithuania. It sucks xD summer, on the other hand, has only graced us maybe a week ago. The weather has been atrocious this summer! But at least now we’re getting some sunlight 🙂
      Yeah, I also need to get my hands on the full series. Where is my sale! 😀

  10. I love all of your stats! It sounds like you had a fantastic month. 🙂 The Gargoyle looks like such an awesome find and all of the books you acquired do too! Hope you enjoy!

  11. I clicked through on “The Gargoyle” and it sounds amazing! Added it to my TBR and looking forward to your review 🙂

        1. That would be great! I should be free to buddy read starting the middle of August. What about we plan it for around then? 🙂

          1. Hahaha 😀 I write write this down in my planner. I can mail you to this email address that I see on the comment form, right? 🙂

            We can also do an interview review! Like, read it, write questions for each other, then I answer yours on my blog, you – on yours. We did this with Marta with the book Red Rising, I think you saw that review? It was loads of fun. What would you think about this setup?

  12. Thanks for weighing in on the time for Lithuania – have added it to my post! Interesting about the short stories of Montgomery, I did request one from NG – might have been that one, but couldn’t download it to my Kindle so maybe a lucky save. I’ll keep going though with my reads of the Anne series then I have some others of hers I plan to read.

    1. Oh, thanks for adding 🙂 yes. It was that one! I was also sort of annoyed that it turned out non-Kindle. I wish they would tell you before! But I listened to it through my audio app 🙂 yeah. You didn’t miss much. It was okay, but not brilliant 🙂

  13. HI Evelina! What a lovely blog you have. I loved the summary of your stats. I picked up Gargoyle at a used book sale and have been wanting to read it. Your comments on it just reinforces that. I heard Kindred is very good. Hope you love all your new books. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    1. Thank you! What a nice thing to say <3 yes, please read The Gargoyle! It was such an unexpected masterpiece for me. I can only hope you'll feel the same. If/when you review it, please share the link! I'm curious about your opinion :)

  14. I finished A Million Junes this morning and adored it, and also really appreciated Dramatically Ever After this month. I surpassed my goodreads goal of 125 books as well, because I don’t have school. I also finished the first draft of a novel, so that was sort of exciting. It sounds like you had a great reading month. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Wow! Looks like you moved mountains, basically! I’m so impressed with people who read more than 100 books a year. For me there’s just.. no way 😀
      What is your novel about? And congratulations! That’s a big task done 🙂

  15. I’m much more of a spring and autumn girl myself, so July and August are generally speaking my least favourite months anyway, but I do know what you mean about the time flying by. No sooner do the schools break up for the summer holidays, than the shops start to stock their autumn and winter ranges and all the Christmas merchandise starts to make an appearance!!

    You have a had a great month, despite adding more books than you read, bacause we all do that, don’t we? It goes without saying 🙂

    I quite like the sound of ‘They Both Die At The End’. An interesting and totally intriguing premise.

    A great post, thanks for sharing 🙂


    1. Haha, I keep stupidly hoping that maybe I will buy less one month 😀 They Both Die At The End is sooooo sad though. I am almost regretting I wanted the ARC so much. It’s just such a downer.
      Thanks for visiting!

    1. Oh, you’ve read the Gargoyle! I’m so glad there’s finally someone who’s read it! Wasn’t it just so romantic and beautiful, and soooo beautifully written? Have you read anything else by the author?
      Thanks, you have a great week too 🙂

  16. Hello Evelina – So glad to meet you through MM link up. This is a great monthly review.
    Many of your titles are new to me and I will look into The Gargoyle and Endurance especially.
    I have Red Rising on my audio TBR and “R” for Alphabet. Sounds like I need to get to it soon.
    Good job on your GR and TBR goals. I’m not sure what the Shame one is but sharing reading and reviews, a couple or many, should never lead to shame. IMHO. 🙂
    I hope you have a great week filled with Happy Reading!
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    1. Hi Martha! Nice to meet you too, thanks for dropping by! Yeah, The Gargoyle is definitely worth your while, and so is Red Rising. The Blogger Shame goal is reviewing any ARC that’s older than 4 month, so basically just putting it right with your old review copies 🙂 that’s always the hardest of all challenges, I feel like. The shame bit is that you’ve received books a year ago and have not reviewed them yet 😀 I kind of feel shame about that, to be honest.
      Have a great week too!

  17. I have no idea how you keep up with all this! You just blow me away. You’re doing a great job overall– don’t lose sight of that. And picture books should totally count. Someone spent a lot of time, love and energy writing that book– and I’m sure it is awesome. Perhaps you could do a post of mini-picture book reviews? That would be cool.

    I’m also blown away with all your posts! I try to aim for 8 posts a month and I rarely make it. 16?! Great job!! No wonder I can’t keep up with your blog. 😀 I’ll make a stronger effort. 😉

    I didn’t haul much this month; I’m trying to be reasonable about my TBR, honestly. It’s starting to become an overwhelming monster. I did read some awesome books this month. I really enjoyed The Crystal Ribbon, a MG historical fantasy novel set in 1100 China. I also didn’t want to finish reading Half a War which is the final book in the Shattered Sea trilogy. I just didn’t want to leave that world! Have you ever felt that way? It’s amazing.
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    1. How do I keep up xD well, let me compare! Jackie: 85 books. Evelina: 50ish somethingish. That’s how :DDD also, I don’t really work full-time. I don’t know how I’d be able to do it. I also don’t commute. Remote work all the way, babyyy! That, and no more social life. That’s over-rated xD
      Yeah, I did a post for the three picture books, all in one 🙂 it’s in the post list! 😀 they were ARCs anyway, so I had to review them 🙂
      Thanks for appreciating and pointing it out to me though, with how I’m doing. I’ve had like the worst day ever today, and it feels good to hear that I’m at least doing well in *some* regards.
      I saw The Crystal Ribbon! I really want to read that one, I’ve marked it on Goodreads maybe last month. And I know what you mean. It’s why I take YEARS AND YEARS between sequels. Just don’t want that world to end for me!

      1. (Ah, yet another post I responded to and my comment vanished. Go figure)

        Well. Yes. I read quite a bit. I just don’t write reviews for those books! XD XD XD Ooooooops. And you *totally* work full time. You just don’t have a commute. 35 hours or more = full time. So there. 😉

        You are amazing and a rockstar. Don’t ever let yourself think otherwise.
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        1. Oh noooo, not again? Why does this keep happening to you D:
          Ah, full time here is 40 hours xD I work 6 hours a day on average, I suppose. So by my country’s standards, not full time xD but if you say so! 😀
          Thank you Jackie, your support means tons to me 🙂 blogger BFFs!

  18. Wow! Well done! I need to read some novellas to catch up on my stats. I am never going to be able to do it otherwise!

    I want to read Illuminae AND Red Rising soon but my reading schedule is tight this year! Eek.

    I also seem to be getting in more than I’m reading at the moment. Oops. I have to stop that!

    I loved the movie Practical Magic! I had no idea it was a book too! #clueless

    Hope you have a wonderful August!

    1. I know what you mean xD novellas can be good! May I recommend one? 🙂 Lantern by Chess Desals. If you’re curious, I once posted a review of it, you can search in the search bar. But it’s really sweet, and it’s recommended around Halloween 🙂 I looooved it. So very heartwarming.
      And also, Brother’s Ruin is a good short one! Also wrote a review, I’m sure you’ve even read it here.
      Hope you have a great August too 🙂

  19. *sheepish smile* Oy. Of course I missed that post. I’ll be back to see it! It’s so hard to keep up– you are quite prolific. 😀 But I adore it when I do manage to get to your posts.

    I didn’t realize you didn’t work full-time! And the lack of commute would certainly hurt my book reading. I listen to a ton of audiobooks during my commute. I also am SUPER behind on writing reviews. Like… we’re talking 30+ books behind. O_o But, as I mentioned elsewhere, that’s a product of always being behind in my reading. So, something has to give.

    1. Well, full time… When I say “I don’t work full time”, it just means I don’t commute and can juggle my time. But for you to better understand how I work, yesterday I worked for 11 hours. So it’s not necessarily that I work less xD it’s just that sometimes I can do this:
      it's friday fuck this shit

      But the commutes definitely factor out a lot of time. Although before I used to just read through them. But still xD I don’t need to dress up, make myself look like a human being (sometimes I wonder if that’s a plus or a minus xD) and I can sleep in. But really, I usually need a lot more sleep than most people because I’m a little bit of a spoonie, so it kind of works out. However, the schedule freedom might allow me more freedom with my blogging. Although I know I work at the blog way more than I should for an unpaid thing xD

      30 books behind! Woah, I’m only behind like 7 and it still feels bad xD

      1. Pft. That’s still working full-time! The meaning of the workday is changing in our world. It’s totally cool to work from home and take calls in your PJs and decide to work for two hours, take a two-hour blog break, and then work for the rest of your daily hours. I wish I had that sort of flexibility! I could use a daily break between 2:30-4 to blog. Seriously. My work-focused brain shuts down then, I swear. Then I get a boost around 4:30pm! It’s weird.

        Yeah. 30. It’s a nightmare inducing thing. I’m taking Friday off so I can start to make a dent in them. I hope to get through 5… we’ll see if I make it. O_o

        1. Yeah, it’s a really good way to work, especially just because you can choose the hours you’re productive and let yourself have a proper sick day if you’re feeling headachey. What’s good is that my work is also proportional to the money I make, so it’s just… honest. No pretending to work and waste time, which is usually the case with A LOT of office workers, because that’s just the system.
          I remember I’d always become a limp dumpling at around 3 PM xD that’s usually around the time I will be having (or have already had) coffee. Or like, the time your body shuts down cause you’ve had lunch and you really need to digest it. I used to hate that hour xD
          I also need to write a post for next week, but I don’t know if I will today, cause it’s my birthday xD

  20. I have so many ARCs/review copies that have come in the mail recently. Also, I might have gone a little overboard with checking out books at my local library. Needless to say my August TBR is more than a bit ambitious, but I’m determined to knock out as many books as I can.
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    1. Jealous!! I am international, I don’t get book mail xD and when I do, it travels for two months and/or sinks in the sea 😀 how many did you get in your library that you went overboard? xD thankfully they won’t let me check out more than 5 😀 I love them actually having that limit!

  21. Wow, you’re such a fast reader! And you’ve read so many fantastic books too. I have to get around to reading Gemina soon; Illuminae was a fantastic read! 😀 16 new books isn’t so bad. I’m pretty sure we’ve all done worse and that we’ve all NEVER been able to fix that TBR:READ ratio hahahah I don’t really recognize any of those books you’ve got for review, but I do see and recognize Adam Silvera. He seems to always write books that destroy people emotionally! Happy reading, Evelina! 😀

    1. Yes, Gemina was amazing and I hope you can get your hands on it soon 🙂 the TBR ratio is a nightmare, but then again, I would rather have too many books to read than too few 🙂 and I’ve decided no more Silvera books. It’s just not good for my mental health :/ way, way too sad and heavy.

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