This is my first full month blogging, so I wanted to follow the cool kids and do a recap post! Things I learned in making this post are:
- Book blogging has taken over my life.
- I love it + you.
- I need a book budget, cos wtf.
- The Martian by Andy Weir: 3.5/5
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: 2.5/5
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik: 4/5
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown: a confused 5/5
- Golden Son by Pierce Brown: a confident 5/5
- Way Down Dark by James Smythe: 4/5
- Armada by Ernest Cline: 3/5
- Ink and Bone: 4/5
- Falling Kingdoms: 4/5
- Snow Like Ashes: 5/5
- All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: 4/5
- Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: 4/5
- Half A King by Joe Abercrombie: 4/5
- Spark by Rachael Craw: 3.5/5
- Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig: 3/5
= 15 REVIEWS!
Which means my credit card bill is going to be monstrous this month *CRIES* I hereby impose a book buying ban. Self, please concentrate on your ARC pile in August! *leers*
I mainly read fantasy and scifi (what a shocker). I did not end up reading as many contemporary or diverse books as I had promised. Boo. Recs of fantasy + diversity for this poor soul? I also started making graphics for my review this month which increases the time I take to write a review by… a lot. But now that I have started, it’s way too fun to stop!
CURRENT READ: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, I’m halfway through and it’s pretty phenomenal. I am so excited to write and make graphics for this review 😀
I discovered the magic of discussion posts for bringing traffic and comments to the blog. Plus they are so fun to write y’all. Of course, my lovely commenters are way more intelligent than the actual posts I write. Check their comments out and visit their blogs!
FIRST: I’d like to thank everyone who commented, followed, or plain read my posts in the past month. July has been amazing beyond my imagination, I reached 200+ followers on WordPress and 300 followers on Twitter. But more than those numbers, I am glad to have an active audience that comments and interact with me. Thank you so much for your support!
SECOND: I want to avoid blogging burnout so I’m not sure if I will be posting nearly as crazily as I did this month haha. But we’ll see if I can even keep away!
THIRDLY: I am also contemplating opening up a graphics design shop in the next month, as I’ve been getting a couple of inquiries privately (for which I am forever humbled). I’ll start off with offering headers, blog buttons, teaser graphics and the likes. I’m both excited and nervous!
FOURTHLY: Netgalley actually approves my requests now, you guys. SQUEE. Though I am also so greedy, I need a handler to stop me from requesting.
FINALLY: I’ve been trying to read all of your July Wrap Up posts as well, but if I’ve missed yours, please link me so I can shower love on you?