Why I struggled to read in July and why August is already better

Let's go ahead and address the elephant in the virtual room —I didn't read s*** in July. Of the four books I cracked open and attempted I disliked two, struggled to get into a third and LOVED the fourth. I'm going to chalk it up to a summer slump, being busy AF, and lack of inspiration.

With all that in mind, I’ve canned July's superlatives. But if you want to know more about the four books in question, follow me over on Goodreads. I keep notes and write tiny reviews as I’m reading and finishing books during the month.


August might not be any better as far as reading goes, but I’m not going to let that stop me from trying. I’m thankfully 20/30 books for 2019, so a little summer slump won’t derail my reading challenge.

Here is what I’ll be reading this month alongside my knitting and cross stitch projects:

  • “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab — ADSOM is a holdover from July. I'm about 100 pages and really not getting into it. It may end up as my first DNF (did not finish) of the year.

  • “Bloom” by Kevin Panetta — I've been reading a lot of “to be continued” webtoons on my phone recently that are leaving me with all the feels. I picked up “Bloom” at the library to fill that sentimental, need a-happy-ending romance gap.

  • “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi — I've been meaning to read this one for ages! I've heard great things from everyone that's read it and can we talk about those exclusive Maji clan editions from B&N?! Definitely can’t wait to start CBAB this month.

  • “Obsidio” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — I can’t get enough of the “Illuminae Files.” I secretly don't want it to end, but also I have to know how it ends. I fully expect to read this in a single sitting.

  • Tithe” by Holly Black —I LOVED this book in middle school. It’s been over a decade since I last read it, so technically still a reread. But Holly Black is going to be at the National Book Festival here in DC this month and I want to try to get it signed alongside my copy of “The Wicked King.”

  • “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell — Rainbow Rowell is also going to be at the National Book Festival this month. Since I’ve not read any of her work, want to squeeze this one in before hearing her speak.

What are you reading this month? Any of these? Something else? Let me know in the comments below.