It’s a Wrap! July 2018

 

 
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Hello everybody! Monica here. A bit late to post this but hey, better late than never. July was a weirdly busy month for me. I started my summer uni class, so I had that with its awesome two midterms, I had work and I had various commitments and appointments sprinkled in throughout. It was fun! The surprising thing though, is it’s also my most successful reading month for the year so far! How did I do?

Let’s get started.Just as a quick overview: I read a total of 16 things. These include 8 full books that I own, 3 ARCS, 3 graphic novels and 2 novellas/short story.

 

Yep! Those are all that I’ve finished this month and I can’t be more happy to be able to cut a huge chunk out off my ever growing TBR haha for the most part I think it was due to the fact that I finally succumbed to listening to more audiobooks than before. I wasn’t judgemental towards people who listen to audiobooks at all but for some reason I had this subconscious belief that if I listened to it instead of read it physically, that it wouldn’t count because I won’t remember it or something. That is not the case at all. Audiobooks actually worked better for me because I am mostly an auditory learner more than visually.

Of course, the narrator can make or break it, but for the most part it seems a tad bit more enjoyable to me. A lot of these I borrowed off of the library or Scribd which is good except, I have a gajillion books I own that needs to be read.

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All the books I’ve been neglecting, I’m sorry!

I did finish three ARCs that has been long overdue though so that’s fun! I have yet to write mini reviews for them and post it up but one step at a time. Also, some people might say that the individual volumes of comics that I’ve read isn’t considered a book can kiss my beautiful derrière lol if I want to I can and will even consider Wattpad novels and translated web novels as books too but I can’t get everything in life can I?

Anywho, not that long of a post, just wanted to let you guys know how last month went for me. Not too shabby in my opinion! I’m going to try to have a good month August as well before uni life eats me whole September. How was your guys’ July? Was it a good one? Not so much? Comment down below and let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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20 thoughts on “It’s a Wrap! July 2018

    • tornpagesandroses says:

      To be fair a bit of those were comic issues and novellas haha Uprooted was good! I started it by reading untl I ended up using an audiobook and I do wish I finished it on the book. The narrator killed it for me that I pretty much zoned out near the end. I still heard the ending but it’s incomplete lol it’s really good though, magical even. You know how Grimms’ fairytales make you feel when they’re animated or something? Like that 😄

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      Haha that’s fair! I do listen to audiobooks only when I’m on the way to school or work or just out and about because I do fall asleep too lol I read physically before bed so that helps me. Also, the narrator can make it or break it, so far no favorite one yet but I’m exploring!

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  1. Rachana says:

    I had a great month! I can’t believe you read 16 books haha. That’s awesome!! I was thinking of getting Scribd so it’s great to hear you found a lot of books you wanted to read on it. I feel like listening to more audiobooks will also help me get through my tbr because my eyes have been getting tired from either staring at my computer screen or a book or my Kindle lately.

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      • Rachana says:

        Oh gosh I forgot to check my wordpress notifications..I only read your comment after I signed up. Thank you for sharing the link with me (but I think it’s a bit too late for me to use it now). Btw, do you have any audiobook recs? I started listening to The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and I’m enjoying it so far! 😀

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      • tornpagesandroses says:

        Hmm, with fantasy, right now anyways I recommend the audiobook for The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. The story is dense in the sense that there’s lots of intrigue and conflict and there’s a lot going on in the story but I feel like the language is very accessible especially for people just getting into adult fantasy. If you feel up for paranormal/supernatural/urban fantasy though, check out the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Both audiobooks are narrated really well and the story is fantastic in my opinion haha a bit popcorn-y but hey. For sci-fi I haven’t really read a lot of it lately so the only suggestion I have is The Martian by Andy Weir if you want to. It’s hilarious and it’s really well written. I hope that helped! I would love a review of one if you try them 😊

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      • Rachana says:

        Thank you for the recommendations. ❤ I appreciate how you put a lot of thought & consideration into them. The Blade Itself seems a bit confusing but I'll keep it in mind. I don't think paranormal is really my cup of tea right now – mostly because it's a bit creepy and I have an overactive imagination (I like listening to audiobooks before I sleep haha.). The Martian looks especially interesting so I think I'll try that. This was definitely helpful! I hope you've been having a good reading month so far!

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      • tornpagesandroses says:

        You’re absolutely welcome! As you can tell my reading repertoire is actually not that diverse right now since I’m kind of working through ARCs at the moment (lots of impulse requests/approvals so lol). If I do run into new books though I’ll shoot you a message! I haven’t really thought about intro to adult fantasy or sci fi since I’ve been reading it for far too long already. Let me know if you’ve read The Martian and/or posted a review up?

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      • Rachana says:

        Ohh good luck finishing all the ARCs! That’s one of the reasons I stopped requesting them haha. There’s too many books I own that I need to finish first and I have zero self control when it comes to requesting books lol. Actually, I think some of the sci-fi/fantasy books I’ve read in the past year are adult and not YA after all. Like The Themis Files and City of Brass! Have you read them? Well I don’t actually review every book I read so no promises haha. It’s just a bit time consuming because writing reviews (even bullet points ones) takes me forever. But I usually post my thoughts on GR during or after reading. 🙂

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      • tornpagesandroses says:

        I have read City of Brass! I didn’t super love it but I enjoyed it. It felt, to me anyway, a bit dragging especially near the end so I was kind of disappointed. Yeah. I haven’t requested any new ARCs in months nor have I accepted any offers because I’m neck deep 😂 yes! Reviews take so much time, I would love to do it to all that I’ve read but I don’t have thoughts on some of them? Odd? Haha always reviewed on GRs though

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      • Rachana says:

        Aw really? I loved it a lot tbh. I don’t think I noticed it dragging because I didn’t really want the book to end. I spent almost a month reading it, very slowly, just savouring it. Oh yes I get what you mean about not always having thoughts on some books. It’s kind of hard to review a book that doesn’t elicit a strong reaction from me (like love).

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