July 2018 Recap // Way Too Many Moths & I’M PLANNING TO HOST A READING CHALLENGE

I’m proud to announce that a. my slump has NOT COME BACK (yet) and that b. August is my birthday month!!

Celebration time!!

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me rn

I’m actually okay with the amount of books I read (spoiler alert it’s nine) which is an accomplishment within itself.

Okay what else do I put in this introduction.

This post is late (I was planning to post it on the last day of July but that didn’t work out) because I wasn’t able to take more bookstagram photos until today!

{all covers link to their Goodreads}

reading stuff

books i read

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Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore ★★★☆☆ [gr review to come]

  • Listen, about 99% of my friends were in love with this book. So imagine my horror when it turned out that, despite the lush writing, there are literally no plot at all. #salty

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee ★★★★★ [blog review] [gr review]

  • My third reread of one of my favorite books!! ❤ I still love it as much as I did the first time I read it.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton ★★★★☆ [blog review] [gr review]

  • That twist at the end thoughhhh. Also this was so spooky I loved it.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab ★★★★★ [gr review]

  • I don’t hate all of Schwab’s books!!! *rejoices*

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody ★★★★☆ [blog review] [gr review]

  • This was soooo amazing and I loved it so much while reading it and I NEED KING OF FOOLS ASAP.

The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood (anthology) ★★★★☆ [gr review]

  • Aaaah this was my first anthology and the beginning was really hard to get into but after a while I started really enjoying the stories and loving them!

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The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta ★★★★★ [gr review to come]

  • I’ll just repeat what I said in my goodreads review. Our main characters are a genderfluid couple, amazing.

500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario ★★★☆☆ [gr review]

  • I actually enjoyed this, but I feel like it could have been fleshed out more and I wish it was longer, honestly.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik ★★★★★ [gr review to come]

  • Hi this is officially one of my favorites of 2018 and I don’t regret a thing.

physical book haul

Lovely, Dark and Deep by Justina Chen

  • Okay but a HUGE THANK YOU to the amazing Kav who sent me this!! They’re amazing!! Also I think the main character is Filipino (!!!)

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

  • Thank you to Abrams books for sending me a copy of this for review! I’m so excited and apparently it’s has bi characters going on a quest… amazing.

digital book haul

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I actually mentioned A Spark of White Fire in my asian-inspired fantasy and it’s apparently a space opera which sounds AMAZING. (It’s also up for download on Edelweiss in case any of you want to read it!)

500 Words or Less has a Chinese mc and this is written in poetry which was really interesting to read! Also I’M SO HYPED FOR EMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS, A JAPANESE-INSPIRED FANTASY.

anticipated august releases

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blogging stuff 2

reading challenges

This month I participated in the #24in48 readathon where you’re trying to read for 24 hours in 48 hours.

I finished The Radical Element, and then The Brilliant Death (which features a genderfluid couple fyi) and then I started some of Escaping From Houdini!

Next month I’m planning to participate in #ArcAugust because especially after BookCon I have way too many arcs to read and sdkflsjf I’m so hyped for all of them!

(tbh in the future I’ll probably announce that I have read 0 arcs just like last year. I’m very good at readathons.)

Here’s my smol tbr list for ARC August:

  • Ignite the Stars (I love the Asian model on the cover and also this kind of sounds like Cinder? Which I loved. I’m just scared because Aimee hated this and her opinions are v trustable.)
  • See All the Stars* (The cover looks kind of mediocre but!!! there are so many reviews saying this is really good. And we all know that I trust the hype.)
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay (My first reason for reading this is because it’s an orange book and my second is because of this smol.)

Also, May and I are thinking about hosting a reading challenge that’s probably about a month long, and is either all during December or split during November and December!

We’re planning to make it about celebrating IPOC (Indigenous & People of Color) and we’re going to create a bingo card so if you’d be interesting in participating please let us know! We’re trying to figure out what to do based off of how many people are willing to participate. ❤

(It would be called #ReadIPOChallenge by the way, and we’re combining the C in IPOC and Challenge because we’re edgy.)

More information will be released in October!!

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I guess you all looking at my stats?? Also I have replied to approximately 2 comments this month and I’m sorry I love you all but replying to comments is so much work and I plan to catch up soon!!

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other posts i loved

Marie gives us tips on gaining followers and interactions and go read her post it’s so helpful and amazing!

Cait shows how she manages to write while having a mental illness and it’s such a nice, gentle reminder.

Lily explains why we need more confident and strong female characters!

Elise posts the top twenty gayest Taylor Swift songs and we all needed this post in our life.

Lu talks about her favorite expectations in fantasy novels and it’s vv relatable.

bookish news

life stuff 3

brooklyn nine nine

Yes, I need an entire section to talk about b99 to dedicate my absolute love for this show because it’s so amazing.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has officially usurped the position of my #1 favorite tv show from Friends.


Anyways, Jake Peralta & Amy Santiago are amazing and my official favs. I love them so much.

other stuff

  • I went to the Seven-Eleven on free Slurpee day because PAYING FOR THINGS?? no thanks, and I saw someone from my school and you know every awkward moment where you see people from school outside of school but you don’t know them that well and just??? well that was me.
  • I’ve had contact with two ants and a bee this month. And a HECK TON OF MOTHS WHY ARE THERE SO MANY IN MY HOUSE. THIS IS TERRIBLE.
ft. my live texts about moths


tell me your thoughts 2

Have you watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Do you hate moths just as much as I do? Are you participating in #ARCAugust?



  1. Who’s soul did you sacrifice to ger your hands on an ARC of City of Ghosts???
    I also have an eARC of See All The Stars (was that the title?) which I’ve been meaning to read for a while but haven’t gotten around to yet. I honestly don’t even know what it’s about anymore oops
    I hope you have a great month!!

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      1. I still have no clue tbh, I never ended up reading it hahaha wow I commented that like half a year ago I admire your commitment to reply after all that time

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  2. I’d definitely be interested in participating in your and May’s #IPOChallenge!! ☺️

    And omg, I LOVE Brooklyn 99!! It’s also one of my *favorite* TV shows of all time and I just want EVERYONE to watch it and see how amazing and diverse and hilarious this show is!! I’m so glad you love it as well. (I love Jake and Amy too!!) Who are your favorite characters?? Mine are probably Jake, Holt, and Rosa (although I love them all 😭💗).


  3. First off, I’m super happy to hear that you enjoyed Ace Of Shades!!! Like, that book has been on my brain for over a year now and I always get super excited when people end up liking/loving the book too! And let’s not even talk about how much I need King Of Fools. Why is April so far away???? It was April, right?!? I’m old and forgetful. xD

    Also, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 10000% deserves its own section! It’s a fantastic show and I’m so freaking glad Netflix Germany FINALLY added the fourth season so I’ve been watching it these past few days! I’m already dreading the wait for season five. *cries*

    I always SAY I want to participate in ARCAugust but then I never do. But I should. I have too many review copies that I should get to but I also want to read all these other books first and more. Why aren’t there more hours in the day???


  4. I’m sorry, but I adore moths. You have permission to switch places with me so I can live in your moth palace, but maybe they are attracted to you so it might now work? Also I’m super jelly of you having read City of Ghosts… it sounds amazing!


  5. I was also disappointed by Wild Beauty. I agree that the writing is absolutely beautiful but yeah..I just got a bit bored tbh. I feel like I need to move Ace of Shades and Spinning Silver up my tbr pile because every blogger I follow talks about how amazing these books are!!


  6. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed Spinning Silver! I love it so much! And so sorry about Wild Beauty. It’s still high on my TBR though 🙂 Looking for more bisexual rep!

    I actually don’t hate moths…? hahaha I grew up used to having moths and beetles flying about :p #mountainchick




  8. Ahhhh I REALLY want to participate in this reading challenge!!! If you and May are hosting it, I’ve got to 😀 Yayyy your birthday month – happy early bday!


  9. I would definitely be interested in hearing more information about the IPOC challenge! I don’t know if I’d be able to participate yet (because school likes to take over my life🙈) but I really think it would be a lot of fun. I hope you have a great month, and happy early birthday! 🙂


  10. YAY, birthday month, that’s SO great! 😀
    I’m so happy you enjoyed The Belles, it was such a great read and I can’t wait to read the sequel and everything and ahhhhhhh I loved this so much. Also this book made me hungry haha 🙂
    I don’t know if I could participate in your IPOC challenge, given my poor ability to participate in any challenge at all, but I ENCOURAGE YOU AND I WANT TO KNOW MORE and think that you should totally do it, it’ll be such a cool challenge!! 😀
    Have a wonderful August! ❤ ❤


  11. I read The Devouring Gay instead of Gray and now I’m a liiiiil disappointed 😂 This is not the first time I misread gray as gay asfnsj

    YASSS WELCOME TO THE NINE NINE!! God I love B99 so much I just rewatch it pretty much all the time?? I haven’t done that with a show in forever.

    Uggggh moths I’ll join your anti-moths club because uggghhh a few years ago it was like we had an invasion. THEY JUST KEPT COMING LIKE LEAVE US ALONE


  12. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine has officially usurped the position of my #1 favorite tv show from Friends.” How did I not know Friends is (was) your favorite show and B99 took the absolute favorite spot from it as well!! I ADORE B99 SO MUCH and I’m so glad NBC saved it from its cancellation. 😭💓💓

    I’m sorry you were disappointed by Wild Heart. 😦 The lack of plot (& other things) bothered me as well, and as much as I wish I loved Anna-Marie McLemore, this is now the second book of hers I just can’t connect with/don’t like. 😭

    I’m super happy to see you loved Spinning Silver and Ace of Shades, though!! I can’t wait to read the former.

    Also, congrats on reading nine books & thank you so much for including my post in your recap!! I’m so flattered and happy you liked it. 😭❤️

    (I’d love to participate in your challenge, but I’m not sure how busy I’ll be yet. 😐)

    I hope you’re having a great August, Ju!! 💖💖


  13. BROOKLYN 99 IS THE BEST COMEDY TO EVER ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ It's so so so sweet and happy-making and brilliant. UGH MY HEART

    And omg I'm so excite to continue reading The Brilliant Death (I read the first 70 pages through BookishFirst and then slammed that exchange points for an ARC because GOOD GRAVY it was excellent)!

    I think if the challenge was in December I could participate and it sounds awesome!

    Hope your August is fab!


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