If you have ever thought that my wrap ups were way too long, then you are in for a treat this month! Because I went through a MASSIVE reading slump and only read three books. I’m not happy about it, but it is what it is. I definitely feel like I’m going to try and make up for it in August, so hopefully that wrap up is a bit more exciting.
What I Read
Will I Ever Be Good Enough? by Karyl McBride – ★★★★★
I actually wrote a whole post about this book, because it is nothing like any book I have ever talked about on this blog before. A big cause of my reading slump this month was that I wasn’t in a great place with my mental health. I have struggled for a long time with issues caused by having a narcissistic mother, which is what this book talks about. It definitely helped me, and I’m in a much better place. If you want more details, click the link above and go check out that post.
Pretty sure in my review of this one I said it wasn’t that memorable. Which turned out to be true, because I finished it less than a week ago and still had to look on Goodreads to remember what I read. I literally only remembered that it had a blue cover. Not promising. It wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t do anything for me.
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy – ★★☆☆☆.
When I am in a book slump, I usually try either romance or thrillers because they’re fun, quick reads. This was on my list for the secret TBR post that was supposed to happen this month (it’s coming soon!), so I figured it might help. But I seriously struggled through this book. I should not be bored by a thriller. That is literally the opposite of what a thriller should make me feel.
What I’m Currently Reading
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
I had to put some of my fun reading on hold, so I still haven’t finished this one. It’s happening in August, though. It has to.
A Rogue of Ones Own by Evie Dunmore
Since the thriller approach to my book slump completely bombed, it was time for romance! I have a review copy of this one, so it was perfect. I also really loved the first book in this series, Bringing Down the Duke, so I have high hopes. Literally started this one just last night, so hopefully I finish it in the next day or two.
What I Watched
You would think that, because I didn’t read much, I watched a lot of cool things. But you would be wrong. I mostly just watched dumb videos on YouTube. But I did watch…
Which should shock no one. I actually saw this live almost three years ago, and it was amazing. But I was so happy that we got to see the original cast, because they are so good. I had a virtual Hamilton party with the cousins who I went to see it with the first time, and it was so much fun.
What I Did
Decided I’m Done Writing Book Reviews
For such a long time, I thought I had to write book reviews because I have a book blog. But I really don’t enjoy writing them 99% of the time. And I hate feeling pressure to do that. After going over my blog stats (and doing a Twitter poll), I have realized that they’re not really your favorite posts either. So I’m going to start just doing all the fun blog posts. All my reviews might be going away soon(ish). And I’m pretty happy with the direction this blog is taking. Feels like it might be less stressful and more fun. I’m still going to be talking about individual books, but it won’t be dedicated reviews to just one book. It’s going to be a little different.
In the past year or two, I have become more mindful about what I’m reading and who I’m supporting on this blog. And I think it’s something we should all think about. Because, like it or not, you are supporting authors by reading, buying, and talking about their books. I don’t specifically talk about she-who-must-not-be-named, but I have been thinking about writing a whole post about that for a long while now. It seems like something you guys want, so I’m working on it and it is coming soon.
That’s it for July! Hopefully this post wasn’t too boring.
Since I’m working on revamping my blog a little bit, let me know in the comments what you’d like to see from me. Any specific posts you think I should write? New secret TBR ideas? Any books you think I should read? I love hearing from you, so leave your thoughts in the comments!