Monthly Review: July 2017

So this month has been productive! At least in terms of setting up social media accounts for the blog. As some of you may have noticed, I now have a pinterest and an instagram account. I totally need more book bloggers to follow so definitely give my accounts a follow and I’ll follow back. πŸ™‚

Otherwise for reading this month, I started off so well and then hit a slump. I had read three five star reads in a row within the first week and a half which was awesome, but then everything I picked up after that was okay? Most weren’t bad but at the same time I didn’t feel all that compelled to pick them back up in my free time. A shame really.

Also I’ve been buried in library books (my fault for putting so many on hold!) which has thrown my ARCs behind schedule, oops! I’m going to try and finish the load I have now and start cutting back on my check outs every month. I can’t help it though! After going so hard on ARCs earlier this year and a lot of them being sort of hit or miss, it’s nice to go and catch up on the last few year’s bestsellers. Plus I’ve been picking up some highly anticipated new releases that I wasn’t able to get ARCs for. So I will still have some new release reviews coming for you all soon!
In other bloggish news, I signed up for my first official book tour in a while! I will be participating in a blog tour for Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown, hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours! Although my scheduled tour date is not until early September I thought I’d talk about it here anyway. There are still spaces available on the tour, so if you are a blogger and you are interested in checking the book out, click the banner to be taken to the tour page! There is a lovely book trailer on the tour page so you can get a feel for what the book is about. I’d like to eventually get into blog tours here and there when I have the freedom to do so, so if anyone has any suggestions on some great tour companies to sign up for definitely let me know as well.

Last but not least, I’ve been admiring book subscription boxes for the last few months and was gifted two boxes for my birthday. I am so excited to share my unboxings with you all and explore these neat little services. I have tried Nocturnal Reader’s Box for my first subscription and they offer themed boxes containing two books (one new release, one old) and a bunch of little horror-themed goodies. Being the horror lover that I am I freaked out when I found it. I did a July unboxing post this month and will have one (with better pictures I promise) next month.

After that, I might treat myself to a box from another service, but which one though? Do any of you have a favorite book box? Do let me know! The ones that I am heavily considering right now are Book Case Club, Blue Spider’s Attic, and Uppercase. If you want to see an unboxing/review of one of these boxes do let me know and maybe it’ll help me decide which to do first!

Last but certainly not least, some giveaway thank you shout outs! A huge thank you to author Vanessa Barneveld for the gift copies of Girl on the Verge and How to Hook a Hottie! It was such an unexpected surprise to win a mailing list giveaway and I’m so happy! Also a mega huge thank you to Cat from Let the Pages Reign for a beautiful paperback ARC for The Bone Witch.

Book Reviews

❋ And I Darken by Kiersten White
❋ Audition by Ryu Murakami
❋ Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
❋ Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
❋ The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim
❋ What To Do With A Duke by Sally MacKenzie

Other Writing

❋ July 2017 Nocturnal Reader’s Box Unboxing
❋ The Get to Know Me Book Tag
❋ The Reading Quest

What I’ve Read

❋ Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
❋ And I Darken by Kiersten White β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
❋ Born a Crime by Trevor Noah β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
❋ Confessions by Kanae Minato β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
❋ Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World by Asi Burak and Laura Parker β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
❋ The Black Witch by Laurie Forest β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
❋ The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
❋ The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Book Haul

Book Box / Gift
❋ Bleed by Ed Kurtz
❋ Come to Dust by Bracken MacLeod
First to Read
❋ Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
❋ Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn
❋ How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro
❋ The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Kindle First
❋ A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang
❋ Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy by Mark Regnerus
❋ Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
❋ The Good Sister by Jess Ryder
❋ The Sin Collector by Daria Desombre
❋ Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood
❋ Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui
❋ Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
❋ The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
❋ The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse
❋ The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
❋ The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent
❋ The Troop by Nick Cutter
❋ Tree of Ages by Sara C. Roethle
❋ Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin
Review Request & Blog Tours
❋ Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown
❋ Heart of the Empire by Carrie Summers
❋ Roughhouse by Dan Cummings
Tor Book Club
❋ Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Around The Web


❋ 13 Ways To Help An Indie Author With Their Book Release (Helen Sheuerer)
❋ So You Want to Read The ’80s: Here’s Where to Start (Unbound Worlds)
❋ The ‘Girl’ In The Title: More Than A Marketing Trend (NPR)


❋ 10 Authors I Claim Are My Favorites…But Have I Read All Their Books? No. (Paper Fury)
❋ How To: Write a Clear and Concise Blog Post (Rimpys Reads)
❋ Things I Like About Your Blog (It Starts at Midnight)


❋ 5 Books You Can Read in a Day (Pan Macmillan)
❋ Books: Where Good Dads Go To Die (The Secret Stacks)
❋ Hogwarts House Book Recommendations | Ravenclaw (A Clockwork Reader)
❋ The Handmaid’s Tale & thoughts on freedom (Myrmidryad)
❋ Ugly Book Covers (Brandon the Book Addict)

Movie & TV Trailers

❋ Alias Grace (by Margaret Atwood)
❋ A Wrinkle in Time (by Madeleine L’Engle)
❋ Atomic Blonde (by Antony Johnston, originally titled The Coldest City)
❋ IT (by Stephen King)
❋ Mr. Mercedes (by Stephen King)
❋ Ready Player One (by Ernest Cline)
❋ The Dark Tower (by Stephen King)
❋ The Mist (by Stephen King)
❋ The Snowman (by Jo NesbΓΈ)

There are a number of books currently being adapted to film and television. I’ve never been big on movies and television but there is actually a lot that I’m excited to see! Because there are so many recently released trailers I thought it would be fun to share them all with you here. Are there any that have you excited, or maybe that you hadn’t heard about before now?

The Handmaid’s Tale has also been cleaning up all the awards and is already set for a second season. I can’t tell you all how thrilled I am, and especially with the upcoming Alias Grace television drama by Netflix, hopefully this means more of Atwood’s books will be adapted in the future.

13 Reasons Why and American Gods are also on my to watch list at some point, but are there any other book to movie or tv adaptations that you all are excited for? Do let me know!

Reading Next Month

❋ Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown
❋ When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


  1. Litha Nelle

    August 11, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I’m glad you had a productive month! My blogging space upstairs was a bit too hot for comfort in July, though now I’ve managed to cool it down since it’s been much cooler here. I have an Instagram now too, but I’m thinking I’ll mostly use it for pet pics as I can barely get my tablet to take a non-blurry photo.

    I want to see the Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, but I don’t have either Hulu or Netflix! Maybe I’ll have to free-trial them just to see those two shows. The only blog tour company I know of that I trust (there’s been some blogger censorship scandals with some tour companies) is TLC blog tours. I hope your upcoming tour goes well!
    ~Litha Nelle

    1. Jamie

      August 11, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Thanks Litha! This summer has been brutal and our AC has been wonky also, so it’s made sitting at the computer less pleasant. I’m glad it’s cooling down for you though! Also aha, I can relate with the blurry pictures thing, I set up an instagram when I got a new phone. My old one was destroyed after ending up in a load of laundry, I couldn’t get the camera to focus at all. Dog pics would be really cool. You could do some lovely ones of your fur babies with books!

      Definitely do the free trial to binge watch them, it’s so worth it. I have Netflix and borrow my brother’s Hulu account. Also on the topic of blog tours, I have noticed that many of them ask for you not to rate a book lower than 3 stars, and if you do to do some other promotional post in it’s place. I hate promo posts but I guess I can sort of understand where they’re coming from. I feel a little apprehensive about that but I haven’t had a bad experience so far so the rating thing hasn’t a big issue for me yet.

      Thanks for stopping by Litha!

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