July has been an interesting month. I’m still trying to figure out the right medications for my bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. I’m getting tired of changing meds, but my psychiatrist is hopeful that this newest cocktail will work well. I definitely hope so. I also became really sick during the week of the Reading Rush and had to make some last-minute book swipes. I’m still happy I was able to finish six books and graphic novels though!
The most memorable part of July for me was the release of the newest Star Trek: Picard trailer. In case you’re new to my blog, I’m obsessed with Star Trek, and have been following the updates almost religiously.
There’s not much else new going on in my life this month. My goal is still to be working full-time for myself by March 2020, by combining blogging and freelance writing. If you’re a freelance writer and have any advice on getting started, let me know in the comments!
There are two main changes to the blog. I will no longer be posting Kindle Deals daily, and Foxy Links will be posted only on Fridays. I love the idea of posting those things every day because I think both are great resources to discover new books and news, but I just don’t have time to do both every morning with how stressful my full-time job is becoming. In the case of Kindle daily deals, it was taking me nearly forty minutes every day to do the post, research the best deals, and then promote it. The return on it isn’t enough to warrant spending that much time every day.
The best books I read this month were definitely Summer of Salt, Roar, Vicious, and The Unhoneymooners. Summer of Salt isn’t something that was really on my radar, but I’m so glad I read it. It’s atmospheric and beautiful.
What about the worst books? Thankfully, I actually had a pretty decent reading month. The only book I wasn’t crazy about was Elin Peer’s post-apocalyptic romance novel The Protector, but even that had a few good scenes.
My Twitter account finally reached above 600 followers and my Instagram got to 100! I’m really happy about the growth of both accounts. My blog subscribers have continued to grow at a really great rate, but it’s hard for me to measure accurately considering how differently people subscribe to get new content. I’m constantly thrilled at the fact that you guys are enjoying my content. I’m forever grateful for every like, subscription, or comment from you guys.
Books Received from Publishers & Authors
This was a crazy month for me in terms of ARCs. My blog has been growing at a rate that I find almost hard to believe, and with it has come attention from publishing companies. I received the following ARCs this month, and I am grateful to all of these publishing houses and authors.
- The Bear by Andrew Krivak
- Professor Andersen’s Night by Dag Solstad
- Wyoming by JP Gritton
- Handle with Care by Helena Hunting
- All the Water in the World by Karen Raney
- Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
- Off the Grid by Robert B. McCaw
- Healthy as F*ck by Oonagh Duncan
- Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn
- Pirates of Mars by Chris Gerrib
- The Transformation by James S. Gordon
- Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
Books I Purchased
I tried to reduce the number of books I purchased this month as money is very tight, but I still ended up buying a few. I received a gift card from my job for getting my annual physical done, so most of these came from that. Nevernight and Fascism are both books I bought for reading challenges or book clubs in August.
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Book of the Month)
- The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
- Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
- Wilder Girls by Rory Power (Pre-order)
- Fascism by Madeline Albright
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
- Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
- A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
- Winter Flower by Charles Sheehan-Miles
- $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin
- The Municipalists by Seth Fried
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
- Star Trek: Waypoint Special #1 Review
- The Protector by Elin Peer
- Roar by Cora Carmack
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Despicable Deadpool, Vol. 1: Deadpool Kills Cable by Gerry Duggan
Articles & Editorials
- My Bipolar Type II Diagnosis
- Roadtrip Books to Satisfy Your Summer Wanderlust
- On Negative Book Reviews
- What is DRM-Protected Media, and Why You Should Care
- Beautiful Books with Foxes on the Cover
- Reading Rush 2019 TBR
- Star Trek: Picard, Lower Decks, and Short Treks – Updates from SDCC
- 5 Books I Would Love to See Turned Into a Movie
- Cover Reveal for Tahereh Mafi’s Imagine Me
- How Two Little Comments Destroyed Me
- 2019 Booker Prize Longlist Announced
- The Reading Rush 2019 – Results
- The Ultimate Guide to Kindle Unlimited
- The Reader Confession Tag