July 2018 Wrap-Up!

July 31, 2018Victoria @ The Contented Reader

And just like that, we come to the end of another month! Am I the only one who is shocked at how fast time is flying? I feel like I keep saying this in my monthly wrap-up posts, but it is just blowing my mind that we’re already heading into August.

This month has been a weird reading and blogging month for me. I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump – when I sit down to catch up on my book reviews, I just can’t seem to get my words flowing. This has led to me being really behind on my reviews, so I’m hoping to catch up soon.

In terms of reading, I was super busy this month and my time to read was quite limited. While I did complete some books, I was not as successful as I was in June. Here’s hoping August will be better.

Let’s take a look at the books I read this month, and my ratings!

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Publisher: Harlequin Teen | Pages: 411

This was my first book by Amanda Foody and I did enjoy it overall. She’s a very talented writer, and I enjoyed how her story flowed and her descriptive writing. That said, I wasn’t as pulled to the story as I was hoping I would be. Overall, it was enjoyable, but not the best book I’ve ever read.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 528

Another solid read by Victoria Aveyard. While her audience is significantly split in two, with half really loving her books and the other half not, I have enjoyed the Red Queen series. King’s Cage was enjoyable and I’m very intrigued to see how everything concludes in War Storm!

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers | Pages: 320

A great conclusion to an adventurous and fast paced series. I certainly think that this book series is underrated – especially since I don’t here much about it in the book blogging community. I really enjoyed this series and I’m happy with how everything concluded!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 208

I only read the two short stories in this, since I’ve already read Glass Sword. Were these short stories necessary? Probably not. Did I enjoy them? Yes. They helped provide some background information for certain characters but I wouldn’t say these are absolutely necessary to read.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers | Pages: 368

I finally read it and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This has been on my list for a while and I saw it at my local library so I decided it was time to finally pick it up. It was a great historical fiction that I highly recommend!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Pages: 368

This was one of my most anticipated reads for the summer. Being a huge Disney freak, I was really excited for this retelling and twist on the story. It ultimately fell a bit flat for me, and while I enjoyed it overall, it was not living up to the hype I created in my head.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


So, overall I read six books this month. Not bad, but not great. In total, I read 2,203 pages this month. That’s a lot less than what I read in July, but I’m pleased with it – especially considering my reading and blogging slump.

Here’s hoping August will be a bit better! Happy end of July everyone!

8 Comments

  • Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    July 31, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Awesome wrap-up this month! Good luck on catching up on reviews. I feel you, I’ve been in a major writing slump lately and I think I have 15 or more reviews that need to be written right now. I’m hoping to catch up this week, but I don’t know if it’ll happen!

    1. Victoria @ The Contented Reader

      July 31, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you! Ah, so glad I’m not alone in this. I have about 10 I think! Hoping I can catch up too, but so far the urge to write is not there, *sigh* ☹️

  • tiredmomreading

    July 31, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I feel like I talk about time flying every time I write a wrap-up as well. Haha. I keep thinking, “No one’s going to read these anymore because I keep saying the SAME THING.” But it’s true. Time flies. I’ve enjoyed the Red Queen series, but I’ve heard very mixed reviews about War Storm from die hard fans. Now I’m nervous. Lol.

    1. Victoria @ The Contented Reader

      July 31, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      YES! Glad I’m not alone lol. Same here! I’ve heard mixed reviews and it kind of scares me LOL! We’ll see when I actually get to it!

  • sarahjuneblog

    July 31, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I also read 6 books this month, which seemed a bit low but I still read a lot! You can read my wrap up here: http://sarahjuneblog.com/2018/07/31/july-wrap-up-and-august-tbr/ 😊

    1. Victoria @ The Contented Reader

      July 31, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Wonderful! Yay for reading the same amount of books! I’ll go check out your wrap-up now! Thanks for stopping by ☺️

  • theprincessofpages

    August 1, 2018 at 1:56 am

    The Consipiracy of Us is one of my absolute favorite series! Stellan is the best😍😍

  • Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    August 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Great wrap-up, and it looks like you had a good reading month! I’m glad you enjoyed Ace of Shades, that’s one of my favorite reads of the year.

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