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July Reading Wrap Up

on August 2, 2021

Total Books Read: 24
Fiction: 23
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 12
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 6
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 15
Male/Female Authors: 3/21 (one of the authors included under ‘male’ here uses both they/them and he/him)
Kindle Books: 10
Audiobooks: 0
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Always The Last To Know by Kristan Higgins, Toxic by Richard Flanagan
Least Favourite Books: The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 13

July became my best reading month so far for the year.

I think there were a few reasons – firstly, my kids were on school holidays for the first part of the month and my husband had a week off in July too and I always get more reading done in the holidays. Slower, lazier mornings (I often try and read in bed for an hour, the time we’d normally be doing lunches/getting kids off to school) and then Melbourne went back into lockdown (version 5.0) for 12 days. So kids were back to remote learning and in some ways, it’s actually quite similar to being on school holidays! Our mornings start later (one day I had to wake my oldest at 8:45am for his Zoom check in call!) and I was just consuming a lot of books. I read pretty much all my review books in the first third of the month and as you can see, then I moved onto library books, reading 12 of those in July both from Borrow Box in eBook version and also print books. I actually went to the library the day the lockdown was announced (I was out before the decision was made) and grabbed a few extra books as I thought that there was every chance a lockdown was imminent.

We are out of lockdown now, which is nice. I had to go and order new glasses as these ones (which I’ve only had for 8-9 months) are just not working for me. The lenses are fine, it’s the frames. They keep loosening and one of the arms was rubbing behind my ear and creating a raw, open wound. I went and had them adjusted just before the lockdown and within days, they were too loose again. The frames were sliding down my face as well and although they tightened them again just five days ago, I can already feel that the same side is already coming loose again and hurting the top of my ear. So I just ordered some new frames and got lighter ones which hopefully will help. It’s annoying though as I’ve had these long enough that they aren’t under warranty but not long enough to warrant even testing for a new prescription! Definitely money I didn’t anticipate spending though.

My parents were supposed to come and visit for 2 weeks in August but due to Sydney’s corona outbreak, that’s not on the cards any longer as the border is closed to the entire state. I have my oldest son’s 13th birthday midway through this month – can’t believe I’m going to be the mother of a teenager. It’s actually a little scary! August is big birthday month in our family, there’s a lot going on.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 56/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 5/6

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 24/25

Tracking along – progress made on all 3 challenges this month and now 2 of them only require one more book each to be ‘completed’ although I will continue to read titles that count towards them. The AWWC I only need to read 4 more books to hit my goal there, which should probably happen this month.

Onto the TBR pile!

Once again, quite a small pile this month. Which is good as I’ve purchased a lot of books recently and I still have quite a few checked out from the library so I have lots of options.

I’ve been watching quite a bit of the Olympics and really quite enjoying it so I don’t anticipate my August getting off to quite the same reading start as my July did. I love watching the swimming and also like the gymnastics, diving, some of the athletics and the equestrian (showjumping). I can watch other bits and pieces too, such as soccer and hockey when Australia is playing.

The book I’m most excited about from this pile is Once Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy – I read her previous release and it was my favourite book of that year. I also hope to read Rule Of Wolves this month, after reading King Of Scars last month. I have also had people I know tell me they’ve enjoyed (or are enjoying currently) 138 Dates and She Who Became The Sun.

I might have to do a post on all the books I’ve bought recently as well, because it’s a lot and I’m going to need some help choosing which ones to read first!

Hope you all had a lovely July – if you’ve read anything on my TBR pile here (or want to!), please do let me know.

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