Well hi there! It’s been a while!
What is going on with this year? It’s flying by way too fast! As a first time mom to a now-8-month-old, I can’t believe how fast time is going by. It seems like just yesterday he was this tiny thing in my arms and now he’s trying to both crawl and walk! He’s seriously the most content little boy, though. And so much fun!
What happened in July? Not a whole heck of a lot. Like I said at the beginning of the month, I was going to get back to my roots of blogging, which meant doing whatever the hell I want (not a bad rule, if I say so myself) and for some reason or another I got into a review book reading binge. Nothing wrong with that!
I also took a bit of a break at the end of the month and beginning of August. I did do some reading, but it was so freaking hot outside that we had lots of indoor playdates with the AC running. We also took a vacation at the beginning of August, so there was a few days spent packing and cleaning for the housesitter.
We also had Canada Day this month! We had fun watching the parade with our little guy and wandered around the local festivities. We got to go on a wagon ride this month with friends and have lots of playdates. This boy gets me out so much! Of course, when we weren’t out, I’d use every spare minute for reading since there wasn’t much else I wanted to do with the weather so hot.
On the blog this month:
I talked about my new course of action on the blog — no scheduling at all! Fly by the seat of my pants!
Weekend Reading chat –> All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
I reviewed a whopping 12 books:
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (features my running story!)
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1) by Samantha Grace
A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) by Denise Hunter
A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) by Deborah Raney
A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) by Betsy St. Amant
A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4) by Rachel Hauck
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
The Principle of Love (The Principle of Love, #1) by Emily Franklin
How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
Gentlemen Prefer Mischief by Emily Greenwood
I re-KINDLE-d my love for my ereader — and haven’t put it down since!
I talked about my love of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! You can see more of that love in the books I got this month …
I wondered what happened to originality in book blogging after hearing about blogs being shut down for too many promo posts.
Listening to …
Owen Pallett’s latest! I’m usually totally on top of my favourite musicians and their newest albums, but hubs told me about this one. It’s fantastic!
I did pretty good this month with reading, getting 14 books in! I also kind of did a little binge reading …
- Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks, #5) by Miranda Kenneally
- All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
- One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1) by Samantha Grace
- A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) by Denise Hunter
- A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) by Deborah Raney
- A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) by Betsy St. Amant
- A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4) by Rachel Hauck
- Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
- The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
- The Principle of Love (The Principle of Love, #1) by Emily Franklin
- The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex
- How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
- Gentlemen Prefer Mischief (Mischief, #1) by Emily Greenwood
- Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1) by Maya Banks (<– LOVED! Review coming this month!)
At first I started reading historical romances on the weekend, but DNF-ed a few books this month and decided to just keep reading them. One of them wasn’t reviewed on the blog since it wasn’t that great, but for the most part, they’ve been a lot of fun!
Also, 9 out of 14 books were review books! How crazy is that? I told myself I was on a mission to raise my NetGalley approval rating. Then I went and requested a few more books, which totally defeated that purpose. Oh well. It’s out of the 60s, so that’s good!
I’m also noticing a bit of girl power this month. What’s with the lack of male authors in my reading?
Only one mailbox goody this month, but I did buy some books! I’m sure you’re all SO surprised. 🙂
Thank you to Raincoast Books for the copy of Girl Defective for review!
Can you see I have a bit of an addiction to historical romances? It’s crazy! These are the review books I got this month via NetGalley. Already read two of them!
How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?