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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

Tea Posts:
Having a Tea Party
Organizing my tea cupboard

I shared my favourite bookish things that start with the worst letter ever.

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!

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I did pretty good this month with reading, getting 14 books in! I also kind of did a little binge reading …

  1. Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks, #5) by Miranda Kenneally
  2. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
  3. One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1) by Samantha Grace
  4. A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) by Denise Hunter
  5. A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) by Deborah Raney
  6. A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) by Betsy St. Amant
  7. A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4) by Rachel Hauck
  8. Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
  9. The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
  10. The Principle of Love (The Principle of Love, #1) by Emily Franklin
  11. The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex
  12. How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
  13. Gentlemen Prefer Mischief (Mischief, #1) by Emily Greenwood
  14. 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?

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Only one mailbox goody this month, but I did buy some books! I’m sure you’re all SO surprised. 🙂

July Books
You can see that my love of historical romances has started to take over my book buying! Darn grocery stores … they always have some great titles for a good price! I’ve already read Breathe, Annie, Breathe in the past month and bought another running book to help with motivation (I write this as I eat cookies, so I need the motivation!). I also found a copy of Pride & Prejudice for only $2! I couldn’t pass that up! I saw Blue Notes in the romance department at Indigo and had to buy it since it had music in it. I can never pass up a music book!

Thank you to Raincoast Books for the copy of Girl Defective for review!

July review books

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?



15 thoughts on “July

  1. Wow you are amazing to read and review all those books! I only read one book in July… Essentialism by Greg McKeown
    But I honestly haven’t got then through an entire book in the last 2 years haha so it is a great achievement 😉

    • I can’t imagine going 2 years without getting through a book! I use a lot of nap times for reading … and love cuddling up with my Kindle before bed! And to think I don’t read nearly as much as I did before children …

  2. Sounds like a great month to me! There was about a week I swear I just spent outside reading, but it got all icky and humid pretty quickly, so I hear ya on the AC!

    • It’s wonderful, I tell you! I remember there being summers where I hated it, but once I became pregnant all I wanted was to be cool. It’s kind of carried over now that the baby is here.

  3. It seems like you had a good month, in and outside of blogging! I had a bit of a slump so I missed a bunch of your posts. Your little boy looks like he’s getting so big now too 🙂

  4. Why do babies grow so fast?? We started solids in July, already 😦

    Also.. 14 books!? And I thought I was doing good with my 8 books read. I have actually started reading a lot of physical books and slowed down with my ereader..lol So only read one ebook and 7 physical books last month. I also have started a youtube channel for booktubing. It’s not really very good, and I haven’t done much yet.

    Looks like you had a super busy July though!!

  5. July was good to you! And clearly running your blog in whatever way you feel like is working out for you! 🙂 Hubby has this upcoming week off (the first since Sully was born), so I’m really looking forward to doing some things as a family. On the list: The Zoo, swimming, stars and strollers movie, music class. We’ll see if we get to them all 🙂

    Nice work on all the books you read (and reviewed!). Hope August treats you just as well 😉

    • I hope you enjoy everything you do! We try to go swimming every week. 🙂 It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen a movie, though! I should see what’s playing …

      Hope you have a good August, too!

  6. Woo, that little boy of yours is just the sweetest! It’s pretty crazy how old he is already. Seems like just yesterday… and I imagine the time must be going even more quickly for you! I hope you guys have a good rest of summer and keep out of the heat!

My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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