July in Review


Month in Review is a feature in which we wrap up what went on each month in terms of our blog, reading and other things in our life. Feel free to leave a link in the comments to your own monthly wrap up post so we can stop by.

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more personally…



Life: Our new dog Calli is doing great, and Zeus loves her, they don’t like to be apart very much. They love to play and wrestle and steal each others bones. She had some digestive issues but is now doing better after medication and a different food that has more digestive elements. I spent a lot of time with family and friends in July, but also with readathons! I did the 24in48, Dewey’s Reverseathon and started Booktubeathon this week. NEWTs is also in August and I cannot wait! I’m starting to catch up on my reading goal and the countdown to school starting has begun.. I don’t want to go back to work. I’m also crazy and applied for a night job at a college – just twice a week for 3 hours each day. We’ll see if I get it. Looking at saving for a house and to do some upgrades to our condo in the next 5 years. My husband is also looking at working some security jobs on his days off to make some extra money. I asked him to wait til I was back at work and would miss him less.

Reading: I did fantastic! I read 46 books!!!! WOW. A ton of graphic novels – I’m trying to work through my pile of not read ones. But also some novels and audiobooks mixed in!

  1. Afterworlds (Afterworlds #1) by Scott Westerfeld
  2. Giant Days, Vol. 6 (Giant Days #6) by John Allison
  3. Giant Days, Vol. 7 (Giant Days, #7) by John Allison
  4. Paper Girls, Vol. 3 (Paper Girls, #3) by Brian K. Vaughan
  5. Paper Girls, Vol. 4 (Paper Girls, #4) by Brian K. Vaughan
  6. Kim Reaper Vol. 1: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley
  7. In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan’s Tales, #2) by Catherynne M. Valente
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling
  9. The Backstagers, Vol. 2 by James Tynion IV
  10. The Altered History of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor
  11. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  12. Losing the Girl: Book 1 by MariNaomi
  13. On Christmas Eve by Ann M. Martin
  14. Best Christmas Pagaent Ever by Barbara Robinson
  15. The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library, #4) by Genevieve Cogman
  16. For a Few Demons More (The Hollows, #5) by Kim Harrison
  17. Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry
  18. The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
  19. Holidays Are Hell by Kim Harrison
  20. Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom(Cucumber Quest, #1) by D.G. Gigi
  21. Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom by D.G. Gigi
  22. Robots & Repeats (Secret Coders, #4) by Gene Luen Yang
  23. Potions & Parameters (Secret Coders, #5) by Gene Luen Yang
  24. Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks
  25. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
  26. Ocean of Secrets Volume 1 Manga by Sophie Chan
  27. Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori, #1) by Heather W. Perry
  28. Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew by Jeremy Whitley
  29. Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 2: Free Women by Jeremy Whitley
  30. Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 3: Two Boys, Five Girls, and Three Love Stories by Jeremy Whitley
  31. Satan’s Prep: A Graphic Novel by Gabe Guarente
  32. California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas by Penelope Bagieu
  33. Ten Mile River by Paul Griffin
  34. The Croc Ate My Homework: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis
  35. The School of Nonsense(Ernest and Rebecca, #5) by Guillaume Bianco
  36. Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable
  37. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  38. Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv by Jack Baxter
  39. If Found…Please Return to Elise Gravel by Elise Gravel
  40. Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me by Lorena Mapa
  41. Princeless, Vol. 2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
  42. A Flight of Angels by Rebecca Guay
  43. Unshelved (Unshelved, #1) by Bill Barnes
  44. The Outlaw Demon Wails(The Hollows, #6) by Kim Harrison
  45. The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop
  46. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Challenges: Check out my 2018 Challenges

Audiobook Challenge: 5 books read (23/50+)

Reading Assignment Challenge: 2 books read (2 each month)

Bookish Resolutions (50 books I own): 10 books read (39/50)

Love Author Challenge: 2 books read

Full House Reading Challenge: 4 books read (22/25)

Looking Forward: I’m hoping I can read a ton before school starts and hopefully will start off the school year well! I’m going to be booked this year since we went to full day Kindergarten and I’ll be seeing those classes twice in the library. Looking at buying some stations materials so we can do some fun things that involve movement and engagement. I hate when summer ends but I do love my job (as much as I complain) and am looking forward to seeing my coworkers and students again. 🙂

Life: So this was quite an exciting month for me, I went to the last Warped Tour which was bittersweet cause it was a lot of fun but it is the last one that will ever happen. I also applied to a local college and registered for classes most of which are online but I do have one class that is on campus twice a week. I am excited to go back to school as it has been a really long time since I have been. Also my partner and I have been talking about land out here and houses which we are going to tour one today, so if that all goes well we could possibly be getting into a house when the lease on our apartment is up. Last but not least my vacation started right at the very end of the month and continues the whole first week of August which is fantastic and it’s really nice sleeping in and getting to relax.


Reading: I managed to read 24 books this month which is pretty great 🙂

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling  
  2. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  3. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  4. Citrus Vol 3 by Saburo Uta
  5. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen 
  6. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 
  8. Final Draft by Riley Redgate 
  9. Our Everlasting by Touko Kawai
  10. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw 
  11. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  12. For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison 
  13. Wicca: Book of Shadows for beginners by Lisa Chamberlain
  14. Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  15. The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clark 
  16. Wicca by Scott Cunningham 
  17. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer 
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 
  19. Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham 
  20. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Briggs Waller
  21. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh 
  22. Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew by Jeremy Whitley
  23. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 
  24. Kiss Him not Me vol 3 by Junko 

Looking Forward: I am really excited to start school at the end of this month. Its going to be a little crazy at first juggling classes, work, reading, and everything else but I am sure that I’ll be okay. I am excited to go down to see my dad this weekend since I haven’t seen him since Christmas. Also can not wait for the To All the Boys I Loved Before movie that is coming in the middle of the month, I am planning to reread the books before watching so I am going to have to try and work them into my N.E.W.T.S some how. And of course I am dead excited about participating in the N.E.W.T.S. readathon.


Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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