July was a bit of a bitch to be honest. I got into a severe blogging and reading slump and came pretty close to throwing in the towel. I love blogging, but I started this when I had a boring office job, and I was able to manage most of my blog admin at work. But now I work in an environment that is really full on and has no internet access anyway, I’m really struggling to keep up.
I feel bad for not reading my favourite blogs, replying to emails and comments, as much as I used to, but it’s just not possible.
However, I had a good think about it and I’m not ready to give up, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I’m trying to go easy on myself. If I only post twice a week, so what. If it takes me a year to write that review I promised, so what! I officially declare this as a pressure-free zone!
In July, I caught up on a lot of reviews, but got very little reading done…I blame the summer. I’m really looking forward to Autumn and long nights indoors hibernating away. Summer is too busy for my liking. LOL.
Anyway, on to the stats!
July 2015 Stats
Total Posts: 16 (+2 from last month)
Books Read: 4 (- 3)
The Ring of Morgana ~ Donna Hosie
Horns ~ Joe Hill
Kiss Kiss ~ Roald Dahl
Dinner with a Vampire ~ Abigail Gibbs
Genres: YA (2/4); Horror (1/4); Romance (1/4); Short Stories (1/4)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (0/4); Digital (1/4); Hardback (0/4); Paperback (3/4); Owned (2/4); Borrowed (2/4)
Most Surprising: The Ring of Morgana
Most Disappointing: Kiss Kiss
Most Exciting: Horns
Most Swoon-worthy: Dinner with a Vampire
Most Beautifully Written: Horns
Reviews: 7 (+2)
- There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff, 2/5 (View)
- A Few That Got Away: The Testimony of a Hanged Man/ Kiss Kiss/ Badjelly the Witch – Various (View)
- The Ring of Morgana by Donna Hoise, 4/5 (View)
- Horns by Joe Hill, 4/5 (View)
Most Viewed Posts
- This Week in Books 22.07.15 (View Post)
- TTT: Top Ten Hyped Books (View Post)
- TTT: Celebrating Diversity (View Post)
Guest Posts, Promos and Other Highlights
- Book Promo: The Water Travelers by Daniel Waltz (View Post)
- An Over-Due Apology (& What’s Coming Up)! (View Post)
- Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Book Nerds (View Post)
Here’s my pick of the August releases:
- Crystal Kingdom (The Kanin Chronicles #3 ~ Amanda Hocking: August 4th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
- Mechanica ~ Betsy Cornwell: August 25th 2015 by Clarion Books
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here ~ Patrick Ness: August 27th 2015 by Walker Books
- Demon Road ~ Derek Landy: August 28th 2015 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
What are you looking forward to this month?