Monthly Wrap-Up: July ’19 + I’m Back from My Hiatus!

So, it’s been quite a while, huh? I really enjoyed my break from the blog, so much so that I could actually see myself stepping away from it in the future. I’m in my fifth year of blogging and I never really considered when I would stop blogging, but I always thought I couldn’t picture it and now I can. This doesn’t mean I’m quite ready to do so, but I’m in a place where if I needed to, I think I could. I spent a large part of July still dealing with that pesky reading slump. I tried so many different things and they didn’t always fit. But I am happy to report the slump has ended and I really want to pick up all the books.

I read five physical novels, one graphic novel, a book of poetry, and listened to one audiobook. Two of these were rereads and were probably the best part of my July in terms of reading. The next couple of days I will be trying to catch on any comments I might have missed as well as visiting your blogs because I missed you all. I have a lot of plans for Latinx Heritage Month coming in September and am going to say right now that I might not post very much in August because I have so many things I need to work on for LHM. I am really happy to be back and am just panicking a little about all the stuff I need get done. *nervous laughter*

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.)Β 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read in July was my reread of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I listened to the audiobook for Latinx Book Club and this book somehow got better. It was already a five-star read for me, but the narration by Elizabeth Acevedo blew me away. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the audiobook, it is a MUST. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No books received less than three stars from me this month.

Other Books I Read This Month:

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg: 4/5

Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen: 3/5

Conflict Resolutions for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo: 4/5

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza: 4/5 (reread)

Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza: 4/5 *review to come*

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig: 3/5 *review to come*

An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley: 3/5 *review to come*

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019Β is hosted by NovelKnight. I am failing at this challenge and I am failing bad. Haven’t picked up a book for this in a while.

  • Challenge Goal: 10 books; Current Count: 4 books

August Releases I’m Excited For:


How was your July? Did you miss me like I missed you? Share a link of your favorite post in July! Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

47 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: July ’19 + I’m Back from My Hiatus!

  1. Glad that you are back Alicia! And I share the feeling not about stopping to blog but as in posting less. I am posting every day so far for three years now and I think I will post four times a week in the next future. Yes I missed you πŸ˜‰

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  2. Welcome back!! Stepping away sometimes really does help (since the time I did, I haven’t though that I’m here just because I feel like I have to).

    And I can’t wait to see what you thought of House of Salt and Sorrow! It’s one I’m considering, but I haven’t heard that much about it.

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  3. Welcome back!
    Sad to think after only 5 years you may want to step away in the future…. I’m celebrating my 10th blogoversary today and still haven’t took a hiatus or thought of leaving it all behind. I get behind sometimes, or even get frustrated with it all having 3 jobs, but I love the sense of community too much.
    Anyway, here’s to a happy August!

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  4. Welcome back and I am glad you enjoyed your break. I did miss stopping by though but it sounds like something you needed. I adore the cover of My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich and would like to read that one for sure. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Welcome back! I did miss you. I’m glad you enjoyed your break but am also glad that you’re not ready to give it up for good. 😊

    Elizabeth Acevedo’s narration is phenomenal!

    My July didn’t involve a whole lot of reading, but it did include a summer vacation, so I can’t complain.

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  6. Eeeyyy, I’m glad you’re back BUT I’m also glad you had a good hiatus and learned some things about your relationship with your blog. I ended up being gone for all of July and although I missed it once or twice, it actually felt easy to just… not? I’m glad to be back though as I did feel sad without the bookish community.

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    1. YES! Thank you. Same here. I thought I would miss it more because I was gone for so long, but I enjoyed not having to work on the blog even in those moments where I missed it. I agree, I think if I were to step away, I’d still maintain a Twitter presence because I would need my bookish people fix somehow.


  7. Welcome back! Taking the time you need is so sO important so I’m glad you did that for you!! I definitely want to check out (more) reviews for House of Salt and Sorrows because I love the fact that it’s a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling but the opinions have been kinda mixed?? i want to root for it so badly, though lol.

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  8. Glad you are back! Taking time off can be a good way to recharge your love for something. The Poet X is still on my TBR and I’m hoping it will be a birthday or Christmas gift this year.

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