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.) 

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: 4/5 *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 2019 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.

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Hiatus Announcement: I’ll Be Back in August

It’s finally come. I’m really nervous about this hiatus as I will be taking the entire month of July off and I haven’t been away from my blog for so long. I’m feeling a lot of things. I’m sad that I probably won’t interact with most of you while I’m away (I will still be on Twitter, but I don’t know how often), I’m unsure about what I will do with all the free time (other people have hobbies that don’t include reading and blogging???), I’m excited for the break (I love blogging, but it can be stressful), and I’m already thinking about August and stressing a little (I can’t be the only one who likes to blog ahead).

The plan is to stay away from the blog for the entire month of July, but you might see me on the Latinx Book Club’s blog because I am one of the cohosts for the month and that’s where we will be making more formal announcements (no, this is not cheating, how dare you). I mentioned before that I will be on Twitter, will still update Goodreads, post a few pics on Instagram (when did this become a part of my online presence?), so I won’t be disappearing entirely. This hiatus is mostly about me taking a break from working on the blog and constantly trying to keep up with everything. I might do some blog hopping while away, but I promise this every hiatus and I don’t think I’ve ever succeeded.

I will talk to you all soon and know that I will definitely be missing you. See you August 1st!

Monthly Wrap-Up: June ’19

June was not my month. Everything started out so great and I was on schedule to read more books than I usually average and then BAM! The dreaded reading slump hit me. And nothing and I mean nothing appealed to me. On top of that, I found it really hard to focus on other things as well. I’ve been trying to get everything done in time for my hiatus, but the motivation just kind of disappeared. But then I recovered and read another book (a non-fiction one!!!), making books read in June at that time a total of four. Not too bad considering that huge slump and I could totally get another book done, right? Wrong! I ended up having the worse migraine I’ve had in months. Finally recovered from that and then BAM again! I got sick and got another migraine that took me out for a few days. I finally feel better and I’m just really anxious for both my body and mind to be in a good place. I still haven’t been able to start another book since finishing my last a few days ago and probably won’t until I feel completely better.

Great time for a hiatus though, right? Tomorrow I will be officially announcing my hiatus, but for those who will only see this post, I will be gone from the blog for the entire month of July!

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

Favorite Book This Month:

I was tempted to go with the nonfiction book, but had to go with Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s upcoming release Gods of Jade and Shadow. I am enchanted with this one and cannot wait to hold the physical copy in my hands. Click on the cover to read my review!

Least Favorite Book This Month:

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

Other Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming in August:

(Cover linked to Goodreads)

Books I Didn’t Review:

I wasn’t very good with the reading or the reviewing this month. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

I picked up Sandhya Menon’s There’s Something About Sweetie early in June and was so delighted with it. I’m so glad we are starting to see more fat protagonists who are also PoC. I think people forget that being a part of a marginalized race or ethnic group makes your experience being fat, disabled, queer, etc inherently different than your white counterparts. Rating: 4/5

Strangely the only book I could read during my slump/migraine/cold days (weeks?) was a non-fiction book. Te-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and it was freaking fantastic. I could not stop reading (when I wasn’t dying) and will definitely be reaching for more from him. Rating: 5/5

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Latinx Book Club: July’s Book Club Pick – These announcements will be appearing on the Latinx Book Club blog from now on. I’m really excited to be hosting next month, so despite my hiatus, I will not be disappearing completely from the online world.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud – I am going to be preordering this upcoming release because during my slump, I noticed I did not have very many lighthearted books with PoC leads. Publishing, I want more fluffy books written by and featuring PoC!!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fantasy Novels – Yes, a chance to talk about all of my favorite fantasies. A dream come true.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019 – Might as well say goodbye to all my money now.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – I can’t believe that we are already at the half-way point in 2019. How did we get here? In this post I share some of my standout reads.

Reading Challenges:

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

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. This month I failed again. Whoops.

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

July Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Did you have a better June than I did? What was your favorite read of the month? Any summer plans you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

2019 Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Quick note that you will be seeing more blog posts than usual from me over the course of the next week because I preparing to go on hiatus for the month of July and have to fit all of these posts in before then. I am going to try to get to all the comments before the month ends, but I really can’t make any promises.

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag was originally created by booktubers Read Like Wildfire and Earl Grey Books. I’ve been doing this tag for the last couple of years and I love that it gives me a chance to evaluate what I’ve read at the halfway point in the year. Shout out to Melanie and Mireille @ TBR and Beyond for tagging me this year. These (almost) last six month have gone by rather quickly for me. My 2019 has been largely defined by buddy reads and the Latinx Book Club. I’ve done more buddy reads this year than I’ve ever done in a given year and it’s both my first time participating and cohosting a book club. So far, 2019 has been full of new and exciting things and I’m looking forward to what the rest of the year holds in store. Covers below are linked to Goodreads.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

This is always the most difficult question, but I am going to go with Nina Moreno’s Don’t Date Rosa Santos because of the way it made me feel. I legit almost cried when I got my hands on the ARC thanks to Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle. Bless you. If you enjoy  multi-layered contemporaries, generational stories, Latinx protagonists, pick this one up, you won’t regret it!

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

I’ve read a few really good sequels so far this year, but I will say Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard was my favorite. I’ve been waiting so long for this third book and thanks to the generosity of a fellow blogger (Amber Elise @ Du Livre, you angel!), was able to read an ARC and it met all my very irrational expectations.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

Um, how much time do you have? I’ve missed out on quite a few 2019 releases, but the one I am eager to get to before all the others is With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?

I can only pick one? So cruel. I am going to say The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh. I am really looking forward to this new series and am willing to give up my first born for an ARC.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

I hate to say it but I was really disappointed in Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal. I can’t remember the last time I disliked a protagonist so much and actively rooted against them.

6. Biggest Surprise?

I’m going with Maya Motayne’s Nocturna, not because I didn’t expect to like it but because words can’t express how much I ended up loving these characters. My beautiful, soft Alphie and my strong, but wounded Finn. It was a four-star read for me, but if I do a reread don’t be surprised if it gets bumped up to five.

7. Favorite New Author?

Margaret Rogerson. With Sorcery of Thorns, I am officially adding her to my favorites list. Her writing is so good and in the fantasy genre, it can sometimes be hard to find really unique storytelling and I’m just so in love with hers.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

I think I’m just going to crush on Kai from Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts some more. I can never get enough Kai.

9. Newest Favorite Character?

Ben from Storm of Locusts. I feel like this character was able to breath new life into a mostly Kai-free Storm of Locusts, which is pretty impressive in my book.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

I kid you not, I got teary eyed on page two of Don’t Date Rosa Santos. That book made me really emotional throughout.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

As sad as it sounds, I don’t think I’ve read too many happy happy books this year, but you know what made me really happy? Being offered an ARC of Love from A to Z by the publisher.

12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hand down. I love Miles Morales so much and this movie was a sight to behold. I’ve been counting down the days until it’s on Netflix so I can watch it again and again.

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

I really enjoyed writing my review of Sorcery of Thorns. This is not something I say often, but I was literally thrilled to sit down (figuratively, because I wrote most of it while on my walk with my dog) and write it. I’m also quite happy with the way it turned out. Check it out here.

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

Hands down it’s With the Fire on High. The hardcover made me super emotional and I just love it so much.

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

I just looked at the books I put down last year and I failed so hard, so this time I am only mentioning one book. I am determined to get to Vicious by the end of the year because it is time.

What’s your favorite book so far in 2019? What book are you hoping to get to before the year is out? Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one! Leave me a link in the comments to your own Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag post, so I can visit.