July Wrap-Up

2020 is shaping up to be one of the fastest and yet also longest years ever. I don’t know about you but I can’t really say I’ve done anything meaningful the past seven months. Not that I’m at all complaining about the lack of socialising, you understand. But it’s August now and I don’t even understand how that happened.

Around this time of year, I start to count down the days to our annual holiday to Tuscany. As it stands right now, it doesn’t look good. Our confirmed cases have been on the rise quite dramatically. Truth be told, I don’t even want to go. But it was booked long before this insanity started and unless the borders are closed, we have to go or lose all of our money. On the other hand, if we DO go and they close the borders while we’re there, we can’t get home either and that’s a silver lining, right? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚. Also around this time of year, I’m having near panic attacks trying to decide which books to take with me to read on holiday. So far, none. Because that little voice in my head keeps saying we might not be going so what’s the point. It’s all up in the air, isn’t it? Such a mess.


Reading-wise … I’m all over the place. But at least I AM actually reading. Reviewing? Not so much. I don’t feel like it. Whenever I sit down to write down some thoughts, it feels like I ran out of words a long time ago. Anyway, I’m sure you’re all dying to know how I did in July, so let’s get to it.


Not too bad and yet, less than I thought. I’m reading ever so slowly lately. You know when you keep your head down and you really get stuck into a book and then look up and you’ve read a measly 30 pages in an hour. It me. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Also, fickle. Read 5 pages. Put the book back. Grab another one. Read 10 pages. Put that one back too. End up reading 50 pages but all in different books. It also me. ๐Ÿ™„

Some real corkers in July, though. Some not so much. I’d also like to point out that I am all caught up on the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey, which I started back in May. At the very beginning. Like a good little girl. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Just the one. The last Maeve Kerrigan audiobook I had. After this one, it was all hardback joy.


Hm. 8 in, 17 out. You’d think I’d have more space on my shelves. I don’t. ๐Ÿค”


Both for blog tours, with huge thanks to Hodder & Stoughton!


Review | Whatever It Takes by Paul Cleave
Review | The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter
Review | If Looks Could Kill by Olivia Kiernan
Review | Finders, Keepers by Sabine Durrant
Review | Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver
Review | All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle

Extract | Rags of Time by Michael Ward

Sheesh. This is pathetic. As you’ve noticed, it’s not that I’m not reading. It’s that I’m not writing reviews so I have nothing to post. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ


Right. Well. Definitely this :

August 6 : Blog tour | Review | The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

August 10 : Blog tour | Review | Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald

August 24 : Blog tour | Review | Cover Your Tracks by Claire Askew

August 27 : Blog tour | Review | The Octopus by Tess Little

August 28 : Blog tour | Review | Cracked by Louise McCreesh

Apart from that, no idea. August will mostly be dedicated to trying to nail the 20 Books of Summer challenge. Technically (shut up, Kelly!), I’ve read more than 20 since the beginning of June. I just haven’t reviewed all of them so there’s that. You may place your bets as to whether I will fail this challenge for the first time since participating. No, there will be no prizes. ๐Ÿ˜œ

And that’s a wrap! Anyone else excited to see what August has in store for us? ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Stay safe and healthy! Until next time! xx

  20 comments for “July Wrap-Up

  1. August 2, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Big huge hugs, hope it all works out X


  2. August 2, 2020 at 10:22 am

    What?! ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. August 2, 2020 at 10:45 am

    I sympathise, struggling here too ๐Ÿ™„ Hopefully it can only get better!

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  4. August 2, 2020 at 10:59 am

    It is simply an unsettling time. And with cases on the up at the moment (we heard yesterday that a girl in my daughter’s class has confirmed COVID and may have been contagious the last week of school and that is making it too close to home) it is a weird time again. With people going on holiday and becoming fed up with the isolation measures it is bound to get worse before it gets better. I hope your mind willl settle a bit soon. And mine too!

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    • August 2, 2020 at 11:49 am

      It really is and we are all only trying to do the best we can to get through it. Thank you and right back at you! xx

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  5. August 2, 2020 at 11:00 am

    17 books is amazing I only managed 6! I know the feeling about reviewing sometimes tge words just aren’t there and it all feels like I’m just regurgitating the same thing but for a different book. Thank goodness it’s a hobby and not paid work! Sending hugs ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  6. August 2, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    WOW youโ€™ve read a fair few books this month, Iโ€™m struggling to read more than four๐Ÿคฃso nothing changed. Weโ€™re also meant to be going away at the end of August, canโ€™t afford to cancel it half of me wants to go and the other half is stressing me, on the upside both my husband and I have have been tested and have anti bodies, which gives me a glimmer of peace. I definitely get where you are coming from re: blogging I think this year has been such a difficult one, everyone seems to be struggling, I know personally Iโ€™ve made the right choice to give up….but I may return one day or not x


  7. Jo
    August 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Hope your trip to Tuscany works out – I’m missed two holidays this year, but luckily was able to get a refund. Happy reading, wherever that may be!


  8. August 2, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Better take enough books with you in case you do get stuck but I hope not. I think youโ€™ll be back right in time. I hope I can still leave in September. Sooo many titles you read that I still want to read too.. nothing changed in our mutual booktaste ๐Ÿ˜Š. I think I have two or three paperbacks by Jane Casey in my library but I havenโ€™t read them yet. I hope to find time to read a whole series one day ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜˜


  9. August 2, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    I can imagine the whole thought of vacation being a struggle with all the COVID madness… Down here it’s literally impossible as we’re still in lockdown and unable to travel anywhere, but I don’t think I would travel even with the option available… Losing the money would probably make me go in the end though, and being struck in Tuscany could be worse I guess… Better pack an extra suitcase filled with books just in case. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, at least you are reading right? I’ve been struggling with my reviews lately too, especially since I read so many ARCs in July I couldn’t just write shorties reviews for and be done with it. xD


  10. August 3, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Well??? What did you think of the latest Casey? And Seth????

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    • August 4, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Thought it was the best one in the series and I can’t wait for the next one. As for Seth, I knew there was something off about him from the start. Even if she didn’t. (#TeamJosh)

      Yet another excellent recommendation from you, though. So, which series do I need to catch up on next? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • August 4, 2020 at 12:16 pm

        Hahaha, fortunately I haven’t stuck with too many series over the years, but I can’t remember – have you read Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint books? And of course there’s my top favourite – Reginald Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe… ๐Ÿ˜€

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        • August 4, 2020 at 8:24 pm

          Iโ€™ve read the Flint books, yes. As for Hill, I know the tv series and I definitely read one or two of the books but that was decades ago and I donโ€™t remember a thing about them. 24 books should keep me busy for a while ๐Ÿ˜„

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  11. August 9, 2020 at 4:55 am

    You read some great books this month. I have a few of those on my TBR. I haven’t read a Jane Casey book in awhile, but I think it is time I do. I hope your trip to Tuscany works out for you. Stay Safe!


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