What to Read: July 2021

This month I lost my grandfather after his health took a nosedive earlier this month. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been a bit distracted and having a hard time focusing on things like blogging, reading, and reviews in general. At least I’ll be able to take a short vacation in the near future for the first time in two years. I’m hoping to do some reading during that time to recharge πŸ™‚ Please enjoy this late post about July releases!

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July 2021 Book Haul

I have been very blessed this month with goodies from publishers, friends, and swaps! As well as a few personal purchases that I couldn’t resist πŸ™‚

As you may remember, a couple months back I won a big ebook giveaway from the Romantic Fantasy Shelf Facebook group. Well, one of the authors was amazing and also sent a few *signed* physical books that I didn’t already own as well as some fun swag like signed bookmarks, a magnet, and some pins. Big thanks for Miranda Honfleur for the gifts and to her assistant for sending them out!

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2021 Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

I wanted to participate in this year’s Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag. This tag was created by Ely @ Earl Grey Books and Chami @ Read Like Wildfire.  I got kind of busy at the beginning of July, but the month’s not over yet!

My goal is to list just a few titles under each category while avoiding too many repeats (although there will likely be a few)! Although I haven’t been reading as much as I was hoping, I have managed to stay on top of my reading challenge goal of 100 titles πŸ™‚ Hurray for audiobooks!


# of Books Read So Far:

I’m a bit behind where I’d like to be, but I should be finishing up a few books soon, which feels great!

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Throwback Thursday: White Stag by Kara Barbieri

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)
Hardcover,Β 368 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Wednesday Books

This book tackled several difficult subjects (rape, abuse, survivor’s guilt, and surviving) without being derogatory, demeaning, or belittling. I think the author did a great job channeling her personal journey into a fantasy story that readers who have suffered will likely connect with on a personal level. For those with triggers, there is a content warning on the audiobook right at the beginning where the author speaks a bit about her personal trauma.

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Early June 2021 Book Haul

I just want to share some recent acquisitions to my shelves. Most of these were purchased by me earlier this month, but I did receive a couple of fun gifts as well!

Finally felt like I could start visiting friends in a larger city a couple hours away. While there I found this sequel at a Half Price Books.

June treats from one of the exchanges I participate in monthly.

Gifts from my husband. He gave me a monetary and time limit at Barnes and Noble and this is what I came out with πŸ™‚

Visited a different friend and a different Half Price Books to add these to my shelves πŸ™‚ It’s always fun to find new things!

What to Read: June 2021

May was not the best reading month for me, but I’m happy to say it’s due to mostly being busy with other activities, like yardwork, and not merely because I couldn’t focus on reading (although that was a factor). Usually June is a smaller release month but not this year! There are so many amazing looking fantasy/sci-fi books releasing this month that there is no way I’m going to get to all of them. I do have a manageable TBR that I’d like to review this month, so we’ll see how far I can get on that.

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #45

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopsesΒ of the books
  • Decide: keep itΒ or should it go?

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#WyrdandWonder Top Ten Tuesday: Books Covers Featuring Books and Libraries

This week I wanted to showcase amazing covers that include magical books and/or libraries. I’ve also added a few favorites to the bottom of the list that don’t have books on the cover but are heavily featured in the story. This one was a bit harder to fill then my last couple of themes but still fun to search for! I stuck with the fantasy theme (except for the one on top, which is not technically fantasy) for Wyrd and Wonder month, so please enjoy this list.

Book Love
Oberon Vol. 1: The King of Lies
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
The Library at Mount Char
Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris, #1)
Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters, #1)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
A School for Sorcery (A School for Sorcery, #1)
The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High, #1)
Sorcery of Thorns
The Great Good Thing