Monthly Wrap-Up – July 2020

Hello everyone,

Another month has passed by and here in the UK we have just about made it to the hottest days of the year so far. It has mostly been a peaceful time, even though the ongoing situation has prevented me from venturing too far from home, but also a time that I have used to assess my short-term and longer term goals.

There are several things in July that I can certainly feel happy about. I am now pretty close to moving home, which feels both exciting and daunting at the same time! I have also returned to working in my office for three days every week, which has been wonderful and restored a sense of routine to my life that was slightly lost while working from home.

But above all, I just love being on campus. It is strange at the moment to be one of the only people there, but it is a great place to be and I can also read in the gardens again. Reading outside in the university gardens is one of my favourite things about summer.

Speaking of reading, I managed to finish four books in July, although there are two others that I currently have on the go. I was hoping to finish more, but the month began slowly and I struggled to catch up! All the same, I did chance upon a new favourite; only my third five-star read of the year.

Here are the books I finished in July:

The Guest List ⭐⭐⭐.5
Ruin And Rising ⭐⭐⭐
How To Disappear ⭐⭐⭐.5
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had waited almost four months for a five-star read, so I was so happy that I decided to read A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. It was an exceptional read and I cannot wait to share my review with everyone. I also have an exciting TBR lined up for August, so I hopeful that it will be a great reading month.

As far as writing goes, I have had mixed fortunes. I have made slow progress on my WIP due to a combination of lack of time, and being slightly stuck on the chapter I am on. On the bright side, I have begun work on another, more niche project, had another magazine article published, and made a mental commitment to dedicate more time to writing poetry, as I believe that is my strongest area within creative writing!

Looking ahead to August, I definitely hope to read more, and I have some time off work coming up which should give me the opportunity to do that. I am taking a short holiday this week, and soon after that it will be my birthday, so I am looking forward to receiving some books! There is also a new album by The Killers, which I am eagerly anticipating. If the three songs that have been released already are anything to go by, then it should be brilliant.

As always, I am going to end my wrap-up by highlighting some of the other great posts I have read in July:

  • July saw the voting take place for the annual book blogging awards, impressively hosted by the popular duo of May and Marie. I have enjoyed reading a lot of people’s nomination posts, discovering some fabulous new bloggers in the process, and I am extremely grateful to have received nominations from a few of them. I never expected it!
  • Holly wrote a truly fascinating discussion, asking if our bookshelves are a reflection of us.
  • My favourite book of the year so far is Where The Crawdads Sing, and Celine captured it perfectly in her review!
  • The amazing Sofii talked about her experience of reading slumps and how to escape them.
  • My favourite book blogging duo Chana and Malka wrote about the various aspects of book tags, and I found their thoughts very relatable.

That’s everything for this month. Have a wonderful August!

Happy reading 🙂

38 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up – July 2020

  1. so glad to see you loved the good girl guide’s to murder, stephen! i’ve been hearing such amazing things about it all year, and i can’t wait to read it. and i’m so happy to hear that you were able to find some new bloggers through the awards (and congrats on being nominated yourself too, of course!). hope you have a fantastic august!! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, May! A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was such a fantastic book, I’m so glad I read it and I really hope you enjoy it when you do. And yes, discovering new blogs is probably my favourite thing about the awards (you do such an amazing job!) 🙂

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  2. I’m so glad to hear that you had a 5 star read this month, after such a long time without one! I probably had my best reading month in July and managed to read 10 books, of which 4 where five star reads! I’m definitely hoping that my August reading ends up being just as fantastic!

    Thank you so much for mentioning our post! I’m so glad you enjoyed it enough to share it! 💕

    I hope you end up having a wonderful August, and that you have a relaxing vacation and an enjoyable birthday!

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    1. Thank you, Malka! Ah I’m so happy you had a great month – four 5-star books is amazing! 🥰 I hope your August is just as good, too.

      You’re very welcome! It was a lovely post and I’m grateful that you and Chana shared it ☺

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  3. Ah so glad I’m not the only one who had a strange July. But glad you at least love being on campus. I just started my first year and wasn’t loving living away from home so it kinda worked out for lmao
    I need to read A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder so super glad you loved it. SO EXCITED!! And good luck with the writing. My draft is sitting without any friends so you’ve reminded me I need to get back to it hehe

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    1. Thank you, Ruby! Haha I’m glad that worked out for you, I love being on campus and at the moment it feels peaceful with so few people there.
      I’d love to find out your thoughts on A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder when you read it, and good luck with your writing too!

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  4. Sounds like you had a great month, Stephen! I can imagine how strange it must be to return to an empty campus! Have a great holiday and birthday and hope you read some great books in August. 🙂

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  5. Reading outdoors really is THE BEST! I often read in the garden near our house. It’s soo pretty and usually quite enough! 😍😍😍

    Oh you are working on a WIP?! BUT THATS AWESOMEEE!! And hey, don’t worry about the slow progress. I am pretty sure this month will be AMAZING FOR YOU in ALL respects!

    And The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is on my tbr as well I AM SOOOO LOOKING FORWARD TO READ IT! And am glad that you enjoyed it tooo!!

    Lovely lovely wrap up, Stephen!! 😍😍😍😇😇

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    1. I agree! That sounds really pretty, Rain, and also very peaceful 😍

      Thank you so much! I hope so, although at the moment I’m focusing a bit more on the poetry side of things. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is so amazing, I really hope you love it and I’m excited to hear what you think 🙂

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  6. Amazing wrap-up, Stephen! It’s so hot in the UK right now, I can’t cope 😂 You’ve convinced me to pick up Good Girls Guide, I was sort of on the fence about it but I’ve been hearing the best things!

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  7. Great wrap-up! I left the UK to spend time with my family in Canada and it seems I’ve exchanged one hot place for another!
    Where The Crawdads Sing is high on my TBR so your thoughts make me really want to read it now! Hopefully, I get to it soon!

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    1. Thank you! That sounds lovely, I hope you are having a great time. It is even hotter in the UK today!
      Where The Crawdads Sing is amazing, I totally recommend it and I’d love to hear what you think of it 😊

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  8. I’m so happy you were able to find a little bit of your routine back this past month 🙂 I hope that this month has been good to you and that you’ve had / will have a great birthday, too! ❤
    And thank you for mentioning the awards, i’m so happy you found new bloggers to love and got nominated for your amazing work, too! ❤

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