Monthly wrap-up – July 2020

Hi friends!  ☀️ Happy August, half of the shit-year-of-2020 has gone by!

in real life

The world is still an absolute mess, let’s agree on that one. I’m happy to write though that, for now and for me, personally, July has been a little bit better.

I’ve been able to catch my breath this month a little bit with a couple of weeks off work, finally and it was GOOD, I felt like breathing again and it was wonderful to spend some time traveling again.

Yes, while social distancing and being respectful, of course, of everything happening and respecting the rules here in my country, before you ask. I’m being as careful as I can given everything and the situation in my country. I DO NOT condone people that don’t respect a f****** thing and can’t even wear a mask all the way on their f****** nose because that’s just how it works, now. I’ll stop otherwise I’ll rant scream about everything, but yeah, ANYWAY I’ve been able to travel a little bit with the two loves of my life and… it’s been good.

Otherwise, the month has been filled with work (full time, half remotely), I’m still exhausted and anxious but trying my best.

As always, friends, please never ever forget to educate yourself on the world’s happenings (here are two great resources to check out: get informed carrd & current info carrd) and to take care of yourselves, first and always.

on books

I am actually! happy! about! my! reading! I’ve been reading great books this past month and reading more than I thought I would with vacation and everything else I had to do this month, as well, so…. I’m happy.

I also found TWO new favorite reads and some other really great reads, so all is good. Let’s hope this great reading strike continues.

📖 Books I read

A SONG BELOW WATER ☂️ I enjoyed that one a lot ! If I was a little confused by the world building, I just fell for the siblings bonds and the social commentary, too. I’m definitely recommending that one. » read my full review.

YOU SAY IT FIRST ☂️ I *clenches fist* long distance relationship and fierce main characters and great character development and this was really a new favorite, I loved it.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU ☂️ I LOVE Laura Silverman okay. This book gave me the fluff, the depth, the family, the friendships, the romance, THE BOOKS. I loved this!!!

 

THE SILVERED SERPENTS ☂️ I realized this was a trilogy when I finished reading the book and…. well. I screamed because this ending was WHAT THE ACTUAL F. If it took me a while to get back to the world, I still adore these characters with my entire being okay.

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH ☂️ WHAT. A. GEM. I don’t know what more to say. I just loved this SO MUCH.

  • Goodreads Challenge: 37/60 books 🔥 A little ahead.
  • Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 3/10 books. NEED! TO! READ!!!!!!!! Any recs??

📖 Currently reading

SO excited to read that one ahhh, it sounds lovely! Also my sister has read it and enjoyed it soooooo it will be good!!

 

in-real-life

I’m actually happier with my writing progress this month as well than I was last month… even if I barely wrote a word.

I don’t think I really did write a word? I wrote things, things I don’t want to mention here for now, but, well. I got back to my previous WIP (the one I finished editing this past April, yes, the one I’ve been working on for what, 6 years) and I kind of like it.

I think. I don’t know I’m confused. I like my aesthetics okay.

I’m working on my writing projects for now and I’m not saying much more, but I’m doing my best and trying to be hopeful and motivated about my stories.

  • Words written : ???

on the blog

July has been a little bit of a slower month, blogging-wise, for a couple of reasons. 

I’ve been really busy this month with life, as mentioned earlier in this wrap-up, but also been busy with the Book Blogger Awards 2020, which I’m co-hosting with May-the-very-best-person-ever. I’ve been participating as a simple blogger in the awards for the past 2 years and, seeing it behind the scenes now…. Seriously, you can’t imagine the GIGANTIC AMOUNT OF WORK and TIME these awards take. So, yeah, it’s been a little tiring, but also very rewarding. Little mention to May and her INCREDIBLE work for it all, really.

📌 By the way, go vote in the Book Blogger Awards right here, you have until August, 16th to do so!

Also if you appreciate my work, you can vote for me in the adult book blogger and best book reviews categories okay bye 😳😳😳

That and the rest made me take a little time away from blogging, aside from scheduled blog tour reviews and… it’s been lovely NOT to think about it all the time. I’m feeling a little more inspired to hopefully kick ass, maybe launch some new ideas or I don’t know. I’m more inspired and excited soooo that’s good.

If you enjoy my work, you can support me on ko-fi right here if you wish to. I also happen to have an Amazon wishlist.

📖 Book reviews

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💻 Book blogging : VOTE FOR THE BOOK BLOGGER AWARDS!

 

📚 Book discussions & tags

 

Well…. July has been a little weird on blog hopping, as I haven’t had, or taken the time to visit so many blogs in so long with everything else happening. I want to apologize, but I also know I needed a break, so…. I’m just doing my very best.

I’ve been checking blogs again this past week and it’s been lovely to catch up with you all.

Anyway, here’s my little selection of blog posts I appreciated reading this month.

📚 Books & Reading

💻 Book Blogging

Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!


How was July for you? I hope you had a lovely month and please keep on taking care of yourselves and your loved ones.

What were your favorite books this month? Any writing projects going well? Tell me everything in comments!

 

 

 

 

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85 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – July 2020

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning my Harry Potter post! I worked hard on that one so it means a lot.

    I’m glad to hear July was a better month for you. I think writing- wise as well sometimes taking time to step away can bring so much clarity to the project when you come back. It’s all useful.

    Oh my god don’t get me started on people who have their nose hanging out over their masks. How are people doing it SO WRONG?!

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    1. Of course, it was a brilliant post, thank you so much for writing it ❤

      I don't KNOW how they're doing this so wrong, it just makes me so, so mad every single day. It's not that complicated?!!! 😦
      I hope August will treat you kindly, take care ❤

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  2. Thanks for your plug about social distancing & wearing a mask 💛I’m sorry Americans are awful 🙄 I promise we aren’t all like that!
    I’ve seen a ton of people absolutely love Elizabeth Acevedo’s books and really want to order a few. Also, your posts are so lovely to read, I love how you organize them!

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    1. Oh don’t worry, I know some people are wonderful and considerate 🥰 I’m just so bothered by some people’s attitude, no matter where in the world, some people have NO care and it makes me so damn mad ahhhhh. Anyway ahah.
      AHH I hope you will 🥰 with the fire on high is the only book I’ve read so far, but I can’t wait to read more!
      Thank you so, so much, this makes me so happy, thank you!! ❤

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  3. Enjoyed reading this, and this year so far has certainly been shit. But it has been nice to get out a bit more now, and see all the beauty of the world. Also with current issues, I agree that it is so important to try our best to educate ourselves, in order to emphasize with those experiencing it. And often it can seem that so much is going on, it is hard to observe all of what we are suddenly hearing.

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  4. Sometimes you just need to step away, I’m glad you got the chance to take a breath and a break. 🤗

    Some ideas for the Asian reading challenge, although I’m not sure if you need authors, characters, or both.

    Unbound by Dena guber brimfield. A generational Chinese story set in Shanghai over the course of two very different time periods. An interesting contrast between the two main characters and their experiences growing up.

    Banned Book Club by Kim hyung-suk. A memoir of a Korean college student who accidentally joins an illegal book club and falls more into activities against the militaristic government.

    Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay. A Filipino boy living in America goes back to the Philippines to investigate his cousins mysterious death that his family refuses to talk about. He learns a lot about the country, as well as his estranged family — and himself.

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much for all of these wonderful recommendations ahh thank you! ❤ I've heard amazing things about Patron Saints of Nothing, I will have to check it out! 😀

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  5. Your wraps ups are so damn fun to read! The blogging awards are such a great idea and a good way to help people discover some new and amazing book bloggers, I have found some awesome ones that way.
    The world really does suck atm but hopefully soon we will see some happy times, gosh we need a lot of those.

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  6. I’m glad to hear that July was a little bit better for you. 🙂 It’s nice that you were able to get some traveling in. I wish the virus wasn’t so bad over here, so we could do more things. I love all of your pictures!

    I love reading Katie Cotugno’s books, so I am really excited to read You Say It First! Happy to see that you loved With the Fire On High. I loved it too and I can’t wait to read her new book (hopefully this month). It looks like overall you’ve done some pretty amazing reading in July. I hope August is just as (or more) amazing! ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so much Ashley ❤ I can't wait to read more of Katie Cotugno's books, I loved that one so, so much ❤
      I hope you'll have a lovely August ❤

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  7. I’m so happy to hear that July was a good month for you, Marie! Your traveling sounds wonderful, and I’m so glad that you got to take a break from blogging and come back feeling refreshed.❤️ It’s also so amazing that you read so many wonderful books! I also loved With the Fire on High and I’m glad you did too- it deserves all the love.
    Thank you so much for mentioning my post as well! It means so much to me and I’m really happy you loved it. I hope you have an amazing August!! ❤️

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  8. It sounds like you had a wonderful month. I’m glad to read you took some time for yourself; that’s really important. I’m the worst at that but I’ve been trying really hard at self-love in July and now into August… it’s an uphill battle but I’m trying!
    Those photos are gorgeous! I look forward to traveling again! Me and my two best friends are renting a cottage by the lake this up coming weekend so I’m looking forward to that travel and away from the city!
    Seeing you loved With the Fire on High makes me veeeeeery excited! I just picked that book up from the library today. I know if you loved it, then I’ll probably love it! ❤️❤️
    Have a beautiful August! 💞

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    1. Thank you so much! I know, I’m always having a hard time with this, too…. I struggle a lot every day with taking care of myself and just listening to myself. We can do this though, I believe in us!! ❤
      Thank you so much, I hope that your little trip away will do you good 🙂
      Have a lovely month! ❤

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      1. You’re welcome! 💞
        I feel you, I struggle every day too but I agree we got this, I believe in us too! ❤️
        Thank you, my trip was a lot of fun and it felt good to just do nothing for a few days… I just want to continue doing nothing haha!
        Thank you, you as well! ☺️💞

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  9. Wow Marie I felt that first half the year being shit is over now line!! THANK THE LORD.

    But also yay so glad you had a great July! And that you’ve been travelling!! That’s so fun and the pictures are so pretty. Desperately want to come back to France at some point in the future. I went to Paris about 10 years ago and we had the best time.

    Ah I am SO SO SO excited to read With The Fire On High eeeepppp. Literally cannot wait, I have it on my August tbr and am hoping my mood reading brain likes me this month and that I can actually read it, well listen to it bc I want to experience Elizabeth’s narration. Def adding You Say It First to my tbr because it sounds so good??

    I LOVE the writing aesthetics and wishing you all the luck with your wip. I seriously need to get back to my own book welp. (also bc you mentioned I loved my goals check-in post but you don’t have to read, I just found it fun hehe) Wishing you a brilliant August Marie xoxo

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    1. Aaahhh I really hope you get to come back to France someday… there are so many pretty places here and I am very biaised, but well… ahah 😀

      I can’t wait to hear what you think of With the Fire on High! It was such a great read. And You Say it First is amazing ahh I loved it ❤

      Oh thank you so much!! I hope you can get back to writing soon ❤ Rooting for you always!

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  10. I’ve heard mixed review from A Song Below Water. But at the same time, that cover is just so gorgeous that I can’t not get it. I did however read With the Fire on High and I so agree, it was awesome!

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  11. Again, yay for taking a much-needed break! And yay for having a happy and good reading month; that’s the best! July was a pretty great reading month for me as well. aND, I feel happier with my writing this month too; although, I didn’t do very much writing either. I ~also~ have been really adding to my aesthetics in that regard, and I’ve been very happy with progress in that regard (: xxx

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    1. Ahh I’m happy to hear you’ve felt happier with your writing and everything, that’s what matters, not quantity, but quality, too 😀
      Thank you so much, Macey! Take care ❤

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  12. So happy that July was a bit kinder to you aswell!
    I’ve finally gotten some time off work too- first time in a full year (I happened to take the exact same as last year xd) and all the extra-stress that being one of the last three worker to continue with the pandemic; which felt like LOT of weight on my shoulders as I was pretty much the only one who cared.. *aherm*

    I’ve travelled a bit to a town over & another province within our bubble, although i’m still kinda scared to go anywhere XD (not that we can go very far anyway..) Your pictures are just so lovely, I wish I could travel there someday xx

    Ooooh happy you liked thoses books! You say it first, Recommended for you aswell as Dating makes perfect has been some that i’d wanna read too.

    Happy August, Marie ❤️ Let’s hope this month will be ever better than July was!

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    1. Ahhh I can imagine! I’m happy that you could get some time off and hope you can relax a little bit more in August ❤
      Thank you, Kristina! I completely get that and staying safe and comfortable with what you're doing, too, is the most important. ❤

      I hope that August will be kind to you, stay safe! ❤

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  13. I’m going to read The Silvered Serpents this month, and I’m really excited about it, but also really nervous because of how TGW ended 😐 Thanks for sharing all of those posts; I am definitely going to be reading them! I hope you have a good rest of your August ✨🥰

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  14. I’m so happy to hear that you felt so much better in July! I somehow had the same feeling and finally traveling a bit as well had such a positive influence on my Mental Health 🥰

    Ohh, you read some really fantastic books! I cannot wait to finally read The Silvered Serpents this month (I got an Arc so I can dive right in) and I’m so excited for Recommended For You! You also made me so excited about You Say It First!! I saw that you loved it so much and immediately placed my library loan 💗 It’s hopefully coming in two weeks 🙏

    Also so excited for the Blogger Awards!! Thanks to you and May for organizing such a lovely, positive event full of blogger love ❤ I also felt more inspired about blogging after coming back from my vacation, the time away relaxed me so much in general and refilled my creative well 😊

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    1. I’m so, so happy to hear that Caro! It feels nice to be able to do a little more, little by little 🥰

      I can’t wait for you to read all of these and ahhh 🥰 this made my day! I hope you’ll love You Say It First, it was such a good read.

      Thank you so, so much! I hope August will be kind to you 🥰

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  15. I’m glad July was better! And good for you for getting away and travel a little bit. Even if it’s scary (and frustrating because other people…) I really enjoyed getting out of the house and in a different city. Just a change of scenery helps so much!

    I really really want to read With The Fire On High! I’ve heard so many great things about it. You Say It First and Recommended For You are also on my TBR and I’m excited to get to them hopefully soon!
    Also, thank you for organising the Blogger Awards! I discovered so many blogs I didn’t know yet 🙂

    I hope you have a great August! ❤

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    1. Other people ARE frustrating ahah I get that…. but yes, I agree a little change of scenery really does wonders! 🥰

      I hope you’ll love With the Fire on High, it’s such an amazing read. And thank YOU, ahh this makes me so, so happy that the awards are helping you finding new bloggers! 🥰
      I hope August will be kind to you ❤

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  16. Good to hear that July had been a great month for you! And omg I LOVE With the Fire on High 😍😍 Mine was okay but reading wise it was good! I found a new favourite 💖 Also thank you so much for the awesome works you and May have been doing for Book Blogger Awards!! Seriously you two are the best!! Hoping that August will be a much better month for you, Marie 💕💕

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  17. Thank you for the shout-out! For your Asian readathon I have some MG recs if you’re into that! My son and I are reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, which is written sort of like a Chinese folk tale, and it is SOO GOOD, and a student last year told me her favorite book in the world is Front Desk, so that’s on my tbr this year. I don’t have any YA recs, but I enjoyed a cozy mystery called Death by Dumpling.

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    1. Of course, loved your post! 🥰
      Oh thank you so much for these recommendations! I’ve been meaning to read more MG books sometime, so I know where to start now, thank you!! ❤

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  18. That’s great you were able to get some travelling in and that you’re feeling a bit better because of that! It’s the little things sometimes – just making you feel “normal” again, you know? I started a new writing project and I’m not too far in but I’m hoping to get more written in the next few days. I’m excited about it. I haven’t written a full novel in years, so I really want to keep this up! Good luck with yours! Oh, and With the Fire on High is fantastic!!!

    -lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Exactly, it’s the little things like that, and they do wonders for my mental health, too. ❤ thank you!
      I'm so happy to hear that! I hope you'll be able to keep this up, I'm rooting for you! 😀

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  19. Hello Marie!!
    That’s awesome that you got to do some travelling this past month! It must be great to take some time off work and go somewhere different! Your photos look so lovely!
    I’m also glad to hear that you’ve found some new favourite reads this month, and that you’ve made progress with editing your WIP. Your aesthetic is beautiful! Believe it or not one of these days the editing will end! (I haven’t yet finished editing my own manuscript yet but I say that in good faith that it’s true hahaa 🙂 )
    You are doing an awesome job hosting the Book Blogger Awards!! I can only imagine how much work it is but that’s great of you to take it on!
    Wishing you a wonderful August!

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    1. Ahh thank you, Sophie! It’s been lovely to catch a little break with everything, I really needed it 🙂
      I feel like the editing will never ever end ahah, but we’re doing our best to see it through haha 😀
      Thank you so much ❤ I hope August will be kind to you ❤

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  20. i’m glad you had a good month with more relaxation and lots of traveling! you really deserve the rest 🥺 (even though i’m lowkey jealous of you for getting to travel… i haven’t left my house in six months 😭) ahh, this post reminded me that i really need to finish with the fire on high already! it has been on my immediate tbr for an embarrassingly long time, and i loved the few pages i read of it last month :((
    i hope you have an amazing august, and thank you so much for linking my post!! i’m so glad you liked it 💖😭

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    1. Thank you Caitlin, I wish I knew how to take a real break 😭 thank you!! ❤
      I hope you'll get to read with the fire on high soon, I promise it's really worth it ❤
      And of course! You've been doing such an incredible work and your posts are amazing ❤

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  21. I’m so glad you were able to take a bit of a breather in July and do some travelling! That sounds so lovely 😀 Omg I have the ARC of Silvered Serpents and now I can’t wait to read the ending to understand what you’re referring to 👀
    I’m SO grateful for all the work you and May have been putting into the blogger awards – I can’t even imagine how much must be going on behind the scenes. I’m loving all the blogger love going around and it’s been so lovely finding so many new blogs to follow. Thank you!!
    Hope you have a wonderful August, and happy reading! ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Margaret ❤ I can't wait for you to read the Silvered Serpents, that ending had me SCREAMING ahah.
      Thank you so, so, SO much for your support, it honestly means the world to us ❤❤❤

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  22. i’m so happy to hear that your mental health was better in july, marie!! 🥰 and i’m really glad you had a good reading month, too! i’m so so excited to read with the fire on high 😭😭 i hope you enjoy dating makes perfect, it’s on my priority tbr so i can’t wait for your thoughts! ahhh your wip aesthetics are just 😍😍 i hope you have the most amazing august, you deserve it!!! 💕

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  23. i am really glad july was a lot better for you, marie! i know europe is doing *a lot* better so i’m glad you had the opportunity to go out and visit places. around here, things are still really bad (brazil is now at 100k deaths, which is just…) and unfortunately i don’t know when/if they’ll get better any time soon.

    it makes me really happy you loved you say it first! i remember you mentioning how we don’t get to see enough long-distance relationships in books, so i’m glad to hear it was well done in this one. i really want to read more of katie cotugno’s work before picking this one up, though, but the cover is beautiful!

    once again, thank you SO much for hosting the book blogger awards! like i mentioned before, i can only imagine how time-consuming this must have been, so really, thank you for all the effort that was put into the event!

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    1. thank you so, so much Lais, I’m sending you all the love and positive vibes and stay safe ❤ ❤

      I hope you'll get to read you say it first, it was such a good read, I enjoyed it so much 😀

      thank you so, so much, this means a lot, thank you ❤ ❤ ❤

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  24. Hii love! I hope you’re doing well and hanging in there. I am SO glad you were able to safely travel and spend time with those you loved this month, as well as getting a break from wok! I wish I lived in a country where people cared more about others than themselves, so maybe travel would an option. *sighs in tired* But I just wanted to check in and let you know that a) I adore you, b) the work you’re doing is amazing and appreciated and c) that I hope you’re doing well and being kind to yourself! ❤

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  25. I’m really glad July was a more pleasant month for you, you deserve some rest time!! ❤ And the pictures of your travels look amazing!!! I hope you're having fun! And that August is treating you well ^^ (also, I'm super glad you liked You Say It First, I have it on my TBR!!)

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