Summer 2020 Wrap-Up

Hey everyone!! I have many wrap ups to catch up on lol I’m going to use November to start fresh on reviews. Plus I don’t really feel comfortable going back to do reviews on books from months ago. So we will start with a brand new month. Wraps up are easier so I will post those this week.

So the summer brought on a big 2-month reading slump. Real life hit me hard and personal in June, especially with the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s what really started my unplanned hiatus. I was just all about family and work. I couldn’t focus on books and I took a much needed social media break. I still haven’t really gone back to them.

I did read one book in June, and that was Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell. I gave it a low 4 stars. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t give me that Carry On did. That being said, I cannot wait until Any Way the Wind Blows comes out next year. I’m even more excited that it comes it shortly after my birthday so what better way to celebrate than with SnowBaz ❤️💚 Also, my blog turned one in June 😊

July (my birthday month) brought a reread and a new read. I reread Saga Book One because I was supposed to read Book 2 for some readathon I was participating in (I honestly don’t remember lol) but I never did. Aru Shah and the End of Time was just an audiobook I decided to listen to while at work. This also received a low 4 stars from me. Once again, I enjoyed it but it didn’t really grab me and make me want to continue with the series. To this day, I’m still undecided about that.

Now we move to August. Oh boy lol my reading came back full force all thanks to a reread of an adult urban fantasy book. Where I then preceded to basically use all of August for urban fantasy lol the reread was Written in Red by Anne Bishop. It was just what I was in the mood for. I then listened to books 2-5 (work is great for audiobooks) because I needed more of the story. I still have 2 or 3 books left that are published. I’m not sure if the series is finished or not.

I also listened to the final book in Ilona Andrews’ The Edge series, which is Steel’s Edge. As much as I love Ilona Andrews, I feel like this series was their weakest one. To me, it just went downhill every book. One and Two are still the strongest books to me. Speaking of them, I also listened to Magic Bleeds, book 4 in the Kate Daniels series. As well as the Curran POV novella collection. They received 5 and 4 stars respectively. I absolutely LOVE this series. Plus the narrator, Renee Raudman, is one of my favorites.

August also brought: a reread of Darkfever (3 stars….probably not continuing the series), a novella We Can Be Mended (Divergent 3.5….didn’t rate it because it really didn’t bring much to the series), Every Heart a Doorway (5 stars but I’m still on the fence about the series), and a reread of We Set the Dark on Fire (dropped it from 4 stars to 3 but I’m still very excited to finally pick up book 2 since I NEED that closure)

So to bring it all home: June had 1 book read, July had 2, and August had 11. If anyone is curious, no I haven’t slowed down since August lol my main focus has been series (which you will see in September) and books off my shelf.

So that’s my summer 2020 wrap up. Stayed tuned for September’s Wrap Up coming tomorrow. As always, happy reading everyone 💚

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