July 2018 Wrap-Up

It’s Halloween! Or close to it, anyway! I am sad that I am no longer in a country that has autumns (I hate summer with the ferocity of a thousand suns, ironically), but hey, if things work out well in August, I just might be next year! Meanwhile, to keep off my nervousness regarding the Secret Thing I can’t talk of yet, I have been reading up a storm (in case you did not know, I use books to cope with my burdensome brain). I also tried for a more consistent and active blog this month, but I don’t know if it really felt like that to followers or not.

Anyway, about my reading this month:

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
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This was a good month for reading:  a total of 34 books – 20 full-length novels, 11 graphic novels, 3 short stories. I am hoping to keep up the speed next month, because I am only 25 books away from hitting my GR goal for this year.

Must read

Contagion by Erin Bowman

Pretty good

Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge Kaguya-sama by Aka Akasaka God Complex, Vol. 1 by Paul Jenkins #FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar Witchblade Volume 1 by Caitlin Kittredge Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote Lydie by ZidrouLost Gods by Micah Yongo Learn About Loss by Cassandra Clare Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Endless Water, Starless Sky by Rosamund Hodge Scream All Night by Derek Milman Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton Into the Garden by Joelle Charbonneau

 Try it out maybe?

Copycat by Hannah Jayne Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura Zojaqan by Jackson Lanzing Karate Heat by Eiichi Kitano Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst Nyxia by Scott Reintgen Sea Witch by Sarah Henning So Glad to Meet You by Lisa Super The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 7 by Rei Toma Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau Forbidden Fruit by Joelle Charbonneau

Ugh No

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga), Vol. 1

Rereads

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare


Page Trackers Challenge

In the Page Trackers challenge, I read 9724 pages in July. [My main updates are on a Twitter thread]

Pages left: 61,152


Beat the Backlist

Progress: 72/100 books published before 2018

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1) The Song of Achilles Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #1) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

Nyxia and Song of Achilles were first time reads while Bright Smoke Cold Fire and City of Lost Souls were rereads.


16150831Series to Finish 2018 challenge

Progress: 3/24 series

Endless Water, Starless Sky (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #2) Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden, #2)

Ah after 2 months of nothing, I finally finished 2 series this month! Both were duologies, though, so that made it easier?


Blogger Shame challenge

Goals: 6/24 old galleys

Nothing this month so back in the shame box I go. 

 


2018 Debut Author challenge

Goals: 15/24 debut books of 2018

Lost Gods Girl at the Grave Scream All Night Sea Witch Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1) So Glad to Meet You

Read many debuts this month, and not all were impressive. *sigh*


Audiobook-Challenge--2018Audiobook challenge

Goals: 40/50 books

Learn About Loss (Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #4) The Song of Achilles Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #1)

3 audiobooks only, this month. I was still figuring out how to set aside time to read when I am at home.


NG-EW-Sign-Up-Post-Pic.pngNetgalley & Edelweiss Reading challenge

Goals: 96/100 galleys

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1 Copycat Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 3 Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1 God Complex, Vol. 1: Dogma #FashionVictim Witchblade Volume 1 Infidel Lydie Lost Gods Girl at the Grave Hullmetal Girls Fire and Heist Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2) Contagion (Contagion, #1) Endless Water, Starless Sky (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #2) Scream All Night Sea Witch Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1) So Glad to Meet You The Lantern's Ember The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 7 Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden, #2) Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga), Vol. 1

Major galley reading this month. I got through a lot of frontlist ones and a couple of backlist ones too.


2018ContempButton-300x300.jpgContemporary Romance reading challenge

Goals: 23/21+

So Glad to Meet You


img_20170922_204343_001000.jpgAtoZ reading challenge

Goals: 20/26 books

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Infidel Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1) Zojaqan: The Complete Series

Infidel, Nyxia and Zojaqan for I, N and Z respectively.


2018 Witches & Witchcraft Reading ChallengeWitches & Witchcraft reading challenge

Goals: 13/16 books

Sea Witch Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1) The Lantern's Ember

Sea Witch is about the story of the witch in The Little Mermaid, Heart of Thorns is set in a world where women have powers over the body, and The Lantern’s Ember has a witch in our world with various other supernatural creatures.


https://www.booksmoviesreviewsohmy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/CDChallengebadge2016-204x300.jpgCloak and Dagger challenge

Goals: 8/16 books

Copycat #FashionVictim Girl at the Grave

Copycat and Girl at the Grave are murder mysteries set in contemporary and historical high school settings, respectively. #FashionVictim is a contemporary thriller novel from the point of view of a serial killer.


SOS reading challenge

Goals: 31/40 challenges

31. 2017 debut author – Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)


PictureDiversity challenge

Goals: 81/31 diverse books

 

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 3 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1 Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1 Infidel Lost Gods Hullmetal Girls Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1) Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2) The Song of Achilles Contagion (Contagion, #1) The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 7 Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga), Vol. 1

Kaguya-Sama, Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tokyo Tarareba Girls, The Water Dragon’s Bride, Juni Taisen are all manga by Japanese authors;
Infidel is a graphic novel with a Muslim woman as the protagonist;
Lost Gods is written by a black author and has an African/Middle East setting with majorly POC characters;
Hullmetal Girls has an aroace protagonist of color (who is also religious and hijabi-like), a trans girl major secondary character, Asian secondary characters (one of which is the other protagonist), and mostly POC characters.
The Nyxia Triad has POC characters as protagonists and secondary characters, and in book 2 there are gay couples, one of whom has POV chapters.
The Song of Achilles is a historical novel involving a romance between gay characters.
Contagion has one of its POV characters as a Indian-origin lesbian character, and the other is biracial, of Turkish-Korean origin.


2018 New Release Challenge logoNew Release challenge

Progress: 87/101 books

Copycat Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 3 Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1 God Complex, Vol. 1: Dogma #FashionVictim Witchblade Volume 1 Infidel Karate Heat Lydie Lost Gods Girl at the Grave Hullmetal Girls Fire and Heist Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2) Contagion (Contagion, #1) Endless Water, Starless Sky (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #2) Scream All Night Sea Witch Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1) So Glad to Meet You The Lantern's Ember The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 7 Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden, #2) Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga), Vol. 1


Paranormal reading challenge

Progress: 45/24 books

Witchblade Volume 1 Infidel Lydie Fire and Heist The Song of Achilles Sea Witch The Lantern's Ember

Witchblade (magical amulet/demons), Fire & Heist (were-dragons) and Infidel (demons) are all urban fantasies, while Lydie (ghosts), The Song of Achilles (gods from Greek mythology), Sea Witch (mermaids and witches) and The Lantern’s Ember (witches, vampires, etc) are historical fantasies.


Gather Together and ReadBook to Movie reading challenge

Goals: 16/8 books

Nothing this month.


What's In A Name 2018 logoWhat’s in a Name challenge

Goals: 1/7 challenges

Nothing new

 


F2F3B347-32FE-476E-A060-460BEA3A704CSwords and Stars Reading Challenge

Goals: 16/20 challenges

Nothing


Besides these year-long challenges, I also had a couple of challenges for July.

3D silhouetted tree landscape against a nebula night skySci-Fi July

God Complex, Vol. 1: Dogma Hullmetal Girls Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1) Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2) Contagion (Contagion, #1)

Completed reading the minimum of 5 books goals that I had set.

Graphic Novel readathon

Sadly my goals for this were vague – read all frontlist GN/manga galleys AND catch up on the Demon Price of Momochi House manga series. I didn’t complete either, but I did read 10 graphic novels, so I am satisfied!

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 3 Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1 God Complex, Vol. 1: Dogma Witchblade Volume 1 Infidel Karate Heat Lydie The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 7 Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga), Vol. 1

#24in48 readathon

I realized late in the afternoon of Day 1 that it had started, which meant I had not planned any time aside that weekend, and so had to bow out of participating this time.


ICYMI

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTTT: Book covers that are pretty as fireworks
  TTT: Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (so far)

TTT: Favorite novellas/short stories
TTT: Popular books that lived up to the hype

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #10

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #11

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #12

Book Blogger Hop: July 6-12
Book Blogger Hop: July 13-19
Book Blogger Hop: July 20-26
Book Blogger Hop: July 27-Aug 2

Stacking the Shelves #21
Stacking the Shelves #22
Stacking the Shelves #23
Stacking the Shelves #24


Other news

There wasn’t a Podcast rec post this month, because I wasn’t in the mood to complete the draft, but I will try to have two rec posts next month to make up, so keep watch for that!


How was your July? What are you looking forward to most, for the rest of the year?

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