Monthly Wrap Up and Giveaway: July 2014


on the blog

Due to my trip to Germany, the blog went on a semi-hiatus and I didn’t post as regularly as I usually do. This worked out great, in my opinion, because I’m back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and I have a bunch of new ideas for my blog and Booktube channel. Now I just need to find the time to develop them.

The most excited thing that happened on the blog in July was the announcement of mine and Bec’s Raven Cycle (Re)Readathon! You can sign up and stuff in the post. Both of us are very excited to host this, and there are going to be tonnes of exciting things happening over the two months that the event takes place, such as giveaways, a scavenger hunt, challenges, and more.

I reviewed The Vanishing Season which, while I cried, was a bit of a let down. I did enjoy The Savages though, even if it did make me question my morals and remind me a lot of The Addams Family. I shared the characters that I would want with me on a deserted island, and included lots of excellent gifs. The Gannicus gif is reason enough to read the post. Finally, I died over Since You’ve Been Gone, because Morgan Matson is out to get me.

Tatum was thoroughly creeped out by Lolita, which makes me even more curious to read the book. She reviewed Earthman Jack vs. the Ghost Planet, as well as Crime and Punishment, both of which were kind of average. Tatum did really like The Sweet Far Thing, though, so maybe I can convince her to finally read Beauty Queens? I gave that book to her years ago because I hated it but I think she gave it away *cries*

me in July

At the beginning of the month, I started training for my new job. It was very stressful at first, because I had a lot of things that I had to remember, but I think I have the hang of it. I’ll be doing this new job for half of the week, and on those days I’ll get to finish work at 5PM (5.30 on Wednesdays) instead of the usual 6.30! It’s heavenly, even though I do have to arrive earlier in the mornings. Leaving while the sun is still shining makes me happy. Overall, I’m very happy with the new job! So far, at least.

I’m still settling into my new house. It’s weird, not living with my mum and my sister, but at the same time it’s peaceful because I don’t have three brothers running around and causing trouble. And I have a much bigger room now *smug*


Another highlight of my month was attending YALC with Tatum, and meeting a bunch of authors and fellow bloggers. I do want to post a write-up of the day at some point, but I haven’t had time to do so yet. It was a brilliant day, which involved a lot of cosplay, heat, and queuing. I had a great time, and I will definitely be attending next year’s event (if there is one, which there had better be!) and it also made me want to go to BEA even more.

I visited my aunt, uncle and cousins in Germany for twelve days with my little brother, and the weather was glorious. I vlogged the whole thing, which I am very proud of, and the trip also inspired me to start a new feature on my blog, which you will see in a couple of weeks. I was a bit sad to be going home, but at the same time it’s quite nice to return to normal. Especially now that I’m refreshed!

books read

I managed to get out of the reading slump that I was suffering from at the beginning of the month, but then I suddenly became really busy with YALC-ing and holiday-ing and all that, so I didn’t have much time to read! The books that I did read were really good though, so that’s a plus.

1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson 
2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson 
3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 
4. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas 
5. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis 

book of the month giveaway

since you've been gone

Yep, I’m giving away a copy of Since You’ve Been Gone! I adored it, and I think everybody should read it because friendship and slow burn and all that squishiness. Emily is one of the most relateable characters to me, and I will love her forever.

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me what your favourite fictional friendship is. Make sure you enter a valid email address into the box, because that’s how I will be contacting you. I’ll be randomly choosing a winner on August 20th, and the giveaway is international.

looking forward to…

I don’t have anything planned for August, which is exciting in itself. I want to relax and soak up the last of the British summer when I’m not working. Speaking of work, I will be taking over my new role full time (but still for only half of the week, just to confuse you) when my coworker leaves in a few weeks. We have a three-day weekend coming up, and I’ve booked the Friday off work so I get four days to read and sleep and calm down after such a busy few months. My sister is now on holiday from school, so I want to take her into London a couple of times and she really wants to see Windsor Castle. Also, mine and Bec’s Raven Cycle (Re)Readathon starts at the end of the month, and I cannot wait to read The Raven Boys along with you all!

31 comments on “Monthly Wrap Up and Giveaway: July 2014

  1. Zoë 01/08/2014 1:33 pm

    umm hard to pick, at the moment gus and isaac from the fault in our stars.

  2. Kerri 01/08/2014 1:48 pm

    Favorite lit friendship?…oh good god…uhmm…how about Sam and Edilio from the Gone series? I love those two, and Edilio is the best ever!

  3. Ann 01/08/2014 2:30 pm

    My favorite friendship is between Locke and Jean from Scott Lynch’s The Gentleman Bastard Series!

  4. Dea S. 01/08/2014 4:08 pm

    All I could think of right now is Josh and Drew from The Sea of Tranquility. They are polar opposites yet they always have each other’s backs no matter what.

  5. Rose 01/08/2014 4:50 pm

    I love Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy. Yeah Rose may be over protective of her at times but they had what I thought felt like an authentic friendship because they still had arguments and you could tell they that they were close and trusted each other greatly. Even with their fights they still looked out for each other, something really close people do and it’s always made me happy to read them and experience the friendship they have!

  6. Kaylie 01/08/2014 5:05 pm

    I’m so jealous you got to read Heir of Fire already! I can’t wait for that book. I also read Since You’ve Been Gone recently and I, too, liked it very much. I think it’s quite similar to Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour in some aspects though…

  7. Audrey @ The Book Analyst 01/08/2014 6:16 pm

    Favorite book friendship… definitely one of the classics. Harry/Ron/Hermione or Sam and Frodo from LOTR. They’re all just great. 🙂

  8. Crini 01/08/2014 8:32 pm

    Can’t wait to see your vlogs from Germany! Also: VERY excited about the Raven Boys reread!

    First friendship that comes to my mind right now is Sophie and Finny from The Theory of Everything. Those two are soo adorable. I wish I’ve had a friend like Finny when I was younger!

  9. Ashley Tessmer 01/08/2014 8:39 pm

    Hmm… Let’s see. I would have to say that my favorite literary friendship is … Cinder and Iko. They would do anything for one another. 🙂 So sweet.

  10. Mel@thedailyprophecy 01/08/2014 9:34 pm

    Looks like you read 5 awesome books this month! I’m happy to hear you had a great time with your uncle, aunt and cousins 🙂 Yeay to the bigger room and better work times 🙂 Happy August!

  11. Chenise J. 02/08/2014 3:04 am

    So jealous you’ve been able to read Heir of Fire and In a Handful of Dust already! Feels like forever until they come out!

    As for best friendships, I feel like the golden trio from Harry Potter is pretty default. So I`m going to go with Addie and Lailah from Pivot Point and Chloe and Benton from Something Real!

  12. Laura F 02/08/2014 8:00 am

    My choice would be the friendships between Cammie, Bex, Liz & Macey McHenry in the Gallagher Girls series 😀

  13. Nara 02/08/2014 9:51 am

    Nice, four stars for In a Handful of Dust! I need to read and review that one soon, so it’s nice to hear that it’s pretty good 😀

    I honestly don’t know if I have a favourite friendship! There are so many great ones. Recently though, I read The Art of Lainey, which had such a supportive and healthy friendship between the main character and her best friend 🙂

  14. Rinn 02/08/2014 11:07 am

    Glad to hear you had a great time in Deutschland 😀 Nederland next, ja?

    Can I be nosy and ask what your job is? 🙂 Also I think I have your old address, you should DM me your new one so I can send postcards from Leiden!

  15. Jenna O 03/08/2014 7:50 pm

    Harry and Ronny on Harry Potter :´)

  16. Holly 04/08/2014 7:35 pm

    My favourite friendship is Halley and Scarlett from Someone Like You. It’s one of the best friendship books I’ve ever come across. Their friendship is solid, true and definitely one of the most memorable ones. It’s been a year since I read Someone Like You and I still remember their friendship as if I read it yesterday. Definitely a must read!

  17. Kaniesha @ Deux Lectrices 05/08/2014 12:22 pm

    My favorite fictional friendship would have to be Fire Dancer and Han Alister from the Seven Realms series. They have a really strong friendship and usually trust each other more than anyone else. It was very cool to read about the two of them doing mischievous boy things.

    I’m glad that things are working out with your new job! New things are so stressful!

  18. Lieke 05/08/2014 3:05 pm

    My favorite fictional friendship is between Augustus and Isaac from The Fault In Our Stars!

  19. Nicole Layug 07/08/2014 5:18 am

    My favorite friendship would probably be Liss and Rose from the Vampire Academy series. They just have such a strong foundation their friendship has been built upon. They’re always there for each other and support each other. Probably one of the most healthiest and strongest friendships in the fictional world.

  20. Yay to your Germany trip and moving out and falling in love with Since You’ve Been Gone and you read Heir of Fire. Godddddd, I can’t wait to read it. I’m dying to read it. It’s going to be almost 600 pages of awesome, I just know. And fuck yeah, In a Handful of Dust. Can’t wait to dive into my ARC of it.

    My favorite fictional friendship is obviously Emily and Sloan’s and the Trio and of course.

  21. Marianne 16/08/2014 12:27 am

    My favorite fictional friendship is Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. 🙂

  22. Dei 16/08/2014 12:51 am

    What immediately came to mind was Ruby and Chubs friendship from The Darkest Minds trilogy. It’s fun how it started of with Chubs disliking her and being against Ruby joining their team, but eventually became like brothers and sisters throughout the story and next book. 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  23. Bonnie 16/08/2014 5:58 am

    My favorite friendship would be Birdy, Leeda and Murphy from Peaches.. 🙂

  24. Valeria 17/08/2014 1:24 pm

    Favorite friendship? I’ll have to go with the one between Sam and Frodo from the LOTR <3

  25. Christine F. 18/08/2014 2:48 am

    The first thing that came to mind was Mikan and Hotaru’s friendship in Gakuen Alice. This is not a book per se but a manga/Japanese comic book but it’s beautiful and their friendship is really solid.

  26. maria medeiros 18/08/2014 4:32 am

    My favourite fictional friendship has to be Harry Potter and Hermione.

  27. Mai Tran 18/08/2014 8:12 am

    There could never a better friendship than Ron, Hermione and Harry. I love them and their devotion for one another.

  28. Kimberly Camille Tiu 18/08/2014 2:57 pm

    Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

  29. Bube 18/08/2014 3:15 pm

    Margo, Kate and Laura from Dream Trilogy by Nora Roberts 🙂
    Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂

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