And just like that, bye July! As I sat at work last week I realized this year is already more than half way over. I am just astounded at that. What the heck!! At this point I’ve read 39 books out of my 2022 goal of 52. So I’m definitely at a good point right now. To be honest I’m a couple of books behind in writing reviews. I’m not sure I ever will for these because 1) I already have a backlog of written reviews to post, 2) they aren’t ARCs, and 3) will I remember enough detail to write a review when I find the time? A good problem to have, I suppose. Anyway, let’s see what happened on the ol’ book blog in July.
I posted five book reviews in July. From earliest to latest, here are my recent book reviews.
- The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
- A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
- Jane Against the World by Karen Blumenthal
- Dark Earth by Rebecca Stott
- The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne
Book Memes and Other Posts
Holy moly I posted a lot of stuff (for my norm) in addition to the above book reviews. These are the various memes, tags, discussion posts, and blogger boosts I wrote about this month.
- Monthly Book Blog Wrap-Up: June 2022
- Mid-Year Freak Out Tag
- Book Blogger Hop: July 1-7: What is your favorite movie adapted from a book?
- First Lines Fridays: July 8, 2022
- New Blog Theme
- WWW Wednesday: July 13, 2022
- First Lines Fridays: July 15, 2022
- Book Blogger Hop: July 15-21: Do you listen to audiobooks?
- First Lines Fridays: July 22, 2022
- 2022 Support Book Bloggers Challenge: July Check-in: Books I’ve read because of other bloggers
- Book Blogger Hop: July 22-28: Is there a hard-to-find first-edition that you would love to own?
For some strange reason I had over 500 views on July 16 and I haven’t figured out why. There’s no one post that seemed to have an unusual amount of traffic; rather, it seems like someone just viewed a lot of different pages. I’m inclined to think it was a bot because the average time spent on various pages was 4 seconds.
Anyway, during July I gained seven followers for a total of 91 at the time of writing this. A heartfelt thank you for following my blog! I now need 9 more followers to help me reach my goal of 100 by the end of the year.
For my last wrap-up I used total page views from the WordPress statistics page to list my top five most viewed posts. I think I’m going to switch to Google Analytics from here on out, though. I usually use total page views, but those are skewed for July because a bot had fun combing through my posts on July 16. (A lot of the posts with high total page views had very short average view times associated with them.) So this month I’ll use unique page views. Next month hopefully I can go back to total page views. But the question is: Why do I do this? Because I think it helps put expectations into perspective for other micro-bloggers like me are out there.
- New Blog Theme: 34 views
- ARC Review: Dark Earth by Rebecca Stott: 29 views
- ARC Review: The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne: 28 views
- Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood: 22 views
- Book Review: A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross: 22 views
Lisa at Owl Be Sat Reading started the hashtag #BeatTheBacklog to rally those who want to make a dent in their TBR list. In July I finished five books, one of which I had added to my TBR prior to 2022. That book is A RIVER ENCHANTED by Rebecca Ross. I’m not making a huge dent in my pre-2022 backlog, it seems, but oh well.
Other Bookish Updates
I’ve also been making slow and steady progress on my NetGalley backlog. Even though I requested and was approved for a few more ARCs this past month, I kept my feedback ratio above 70%. At this point my focus is ARCs that haven’t yet hit shelves. Then I’ll back track again and read the ARCs I have that were published earlier this year. Most of them are nonfiction, and I kind of regret requesting them because I basically only want to read fantasy now; but so it is.
I also signed up for the August Trope-ical readathon. It starts tomorrow on August 1. This time I’m not quite sure if any of my ARCs will fulfill the Common Challenges, so I’ll just fill it out as I progress through the month. I also requested to join Jordyn’s OLD KINGDOM read-a-long, which starts in September. If you’re like me and haven’t read SABRIEL yet, this is a good way to get your butt in action.
Miscellaneous Book Fun
This past week it was announced that Sarah J. Maas’s THRONE OF GLASS series will be rebooted with new covers. Last summer I spent a lot of time tracking down the A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES series with the original book covers. And let me tell you, it’s not super easy to find them for a relatively affordable price. (I hit refresh on eBay a lot.) My point is that if the love for TOG is as strong as that for ACOTAR, then the value for the original book covers will increase. So I hopped on it and found a hardcover box set on eBay before prices went up. I still haven’t read the series yet even though I’ve been dying to. So this was a nice treat to myself. I’m very pleased the books are in Like New condition.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading my rambling. What were you up to in July? Feel free to comment with your July wrap-up posts!