It was another wonderful month, and I’m sad to see it go. Monthly wrap-ups are a bit long. Introductions are me talking about my month, personally. Feel free to skip to whatever emboldened section you’re interested in!
- My birthday was July 15th. They took me on a sunset cruise, which was gorgeous, and I watched people dive off a cliff. Good times. To satiate your curiosity (if any) as to what my age might possibly be, the answer is… I am an ageless immortal.
- I went to Jamaica (where my family is from) for the first time in four years. The air is much easier to breathe, and the heat less suffocating than in New York. I learned to be grateful for constant Wi-Fi, unrestricted water, and my water being automatically heated. I also enjoyed pretty houses, stuffed myself full of food the majority of my days, read on a veranda, and napped (because sleep is important). I think I relaxed for the first time in two solid years. You think I’m exaggerating, but I’m as serious as a heart attack.
- I asked Dad about BEA. He does the yearly budget, and if I want these things, I have to ask before January. We don’t do last minute. As long as work and school doesn’t get in the way grade-wise, it should be fine. Cross your fingers and say your prayers because this means giveaways for you from my now unnecessary BEA savings.
- Snail mail to Dee, giveaways won.
- I did a lot of posts for you guys for August. A LOTTTTTT. And I’m starting work for September, so holler if you want to see something on the blog.
- PEOPLE OF AMERICA, AND CANADA: First giveaway on this blog ends August 13th. You can answer a survey, and enter to win ARCs of George, Letter To The King, Paperweight and a SIGNED ARC of Black Widow by Margaret Stohl here.
- NEW YORKERS: Another Day Launch. August 26th. 6-8 pm. Books of Wonder.
- PEOPLE ON THE NORTHEAST COAST: BookitCon is happening Sunday, August 9th, hosted by the fabulous Nori over at Read Write Love 28. Plenty of authors will be there, and this is the first year, and tickets are not even 16 bucks, so go!
- NEW YORKERS: The Wild Ones launch. Alex London. August 29th. 1-3 pm.
Top Ten Tuesdays
- Fellow (Fictitious) Book Lions
- Hyped Books I Have Never Read or DNF’d
- Books I’ve Desperately Grabbed Recently
Great Music I Listened To
- Delilah by Florence and The Machine
- Which Witch by Florence and The Machine
- Tennis Court Flume Remix
- Give It All by Train
- Team by Lorde
- The Love Club by Lorde
- Still Sane by Lorde
- Biting Down by Lorde
- 400 Lux by Lorde
- Bravado by Lorde
- White Teeth Teens by Lorde
Books I Read
- Fans of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa (review to come)
- The Heir by Kiera Cass
- This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee (review to come)
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (I will TRY to review it.)
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
- ARC REVIEW: Hollywood witch Hunter
- The Infinity Dreams Award
- The Real Neat Blog Award
- The Would You Rather Book Tag
- The Reading Habits Tag
- People who have nominated and tagged me: I’m typing and editing them all now!
Favorite Posts in The Blogosphere
- One of my favorite people, John, writes a profound article on queerness and identity policing.
- And because John’s awesomeness, thoughtfulness, and humor is everlasting, he created coming out e-cards.
- CAM’S ROYALTY PORTRAYED IN A FAB ARTICLE CONDEMNING VIDCON ENDANGERING TEEN GIRLS. You want to read this. Badly.
- Beloved teen social justice warrior writes a mind blowingly articulate, excellent discussing John Green, white adults not supporting teenage girls who feel uncomfortable, and will have you whooping, and going, “CAM, I WILL DEFEND YOU AGAINST IGNORANCE TO THE DEATH.” once you’re done.
- Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts “Dear Year 3000”, just read it.
- Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts also writes an entertaining article about blogger blurbs that you are bound to enjoy. And not because I’m included.
- Cait @ Paper Fury discusses when she thinks you have to unfollow a blog, no matter how callous it feels.
- Summer @Xingsings writes a fab article about the importance of blogging which strikes a chord with many bloggers, and is a wonderful opening to what is sure to be a spectacular discussion series.
- In which Shelumiel writes a wonderful review on groundbreaking debut Fans of The Impossible Life, and takes some kickass photography
- CJ discusses the necessity of more diverse voices from diverse authors, and how tokenization is NOT representation. Well done article that allies diverse voices without shouting them down.
- If you missed the #weneeddiverseblogs chat on July 26th, you can check out a storify Nicole made containing the questions and some powerful answers from the book blogging community. This discussion is super important.
- Tell me all about your month below!