Month In Review | July 2016

Wowie, ducklings! Can you believe it’s been another month? Of course you can, you’re sensible people! I, the nonsensical one, on the other hand, am utterly and completely shocked at the passing of time! Yet here we are. Anyhoo, the books, that’s what you want to hear about, right? I had an alright month in terms of books, I read 6 things, 3 of which were actual books (or audiobooks, in my case) and then I read 2 single issue comics and 1 bindup. So it wasn’t exactly the best month, namely because I fell into the most humongous reading slump. But I’m slowly clawing my way out now and things will be okay (I hope). Let’s get on to the recap!

Books Read + Mini Reviews

DC Comics Bombshells Issue #1 by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage | 4/5 Stars

That was waaaaaaaay too short! But from what I saw, I think I’m gonna love this series. I love the storyline and the art is excellent! I can’t wait to see what other superhero ladies show up!

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | 3/5 Stars

Honestly, this book really disappointed me. I thought the prose was beautiful, but at times it got out of hand and overtook the story. The plot and the characters were underdeveloped and the pacing had a weird feel to it. Still, despite this, the style of the writing was beautiful and I do think Chokshi shows promise as a developing writer.

Hawkeye Issue #1 by Matt Fraction and David Aja | 2/5 Stars

This issue was pretty “meh”, in my opinion. They could’ve started with a stronger story to introduce Clint Barton/Hawkeye as a character. It didn’t quite have me hooks. It’ll take more than a cute dog to do that, I’m afraid…

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins | 3/5 Stars

This was a cute read, but by no meas substantial in any way. It was short and sweet, cliche and fluffy, but ya know what? I enjoyed it anyway. It was enough to begin to pull me out of my horrid slump, at least.

Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios | 3.5/5 Stars

This book was fun. By no means was it phenomenal writing, but it was fun. Demetrios does a great job of creating a spectacular journey full of trials and challenges and I had a great time reading about it. Plus there was a steamy romance! I can’t wait to see where the next book goes, as it feels like the story is really building up to something awesome!

Young Avengers Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen, Mike Norton, and Jamie McKelvie | 2.5/5 Stars

This book was really meh for me. The art was gorgeous, but the story was really lacking and even kind of boring. It just didn’t pull me in that much and the characters didn’t have much personality. Sorry?

Challenge Updates

Goodreads Challenge 

Read: 55/86 books

Achieved: 64%

Timing: 6 books ahead of schedule

Debut Author Challenge

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Bookish Bingo

Second Chance

Set In Space–Starflight by Melissa Landers

Non Binary MC

Under 200 Pages–“Bridge of Snow” by Marie Rutkoski

Ugly Cover

Set Over 200 Years Ago–Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

March, April, May Release–A Study in Charlotte by Britany Cavallaro


Metallic Lettering–Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Based On A Real Event

Book Toward Another Challenge

Green Cover–Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Retelling–Stars Above (The Little Android) by Marissa Meyer

Set In More Than One Country–The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Characters Aren’t Human–Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Rec’d By More Than One Friend

Flowers On The Cover

MC Shares Your First Initial–Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Written Under A Pen Name

More Than One Author–Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

End Of The World

Number In The Title–Zero Day by Jan Gangsei


Standalone–Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Audiobook Challenge

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios

Book Haul

Book Bucket

And Most Likely More To Come!


Looking Ahead-Blogging

The schedule is pretty open and clear for this month!

Monthly Snapshots

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Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

My Favorite Things

  • I can’t stop dancing to Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” and “That’s My Girl”
  • I’m also really into Ariana Grande’s “Into You”
  • I just adored the look of the upcoming Wonder Woman film from the SDCC trailer!

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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

6 thoughts on “Month In Review | July 2016

  1. Thanks for sharing my post, Lila! Sorry to hear about TSTQ — I agree with pretty much everything you said, haha. The prose was beautiful, but sometimes it feels like it doesn’t make sense, like it’s pretty just for the sake of being pretty. I do have faith in Chokshi as a writer too, though, so hopefully the companion novel is better. 😀

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  2. Thank-you so much for mentioning my post, hun! And now I have a wonderful list of posts to check out. Plus, it looks like you had a truly wonderful month. Great post 🙂

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  3. The Star-Touched Queen was a disappointment for me too. I really loved the writing, but the pacing, characters and romance didn’t really work. Sorry you didn’t enjoy Young Avengers!!

    Great list of posts too. I’ll definitely have to do some blog hopping later 😊

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