July 2015 Wrap-Up

July 2015 Wrap-Up

The summer is already half over- can you believe it? Each year as July comes to a close, I start to get a wee bit restless. Excitement about the upcoming school year begins to bubble inside of me, and this year is definitely no exception. Still, I keep reminding myself that it is nevertheless summer, and I’ve been really trying to take it all in. July was a great month, in more ways than one!

jane eyre coverIn July I read a total of 7 books:

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews
  4. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  5. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  6. The Lost World by Michael Crichton
  7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I just realized how many amazing books I read in July! Picking a favorite is incredibly hard, but I’m going to say Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. But Vicious, The Lost World, and Jellicoe Road are amazing honorable mentions- really, they were fabulous!

June (1)

What a month! So many things happened, but it also feels as though I spent a lot of time relaxing and simply doing whatever I wanted. (Oh, the luxury of the summer in between high school and college!) Although I majorly failed at Camp NaNoWriMo (less than five thousand words- at least I wrote something!) I had a lot of fun with friends and family on various adventures.

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Saw this fabulous bird at our hotel in West Virginia- her name is Mosa, and boy was she talkative!
Sparklers on the Fourth of July!
A great beach day with friends.
Yup, my friends and I walked all the way out there!
I found a local ice cream place that has nut-free soft serve 🙂

I also went camping with my family like we do every summer, and I had a fantastic time!

June (2)

Since I obviously didn’t have school in July (SUMMER!!!) I was able to schedule plenty of posts ahead to time. I absolutely love scheduling posts, because it removes the hurried rush of having to write and edit posts minutes before I post them. I’ve really enjoyed taking my time with posts, getting the design of them just right, and allowing my ideas to fully develop before writing drafts. Hopefully August will provide a bunch of blogging time as well!

Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Also, I recently wrote a guest post for Bella @ Ciao Bella! in her feature called Summer Lovin’. Her kind words certainly brightened my day! Click here to check it out! 

June (3)

Here are some posts that caught my eye in July (rhyme!) in the blogging community:

How was your July? What books did you read? What fun things did you do? Let me know in the comments section below!



14 responses to “July 2015 Wrap-Up”

  1. My favorite book I read was probably What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi. I loved the voice of Ryden. I also got to see fireworks twice!


    1. I’ve read The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi, but I haven’t read the one you mentioned- I’ll have to check it out!
      Aren’t fireworks the best?! 🙂


      1. They really are! And I’ve heard here other books were really good, so hopefully I’ll get to read one soon.


  2. Looks like you had an exciting month! 😀 I hope August will be just as great!


    1. Thanks! 🙂 Happy August!

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  3. I adore Jane Eyre! and glad you got to go to the beach! The beach is probably one of my favorite places ever.


    1. I’ve found a new appreciation for the beach this month- it’s so lovely! It’s the perfect place to hang out with friends, have some fun in the waves, and read, of course! 🙂

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  4. You seem to have had a great month of reading and blogging. I hope August is just as exciting 🙂 Btw, that ice-cream looks so good!


    1. haha it was awesome! 🙂 Happy August to you as well!


  5. I sorely failed Camp as well. X| It’s something that has become a repeated thing for me…I wonder if I’ll ever win at NaNoWriMo…
    What beautiful ice cream though! I stared at it for ages.
    CONGRATS ON READING SEVEN BOOKS. There’s so many awesome titles in that list oh my days.


    1. Thanks!! 🙂
      Don’t worry, I really struggle with winning NaNoWriMo events, too. Writing stories tends to be a slow process for me, and thirty days or so is just not enough time!! I managed to do it one year a few years ago, but since then I’ve just been too busy to get enough words down on paper. Maybe someday!

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      1. Hey at least you managed to finish a novel! I’ve yet to reach that milestone.


  6. brettmichaelorr Avatar

    Thanks so much for the shoutout Holly, I really appreciate it! ❤

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