JULY 2016 | Wrap-Up

JUNE 2016-2

Oh, July. I always have mixed feelings about the seventh month (in fact, you can read all about them here). June is filled with the excitement of a new summer and August is brimming with the anticipation of a new school year, but July– it’s just kind of there. But this year I had such a busy and productive July that I hardly know how I fit everything in! Here’s what I was up to this month:
June

18405In July I read a total of 7 books:

  1. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell (Spanish translation)
  3. Illusion by Nadette Rae Rodgers
  4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  5. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  7. Sphere by Michael Crichton

I read so many amazing books this month (I gave 6 five-star ratings!!!), which means that picking a favorite is incredibly difficult. However, I think I’m going to have to go with Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Not only is this an amazing work from a historical perspective (I love the Civil War and Reconstruction setting), but it’s also an incredible tale of romance, family, war, poverty, feminism, and challenging social norms. It took me a while to read, but it was worth every minute!

Full reviews of all of these books are in the works!

June (1)The bulk of my July consisted of continuing with my internship, spending time with family, and working on the various writing/reading projects I decided to tackle. The highlight of the month was definitely my family’s annual camping trip at White Lake State Park. This year was our fourteenth consecutive year camping there, and I never get tired of it!

Camping is just such a great way to unplug and take some time to simply relax. It’s a lot of work, to be sure– cooking and cleaning and setting up the site and unpacking– but it’s absolutely worth it in the end. There’s nothing better than lounging by the lake, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and sleeping in a cozy tent at night. Plus, it provides some excellent reading time!

On a different note, I saw Finding Dory and LOVED it. ❤ I couldn’t resist mentioning it!

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June (2)

July was a month of productivity for me. Even with my busy schedule of interning, spending time with friends, and going camping, I still managed to write and read more than I ever expected I would.

CNW_Winner_555-1During the first half of the month I managed to reach my 25,000 word goal for Camp NaNoWriMo, a feat that I thought would take me the entire month at least. I was working on writing a second draft of a novel I finished during NaNoWriMo a few years ago, so I did have a bit to work with already. While this is by no means a complete draft, I’m nevertheless ecstatic to finally have a decent foundation to work off of in the future. Who knows, maybe a NaNoWriMo is in the cards for this November?

2016-07-16 09.53.32I also participated in the BookTubeAthon this month and I exceeded all of my expectations of how much I would be able to read. Because of my camping trip I was away for about half of the readathon, but I still managed to get a lot of reading done. I love participating in the BookTubeAThon, especially when the online bookish community is really excited about it, too. I already can’t wait for next year’s event!

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

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

Yours,

HOLLY

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16 thoughts on “JULY 2016 | Wrap-Up

  1. It’s amazing that you’ve had this camping tradition for fourteen years straight! My family and I have traditions too but we’re nowhere as consistent as you guys are – major respect, haha. I’m glad to hear that you had a great time. 🙂

    I’m keen to catch Finding Dory too! I missed it in the big screen and now the closest cinema to me only has morning sessions on weekdays… which means I’ll probably never watch it on the cinema, haha. But I’ll definitely see it once the DVD comes out. I’ve seen a clip of baby Dory that I just can’t stop thinking about!

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    1. Baby Dory is the cutest thing ever! That’s what happened to me with the latest Captain America movie– by the time I planned to go and see it there were hardly any showing times left, so I still haven’t seen it. 😦 Finding Dory is definitely worth watching eventually, though. It’s fun and adorable but also sad and actually really moving. It lived up to all of my high expectations!

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      1. That’s great to hear! I think it’ll still be a few weeks until I see it but I have high expectations for it… I was worried that it’s going to be a fail (unplanned sequels usually/sometimes are), but it seems like it’s still pretty good.

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  2. Gone with the Wind is absolutely amazing. I loved that book, and it’s great to see that you enjoyed it as well! Also, FINDING DORY IS AMAZING (sorry for being obnoxious and using all caps), but I realy loved the movie and everything about it.

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    1. Don’t worry– Finding Dory definitely deserves to be talked about in all caps!! It’s such a great movie, especially considering how high my expectations were going into it. Baby Dory is the most adorable fish ever, and I loved how they introduced so many awesome new characters. ❤

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  3. Wow that’s awesome that you got 6 5 star ratings! I really have to pick up my copy of Gone With The Wind one day… And I NEED to see Finding Dory ASAP. I love LOVE these kind of movies. 😀 Happy reading!

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    1. I couldn’t recommend Gone with the Wind more! It can take a while to get through, but it’s absolutely worth it. I also recommend Finding Dory. Brace yourself for all of the cuteness and emotions!!

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  4. Sounds like you had a busy month! It’s amazing that you still managed to write so much, that’s awesome 😀 And woah that’s a great reading month with 6 out of 7 books rated 5 stars! Also now I’m craving marshmallows haha

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