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:
In July I read a total of 7 books:
- The BFG by Roald Dahl
- Animal Farm by George Orwell (Spanish translation)
- Illusion by Nadette Rae Rodgers
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- 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!
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!
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.
During 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?
I 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:
- Let’s Go: Camp NaNoWriMo!
- Book Fangirling Blog Award
- NY Times By the Book Tag
- Booktubeathon 2016 TBR
- Booktubeathon 2016 Wrap-Up
- Pokemon Go Book Tag
How was your July? What books did you read? What fun things did you do? Let me know in the comments section below!