JULY 2017 | Wrap-Up

July was a blur of hot days, air-conditioned office spaces, lakeside reading, and time spent with friends and family… not a bad way to spend the bulk of summer! Here’s what I was up to this past month:


In July I read a total of 9 books:

  1. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  2. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  5. George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  6. Echo by Nadette Rae Rodgers
  7. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  8. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I honestly can’t believe I read so many books this past month, especially since many of them are LONG (I’m looking at you, Middlemarch). Picking a favorite is difficult, but I think the best book I read in July has to be Tuck Everlasting. This short little read was absolutely adorable, charming, and insightful. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! I never read it when I was younger but I wish I had– I feel like it’s something I would have loved.


It happened, people: I finally visited Willa Cather’s grave!! This is something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I learned a few months ago that it’s located a little over an hour away from where I live. Willa Cather is one of my favorite authors, so standing at the foot of her grave was absolutely surreal. I went on a rather dreary day, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying every second of it. You can read more about my adventures in this graveyard here. 

My family and I were also able to spend a few days by the lake in July, which means I had plenty of reading time by the water. And who can pass up the opportunity to take some bookish photos in such a beautiful place? (Not me!)

The majority of July was spent trying to plow through my required reading for Oxford, finishing up paperwork for studying abroad, spending time with friends I haven’t seen in a while, and working. It’s strange to think that we’re already more than half way through summer… September will be here before we know it! Also, I started watching the TV series Fargo… is anyone else obsessed with this series?!?!?!


This past week I also had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Booktube-A-Thon. As you can tell from my initial TBR post, I really wasn’t expecting to get through much reading in a single week. However, in twist that I never saw coming I was actually able to complete almost all of the challenges and read even more than what I had put on my TBR!! I’m so happy with the progress I made and I actually miss the Booktube-A-Thon already. There’s just such fantastic positive bookish energy during those intense seven days of reading! ❤

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

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month (there are so many!!):

How was your month of July? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!



23 responses to “JULY 2017 | Wrap-Up”

  1. Sounds like you had a good July! I really want to read Middlemarch, I actually have it on the family kindle, but my little sister is currently hogging that so she can read Rangers apprentice. Ireally enjoyed reading A Million Junes and Dramatically Ever After this month, but I read a LOT of books haha. I went hiking, which was great, and finished the first draft of my novel!

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    1. OMG, it sounds like you had an awesome July! Congrats on finishing the first draft of your novel!! Middlemarch was great but LONG. I enjoyed it, though!

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  2. I need to read Wuthering Heights, it’s been sitting on my shelf for ages! X

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    1. Wuthering Heights is dramatic and bizarre at times, but so brilliantly written! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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  3. I’m impressed with the books you read this month! I loved North and South, Middlemarch, and The Woman in White. I’m less of a Wuthering Heights fan, that seems to be a love it or hate it book. Enjoy the rest of your summer – I agree it’s going by way too fast!

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    1. I definitely agree with you about Wuthering Heights– it tends to be a polarizing novel. I disliked it the first time I read it, but I actually really enjoyed it the second time around. I was able to focus less on the plot and more on the characters, which I think helped a lot.


  4. Agh, required reading for Oxford! I’m still so happy you got into Oxford, Holly. ❤ I'm glad Booktube-a-thon helped you out, and I hope you have a wonderful August! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, May!! ❤ I hope you have a fantastic August, too!

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  5. What a great month! You read some of my favorites (Wuthering Heights, The Woman in White, North and South, Tuck Everlasting).

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    1. Looking back, I can’t believe I read so much haha 🙂 Hopefully I can keep it up in August!

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  6. Great Wrap Up! You read so much. I want to read Wuthering Heights, too, but purely because so many people are telling me off for not having read it yet :p

    I really dislike graveyards so I’m astonished that you had the guts to go there! :))

    Have a great August! 😀

    Here’s my July Wrap Up.

    xx Yasmine @ Swissbookworm


  7. daniellethamasa Avatar

    I read so many great books in July. I’d say my favorite had to be either Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz or Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger.


  8. Ooh, thank you for including my post Holly! I honestly didn’t read that many books in July, but I did manage to find my love for audiobooks again. I suppose that comes along with the long, two hour drives across the countryside.


  9. OH thank you so much for sharing my post, Holly, I’m so happy you enjoyed it ❤ It seems like you had a fantastic reading month, that's so great! I hope August will be just as good for you ❤


  10. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom Avatar
    Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

    You had a great July! It is always strange for me reading blogs from the other side of the world, where the weather is hot and sunny. It’s still pretty darn cold down here in our little corner of the world. Haha


  11. Hi I love books…this summer I’m rereading Frances Burnett’s books that I dearly loved as a child. The Little Princess and The Secret Garden. The latter one I’m trying to translate from Chinese to English …Sigh. Have you read them?


  12. You have required reading before you even start at Oxford? oO I hope you’re at least enjoying them!

    I still think that IG photo you reposted here is absolutely gorgeous. 😍

    I read some great books in July and some terrible ones. My favorites were The Last Mortal Bond and The Fourth Monkey.

    My July roundup

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    1. SO much required reading… at least they’re great books! I’m really looking forward to getting to my Faulkner ones. And thanks so much!! ❤

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  13. I LOVE your picture of the book on the lifeguard chair – so pretty! Also, WOW, you read so many books! I really want to read more classics but I find a lot of them quite hard to get into. I definitely want to try to read Wuthering Heights this autumn though – I CAN’T BELIEVE I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT.

    I hope you have a wonderful August!

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    1. Thanks so much!! Wuthering Heights is a perfect book to read in autumn– it really suits the eerie, stormy atmosphere of the story. I hope you enjoy it and have a great August as well!


  14. HOW DO YOU READ SO MUCH HOLLY. It’s kind of inspiring!!😜 I’m saving Wuthering Heights for the fall (because after reading Bleak House this summer and having it not really fit a bright, happy atmosphere…I want to try to pair my classic-reads with the seasons). And Middlemarch sounds so good! I hope I get around to it soon.

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    1. Awww thanks!! ❤ I tend to just spend a lot of time reading before bed at night and sometimes in the morning before I go to work. Having a required reading list for uni is also a great motivator haha 🙂 I hope you enjoy Wuthering Heights when you read it. Saving it for autumn is a perfect idea!!

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